This is the ultimate in bus touring – twenty people on a coach fitted out with business class  seats. Everybody has a window seat and acommodation and meals are included. In this ten-day tour we visited the highlights of New Zealand’s South Island in comfort.

Getting there, and on our way to Fox Glacier

We arrive in Christchurch, then catch the Trans Alpine train to Arthur’s Pass. We rejoin the bus and drive on through the mountains to Franz Josef and stop at Fox Glacier.

Back over the mountains via Haast Pass

We enjoy a jet boat ride on the Haast River, then drive the beautiful but deadly road back over the Haast Pass and on to Queenstown.

A day in Queenstown

We take advantage of lovely weather to go up the mountain on a cable car to enjoy the view over Queenstown, the mountains, and the lake. Later, we visit Walter Peak Station on the TSS Earnslaw.

A detour to Arrowtown and then Te Anau

We visit the old gold mining town of Arrowtown, then drive on past lovely pastoral scenery to Lake Te Anau.

Milford Sound – one more off the bucket list

We visit Milford Sound in the rain, when the waterfalls come out to play.

Dunedin – the Edinburgh of the South

We visit the town of Dunedin and pause for a tour of Larnach Castle.

Dunedin to Mt Cook

We visit New Zealand’s steampunk capital and join a select group of people.

Mt Cook to Christchurch

It’s out final day. Mt Cook has drawn its veil and we spend some time at Lake Tepako, then we have our last group dinner at The George before we disperse.

A photo gallery

I put together some of the better photos into a gallery.