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.
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.
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.
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.
We visit the old gold mining town of Arrowtown, then drive on past lovely pastoral scenery to Lake Te Anau.
We visit Milford Sound in the rain, when the waterfalls come out to play.
We visit the town of Dunedin and pause for a tour of Larnach Castle.
We visit New Zealand’s steampunk capital and join a select group of people.
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.
I put together some of the better photos into a gallery.