4 Day Rainforest Explorer Exclusive Private Tour
See some of the best of New Zealand’s stunning South Island on this unforgettable 4 day tour! Traveling by private vehicle, you'll see West Coast rainforests and Franz Josef Glacier, and visit the stunning Pancake Rocks and Blowholes of Punakaiki. Customise your tour to your preference with a range of optional activities (own expense) including heli-hikes, snow landing heli-rides, quad bike trips and more!
The service that we provide is a private luxury tour service, not a large group tour. Other than our friendly tour staff you will not be sharing your tour with anyone outside of your own party so you can rest assured that this is your tour and we’ll do exactly what you want to make it your perfect trip.
A round-trip transfer from Christchurch Airport or your local hotel plus three nights of accommodation included.
per adult from
Hotel pickup available
What's included :
- 3x Breakfast
- 1x Dinner
- Accommodation included: 3 nights
- Tranz-Alpine Train Greymouth to Christchurch
- Punting on the Avon River Christchurch
- Dinner in Christchurch's iconic Monday Room
- 4 x days with your own professional tour guide (who is also the driver)
- 4 x days travel in private vehicle inclusive of all fuel
- 3 x nights accommodation in 4 star hotels listed (or similar)
- Entry/Admission - Franz Josef Glacier
What's excluded :
- Activities not mentioned in the inclusions
- Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
Day 1: Christchurch Arrival
Stop At: Christchurch, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South Island
You will be met at the airport by one of our friendly guides. Today you could take a Christchurch city tour. Christchurch is known throughout New Zealand as ‘The Garden City’. This city tour could include a visit to ‘The Sign of the Kiwi’, the most panoramic of Christchurch’s viewpoints, a stroll in the botanic gardens and drive around the bays of Christchurch taking in Lyttelton which was the gateway for many of Christchurch and the Canterbury region’s first settlers. With your private driver/guide you could also explore Riverside Market, Cashel Mall, The Christchurch Cathedral and Transitional Cathedral or Christchurch's new shopping precinct. This afternoon you will also partake in one of Christchurch's iconic activities- Punting on the Avon River. This evening you will enjoy dinner in one of Christchurch's favourite local establishments.
Duration: 8 hours
Accommodation included: 4 star option- Rydges Latimer (or similar)
Day 2: Christchurch to Punakaiki via Lewis Pass
Stop At: Punakaiki, Punakaiki, West Coast Region, South Island
386km, 5 hours driving
Today you will depart Christchurch for your journey through the Southern Alps to the South Island’s west Coast via Hanmer Springs Thermal Resort and the stunning beauty of the native beech tree covered Lewis Pass to Punakaiki.You may wish to take a dip in the thermal waters of Hanmer Springs (at additional cost). In Punakaiki you can explore the pancake rocks and blowholes situated right next to the village; a bizarre, rugged, rocky landscape which impresses thousands of visitors each year with its powerful forces of nature. You have the option of enjoying a true blue New Zealand pub meal this evening before calling it a night.
Duration: 8 hours
Accommodation included: 4 star option Punakaiki Resort (or Similar)
Day 3: Punakaiki to Franz Josef Glacier
Stop At: Franz Josef Glacier, Glacier Access Road Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand
217 km, 3 hours driving
Driving South down the coast from Punakaiki, you can stop in Hokitika to have a look at the greenstone factory, where you can view up close how the local people carve necklaces and sculptures from the precious stone. Next up check out the stunning Hokitika Gorge with its beautiful bright blue waters and surrounding native forest. Arrive in Franz Josef Glacier early afternoon, where you will spend the next night in the beautiful town surrounded by rainforest. This afternoon or early tomorrow morning you will have the option of a flight over or heli-hike on the majestic Franz Josef Glacier, one of the only glaciers in the world to be flanked by rainforest on both sides (optional – extra cost). Tonight you will have the chance to relax and unwind with a soak in the Glacier Hot Pools, each filled with pure water from the Glaciers (optional – extra cost).
Duration: 8 hours
Accommodation included: 4 star option- Scenic Hotel (or similar)
Day 4: Franz Josef Glacier to Christchurch via TranzAlpine Train
Stop At: Arthur's Pass National Park, Arthur's Pass National Park, Canterbury Region, South Island
180 km, 2 hours and 15 minutes driving, 5 hour train journey
This morning you drive north, through Hokitika to have a look at the greenstone factory where you can view up close how the local people carve necklaces and sculptures from the precious stone. Next up perhaps check out the stunning Hokitika Gorge with its beautiful bright blue waters and surrounding native forest. From here you pass through Greymouth (named so for the Grey River flowing through the town) where you can perhaps stop for lunch. Here you will board the Tranz Alpine Train for your journey through the Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass and Christchurch. This was voted one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. Keep a look out for the Bealey River and lakes Pearson and Lyndon with the towering Alps above. Arrive in Christchurch in the early evening.
Duration: 8 hours
No accommodation included on this day.
Departure Point :Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
- Christchurch Intl Airport, Christchurch New Zealand
Departure Time :8:30 AM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Infant seats available
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.