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Queenstown to Franz Josef via Wanaka

Queenstown to Franz Josef via Wanaka

Explore the stunning and renowned West Coast via Wānaka on a fully-guided small group tour from Queenstown. Experience the best way to see the area with Cheeky Kiwi Travel!


NZ$ 290.00

Per Person


  • Fully guided tour & transfer to Franz Josef

  • Historic Cardrona Valley Pub

  • Lakes Hawea & Wanaka, including "that Wanaka Tree"

  • Blue Pools (temporarily closed)

  • Thunder Falls, Ships Creek, Bruce Bay & Lake Matheson

Full Description



1. Queenstown

Your tour begins in the stunning city of Queenstown. As we depart, your guide will set the scene for your journey, pointing out and providing insights into some of the area's top highlights.

2. Cardrona Hotel

Located on the spectacular Crown Range Road between Queenstown and Wānaka, the Cardrona Hotel is one of New Zealand's oldest and most iconic hotels. Its rustic charm, spectacular mountain setting and rich history make it a must-see in Central Otago.

3. Wānaka

We’ll stroll down to the lakeside for that iconic photo of the Wānaka Tree. Soak in the beauty of this expansive lake, backdropped by Mt Aspiring and the Southern Alps—a paradise for photographers.

4. Lake Hāwea

Crossing the mighty Clutha River, we'll head westward past the stunning Lake Hāwea. We'll stop for a quick photo at a lookout point between Lake Wānaka and Lake Hāwea.

5. Blue Pools (Temporarily Closed)

Located in Mt Aspiring National Park, the aptly named Blue Pools are a must-see. This easy 3km round trip is well worth the effort to witness the breathtaking blue waters of the Makarora River.

6. Thunder Creek Falls

An easy 5-minute walk will reward you with a spectacular view of Thunder Creek Falls. This 28-metre waterfall, a remnant of a once-great glacier, pours from a hanging valley.

7. Ship Creek

As we head north along the border where ancient rainforest meets the ocean, we’ll stop at Ship Creek. Dig your toes in the sand and feel the crash of the relentless waves of the Tasman Sea. Explore the dunes via an easy 1km walking track.

8. Bruce Bay

Here, thick native rainforest meets the seemingly endless open ocean. Bruce Bay truly showcases the best of the West Coast!

9. Lake Matheson

We continue to every photographer's dream: Lake Matheson. On a calm day, you can capture Mt Cook reflected elegantly across this picturesque lake. This 4.4km/90-minute easy walk will reward you with breathtaking views of the Southern Alps.

10. Franz Josef

We'll pass many glacial rivers as we journey past Fox Glacier to our destination of Franz Josef. Our guide will drop you at any central accommodation in either Franz Josef or Fox Glacier. If you are continuing to Christchurch the next day, your guide will pick you up from your hotel to carry on the journey.


Fully Guided Small Group Tour at 16 or Less

Lunch - Please advise of dietary requirements

Bottled water & snacks

Meeting Point

The Station - Home of Adventure, corner of Camp & Shotover Street central Queenstown. 

Additional Information

We offer pickup from the listed locations only. If your accommodation is not listed, please select your closest alternative. Pickup time will depend on the location, if you are unsure, please reach out to confirm.

Kamana Lakehouse
Mercure Queenstown
Heritage Hotel
Rydges Lakeland
Hotel St Moritz
Crowne Plaza
Novotel Lakeside
Nomads Hostel
Flaming Kiwi Backpackers
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel
Pinewood Lodge
The Station - Home of Adventure
LyLo Queenstown
Sofitel Hotel & Spa
Aspen Lodge
Ramada Queenstown Central
Heartland Hotel
Scenic Suites
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Millennium Hotel
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront
Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Lakeview
Swiss Belsuites Pounamu
Oaks Shores Resort
The Rees Hotel
Holiday Inn Frankton Road
Sherwood Hotel
Frankton Bus Interchange
Wyndham Garden

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.

Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.

Children below the age of 4 not permitted to travel. Guests can bring 1 suitcase & 1 carry on per person.


NZ$ 290.00

Per Person

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Queenstown, New Zealand, 9300

Queenstown to Franz Josef via Wanaka Small Group Tour (One Way)

Experience the ultimate adventure from Queenstown to Franz Josef via Wānaka.
Duration: 12 Hours
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