TOURS & BUS PASSES / Queenstown to Christchurch Bus Pass

Queenstown to Christchurch Bus Pass

This Queenstown to Christchurch Bus Pass is your ticket to the Far South of New Zealand to see amazing scenery, remote areas and wildlife plus learn about the early settlers' history. You'll get to experience Mt Cook, Milford Sound and more on this hop on hop off bus backpacker bus pass. 

We recommend at least a week to get the most out of your trip and to allow some time to hop-off and explore your favourite destinations for longer, although you can travel the route in as little as 7 days!


  • Start in the Adventure Capital of the World - Queenstown
  • Travel to the stunning fiord of Milford Sound and historic and remote Gunn's Camp - a truly unique overnight stay!
  • Option to take the ferry to Stewart Island - a land of natural untouched beauty and wildlife 
  • Stay at base of NZ's highest mountain Aoraki/Mt Cook, one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand!

What's Included

  • Knowledgable driver-guide who will help get you around the country and tell you everything you need to know about New Zealand.
  • Guaranteed accommodation along the way, no need to book in advance (extra cost). More details here
  • Questions? Check out our FAQ or Contact Us

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Number of Days 7

Starts: Queenstown Finishes: Christchurch

Tour Type: Hop on Hop Off Bus Pass


May 01, 2019 - September 30, 2019: Thursday and Sunday
October 01, 2019 - October 13, 2019: Thursday and Sunday
October 14, 2019 - November 11, 2019: Thursday and Sunday
November 12, 2019 - January 08, 2020: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
January 09, 2020 - February 22, 2020: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
February 23, 2020 - April 22, 2020: Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
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It’s an early start as we head towards breathtaking Milford Sound. This morning there is time to do the Milford Sound cruise, before we head for our unique overnight stop, Gunn’s Camp. Located in the solitude of Hollyford Valley (and one of our top rated overnight stops), enjoy an evening under the stars, spot glow-worms and listen out for Kiwi bird calls. 


Historic camp on the edge of the Hollyford Track in the heart of Fiordland National Park. 


Free Activities: Humbolt Falls walk, visit the historic museum.

Paid Activities: Milford Sound Cruise. 

We start the morning with a short riverside stroll through beech forest on the Viewing Gantry walk. This afternoon we travel further South to Invercargill, next stop Stewart Island! Stewart Island has an abundance of activities such as fishing, kayaking, diving, bird watching and tramping tracks. There are also options for those not going to Stewart Island to stay in Invercargill. 


Central hostel.


Free Activities: Walks, enjoy Gunn’s Camp.

Paid Activities: Ata Whenua – Shadowland, incredible movie of Fiordland National Park, Te Anau Wildlife Centre.

The morning is yours to explore the island, meet the locals, go fishing or enjoy some of the walks. We catch an afternoon ferry back to the mainland. For those who chose not to venture onto Stewart Island your bus departs mid-morning to head out to Waipapa Point, Curio Bay and Porpoise Bay for some sea-lion, penguin and dolphin spotting. 


Central Hostel. 


Free Activities: Explore the Island for amazing birdlife, relax and enjoy Island life.

Paid Activities: Hire a scooter, Ulva Island for heaps of native birds, cod fishing. 

Today is yours to explore Queenstown, or partake in one of dozens of adventure activities. Stick around Queenstown for as long as you like, there’s plenty to do. 


Central Hostel. 


Free Activities: Walk up Queenstown Hill, check out the Resort Town’s great views.

Paid Activities: Too many too list! Adventure activities galore, Lord of the Rings Tours, Wine tastings. 

Today it’s off over the Lindis Pass en route for New Zealand’s highest peak. We arrive in the early afternoon with time to do a Mt. Cook 4WD and Argo Tour, check out the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine centre or do one of the many great short walks in the park. 


Stunning alpine lodge inside the National Park. 


Free Activities: Take photos of stunning scenery.

Paid Activities: Cruise on a lake filled with iceburgs. Scenic flights. 

Leaving Mt. Cook we’re off to Rangitata. We make a stop at the insanely blue Lake Tekapo. Tonight spend the night in one of Canterbury’s original sheep stations, a great place to get outdoors, go horse trekking or wander through native bush in Peel Forest. 


One of Canterbury’s original sheep stations. 


Free Activities: Take photos of stunning scenery, go for a walk.

Paid Activities: Tekapo Hot Springs, Ice skating, Snow tubing

This morning, you will have the opportunity to sign up to a top-notch grade 5 white water rafting experience on Rangitata River under the foot of the Southern Alps or to explore the stunning Peel Forest scenery on horseback. The bus arrives mid-afternoon in Christchurch, leaving you to travel on or explore the city at your leisure or catch your departing flight. 

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February 2017

This bus pass is well worth doing. You'll see some great things - the Deep South is an amazing place to be. I recommend spending some extra time in Queenstown (beyond the free day). If you're staying in Christchurch longer than 24 hours, I recommend hiring a car (otherwise you'll unfortunately see and do nothing).

Trip Date: January 2017

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