3 Day Glacier Explorer Tour

A 3 day South Island tour from Queenstown to Christchurch with a day at the West Coast glaciers.

3 Day Glacier Explorer Tour

Short on time? This 3 day tour is a great way to tour from Queenstown to Christchurch. Travelling to the West Coast, home to temperate rainforest, wild coastline and the breathtaking Glaciers. Enjoy a day at leisure in Franz Josef before continuing further north and traversing the Southern Alps on the famous TranzAlpine train.
Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Queenstown to Christchurch
Departs: Daily
Duration: 3 days
Tour Code: 3E

Regions Visited

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Queenstown, Haast, Franz Josef, Greymouth, Christchurch

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast

Day By Day Itinerary

13 Day Platinum Southern Sensations Guided Tour

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

Stay: Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike Tour

Today enjoy a delightful day at leisure in the small but bustling town of Franz Josef. There are a number of activities available from a dramatic guided heli hike on the ice, a walk to the terminal face or a short transfer to the glacier lookout point. Please ask at time of booking – we are happy to include activities into your itinerary.

Stay: Franz Josef Glacier

New Zealand Tours

Travel north through lush rainforest to Greymouth where you will transfer to the TranzAlpine train. Enjoy a remarkable train journey across the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to the “Garden City” of Christchurch.

Average Score: 5 (2 ratings)
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Booked a tour through scenic pacific, as had organised four weeks of holiday in NZ with my dad and thought I’d have a break from organising and let someone else do it for the west coast glaciers.

Really glad I did as it was coming to the end of our holiday and it was so nice to be picked up at the accommodation at both places. It ran smoothly all the way through.

Lisa our agent, was helpful and so quick with responding to me in England,when I first enquired about booking a tour. Nothing was any problem to her and she was cheerful and full of humour all through the months of our correspondence. Our itinerary was waiting for us when we checked into accommodation in Queenstown, 4 days before our tour started. She was interested in our visit to NZ, and very enthusiastic about our tour with scenic pacific.

The coaches were clean and comfortable with informative drivers. The studio apartment in Franz Josef was gorgeous. A massive, comfortable bed and the most beautiful view from the window (bella vista apartments). It even had basic kitchen facilities. (Plug in hob, microwave, kettle, toaster and fridge).

We had a guided walk to the base of the glacier, included in the price. Excellent 3.5 hours with a fabulous guide who was really interesting (zac). Then we had free time in the afternoon, so a bit of a break before next journey.

The coach to Greymouth was excellent. The driver knew great places for refreshment stops. Really chatty fella. Then the TranzAlpine train to Christchurch was amazing.

I would recommend this trip. You can organise it yourself but I didn’t think it was any cheaper (unless you have more basic accommodation or self drive) and it was so nice to have someone else organise everything. Especially a cheerful agent like Lisa.
First the useful things- toll free number is available to call from the USA, emails are responded quickly, staff is excellent. All payments are done beforehand, a set of vouchers gets delivered to your hotel- all organized in the right order.Then the tour goes like clockwork. Detailed summary of each day is provided to you.Their website is quite detailed and you can mix and match all tours time permitting.

Sent them a brief email, followed by a quick call and Heather and Sophie got on my case. Sophie asked what I wanted to do and then came back with a detailed plan. All hotels with room details and all the excursion list was emailed to me. Sophie got all hotel bookings done per my requirements. All hotels were centrally located with excellent breakfast and good restaurants.

Our taxi or shuttle drivers showed up on time, every detail was perfect. We started from Queenstown, toured Milford Sound, went to Franz Josef, did the TranzAlpine train, went to Auckland. You have to do nothing, just book your flights and Sophie and the team will do their magic.

One part of our trip was cancelled due to weather and we got a quick refund. I made changes and cancelled one tour because FlexiTours offered a Rotorua, Waitomo, Hobbiton 1 day tour- it was handled efficiently by Sophie. It was great working with Sophie and Heather- thank you!

Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $807 NZD $1,381 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $790 NZD $1,007 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $1,054 NZD $1,363 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.

3 Day Glacier Explorer Tour

Tour Type: Independent Tours Tour Code: 3E From $790 Per Person Departs: Daily A 3 day South Island tour from Queenstown to Christchurch with a day at the West Coast glaciers. Enquire about this tour

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