West Coast Wonder
West Coast Wonder
West Coast Wonder

West Coast Wonder

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Coach Tour | Minimum 6 to guarantee departure

Innovative Travel is here to help you rediscover New Zealand, with professional care, on inspirational coach tours, designed with our partners Inspired New Zealand Tours. Each tour has a minimum of 6 participants, and will be hosted by your professional Coach Captain. Sit back and relax while someone else does the driving, and take time to see the sights that may have previously flashed by! Whether you are a solo traveller, couple or friends, these tours present an ideal proposition.

If you are a solo traveller and would like to share a twin room please ask us for more details.
Contact us for special pricing for rental car options, private driver options or exclusive group travel.

  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Important InformationTOUR EXLUSIONS

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch, you will be transferred to your city hotel for the first night of your tour. Depending on your arrival time you may like to walk around the exciting redevelopment of central Christchurch, surrounding your city hotel. From stunning new architectural office buildings and shopping centres to the rebuild of the historic Arts Centre. Later this afternoon meet your local tour representative, who will provide a tour briefing and confirm tomorrow’s departure details.

Day 2: Christchurch to Hanmer Springs B,D 

This morning enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of Christchurch City, where you will learn about the amazing rebuilding efforts taking place in the city following the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Leaving Christchurch your tour will take you north to the Waipara region renown for producing rich and spicy Pinot Noirs and Rieslings. Heading inland, the road takes you through North Canterbury and on to the picturesque alpine village of Hanmer Springs. Take a dip in the Thermal hot pools located just a short walk from your hotel. Dinner is included this evening.

Day 3: Hanmer Springs to Greymouth B,D 

Leaving Hanmer Springs drive west and over the Lewis Pass. This northern most pass of the three main passes over the Southern Alps is at an elevation 907 Metres. The first stop this morning will be Reefton, the first town in New Zealand, some say in the Southern Hemisphere to be lit by electricity. Visit the Reefton Distilling Company, fast becoming known for their Little Biddy range of Gin’s.   Onwards to Westport, and then head to Cape Foulwind to visit the seal colony at Tauranga Bay.   Join State Highway 6 and pass through the small town of Charleston – founded during the gold rush of the 1860’s and then travel alongside rugged Woodpecker Bay. Arrive in Punakaiki, located on the edge of the Paparoa National Park. Take a walk around the famous limestone landscape of Pancake Rocks, which started to form over 30 million years ago. Continue onto Greymouth. Dinner is included this evening at your hotel.

Day 4: Greymouth to Fox Glacier B,D 

Today learn about the fascinating history and appreciate the raw beauty of the West Coast. Visit Shantytown for an insight to the goldmining past of the coast and ride on the lovingly preserved steam railway. Further south take time to explore Hokitika, famous for Jade carving and glass blowing. Onwards you will pass alongside coastal forests, glistening lakes and more historic gold mining towns before arriving into Franz Josef Township. On arrival drive up the Franz Josef Glacier Valley Road and walk a short distance to a viewing point of the Glacier Valley. The final destination today is Fox Glacier town. As a special tour highlight, we have included a Helicopter flight over the Fox Glacier with stunning views of the Southern Alps, out over the Fox township and beyond to the West Coast.

Day 5: Fox Glacier to Christchurch B,D

Leaving Fox Glacier on State Highway 6 climb over Mt Hercules and along the Whataroa River whose source is the Southern Alps. Pass by the towns of Hari Hari (the name in Maori legend means “to carry joy” and Ross before stopping again at Hokitika. Continue on to the Kumara Junction where the road turns inland and travel across the Southern Alps. Stop at Arthurs Pass, a historic township named after the explorer Arthur Dobson who was the first European to travel through here to the West Coast in 1864. Continue to Christchurch. Dinner is included this evening at tour hotel.

Day 6: Depart Christchurch B 

Your tour will conclude today following breakfast and your transfer to the Airport.


  • Christchurch Airport to City Hotel Transfer
  • Welcome tour briefing on Day 1
  • A/C coach: Christchurch, Hanmer, Reefton, Punakaiki, Greymouth,
  • Hokitika, Franz Josef, Fox Glacier, Arthurs Pass, Christchurch
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Five nights in excellent centrally located accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts (B)
  • 4 x Dinners (D)
  • Modern air conditioned vehicle as per Itinerary outline

      Sightseeing includes

  • Christchurch City Tour
  • Hanmer Springs Thermal Hot pools
  • Reefton Distilling Company
  • Pancake Rocks
  • Shantytown
  • Franz Josef Glacier Valley
  • Fox Glacier Helicopter Flight

DOC Concessions where applicable included
Christchurch City Hotel to Airport Transfer


  • Domestic Air Fares
  • Additional /Optional Tour Costs
  • Hotel Mini Bar
  • Sightseeing not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not stated in Itinerary

Accommodation based on the below or similar

Day 1: Christchurch

Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 2: Hanmer Springs

Hotel: Drifters Inn

Day 3: Greymouth

Hotel: The Ashley Hotel Greymouth

Day 4: Fox Glacier

Hotel: Distinction Fox Glacier Hotel

Day 5: Christchurch

Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel


A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required at the time of booking. The balance of the tour price is required 47 days prior to your travel date. If you book inside 47 days, full payment will be required at the time of booking. If you cancel between 26 and 47 days prior to your travel date 40% of your tour cost will be charged. If you cancel between 8 and 20 days prior to your tour departure you will be charged 60% of your tour cost. Cancellations within 8 working days of departures will incur a 100% cancellation charge. All cancellations must be acknowledged in writing.

Innovative Travel recommends purchasing travel insurance, even when travelling within New Zealand.


Full Terms and conditions are listed on the Innovative Travel website. When a booking is made it is accepted that these are agreed to. They include the following: Itineraries are correct when initially published, however are subject to change due to circumstances outside our control.

Flights are the responsibility of the passenger and Innovative Travel takes no responsibility for costs involved for any changes to flights that might be required due to necessary amendments in itineraries.

Note: Wheelchair passengers

Some activities are not suitable for wheelchair passengers and any passenger requiring wheelchair assistance must be accompanied by a fellow traveller that is capable of assisting with all mobility requirements. Maximum of one wheelchair per group, the wheelchair must be fully collapsible. Further wheelchairs may be allowed subject to group size.

Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any. All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings if joining one of the New Zealand tours from another country. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.

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