BUBBLE BUSTER HOSTED TOURS
Best of the West Coast - winter wonderland.
CHRISTCHURCH - SHANTYTOWN - HOKITIKA (3 nights) - HOKITIKA GORGE - TREETOPS WALK - PUNAKAIKI - WESTPORT - REEFTON - CHRISTCHURCH.
6 days/5 nights. Commence Christchurch thursdays: July 1, August 05, September 2.
Day 1. Thursday ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH
Arrive Christchurch and you will be met and transferred to your accommodation.
Day 2. Friday CHRISTCHURCH - HOKITIKA
8.15am Depart Christchurch railway station aboard the "Tranz Alpine" express for one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world across the Canterbury Plains climbing through the foothills of the Southern Alps criss crossing the Waimakariri River on the way to Arthurs Pass for a brief break. Travel through the Otira tunnel and descend into the rainforest of the West Coast. Pass Lake Brunner and the Grey River and arrive Greymouth 1.05pm.
You will be met by your local guide and visit Shantytown. Ride the train (usually diesel hauled now), pan for gold, and recapture something of the atmosphere of the gold rush era. On to Hokitika and catch up on Hokitika in its prime during the gold rush era and even a bit of Luminaries lore.
Three nights accommodation and breakfast at the Beachfront Hotel, Hokitika, overlooking the Tasman Sea.
Day 3. Saturday. HOKITIKA (B)
This morning we go back to nature at the Hokitika Gorge for a short walk among the breathtaking scenery. Enjoy a leisurely Eco boat cruise on the Lake Mahinapua waterways originally used by pioneers, gold diggers, and early explorer then on to the West Coast Treetop walkway for an exhilirating treetop adventure high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi trees with great views (weather permitting) of Lake Mahinapua, Southern Alps, and Tasman Sea.
Day 4. Sunday. HOKITIKA (B)
Free time to explore at your leisure and enjoy the rugged West Coast beach in front of your hotel and support the local shops and restaurants.
Day 5. Monday HOKITIKA - FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER (BD)
Drive South and visit the goldfields of Ross, Franz Josef Glacier lookout, and Lake Matheson. Overnight at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier. Optional helicopter flights to land on the glacier - weather permitting and extra expensse.
Day 6. Tuesday FRANZ JOSEF - GREYMOUTH - PUNAKAIKI (BD)
Drive north through Greymouth and the coal mining towns of the area to the amazing Punakaiki Rocks in the Paparoa National Park. Explore the area and overnight at Punakaiki.
Day 7. Wednesday. PUNAKAIKI - KARAMEA - WESTPORT (BD) GREYMOUTH - CHRISTCHURCH (B)
Continue to the seal colony at Cape Foulwind and into Westport to visit the Coal Museum then on to Seddonville and Karamea returning to Westport for the night.
Day 8. Thursday WESTPORT - GREYMOUTH - CHRISTCHURCH. (B).
Depart for Denniston, site of one of the most famous coal mining areas on the West Coast. The Brakehead 40 minute loop walk will include a viewpoint over the famous Denniston incline, Denniston's first settlement camp, the Banbury drystone arch, and the historic mine workshop site. Continue to Reefton and visit The Bearded Mining Company for a visit to a recreated miners hut and cup of Billy Tea. Watch the Blacksmith and try your hand at gold panning. A short visit to the Reefton Distillery Co with a little tasting. Return to Greymouth to rejoin the "Tranz Alpine" to recross the Southern Alps to Christchurch where arrival is scheduled for 6.05pm. You will be transferred back to your hotel
Day 9. Friday CHRISTCHURCH DEPART
You will be transferrd to the airport for departure.
Tour cost per person: Maximum 10 passengers in tour
2 per room $2,690. Single room $3,290
Tour cost includes:
** 2 nights in Christchurch with breakfast.
** Return travel from Christchurch to Greymouth aboard the "Tranz Alpine" train.
** All travel on the West Coast by driver escorted mini or midi bus.
** 8 nights accommodation and breakfast
** Admission fees to: Shantytown, Treetops walk, Waterways cruise, Reefton Distillery.