2 Day Glacier Express Tour
Tour Type
Independent Tour
Starts
Queenstown
Ends
Christchurch
Duration
2 Days
Departs
Daily

A two day tour from Queenstown to Christchurch via the West Coast travelling with Newmans & Intercity Coachlines. Features include: Haast Pass, Westland and Arthur's Pass National Parks, West Coast rainforests, a visit to the Franz Josef glacier and the world renowned TranzAlpine scenic railway.

Prices per person in NZD* Single help_outline
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Motel Accommodation
NZ$830 per person NZ$715 per person NZ$685 per person
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Hotel Accomodation
NZ$1,105 per person NZ$875 per person NZ$815 per person

*Prices valid for travel before 30 September 2018
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Extra days and activities can be added at time of booking.

HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1 Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier
Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast passing through Cromwell, Wanaka and Hawea before climbing over the Haast Pass into the Westland National Park. The Haast Pass is our southern-most pass that traverses the Southern Alps linking the East Coast with the West Coast. Arriving into Franz Josef, you will be taken to your accommodation before being collected at 4.45pm by Glacier Valley Eco Tours and transferred to the Glacier Carpark where you can take a short walk to the glacier lookout point (this walk is not guided).
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier or similar.
Day 2 Franz Josef - Christchurch
Travel north through lush rainforests and spectacular scenery to Greymouth where we transfer on to the world famous TranzAlpine train. A remarkable journey of little more than four hours from the West Coast to the East Coast including the lush rainforest of the Arthur's Pass National Park. Pass through the Southern Alps via the Otira Tunnel, cross massive viaducts over the Waimakariri Gorge descending to the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and on to the "Garden City" of Christchurch.

Option: Spend an extra day at the glaciers for a half day guided walk onto the glacier and to enjoy some of the many bush walks.


*Prices are per person and include: pick up from centrally located pre tour accommodation, transfers to / from accommodation throughout the tour and activities as specified in the itinerary. Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing are not included in the tour cost.

This tour departs daily


As this is an 'independent' styled tour, you can depart whatever day you like! (subject to availability)

What is an independent tour?
 Independent tours are not escorted group tours - they are for independent travellers. What this means is that it is not the same group of people travelling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are travelling independently. However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.
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Cancellation policy

If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:

  • For cancellations up to 7 days prior to travel – loss of deposit.
  • For cancellations 7 days – 48 hours prior to travel – 50% of total fare will apply.
  • For cancellations within 48 hours prior to travel – 100% of total fare will apply.

All tours may be amended provided these arrangements are made more than 15 days prior to departure. Amendments will incur a fee of NZ$50.00 per file change. Amendments within 15 days of departure will also incur additional fees in accordance with the policies of our suppliers.

Conditions of travel:

Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage or personal effects and/or damage resulting in death or personal injury which might arise whilst on tour with Pacific Travel or its nominated suppliers.

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