7 Nights / 8 Days Best of New Zealand
Day 1 – Arrive in Christchurch
As you reach Christchurch, a Yatra tour representative will be happy to assist you in the smooth transfer to your hotel. A city with brilliant artwork and pocket gardens all around. Spend the evening at leisure in this Garden City. Other than popular art institutions, there is Hagley Park- the largest urban open space in Christchurch that you must visit. Other places on your itinerary should be the Botanic Garden and the Christchurch City Center. For a memorable experience, take an Edwardian punt ride on the Avon River. Historically rich and significant, a cycling tour through the city is also a great way of enjoying its beauty and learning about its rich history. After the eventful day, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 2 – Christchurch – Dunedin
On this day, travel to Dunedin, a city known for its Scottish heritage and quirky vibe. Pass through the Canterbury Plains to reach Ashburton. Then, take the coastal road to reach the port city of Timaru. From there, head straight to Oamaru and witness the spectacular stone buildings on your way. Once you reach the city of Dunedin, spend the rest of the day at leisure. When here, explore the city center – Octagon. Chinese Gardens is a must-visit place in Dunedin, which is a fitting reminder of the city’s Chinese industrial past. The Otago Harbour, perfect for kayaking, rowing, windsurfing, fishing, and yachting, is a popular spot for tourists. End the day in the comforts of your hotel room!
Day 3 – Dunedin – Queenstown
In the morning, board the historic Taieri Gorge Train to Pukerangi to take one of the most scenic train routes in the world. Witness the magnificent stone, wrought iron viaducts, bridges, and beautiful rivers on your way. Disembark at Pukerangi and continue your journey to Queenstown by coach. Reach Queenstown and stay at your designated hotel for the night.
Day 4 – Queenstown
Begin this day by heading for Milford Sound Cruise after enjoying a delicious breakfast at the hotel. A once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience, the cruise takes you through this mesmerizing fjord in tender vessels or kayaks and behold the picturesque beauty of Mitre Peak. Watch fur seals lazing on the rocks and a wide variety of seabirds, and witness some beautiful waterfalls on your way. Return to the hotel in the evening and spend the rest of the time at leisure and then retire in your room for a comfortable night’s sleep.
Day 5 – Queenstown
On this day, enjoy a variety of optional activities at Queenstown. If you are an adventure junkie, take part in the exciting Shotover Jet boat ride. Prepare yourself for the ultimate jet boating experience. Try bungee jumping at Ledge Bungy, which is sure to take your breath away. Other optional activities are skydiving or sky swing and river rafting. Make the most of this opportunity and conquer your fears. After this adventurous day, get back to your hotel and take rest.
Day 6 – Queenstown – Franz Josef Glacier
This day marks the beginning of exploring the glacier regions of New Zealand. Today, make your way to New Zealand and travel past Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea, Haast Pass, and Westland National Park. Westland National Park is a part of the World Heritage Area with snow-capped mountains, glaciers, forests, tussock grasslands, lakes, rivers, wetlands, and beaches. Head north to arrive at Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Witness the beauty of huge valleys of ice that extend well below the snowline, almost to the sea. After this, return to your hotel and retire for the day.
Day 7 – Glacier region – Christchurch (via Tranz alpine train)
Another scenic train route awaits you today as you travel north to Greymouth and board the world-famous TranzAlpine Train from there. Greymouth is a town with a history of jade hunting, gold mining, and dramatic river floods. Travel through the beech forests and the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass (the highest pass over South Alps), and pass by the mountain range of Southern Alps. Arrive at Christchurch, crossing the fertile Canterbury Plains. Retire in the comfort of your hotel room and rest well for the final day of your trip.
Day 8 – Departure
Your tour ends on this day.