Alps Explorer TravelPass

Alps Explorer

See some of the South Island’s most stunning scenery with this itinerary, taking in Christchurch, Queenstown, Milford Sound and all the breathtaking sights in between. OPTION: Add Mount Cook/Aoraki for more awe-inspiring mountain views.

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Add on travel via Mount Cook


Minimum 2 days of travel

Start anywhere en-route

Option to add on travel to Mount Cook

Includes Milford Sound day tour

New Zealand Alps Explorer TravelPass

Itinerary details

Your pass is divided into the following 'legs'. You can book travel in either direction (i.e. follow the itinerary from top to bottom, or bottom to top). You can also stop as often as you like along the way on each leg (for example, on the Christchurch to Queenstown leg you can book from Christchurch to Ashburton, Ashburton to Tekapo and Tekapo to Queenstown).

IMPORTANT: Milford Sound cruises are shown as 'extras' on the bus services  for these tours. You must select and add these extras to your cart in order to book them. You can also add other extras (like meals) to your tour in the same way. At the checkout we'll book the trip on your pass and you can pay for any extras that aren't included in your pass.

When booking tours you must book to and from the stops shown. View our TravelPass tours page for more information.

Christchurch to Queenstown

Visit Christchurch, a city re-energised since the devastating earthquakes, and cross the Canterbury Plains past beautiful Lake Tekapo at the foot of the Southern Alps. Get your fill of adventure in Queenstown, where you can ski, jet boat and bungy jump to your heart’s content, or relax and enjoy the view.

Milford Sound Day Tour (Queenstown-Queenstown)

A sightseeing day tour to Milford Sound, plus a cruise on the fiord, is included in your pass. Don’t miss this must-see natural spectacle.

OPTION: Choose to travel via Mount Cook and see New Zealand’s highest mountain en route to Queenstown.