Franz Josef to Christchurch via Hokitika (One Way) inc TranzAlpine

From NZD $489.00
  • Duration: 12 Hours (approx.)
  • Location: Franz Josef, West Coast
  • Product code: FJCH1WT

West Coast from Franz Josef. The West Coast of New Zealand offers a unique holiday experience, featuring scenic roads, breathtaking landscapes, and picturesque spots. 

This iconic route takes you on a bucket list adventure along the ever-changing coastline, passing through hidden gems and towns, and offering endless opportunities to stop and explore. Join us as you hop on the train towards Christchurch, offering views only possible through the Tranzalpine, this allows a panoramic landscape of the Majestic Southern Alps up close.  With collection in the city, our guide will take you to your accommodation as you tell us all about your experience.


  • Tranzalpine
  • Hokitika Sign
  • Hokitika Gorge


  1. Franz Josef – We leave the quiet town of Franz Josef, as we make our way towards the garden city of Christchurch. With a couple of stunning stops along the way you’ll be immersed in this tour with us.

  2. Lake lanthe (5min) - Lake Ianthe is surrounded by hills and podocarp forests, with a large flax swamp at its southern end. The lake is home to a diverse array of wetland birds, including the endangered Great Crested Grebe, which has one of the largest populations in New Zealand. The lake is situated in a glacial trough, surrounded by a moraine and flows into Wanganui River through Ianthe Creek. A little stop here for those “wows” and “oooohs”

  3. Hokitika (1.5hrs) - Experience the laid-back atmosphere that's sure to evoke a sense of nostalgia once we arrive in Hokitika. Allowing time for a stroll down Hokitika's wild beach, where black sand meets the rugged coastline.  Looking out towards the Tasman Sea you’ll be able to watch the rugged surf with views towards a shipwreck and perhaps you'll have a chance to stumble upon some greenstone. Our guides give you the time needed to enjoy this “cool town” and a little teaser of what it has to offer

  4. Hokitika Gorge (1hr) - Why not join the group on an excursion towards a stop hidden away on the West Coast, Hokitika Gorge, a treasured gem that consistently inspires awe, with its striking turquoise waters radiating an otherworldly beauty. Nestled amidst a lush canopy of native bush, this enchanting gorge is a magnet for nature enthusiasts and photographers, who flock to capture its unique essence and unforgettable vistas. After getting those Instagram worthy shots our driver will collect you as we head towards Greymouth for your train.
  5. Greymouth (5 min) - Our guide will drop you at the Information center for your train towards Christchurch. Greymouth is located in the heart of New Zealand's South Island, Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region, with a population of around 14,000 people. Nestled amidst chiseled cliff tops, wild beaches, and the picturesque Grey Valley, this charming destination is not only a beautiful spot itself, but also a key hub for connecting via the renowned TranzAlpine train service.

    From here your scenic train ride from Greymouth to Christchurch begins! 

  6. Christchurch - The final stretch towards the vibrant city, offering a unique blend of history, culture and boasting architecture, ranging from ancient landmarks to modern marvels, while its thriving art scene provides endless opportunities for culture seekers. Meanwhile, the laidback lifestyle and stunning natural surroundings make it a paradise for nature lovers, offering a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of modern city life. Our guide will collect you from the train station before dropping you off at your accommodation. With new friends and memories, this full packed day is sure to make you want more.


  • Small Group
  • Tranzalpine Lunch Voucher
  • Fully Guided Tour
  • Bottled Water & Snacks

Optional Extras:

  • Tree top walk

  • Pounamu 

  • Scenic flights

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