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

Franz Josef to Christchurch Tour

Planning your onward journey from Franz Josef to Christchurch? Want to make it one to truly remember? Join Cheeky Kiwi Travel on a fully-guided, small group tour from Franz Josef to Christchurch via Hokitika 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 Southern Alps, Canterbury Plains 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.

Complete your adventure with Cheeky Kiwi by adding an onward journey from Christchurch with epic day trips available to destinations like Mt Cook, Queenstown, Milford Sound and more!

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

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

Key details

Tour overview

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

Tour starts icon
Ends Franz Joseph
Tour Duration Icon
12 hours approx
Tour Inclusions Icon
Lunch & snacks included
Optional Tour Add-Ons
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
Cheeky Kiwi Travel Tour Bus

Tour itinerary

1. Franz Josef

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

2. Hokitika Gorge

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

3. 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.

4. Otira Gorge Lookout

Marvel at the awe-inspiring Otira Viaduct Lookout, also known as Death’s Corner. This engineering marvel, stretching 440 metres, 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 Kea, New Zealand’s Alpine Parrot. We then head towards the picturesque village of Arthur’s Pass.

5. Arthur's Pass Village

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.
6. 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.

7. Christchurch

Upon arrival in Christchurch, your guide will drop you off at designated city locations, concluding our unforgettable journey.

Want to continue exploring the South Island? Check out our small group tours from Christchurch to iconic destinations like Queenstown, Milford Sound, Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo.

Why book with Cheeky Kiwi Travel?

TripAdisor Traveler's Choice

Top rated tours

1,500+ five star reviews on TripAdvisor

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 minibuses

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

New Zealand Tours Icon

Customisable NZ tour packages

Explore our full-range of tours and add-ons to customise your New Zealand adventure

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