11 Day South Island Wanderer Tour

Covering the entire South Island this tour allows you to experience the best of the South with ample time to really explore.

11 Day South Island Wanderer Tour

An eleven day tour covering many scenic attractions of the South Island. Travelling at a relaxed pace with leisure days in Nelson and Queenstown allowing you ample time to explore.
Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departs: Daily
Duration: 11 days
Tour Code: 11W

Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Mt Cook, Queenstown, Dunedin, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Haast, Fox Glacier, Punakaiki, Nelson, Abel Tasman National Park, Blenheim, Kaikoura

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Mt Cook Village & lunch at Hermitage Hotel
  • Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch
  • Visit Lake Matheson
  • Visit Punakaiki

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 - CHRISTCHURCH / MT COOK / QUEENSTOWN
Christchurch to Queenstown via Mt Cook Day Tour

Travel south following the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mount Cook Village via Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Hermitage Hotel along with some free time to enjoy the spectacular surroundings before continuing on to Queenstown travelling via the Lindis Pass and the Kawarau Gorge.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 2 - QUEENSTOWN / DUNEDIN
5 Day Dunedin, Queenstown and Milford Tour5 Day Dunedin, Queenstown and Milford Tour

This morning travel through the Central Otago hill country to the city of Dunedin. This afternoon you may like to include an Otago Peninsula Tour (optional extra). Cruise the length of the harbour and watch as fur seals swim and play, view ocean birds including albatross and enjoy a guided tour of Penguin Place. Please ask about this option.

Stay: Dunedin

DAY 3 - DUNEDIN / TE ANAU
Dunedin, South Island Tours

Free time this morning in Dunedin which boasts some beautiful architecture – a quiet stroll around the city can be most rewarding. In the afternoon journey through the lush pastures of Otago and Southland to the lakeside resort of Te Anau.

Stay: Te Anau

DAY 4 - TE ANAU / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN
South Island Tours

A full day tour to the World Heritage listed, Fiordland National Park. Enjoy cruising Milford Sound and viewing the spectacular waterfalls and towering Mitre Peak before heading to Queenstown arriving in the evening.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
Skyline Gondola and Buffet Dinner Tour

A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort. There are dozens of activities available from jet boating, Lord of the Rings sites, relaxing wine tours. Something for everyone. Please ask for about additional activities.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 6 - QUEENSTOWN / FOX GLACIER

Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast passing via the Haast Pass into Westland National Park.

Stay: Fox Glacier

DAY 7: FOX GLACIER & LAKE MATHESON

Today visit beautifully reflective Lake Matheson. Offering unparalleled views of Fox Glacier, Mount Tasman and Aoraki/Mt Cook, Lake Matheson is the most photographed lake in New Zealand. Winding through ancient native rainforest, the walkway has three viewing platforms along the journey, providing unprecedented views. The full circuit around the lake takes approximately 1 – 1 ½ hours. Later travel a little further north to Franz Josef Glacier.

Stay: Fox Glacier

DAY 8: FOX GLACIER / PUNAKAIKI / NELSON
New Zealand tours

Travel north through the Westland National Park to Greymouth and on to Punakaiki. Time to visit the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes before your journey continues north through Westport and the Buller Gorge to Nelson.

Stay: Nelson

DAY 9: NELSON AT LEISURE
Tours including Nelson

“Sunny” Nelson is a lovey city facing the Tasman Bay. It’s known for its local arts and crafts stores and art galleries. It’s also a popular base for nearby vineyards and has a vibrant cafe scene. Perhaps go further out of Nelson and visit the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. Please ask if you would like us to include this option in your tour package.

Stay: Nelson

DAY 10: NELSON / KAIKOURA
South Island Tours

Travel through the Nelson state forests to Blenheim before heading south to the seaside resort of Kaikoura. Enjoy spectacular views of the Kaikoura coastline and the seaward Kaikoura mountain range. This afternoon is at leisure in Kaikoura.

Stay: Kaikoura

DAY 11: KAIKOURA / CHRISTCHURCH
2 Day Coastal Kaikoura Explorer Tour

This morning there is time for an optional whale watching cruise. Marvel at the giant Sperm Whale and the Dusky Dolphin or if you prefer, a gentle stroll along the coastline or a look around the quaint wee shops. This afternoon relax on board the Coastal Pacific train* as you take in the beautiful scenery during your journey back to Christchurch.

* Travel may be by coach if the Coastal Pacific train is not operating

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Hi Tess

First day back at work today but I thought I’d send an e-mail to thank you and your colleagues for all your help in making for a worthwhile trip to NZ! Given Christchurch had it’s own problems to deal with I appreciated you guys looking after me and it was so nice of you to come in person to the airport on my final day, so I’ll certainly recommend Pacific Travel if anyone asks me about my trip to the South Island.

Kindest Regards
Hello Heather

We would like to thank you for organising a wonderful tour over the south Island for us.

The pickup and taking back to the train coaches and hotels was excelled and all to the minute. Outstanding was the coach driver, Peter from Nelson to the Haast pass. His commentary and knowledge was superb. The coach from Queenstown to Milford sound and boat trip on Milford Sound were very good as well, and good commentary from our lady coach driver. The boat trip on the Otago Harbour and a look at the Albatross colony at Taiaroa head from the open sea was a real pleasure, nice ride on an old wooden fishing boat and a very windy day made us feel so good.

Over all, we are so pleased that we contacted you to organise this tour for us. Thanks. Carole and Bob Reus.

PS:
Thank you for the refund on the cancelled Whale Watching trip.

Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $2,863 NZD $3,646 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $2,763 NZD $3,172 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $3,912 NZD $5,490 NZD Enquire / Book
Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.
Frequently Asked Questions – Independent Tours

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 traveling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are traveling independently.  However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.

What dates do your tours depart?
The Pacific Travel Independent Tour programme operates on a daily basis (with daily departures) using the services of Great Sights, InterCity, Interislander and KiwiRail. All tours are subject to availability at time of booking.

What is included in the tour cost?
All tours 2+ days in length include coach travel, transfers, accommodation and sightseeing activities where specified. A detailed travel wallet with your travel vouchers and comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you or delivered to your pre tour accommodation for you to collect on check in.

What is not included in the tour cost?
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing (except where stated in the itinerary) are not included in the tour cost.

I am travelling alone – can I pay the triple or twin share rate and be linked with other travellers?
No, unfortunately. You must pay the single room – per person cost.

I am travelling with children, what price will I pay?
Please contact us for information on child fares, as these vary based on the specific product you require. Some sightseeing activities are unsuitable for children.

Are any meals included in the tour cost?
Our Superior accommodation option includes breakfast. No other meals are included in the tour cost except where stated in the itinerary. The coach makes various refreshment / comfort stops throughout the day where food can be purchased. Each evening you are free to relax and dine at you choice of restaurant either on site if you choose Superior accommodation, or just a short walk into town if staying in Standard accommodation.

Is Halal food available in New Zealand?
Along with a small population of Muslims, New Zealand has an increasing number of Muslim visitors. Halal food and restaurants are now found in many areas of the country.

Do Independent Tours have a tour escort?
As these tours are Independent, you do not have an escort traveling with you. However all coach drivers are experienced professionals. They will share their vast knowledge of our country with you by providing an informative commentary on most routes.

Can I add in additional nights to a tour?
Yes you can. All tours are very flexible. Please ask one of our Travel Consultants for extra nightly rates.

What is the difference between Standard & Superior accommodation? 
Standard:  Motor Lodge, apartment style accommodation, self-contained accommodation, ensuite bathrooms.
Superior: 4 star hotel accommodation, includes breakfast.

Note all accommodation is reviewed regularly by staff, we have high standards and good relationships with all our providers. We endeavour where possible to book accommodation that is within easy walking distance of the centre of town.

What if I cannot find exactly what I am looking for on the website?
Let us know what is on your wish list to see and do and we are more than happy to help you plan a customised tour.

How much luggage can I take on my tour?
Each passenger may take 2 pieces of luggage (max 25kg each). For safety reasons, each passenger is limited to one carry on item (max 5kg). We also advise you check the maximum baggage allowance with your chosen airline.

How do I make a payment for a tour?
For bookings made more than 30 days prior to travel, Pacific Travel require a deposit of NZ$50 per person. This deposit is non-refundable. Balance of payment is due 30 days prior to travel. For bookings made 30 days or less prior to travel, full payment is required at the time of booking. Visa & MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. A 2.5% Credit Card Fee applies to all payments by credit card. You may pay via direct bank transfer to avoid the credit card fee. Bank details will be on your booking advice. All prices advertised are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive.

What is your cancellation policy?
If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
Cancellations 30 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit.
Cancellations 0 – 29 days prior to travel: no refund.
Booking amendments made by you. An amendment fee may be charged, to cover our administration and communication costs. We may also need to pass on any amendment/cancellation fees imposed by our suppliers.

Conditions of travel
Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel Ltd 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 may arise whilst travelling with Pacific Travel Ltd or its nominated suppliers. All transportation, both land and sea, is subject to the terms and conditions of the company providing the transport, some of which limit or exclude liability. These are available from the carriers concerned on request.

Will I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Factors may arise that require you to cancel or amend your holiday, so it is essential you are covered for any costs that may be incurred. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time as you book your tour and flights. Pacific Travel Ltd does not sell travel insurance.

Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
If you wish to reward someone for a job well done it is always much appreciated.

Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter for the purpose of a holiday or vacation under the visa waiver program. If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand then you should contact the New Zealand consulate in your home country well before your departure date. We recommend you also check with your local travel agent or airline for any visa requirements to New Zealand particularly if you are passing through Australia. Information on the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) can be found here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta

What currency is used in New Zealand?
The New Zealand dollar is the only legal tender in New Zealand. View a guide between your local currency and the New Zealand dollar. Please note: Your tour and all purchases using a credit card in New Zealand will be charged in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the current exchange rate at the time of purchase.

11 Day South Island Wanderer Tour

Tour Type: Independent Tours Tour Code: 11W From $2,763 Per Person Departs: Daily Covering the entire South Island this tour allows you to experience the best of the South with ample time to really explore. Enquire about this tour

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