Christchurch to Franz Josef Tour via Hokitika (One-Way)

Christchurch to Franz Josef Tour

Searching for the best way to get from Christchurch to Franz Josef? Join Cheeky Kiwi Travel on a fully-guided, small group tour from Christchurch to Franz Josef via Wānaka and get ready for a scenic adventure like no other!

Led by our famously passionate guides, you’ll experience the diverse landscapes of the West Coast, including the Canterbury Plains, Southern Alps and lush rainforests. Your journey will take you through Arthur’s Pass – one of the most picturesque mountain passes in New Zealand – with opportunities for stunning photos and short hikes.

Your tour concludes in Franz Josef with the option to book an onward journey to Queenstown with Cheeky Kiwi. While in Franz Josef, you’ll have the chance to enjoy guided glacier hikes, helicopter tours, hot springs and nature walks, immersing yourself in the natural wonders of this epic region.

Want to combine your Christchurch to Franz Josef tour with a scenic journey on the world-renowned TranzAlpine train? Check out our Christchurch to Franz Josef day trip with train option.

Christchurch Sunset
Castle Hill
Franz Josef to Christchurch Tour - Otira Lookout
Though through Arthur's Pass
Hokitika Gorge
Wanaka Willow Tree

Key details

Tour overview

Destination Highlights: Castle Hill, Arthur’s Pass, Otria Viaduct Lookout, Hokitika, Hokitika Gorge.

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Starts Christchurch
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12 hours approx
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Lunch & snacks included
Optional Tour Add-Ons
Add-on tours available
All Ages Tour


$290 adult / $250 child

  • Fully-guided tour led by an experienced guide
  • Small group size for a more interactive experience
  • Modern, comfortable minibus equipped with WiFi and USB charging ports
  • Thoughtfully planned itinerary featuring stops at listed destinations
  • Lunch included – please specify any dietary requirements when booking
  • Free snacks and bottled water
  • Free cancellation with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice
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Tour itinerary

1. Christchurch

We depart from the vibrant garden city of Christchurch, embarking on our journey towards the tranquil village of Franz Josef.

2. Castle Hill

Wander among the striking limestone rock formations at Castle Hill, sculpted by erosion over time. This iconic landscape has been featured in movies like ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Narnia’. Explore at your own pace and watch climbers and boulderers tackle the rugged terrain.

3. Arthur's Pass

Witness the majestic Southern Alps up close as we approach Arthur’s Pass Village. Once there, you can choose to hike the Devil’s Punchbowl track, a one-hour walk with a gentle incline leading to a powerful 131-metre waterfall, or explore the local shops and cafes.

  • Devil’s Punchbowl: A moderate hike through bush and forest, culminating in a spectacular waterfall view.
  • Arthur’s Pass Village: Enjoy a meal, grab a coffee, and browse local shops, immersing yourself in the village’s charm.
4. Otira Gorge Lookout

Marvel at the awe-inspiring Otira Viaduct Lookout, also known as Death’s Corner. This engineering marvel, stretching 440 metre, allows us to traverse Arthur’s Pass. Capture stunning photos of the viaduct and surrounding national park, and keep an eye out for the playful Cheeky Kea, New Zealand’s Alpine Parrot. We then head towards the picturesque village of Arthur’s Pass.

5. Hokitika

Immerse yourself in the nostalgic charm of Hokitika. Enjoy a leisurely lunch and stroll along the wild black sand beach, where the rugged coastline meets the Tasman Sea. Our guides provide ample time to explore this “cool town” and its unique offerings.

6. Hokitika Gorge

Discover the breathtaking Hokitika Gorge, a hidden gem renowned for its mesmerizing turquoise waters and lush native bush surroundings. This picturesque location is a haven for nature lovers and photographers, offering stunning vistas that captivate the soul.

7. Franz Josef

Upon arrival in Franz Josef, our guide will drop you off at designated locations.

Check out our day trip from Franz Josef to Queenstown to continue your South Island journey with Cheeky Kiwi.

Why book with Cheeky Kiwi Travel?

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Small group size

Enjoy a more interactive and personalised tour experience

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Famously passionate tour guides

Our authentic and knowledgeable guides go the extra mile to make you smile

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Complete with air conditioning, USB charging ports and good vibes!

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About Our Guides

About our guides

At Cheeky Kiwi Travel, our famously passionate guides are the heart of your adventure. Each guide is an engaging host who brings rich knowledge, enthusiasm and a personal touch to every tour. All Cheeky Kiwi guides have clean, passenger-endorsed driver licenses, are trained in first aid and receive comprehensive training before they hit the road with you. Whether it’s revealing hidden gems, sharing fascinating stories, or ensuring your comfort and safety, our guides go the extra mile to make your journey truly unforgettable.

Guest reviews

Smaller and more intimate

“This was one of the highlights of my trip to New Zealand. I’m glad I specifically went with this tour as it is smaller and more intimate. Driver Ben was hilarious, informative and enthusiastic throughout the entire day.”

Ryan F

Knowledgeable and very passionate

“Such a great tour guide, extremely knowledgeable and very passionate about his country, people and culture. Absolute champion.”

Fiona S

Fantastic day trip

“We had a fantastic day trip with Cheeky Kiwi. From pick up to drop off we never felt rushed. We enjoyed sitting back and relaxing while our trusted driver took us on our very long journey.

Leanne C

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