Veja todos os destaques da panorâmica Ilha do Sul, na Nova Zelândia, nesta excursão turística guiada de cinco dias. Viaje de ônibus saindo de Christchurch até Queenstown, conheça a majestade de Milford Sound, veja o glaciar em Franz Josef e viaje a bordo do famoso trem TranzAlpine Express.
Our South Island itinerary was perfect.We saw snow capped mountains,fiords,rain forests,glaciers and the sea-all in 5 days.Whether traveling by coach,train or taxi/shuttle,because Viator was so organized,we were always on time.Coach drivers,Stuart and Peter, were outstanding with their commentary.
A good way to see many sights in South Island, in comfort with someone else driving! The coaches are comfortable but be prepared for the long distances covered. There are regular stops but they are usually very brief time for a quick coffee and visit to the toilet and little more. This is not a conventional coach tour. Each day is a different bus, different driver, different passengers, but the whole package was very well-organised and operated efficiently. The drivers all provide commentaries each has his own style but they are always informative and often very amusing. And the scenery, wow! Things are very much weather-dependent though. Franz Josef Glacier and the Trans-Alpine train journey were spoilt by heavy rain and poor visibility, and were it not for fine weather at Mount Cook, Milford Sound and in Queenstown my impressions might have been less favourable. It's a lot of money to spend and not see anything! The hotels were superb - the Millenium in Queenstown is very plush and the Scenic in Franz Josef more than adequate, with the unexpected bonus of a superb breakfast included.
I felt some frustration at not being able to explore some of the sights more fully, but overall felt that this was the best way to cover a huge area and visit many spectacular locations in a degree of comfort.
This was a great way to experience a lot in a limited time frame. From the first pickup in Christchurch to final drop-off at our hotel, the tour was handled with expert precision. The coach drivers/tour guides were very informative and kept up a lively conversation throughout the trips. Tom was especially entertaining with his stories and songs. The days are long but there are plenty of stops along the way. I would recommend having breakfast snacks because the days often start before cafes open and there is not enough time for a leisure breakfast.
I would not hesitate to book another tour in the future and highly recommend this tour in particular if you want to experience the south island of New Zealand.
A well-planned trip covering major sights of South Island. It is a 'customised' tour for every one, and you will be with different groups of people each day. Details of your full itinerary is provided to you before the start of the trip. Mine was sent to my hotel at Christchurch the day I arrived. You will need to be mindful of the pick-up time it's a different timing each day and is all stated in the itinerary. Pick-ups arrived on time every single day of my trip! Amazing!
Take note that meals are not included in this package.
The coach ride from point to point is long. There are rest stops toilet break, coffee, lunch, photo-taking, etc in between. There's no tour guide, but the coach driver provides commentary along the way. Sceneries are absolutely breath-taking. Despite not having good night sleeps, I stayed wide awake throughout the journey. Every sight in this itinerary is simply amazing. There is a free leisure day in Queenstown where you can explore this beautiful town, or make arrangements for other activities through viator or one of the many I-sites in Queesntown. I was there in early April and the weather was fabulous for most part of the trip.
The TranzAlpine train ride wasn't exactly what I had expected due to the rainy weather. However, I still enjoyed the ride with a totally different experience. Be sure to go out to the open viewing area at the last carriage of the train. It gives you a different view from what you would see through the windows of the train.
Overall, this is an amazing tour which is all worth it! Highly recommended!
5 day tour was great. Christchurch, Queenstown, all the lakes to the 4th day was great. All the tour buses have a little humor so that makes the tour more interesting. They are very knowledgeable about the sites. The only thing I did not like is that I was expecting a 'glacier' on the 5th day but that didn't happen since the glacier was at the very top. You cannot touch it. If you expect to be actually on the glacier, touch it, be cold and play around it is if you do the helicopter ride which is about 250-350 depending on season / company and is separate. I wish that was clear on the detail information guide / summary.
Viator set up a five day tour of the South Island of New Zealand for us with less than 24 hour notice! Had a wonderful time . Itinerary was planned for us including transportation , hotels, tickets to sights, and meals. We were given a daily schedule of various activities . Easy to follow and all events went off without problem s. Viator makes traveling hassle free! Would definitely use this service again.
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