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2 Day Glacier Tour

Pushed for time? This 2 Day takes you through the South Island's main divide on the TranzAlpine train from the East Coast to the West Coast. After viewing Franz Josef Glacier from a great vantage point, you head south taking in the beautiful Haast Pass before arriving in Queenstown.

2 Day Glacier Tour

A 2 Day South Island tour from Christchurch to Queenstown via the West Coast. Features include: Arthur's Pass National Park, West Coast rainforests and the beautiful Haast Pass.

Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Christchurch to Queenstown
Departs: Daily Except 25 December
Duration: 2 Days
Tour Code: 2G

Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Greymouth, Haast Pass, Queenstown

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Transfer to view glacier

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 - CHRISTCHURCH / GREYMOUTH / FRANZ JOSEF

Board the TranzAlpine Train and cross the Canterbury Plains into the Arthur’s Pass National Park. Once on the West Coast we follow a narrow coastal strip of beech forest with a spectacular mountain back drop south to the glaciers. Take a short trip to enjoy the views of the glacier.

Stay: Franz Josef Glacier

DAY 2 - FRANZ JOSEF / QUEENSTOWN

Travel deeper into South Westland taking in the spectacle of Haast Pass. Admire the views of many beautiful lakes including Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan and Wakatipu before arriving in Queenstown.

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Thank you again for the best holiday! It was fantastic, all from your efforts.

Being picked up from the Magnolia was absolutely a treat, gorgeous driver, a car all to ourselves, you did well. He was a lovely, nice man. Then, the train! What an excellent way to see everything, all went smoothly, hotel at Franz Joseph divine!then off to see the glacier glinting in the late sun.

Bus next day stunning, Steve the driver very informative and an excellent driver. So, all in all, a most perfect few days, Barry and I can’t thank you enough for cobbling it altogether so beautifully!!

Hi hum, back to the humdrum..but wonderful memories with huge thanks to you.
Kind regards
Hi Heather

I really appreciate all your help with the recent tour (amended 2 Day Glacier Tour). Since we needed to put together an itinerary at the last minute, I wouldn’t have been able to work out the details alone, especially long distance.

My husband and father received all the documents and details of the trip at their hotel that very night we booked, and it was very kind of you to hand deliver them. Having all the arrangements handled helped put them at ease so they could enjoy the rest of the trip. The travel day was long and a bit tiring, but the train was a nice change from bus travel and the glacier was lovely. Everything went smoothly and they arrived back in Christchurch on time and ready to depart the next morning.

I feel lucky to have found you and again, you have my thanks. If we visit New Zealand again I will give you a call – this time farther in advance!
Take care

Prices for period 1st October 2018 to 30th September 2020

Accommodation Tourist (Motel) Quality (Hotel)  
Twin/Double $755 NZD $920 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $730 NZD $850 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $885 NZD $1,215 NZD Enquire / Book

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

NOT INCLUDED
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.

 

TOUR TYPE - 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.

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 Iour 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 your agent prior to your departure or delivered to your pre tour accommodation for you to collect on check in.

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 Independent Tours do not include meals. There are exceptions where a picnic lunch is included on particular sectors. The coach does make 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 quality class, or just a short walk into town with tourist class. Many accommodation providers offer a breakfast service which can be arranged directly.

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 quality and tourist class accommodation? 
Quality class:
 Hotel style accommodation with a restaurant on site, 4 star standard. At times 4 star motor lodges are also used. 
Tourist class: Self contained style accommodation with ensuite bathrooms and kitchenette facilities, 3.5 – 4 star standard. Breakfast provisions can be purchased from these properties but you will need to go to the town centre to purchase your evening meal. 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 NZ$500 per person or 10% of the value of the package price (whichever is greater). This is a non-refundable deposit. 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. 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 31 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit plus a further 10% of the total package price.
Cancellations 15 – 30 days prior to travel: Deposit + a further 20% of the total package price.
Cancellations 0-14 days prior to travel: 100% of total fare (no refund).
Booking amendments made by you: an amendment fee of 10% of total package price will 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. Unfortunately Pacific Travel 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.

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. The above currency conversion page is to be used as a guide only.