Touring Routes

Christchurch – Queenstown 3day 2nights

3 Days 2 nights of Untamed Natural Wilderness where time has no limit.




3 days 2 nights


476 mi / 767 km



Day One

3 hours 19 mins, 244 km

Christchurch to Greymouth

Take the TranzAlpine train journey from Christchurch, recognised as one of the 6 top short train journeys in the world.

Once in Greymouth you can hire a car. Greymouth and the surrounding Grey Valley offer adventure activities, heritage attractions and guided nature tours.

Cycle the easy West Coast Wilderness Trail or visit Shantytown, a replica of an 1880's gold town. Get muddy on a quad bike tour, enjoy one of the local walking tracks then end your adventure with a good old brew of our local Monteith's beer..

Around Grey District

Day Two

32 mins, 39.4 km

Greymouth to Hokitika

  • Hokitika Goldfields Capital and Port,
  • Museum,
  • Guided Town Walk,
  • Heritage quayside, streets and buildings,
  • Westland Industrial Heritage Park,
  • The first New Zealand airline memorial,
  • The famous driftwood sign on the beachfront,
  • Artisans working gold, pounamu, precious stones, wood, metals and glass.

Discover the pounamu (greenstone) story with Arahura Greenstone Tours.

Around Hokitika

Day Three

1 hour 43 mins, 134 km

Hokitika to Glacier Country

Pan for gold and walk the Goldfields at Ross

Join a tour at Whataroa join Alpine Fault Tours, stand between the continental plates and see how the Southern Alps were formed.

Visit the peaceful Okarito goldrush town and port with lagoon and heritage tours, historic wharf shed, Donovans gold rush era store, coastal pack track and stunning views of the Southern Alps and glacial landscape formations from the trig station.

Then onto the Glaciers.

Return to Christchurch via Hokitika and Otira / Arthur’s Pass Alpine Highway or travel on to Wanaka via Haast

Stop in at Ship Creek historic area and the Haast Visitor Centre (settlement and highway heritage displays) and venture south to Jackson Bay (historic cemetery, wharf and walks).

Around Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier

Day Four

4 hours 50 mins, 350 km


Once you get at Glacier Country there is plenty more to see - accommodation is great as well as fabulous dining options.
The Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are among the most accessible glaciers in the world and Glacier Country offers a wealth of adventure activities.
Wildlife attractions include the kiwi breeding programme in Franz Josef, NZ’s only White Heron Sanctuary in Whataroa and night magic with kiwi in the wild at Okarito as well as several other wetland bird species.

After your busy day, soak in the lovely Franz Josef Glacier hot pools.

Near Fox Glacier is NZ’s most photographed lake, Lake Matheson providing stunning reflections and views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, great food and a nice walking track also.

Around Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier

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