Franz Josef to Christchurch Tour via Hokitika with TranzAlpine Train

Christchurch to Franz Josef with TranzAlpine

Uncover the untamed beauty of New Zealand’s West Coast on a one-of-a-kind New Zealand small group tour and train journey from Franz Josef to Christchurch with Cheeky Kiwi Travel. This iconic journey takes you on a bucket list adventure along the ever-changing coastline, passing through hidden gems and quaint towns, offering unforgettable opportunities to stop and explore.

Led by our famously passionate guides, this is your chance to truly discover the rugged landscapes, spectacular natural wonders and charming towns of the West Coast.

You even have the option to continue your adventure with Cheeky Kiwi by adding an onward journey from Christchurch to discover destinations like Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Milford Sound and Queenstown.

Franz Josef Tours
Hokitika Gorge
Franz Josef to Christchurch Tour - Otira Lookout
Māwhera Quay, Greymouth
TranzAlpine Train Journey

Key details

Tour overview

Destination Highlights: Hokitika, Hokitika Gorge, Otira Gorge, Greymouth, TranzAlpine Train.

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12 hours approx
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Lunch & snacks included
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All Ages Tour


$489 adult / $387 child

  • Fully-guided tour led by an experienced guide
  • TranzAlpine train tickets included
  • 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. Franz Josef

We start your journey from the tranquil town of Franz Josef, as we make the journey towards the garden city of Christchurch.

2. Hokitika Gorge

Our first destination is the hidden gem of Hokitika Gorge, known for its striking turquoise waters and lush native bush. This enchanting gorge is a favorite among nature enthusiasts and photographers for its unique beauty and unforgettable vistas.

3. Hokitika

Experience the laid-back atmosphere of Hokitika, where nostalgia and natural beauty converge. Enjoy lunch and a stroll along Hokitika’s wild beach, where black sand meets the rugged coastline. Our guides allow ample time to explore this “cool town” and its many offerings.

4. Otira Gorge Lookout

Known as Death’s Corner, the Otira Viaduct Lookout offers an amazing view of the national park. This impressive 440-metre-long bridge makes driving Arthur’s Pass possible and is an excellent spot for photos of the bridge and surrounding landscape. You might even spot a cheeky kea, New Zealand’s alpine parrot!

5. Greymouth / Train Station

Located in 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 rugged cliff tops, wild beaches, and the tranquil Grey Valley, Greymouth is a picturesque destination on its own, and also serves as a hub for connecting to Christchurch on the east coast via the renowned TranzAlpine train.

6. Christchurch / Train Station

As your train arrives to the station, you will see our van there waiting for you! Our guides will drop you at our designated city locations before our goodbyes.

Exploring more of New Zealand? We’d love to host you on another Cheeky Kiwi adventure – check out our tours from Christchurch for inspiration!

Why book with Cheeky Kiwi Travel?

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Tour Group

Small group size

Enjoy a more interactive and personalised tour experience

Famously Passionate Guides

Famously passionate tour guides

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

Comfortable mini buses

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

Extra Surprises on Tour

Extra surprises

Surprise stops, wildlife viewings and other little delights along the journey truly set our tours apart

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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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