BUBBLE BUSTER HOSTED TOURS

Best of the West Coast 

CHRISTCHURCH (1 night) - SHANTYTOWN - HOKITIKA (3 nights) - HOKITIKA GORGE - TREETOPS WALK -  (Franz Josef and Lake Matheson option)  - PUNAKAIKI  - WESTPORT (1 night) - REEFTON - CHRISTCHURCH (1 night)

7 days/6 nights including transfers and 1 night in Christchurch before the tour and 1 night after.

5 days/4 nights commencing Christchurch railway station Monday mornings and ending Christchurch railway station Friday afternoons. 

Mondays,  2022:  August 08, September 05, October 02,  November 26.  (Minimum 2 passengers).

                    2023: March 12

Itinerary - 7 day tour (5 day option excluding Christchurch pre and post tour accommodation and transfers)

Day 1. Sunday          ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH  

Arrive Christchurch and you will be transferred to your accommodation.

 Day 2.  Monday          CHRISTCHURCH - HOKITIKA

Transfer to the rail 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.

Day 3. Tuesday.  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. Drive south 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, the Southern Alps, and Tasman Sea.

Day 4. Wednesday.   HOKITIKA - optional tour to Franz Josef and Lake Matheson (B)

Optional day tour to explore the gold fields of Ross and on to Harihari and Fox glacier 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 Franz Josef for accommodation. We highly recommend a scenic flight by ski plane or helicopter to land on the snows of the Franz or Fox Glaciers - weather permitting - extra cost $250. Minimum 2 passengers required).   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.    Thursday.         HOKITIKA - WESTPORT.      (BD)

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

Day 6.  Friday               WESTPORT - REEFTON  - GREYMOUTH  - CHRISTCHURCH  (B) 

Drive  to the Denniston lookout overlooking thesite 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   $2,190. Single room $2,690

6 day tour   $1,890. Single room  $2,350

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

 

5 day tour includes all of the above except transfers, accommodation, and breakfasts in Christchurch before and after the West Coast. 

 

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

BUBBLE BUSTER  RAIL SHORT BREAK. 3 days/2 nights

Locally hosted on the West Coast

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

 Depart Christchurch every Friday (minimum 2 passengers)

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. 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 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. Sunday.  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   

 

 

Copyright © 2022 New Zealand Tours

Website crafted by bocapa