5 Day Mt Cook, Milford and Glaciers Tour

This top-notch 5 day tour showcases the best New Zealand's South Island has to offer. After viewing majestic Mt Cook, take in the beauty of Milford Sound where the forested cliffs reach dizzying heights. After a day to 'chill out' in Queenstown continue your tour through some stunning West Coast rainforest.

5 Day Mt Cook, Milford and Glaciers Tour

One of our most popular New Zealand tours! Take in all the South Island hot-spots of Mt Cook, Queenstown, Milford Sound, and the Glacier region before ending your tour on-board the beautifully scenic TranzAlpine train. A wonderful tour for those short on time.
Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departs: Daily
Duration: 5 days
Tour Code: 5G

Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Tekapo, Mt Cook, Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Haast, Franz Josef

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Mt Cook Village & lunch at Hermitage Hotel
  • Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch
  • Transfer to view glacier

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 - CHRISTCHURCH / MT COOK / QUEENSTOWN
Mt Cook Day Tour

Travel south following the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mount Cook Village via Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Mt Cook is Australasia’s highest mountain at 3654 metres and with ten other mountain peaks over 3000 metres, this region is spectacular. Free time at Mt Cook village including a delicious lunch at Hermitage Hotel before continuing on to Queenstown travelling via the Lindis Pass and the Kawarau Gorge.

Stay: Queeenstown

DAY 2 - MILFORD SOUND DAY EXCURSION
Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruises

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: Queenstown

DAY 3 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
10 Day New Zealand Adventure Tour

A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort town. There are dozens of activities available, something for everyone. Please ask at time of booking for additional options.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 4 - QUEENSTOWN / FRANZ JOSEF
4 Day West Coast Tour

Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast passing via the Haast Pass into Westland National Park. Take a short trip to enjoy the views of the glacier.

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 5 - FRANZ JOSEF / CHRISTCHURCH
8 Day Southern Traverse Tour

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.

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“I just want to say how much we enjoyed our recent coach tour of New Zealand’s South Island.  The coach drivers were very well informed,especially Tom Gilles, the gentleman we had on our first day on the way to Queenstown.  We loved our cruise around Milford Sound.  Our trip to Franz Josef Glacier was spectacular and our accommodation there was particularly good.

The journey on the Trans-Alpine express was the real highlight of the journey.  I can also recommend Quest apartment accommodation in Christchurch. 

Overall, the trip was a great success and I want to thank you for organizing it for us.  Back in Ireland now with lots of good memories. Many thanks.”
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. We’ve just returned to the UK.

We had an amazing tour, thank you. The drivers were very informative throughout our journeys and we learnt so much about the country and they were also very accommodating too. We did arrange our own accommodation in Queenstown and were very pleased with our choice. The hotel in Franz Josef was equally as good. Even though the tour was full on and there were lots of early starts and late returns it was very much worth it.

Having travelled with yourselves around some of the North Island in 2015 and the South Island this year we will not hesitate to re-book with you again when we return. Many thanks for you assistants with our booking.
Hi Sophie

We had a wonderful trip! It was very well organized, great informative bus drivers, very nice accommodations and a very good value. You have a beautiful country, and all we saw makes me want to come back and take in more.

Thanks for all of your help in getting us booked at a late date.
Our Best to You and Pacific Travel.
Hi Lisa
We have just got back from nearly 3 weeks away – just over 2 of which were in New Zealand.

We had an amazing time and thoroughly enjoyed the trip that we did with you – the scenery was breathtaking and dramatic and both my husband, Mark and I both said that if we had to choose we preferred the south island.

The Great Sights team were superb – the right level of commentary – but we did have a favourite. We think the driver was called Geoff we think (he was an ex geography teacher and his knowledge of the terrain shone through) – he drove us on 16th Jan from Christchurch -Mount Cook – Queenstown. So massive thumbs up to him but the other two drivers were also good although less knowledgeable compared to Geoff.

We would definitely recommend this tour to people – we covered a lot of ground in a few days and really felt that we had been given a really good tour in terms of the locations we went to, the stops on the way, the commentary en route and the safety aspect of being driven in the coach (all were excellent drivers and we felt very safe).

I have sent you a link to some photos in a file I created for you in Google photos – I haven’t yet labelled where they all are yet but I’m sure you can see based on the tour that we did.
Thank you again for all you help. Wish we were there!! 🙂
Best wishes

Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $1,771 NZD $2,205 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $1,627 NZD $2,052 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $2,366 NZD $3,012 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.

5 Day Mt Cook, Milford and Glaciers Tour

Tour Type: Independent Tours Tour Code: 5G From $1,627 Per Person Departs: Daily This top-notch 5 day tour showcases the best New Zealand's South Island has to offer. After viewing majestic Mt Cook, take in the beauty of Milford Sound where the forested cliffs reach dizzying heights. After a day to 'chill out' in Queenstown continue your tour through some stunning West Coast rainforest. Enquire about this tour

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