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Queenstown - Franz Josef - Christchurch, Bus & Train Tour

Multi-Day Tour

3 Days

Tour Details

This special tour is offered only by Navi!

The best way to travel South Island's "must go" places! Comfortable coach and train trips from QueensTown to Christchurch via Franz Josef. Take the TranzAlpine train and immerse yourself in the mesmerizing scenery of the South Island.

DAY 1 - Relax in your comfortable coach trip from Queenstown to Franz Josef while enjoying the commentary from your knowledgeable driver. The coach is equipped with free WiFi and air conditioning to maximise your travel experience. Stop off at the Makarora Country Cafe for a classic Kiwi lunch or wait until the Salmon Farm Cafe stop to enjoy New Zealand's fresh salmon while the children enjoy feeding the fish. You will then arrive at Franz Josef and be amazed by the natural beauty of the town in which you will stay.

DAY 2 - Franz Josef prides itself on the range of natural attractions in its proximity. Take a guided ice walk or a heli-hike to the Franz Josef Glacier to experience the breathtaking phenomenon known as glaciers. Or you could choose to visit Te Wāhipounamu, a World Heritage Site park. We have a list of activities you can choose from that you may choose to extend your tour.

Activity Options:

DAY 3 - The TranzAlpine train takes you through some of New Zealand’s most dramatic scenery. It’s the perfect way to travel, whether you’re traveling from Greymouth to Christchurch by train, or returning from the West Coast. On the way, you’ll pass through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, over a series of viaducts to the dizzy heights of Arthur’s Pass, crossing the Southern Alps to reach the wildly beautiful West Coast and seeing the country in all its spectacular variety.

And if you want to do more than simply pass through, if you choose to explore more deeply the many wonders, sights and experiences you’ll find along the way from Christchurch to Greymouth by train, the TranzAlpine is the easy, relaxed way to do it.

You may customise your tour to stay in any city for as long as you want! Please contact us for more information.

Special Notes

Tour Includes:

  • Includes Oneway-trip transportation from Queenstown to Christchurch via Franz Josef by Coach and the Tranz Alpine train.
  • Hotel pick up/drop off is on request and based on availability.  
  • We offer English speaking driver for our transport.
  • Optional tours at Franz Josef is available with special price! Please contact us.
  • The reverse order of this trip is also available

☆ Accommodation in Queenstown, Franz Josef and Christchurch is not included. We will help you choose from several options, depending on your budget and taste.

Trip Plan

Tour Length: Minimum 3 days (Can be extended if you wish)

Minimum Number: From 1 person. If you would like to book a group charter, please contact us for a quote.


08:10 - Depart Queenstown to Franz Josef (Operated by GreatSights)
16:15 - Arrive at Franz Josef

Enjoy your free day in Franz Josef.

09:15 - Depart Franz Josef Bus Stop to Greymouth Railway Station (Operated by GreatSights)
13:15 - Arrive at Greymouth and transfer to train (Operated by TRANZALPINE)
14:05 - Depart Greymouth Railway Station
18:31 - Arrive at Christchurch Railway Station

What to Bring: For the most enjoyable experience, we recommend that you bring:

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing/jacket (especially if you wish to visit the glaciers)
  • Long trousers recommended
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses
  • Camera

Tour Cost

$450.00 NZD / person
$310.00 NZD / Child under 12 years old

*This tour requires all passenger's name so please provide them in Notes / Comments box when you book!

Also, the bus can pick you up some of hotels in Franz Josef so please advise your accommodation in Fran Josef as well.

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The Navi Team works hard to bring you the best pricing anywhere! Let us know if you can find better pricing.

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  • A minimum of 2 adults must be attending the tour for the tour to take place.
  • Application for a tour must be made by phone, fax or e-mail no later than 5:00 PM of the day before the tour.
  • Your application may not be accepted if the tour is full, prior to your booking.

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  • Cancellation of tours is free if carried out by 5:00 PM, two working days before the tour.
  • Cancellation of tours carried out by 5:00 PM one working day before the tour will cost 50% of the price of the tour.
  • Cancellation of tours after 5:00 PM one working day before the tour will cost the full price of the tour.
  • Cancellation of fishing tours will cost 20% of the tour cost after you have sent in your form as the boat will be chartered.
  • Cancellation of Hobbiton movie set tours will cost NZ$35.00 per person as a cancellation of lunch fee if cancelled after 5:00 pm four working days before the tour.
  • Cancellation of Hobbiton evening banquet tours will cost the full price of the tour if cancelled after 5:00 pm eight working days before the tour.
  • If you won't show up at the pick-up time even after 15 mins of the time, we have to start the tours without you.

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  • If there are two adults attending the tour, the cost of the tour written is the cost for one person.
  • If there are two adults attending the tour, children ( aged 5~11 ) will cost half of what is written.


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