8 Day Wildlife and Glaciers Tour
Tour Type
Independent Tour
Starts
Christchurch
Ends
Christchurch
Duration
8 Days
Departs
Daily

A comprehensive eight day South Island tour. With stunning scenery and incredible wildlife around every corner, it will be difficult to put you camera down. Enjoy the sights of a ‘World Heritage’ National Park, an abundance of wildlife on Otago Peninsula and guided walk to the terminal face of Franz Josef Glacier. This tour has it all.

Prices per person in NZD* Single help_outline
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Motel Accommodation
NZ$3,205 per person NZ$2,315 per person NZ$2,135 per person
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Hotel Accomodation
NZ$4,475 per person NZ$3,000 per person NZ$2,650 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

HIGHLIGHTS - included in the fare
  • Full day Otago Peninsula tour
  • Cruise of Milford Sound with lunch
  • Queenstown
  • Skyline Gondola
  • Glacier Valley Walk at Franz Josef
  • TranzAlpine scenic railway
Day 1 Christchurch - Dunedin
Travel south over the Canterbury Plains to the towns of Timaru and Oamaru. Follow the coastline to Palmerston and then its over the Kilmog Hill and Mount Cargill to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South. Afternoon at your own leisure to explore Dunedin.
Accommodation: Alexis Motor Lodge, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross or similar
Day 2 Otago Peninsula
Today is a full day tour out to the Otago Peninsula. This includes the Otago Harbour and Taiaroa Head wildlife cruise, scenic Otago Peninsula bus tour and guided tours of the Royal Albatross colony, the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, a visit to wading bird habitats and a guided tour of Larnach Castle, one of Dunedin's great landmarks. 
Accommodation: Alexis Motor Lodge, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross or similar
Day 3 Dunedin - Te Anau
Morning at leisure in Dunedin for you to take in some of the many sites. In the afternoon board your coach for your journey through the lush pastures of Otago and Southland to the lakeside town of Te Anau.
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel or similar
Day 4 Te Anau - Milford - Queenstown
Regarded as one of the world's most scenic journeys, Fiordland National Park - a world heritage area. Enjoy a one and a half hour cruise of Milford Sound viewing spectacular waterfalls and famous Mitre Peak before travelling to Queenstown arriving in the evening.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar
Day 5 Free Day in Queenstown
A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort style town. We have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. We are happy to book additional sightseeing activities, please ask at time of booking.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar
Day 6 Queenstown - Franz Josef
Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast passing through Cromwell, Wanaka and Hawea before climbing over the Haast Pass into the Westland National Park. 
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier or similar
Day 7 Full Day at Franz Josef
This morning we have included a 3 hour guided Glacier Valley Walk to the Franz Josef terminal face. Your Glacier Valley Walk will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho River bed following the glaciers path of retreat in this remarkable landscape. Here you will learn about the glacier's history, see what is left behind by this majestic giant, and learn the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere. Near the terminal face, after a brief climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the rapidly changing terminal face of the glacier. This leisurely and informative tour is customised to suit every walking group, no tour is exactly the same. Please note this trip does not take you onto the ice. Afternoon at your own leisure in Franz Josef.
Option: Upgrade to a 'Glacier Heli Hike' - a thrilling flight and an amazing three hour guided glacier hike. Please ask at time of booking.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier or similar
Day 8 Franz Josef - Christchurch
Continue north through lush rainforest and spectacular scenery to Greymouth to board the famous TranzAlpine Train, recognised as one of the top six rail journeys in the world. Arrive into Christchurch early evening.
Optional extras which can be added to this tour

*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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