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5 Day Dunedin, Queenstown and Milford Tour

Travel via Lake Tekapo & Mt Cook to Queenstown - NZ's premier resort town. Cruise the length of Milford Sound and spend a night in Te Anau. Visit Dunedin - gateway to Otago Peninsula which is home to New Zealand Fur Seals, rare Hooker’s Sea Lions, Yellow-Eyed Penguins, and the only mainland Royal Albatross colony.

5 Day Dunedin, Queenstown and Milford Tour

First stops are spectacular Queenstown & Milford Sound. Then journey on to Dunedin with their much celebrated train station, regarded as the most photographed in the country. Wildlife is in abundance should you choose to visit the Otago Peninsula where you can see Yellow Eyed Penguins, Fur Seals & the magnificent Albatross.

Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departs: Daily
Duration: 5 Days
Tour Code: 5Q

Regions Visited

Click on the region name to view more information about the region

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

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch

Day By Day Itinerary


Travel south following the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mount Cook Village via Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Free time in Mount Cook before continuing on to Queenstown travelling via the Lindis Pass and the Kawarau Gorge.

Stay: Queenstown


A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort. We have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. There are dozens of activities available. Something for everyone.

Stay: Queenstown


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.

Stay: Te Anau


High country tussock soon gives way to the lush pastures of Southland and Otago as you travel through Gore and Balclutha arriving in Dunedin. This afternoon is at leisure. Please ask at time of booking if you wish add an Otago Peninsula tour to view wildlife.

Stay: Dunedin


Morning at leisure in Dunedin to take in some of the sights or do a little shopping. This afternoon travel north through the undulating hill country of Otago and through the cities of Oamaru and Timaru before arriving in the “Garden City” of Christchurch.

Average Score: 5 (6 ratings)
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Thank you for all your help and co-operation in organising the 5 Day South Island Tour for my parents. They thoroughly enjoyed it.

All the pickups / drop offs were on time, the hotels were excellent, the drivers / guides were very helpful and friendly. All this and much more could have been possible only because of Scenic Pacific Tours and above all your co-ordination, help and effort.

A big thank you to you from my parents & us. We look forward to planning more holidays with Scenic Pacific in near future.
Kind regards
Hi Tess

Thank you so much for working with me and setting up our tour. We had an amazing time!! Visiting New Zealand was a dream of a lifetime. Absolutely breathtaking!

Our tour package was great! Everything went very smoothly, as we didn’t encounter any conflicts at all. Our travel documents were waiting for us upon check in. Thank you for including brochures about the cities/tours we were to visit. They were very helpful.

The buses by great sights were very nice! Loved travelling on them and wished our whole tour was with them. Main perk of that was the ability to charge my phone. The intercity buses didn’t have this option available.

As far as the tour itself, it was amazing. We wished we had a little more time to explore the island or a couple of the stops longer. I don’t think this is anything you can fix, as the buses have a schedule to keep..but that is one thing that would have been nice. Just more time along the way.

The additional bookings that I had you add went smoothly as well. We were picked up at the right time and all went very well! The wildlife tour was spectacular! Highly recommend to others as a must do in Dunedin.

All the hotels you booked for us were very nice! We even were upgraded a couple of nights unexpectedly. The hotel in Queenstown was our favorite! We were so close to everything and the hotel was superb!

All in all, the tour was amazing and we loved how everything was all planned out ahead of time and paid for in full.

I would highly recommend booking with you at Scenic Pacific to others who plan to visit New Zealand.
Thank you!! Hopefully someday we will return.
Hi Folks,

I meant to get in touch sooner but we were still in New Zealand for a while after our tour so I sort of forgot. However, we were just looking back on out time on the South Island the other day and we thought we should thank you for the smooth running of the whole operation. The hotels were fantastic, all of them and the timing of buses, taxis, pick ups etc were first class. Like a well oiled machine, I couldn’t believe it.

On landing at Christchurch, the airline had lost our luggage and when your representative called round with the itinerary at our initial accommodation we still had not got it back. So we were wondering if this was to be one long catalogue of disasters. Fortunately, the bags came the next day (good job we stayed 2 days in Christchurch and didn’t go on the tour the following day), and from there things went swimmingly.

Thanks once again!
I am now back in the UK and am enjoying telling all my friends and family about my experiences. I thought the whole trip was absolutely excellent. The quality of the people involved and the accommodation and day trips were brilliant. The quality of the hotels in Dunedin and Queenstown was outstanding. Also the Intercity/Great Sights coaches and tours were brilliant. The drivers were excellent – very informative and timely and made what were pretty long journeys fly by with their passion for their country and good humour.

I think a highlight has to be the trip to Milford Sound where I was lucky enough to see dolphins and seals and the most stunning views. Absolutely every person that I had contact with as part of the trip from the coach drivers to the hotel staff and the taxi drivers were so friendly and helpful and as a single traveller I felt very reassured and comfortable. They are a great representative on behalf of your country and for New Zealand too.

I would just like to say a special thank you to Graham the Intercity coach driver who took me from Christchurch to Dunedin on the day the snow fell in Christchurch. I think many other drivers would have given up and turned back in such bad weather conditions but he was determined to get us to our destination and was an absolute star because it would have knocked on to the whole trip if we hadn’t got out of Christchurch when we did. So big thanks to him! And a big thank you to you and your company for organising such a great trip.

The information and itinerary provided were excellent and knew what and where I was meant to be at every step of the way. Everything ran as it should and on time and everywhere I went there seemed to be someone waiting for me or expecting me which was so reassuring. So THANK YOU!! If I ever come back to NZ (which I really hope I will!), I would definitely use you guys again and I will be recommending you to anyone who goes to NZ.

Kind Regards,
E Caden, UK
Dear Lisa

Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for all the arrangements for the tours and accommodation. We really did enjoy ourselves and all the accommodations were all so convenient and comfortable.

Everything from the coach pick up, transfers and check ins went off seamlessly. And we had fantastic weather too and the sights were breathtaking.

Once again, kudos to you and your team and keep up the great work!
Many Thanks!
Good Morning Sophie & Monique

We’re back in Canberra with our daughter and her family.

Sophie, we want to express our most sincere appreciation to you for all your assistance in setting up our tour. It’s not easy planning a trip from 15,000 km away ! You were so helpful with your communication prior to and during our trip.

Monique, the extra effort and consideration given us as a result of our medical emergency was exceptional by any standards! We are so grateful to both of you for helping us get “back on track”.

The fact that this occurred on a Sunday when most businesses are closed…is not lost on us. Not only did Monique “rise to the occasion “…she did so in such a manner that was personable and professional and gave us options as well!

You both helped to convert a potential nightmare into a successful and enjoyable journey with a minor hiccup. Thank you for your caring!

Ladies…I was in customer service my entire working career and and you two have exceeded all expectations!!

Thank you again from two slightly weary but very content customers!
Warmest regards,

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

Accommodation Tourist (Motel) Quality (Hotel)  
Twin/Double $1,460 NZD $1,815 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $1,325 NZD $1,585 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $2,075 NZD $2,795 NZD Enquire / Book

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

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.



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.