BUBBLE BUSTER HOSTED TOURS

Best of the West Coast 

CHRISTCHURCH - SHANTYTOWN - HOKITIKA (3 nights) - HOKITIKA GORGE - TREETOPS WALK -  LAKE MATHESON - FRANZ JOSEF - PUNAKAIKI - WESTPORT - REEFTON - CHRISTCHURCH. 

8 days/7 nights including transfers and 1 night in Christchurch before the tour and 1 night after.

6 days/5 nights commencing Christchurch railway station sunday mornings and ending Christchurch railway station friday afternoon. 

THE TRAIN CONNECTION. This tour connects from our GRAND RAIL TOUR departing Auckland mondays for Wellington (3 nights), Picton (1 night), arriving Christchurch friday for 1` extra night connection.

THE FAST TRACK. Depart Auckland thursday by "Northern Explorer" for Wellington 1 night) and ferry and train to Christchurch friday with 1 extra night included.. Extra cost 2 per room $890. Single room $1,190.   

6 days/5 nights 

Commence Christchurch (Minimum 2 passengers and covid alert level one required)

Saturdays: 2021 November 13,  2022: January 15,  March 12, 
 

This tour can commence any saturday in Covid Alert Level One  for a minimum of 4 passengers at the same price.

Day 1. Saturday          ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH  

Arrive Chirstchurch and you will be transferred to your accommodation.

 Day 2.  Sunday          CHRISTCHURCH - HOKITIKA

Passengers on the 8 day tour will be transferred to the railway station.

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), 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. Monday.  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 explorers. 

Day 4. Tuesday.   HOKITIKA - TREETOPS - LAKE MATHESON - FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER - HOKITIKA  (B)

Our full day tour explores the gold fields of Ross and on to Harihari and Franz Josef Glacier for a lunch break and scenic flight option. Visit the Franz Josef Glacier lookout* and continue to Fox Glacier township. Walk through the forest to beautiful Lake Matheson before returning to Hokitika

We highly recommend a scenic flight by ski plane or helicopter to land on the snows of the Franz or Fox Glaciers - weather permitting and extra expense.   Ski plane or helicopter flight (30 mins $249 – no landing) With landing on the glacier 35 mins $359, 45 minutes $499,  Grand Circle 55 minutes - the ultimate sightseeing experience $599. prices subject to confirmation.

*Please note: with the reduced walkway length from the car park to the viewpoint  the only way to get a decent view of Franz Josef glacier is by helicopter. 

Day 5. Wednesday.   

Free day to enjoy Hokitika, stroll the beach, explore the town, support the shops, or just relax.

Day 6.    Thursday         GREYMOUTH - PUNAKAIKI - WESTPORT     (BD)

Drive north through Greymouth and the coal mining towns of the area to the amazing Punakaiki Pancake Rocks in the Paparoa Natiuonal Park. Explore the area and continue to the seal colony at Cape Foulwind and into Westport to visit the Coal Museum then on to Westport for the night. Dinner included at a local restaurant.

Day 7.  Friday     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. Passengers on the 8 day tour will be transferred back to your hotel. 6 day tour ends on arrival at Christchurch Railway Station. 

Day 8. Saturday    CHRISTCHURCH DEPART     (B)

Passengers on the 8 day tour will be transferred to the airport.                    

Tour cost per person: (8 day tour)

8 day tour   $2,690. Single room $3,290

2 per room  $2,390. Single room $2,790

Tour cost includes (8 day tour):

**  Arrival and departure transfers and 1 night accommodation and breakfast in Christchurch before and after the West Coast. 

**  Return travel from Christchurch to Greymouth aboard the "Tranz Alpine" train. 

**   All travel on the West Coast by driver escorted mini or midi bus. 

**  7 nights accommodation and breakfast and 1 dinner in Westport.

**    Admission fees to: Shantytown, Treetops walk,  Waterways cruise, Reefton Distillery

 

Programme for tuesday and wdnesday may be interchanged to get the best weather at the glaciers. 

BUBBLE BUSTER  RAIL SHORT BREAK.

Locally hosted on the West Coast

CHRISTCHURCH - HOKITIKA - SHANTYTOWN - ECO CRUISE - TREETOPS - CHRISTCHURCH. 

 Depart Christchurch every Friday in Covid Level One. 

This tour links with our MAGNIFICENT MOUNTAINS  tour departing Christchurch every monday which connects with our FABULOUS FIORDLAND tour in Queenstown. 

Day 1.   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. Overnight in Hokitika and catch up on Hokitika in its prime during the gold rush era and even a bit of Luminaries lore.         

Day 2. Monday.  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 explorers.Continue 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 Free afternoon to enjoy Hokitika. Spend time in the museum, visit a jade carver, glassblower, and gold centre, or wander the rugged beach. 

Day 3. HOKITIKA - CHRISTCHURCH (B)

Drive north to Greymouth for a short tour then on to the amazing Punakaiki pancake rocks in the paparoa National Park.  Return to Greymouth to rejoin the "Tranz Alpine" for your journey across the Southern Alps to Christchurch arriving 6.30pm. Our arrangements end on arrival at the station.

Tour cost per person 

2 per room   $1,390.  Single room  $1,590

 

Tour cost includes  

** Return travel on the "Tranz Alpine" from Christchurch to Greymouth and back.  

** Transfers from Greymouth to Hokitika and back and sightseeing to Shantytown, Eco cruise, Treetops, and in Hokitika.. 

** 2 nights accommodation and breakfast in Hokitika.  

** Admissions to Shantytown, Eco cruise, and Treetops walk.  

 

CHRISTCHURCH ACCOMMODATION.

If you need accommodation in Christchurch before and after your tour we can provide a complete package including

** Arrival transfer to your hotel, accommodation for 1 night with breakfast, and transfer to the train on sunday morning. 

Ibis or Heartland Cotswald   2 per room $190. $270

Novotel, Sudima,  or other first class central city hotel. 2 per room $260. single room $370   

 

 

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