Best of the West Tour

Best of the West Tour

  • Queenstown
  • Christchurch
  • 4 days
  • 5 / 5.0 (1 reviews)
  • from NZD$629.00

Main Highlights

  • Explore Queenstown
  • 3 National Parks
  • 2 nights Franz Josef
  • Tranz Alpine Train Journey
  • Glacier Hiking
  • Scenic walks & bike rides
  • Travel over the Southern Alps
  • World Heritage Area
  • Hot pools nestled in lush rainforest
  • Scenic hikes & cycle rides


From the Adventure Capital of the World to the Garden City, Christchurch this 4-day adventure takes you through some of the most stunning, un-touched and unforgettable scenery in New Zealand. Expect to see lush rainforest, rugged coastlines, glacier fed valleys and remote townships finishing up on one of the most scenic and famous train journeys in the world – the Tranz Alpine.

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tick Tour Guide Travel with an experienced driver/guide - hand picked to help you get the best out of your New Zealand tour experience
tick Transport  Travel in a modern, air-conditioned, custom built 26-seater bus complete with a commercial kitchen, solar powered fridge and the kitchen sink!
tick All accommodation Unique accommodation in carefully selected hostels and lodges. Shared rooms ranging from 2 - 4 people. Private room options are available on request for an additional cost (subject to availability)
tick Lots of tasty & healthy meals 3 x breakfasts, 1 x lunch, 2 x dinners
tick Free use of bikes  Our custom built bus comes complete with bike storage, loaded and ready for you to use at your leisure
tick 2 nights in Glacier Country The wild and rugged West Coast is a must see while in New Zealand and during the Best of West we stay for 2 nights in Franz Josef giving you plenty of time to explore the glaciers and surrounding area.
tick Great walk options The Blue Pools and Ship Creek walks are some of our favourites plus there's lots more to choose from along the way, all free.
tick Tranz Alpine Train Journey Travel one of the most scenic train journeys in the world through the stunning Southern Alps.
  1. Welcome to Queenstown! Join us at any stage throughout the day at a pre-arranged time and we'll get you settled into your centrally located accommodation before you head out to explore the scenic lake side town at your leisure. Enjoy one of the many optional activities such as bungy jumping, skydiving or horse riding just to name a few or take to the mountains for a half day skiing or snowboarding! This town has a buzzing vibe with something for everyone.

    • Meals: Dinner
    • Optional Activities: Bungy jumping, skydiving, horse-riding, skiing, snowboarding – the options are endless!!
  2. Just when you think the scenery can’t get any better…it does!

    Prepare yourself for the remote and rugged scenic beauty of the stunning West Coast. The journey takes us over our second alpine pass, the Haast Pass. With jaw dropping views and some great short walks along the way, although this is one of the longer travel days, you won’t notice as you relax and enjoy this great scenic drive with panoramic views of the Southern Alps. The wild West Coast is home to the majestic rainforest, thundering waterfalls and tranquil pools.

    Tonight, we stay in glacier country at the picturesque village of Franz Josef. Our accommodation is nestled in lush rainforest and situated beside the Glacier Hot Pools a haven of natural tranquility and the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day.

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Drive Distance: 5 Hours
  3. Today is your chance to explore one of NZ’s most unique and spectacular natural wonders – Franz Josef.

    This staggering beautiful work of nature is 12 kilometres and descends from the Southern Alps to less than 300 metres above sea level. If you want to walk on the glacier you can do a Guided Heli Hike or Guided Heli Ice Climb. There is the option to walk to the base of the glacier at no charge or alternatively do the Guided Valley Walk and learn as you go. All Guided options come with a free entry in the Glacier Hot Pools afterwards.

    If Glacier’s aren’t your thing, then there’s some great short walk options or you can always view the township from above with a skydive or experience nature at its best with a kayak trip along a narrow estuary amidst the lush ancient rainforest of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary.

    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Optional Activities: Franz Josef Guided Heli-Hike, Terminal Face Walk, Skydiving, Kayaking, Hot Pools
  4. Leaving Franz Josef behind we continue up this spectacular coastal stretch through Hokitika – home to the Greenstone factories where you can see these skilled craftsmen at work and a great place for a traditional souvenir of your visit.

    We travel on to Greymouth where you'll board the Tranz Alpine train and travel one of the best train journeys in the world through some of New Zealand's most incredible scenery on its route from Greymouth to Christchurch arriving at 6:30pm.

    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Drive Distance: 2.5 hours + 4.5 hours train journey

BEST OF THE WEST 2020 & 2021:

Book with Confidence! Snap up a great deal today and save 30% when travelling in July or August. If needed, you can also change your tour to depart on a later date or even the following year, at no additional cost.

Queenstown - Christchurch 4 days  2 - 5 August 2020 Unavailable
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Queenstown - Christchurch 4 days  2 - 5 August 2021 $899 NZD   EARLY BIRD
$629 NZD
Queenstown - Christchurch    4 days     11 - 14 August 2021   $899 NZD
Queenstown - Christchurch 4 days  20 - 23 August 2021 $899 NZD
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Trip Reviews

  • Incredible tour of the most beautiful place on earth! We drove around South Island starting in Queenstown with hopes of getting to Franz Josef. When boulders blocked the road on our route, preventing us from proceeding, our tour guide took us to Lake Wanaka where my friend and I were able to skydive instead. Apparently this was the better option anyway, as weather in Franz Josef would have prevented us from skydiving there the next day! The tour guide was very thoughtful and wanted to make sure we experienced the best New Zealand has to offer. We definitely would book with Flying Kiwi again!

    , travelled Best of the West Tour on 06/08/2019