3 Day Southern Highlights Tour

A short but comprehensive tour which includes coach travel to Queenstown, with a scenic stop made at Mt Cook village – giving you the chance to view NZ’s highest mountain with your own eyes! A must for every visitor is the coach trip to Milford Sound. With ample scenic photo stops and extensive commentary from your driver, you'll learn about this unique and beautiful part of the country.

3 Day Southern Highlights Tour

Travel from Christchurch to New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt Cook - enjoying a delicious lunch at Hermitage Hotel, then onto Queenstown. Day two is a full day excursion to the world famous Fiordland National Park and cruise of Milford Sound.
Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departs: Daily
Duration: 3 days
Tour Code: 3S

Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Tekapo, Mt Cook, Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sound

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Mt Cook Village & lunch at Hermitage Hotel
  • Milford Sound cruise & picnic lunch

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 via lakes Tekapo and Pukaiki to Mount Cook village where there is time to enjoy a delicious lunch at Hermitage Hotel. You may also like to take one of the many short walks available or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. Continue onto Queenstown travelling via the Lindis Pass and the Kawarau Gorge.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 2 - FULL DAY EXCURSION TO MILFORD SOUND
New Zealand Tours

A full day tour to the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park – a truly spectacular region of snow capped mountains, glacier lakes, fiords, waterfalls and dense forest. From Te Anau, travel to the forested Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, Homer Tunnel and Chasm before arriving into Milford Sound. Enjoy a stunning cruise of Milford Sound viewing the spectacular waterfalls and Mitre Peak.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 3 - QUEENSTOWN / CHRISTCHURCH
15 Day Classic New Zealand Explorer Guided Tour

Today depart Queenstown and travel via the stone fruit growing area of Cromwell, the town of Omarama, famous for its gliding, Tekapo and the rural towns of Fairlie, Geraldine and Methven through to the “Garden City” of Christchurch.

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Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $975 NZD $1,245 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $1,085 NZD $1,160 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $1,410 NZD $1,670 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 Southern Highlights Tour

Tour Type: Independent Tours Tour Code: 3S From $975 Per Person Departs: Daily A short but comprehensive tour which includes coach travel to Queenstown, with a scenic stop made at Mt Cook village – giving you the chance to view NZ’s highest mountain with your own eyes! A must for every visitor is the coach trip to Milford Sound. With ample scenic photo stops and extensive commentary from your driver, you'll learn about this unique and beautiful part of the country. Enquire about this tour

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