Hello! Two of us are looking into doing the Tranzalpine Back Paddock trip in April. We were hoping for more information. While traveling, how do accommodations work? I saw that there was an "add on" for accommodations but that was only for 3 nights - we are traveling for 9 days. Where do we sleep for the other nights? Also, are some of the nights included?
Can you please send a more detailed itinerary for this trip?
Kia Ora Torie,
Great that you are looking to come to NZ to do the Tranz Alpine Back Paddock trip. A little FYI, the Tranz-Alpine train is currently closed due to Fire damage but is estimated to re-open on the 4/4/17. As long as you are looking to start your travels after this date, you should be fine. Alternatively there are a couple of other ways you could experience the South Island: 1) is the Southern Round-up pass which does a loop of the South Island starting, or 2), you could take a public bus/shuttle over Arthurs Pass to meet the Kiwi Experience in Greymouth (the road is fully operational).
The Kiwi Experience Accommodation guarantee is: we will guarantee your accommodation in all overnight stops on minimum time. This means, one night in Lake Mahinapua, two nights in Franz Josef, one night in Wanaka, three nights in Queenstown, one night in Lake Tekapo and one night in Christchurch. The cost of accommodation is not included. If you wish to stay longer in any of the locations, I suggest you call ahead and enquire about availability.. All our accommodation providers are listed on the Kiwi Experience App form more information.
The accommodation packs are a combination of the unique stays on our circuit and are designed to get you started, we have the rest of the nights guaranteed to make sure you stay high and dry.
Itineraries for the day to day trips are also listed on the App, but generally speaking, we get you on the bus, make sure you have somewhere to stay, make sure you have some entertainment when you get off the bus, then tell you some tall stories, stop for a few photo opportunities and take you on a short walk, then drop you off safe and sound at the other end.
I hope this helps,