The South Island of New Zealand is famous for its stunning scenery - see its highlights as you circle the Southern Alps on this TravelPass itinerary. OPTION: Add a stop at Mount Cook between Christchurch and Queenstown and drink in the views at Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
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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.
Starting in Christchurch, the Garden City, travel through high country farmland and past stunning blue lakes to Queenstown. Nestled in the Southern Alps, this resort town has everything: snow sports, adventure activities, wineries and a great nightlife!
Set off on a day tour to Milford Sound and cruise the fiord, marvelling at its beauty.
Travel through the lake district and cross the Southern Alps at Haast Pass onto the West Coast, arriving at Franz Josef, home to the 12-kilometre long accessible glacier.
Make your way up the West Coast to the mining town of Greymouth.
Cross over the Southern Alps on the trip of a lifetime – the TranzAlpine railway between Greymouth and Christchurch. Marvel at the scenery around you: from fertile plains to snowy mountains and river gorges.
OPTION: Take the extra-scenic route from Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook.