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5 Day National Parks 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 National Parks 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, Milford Sound, Franz Josef

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch
  • Transfer to view glacier

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: Queeenstown


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



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


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


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 (7 ratings)
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Just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for organising my parents tour of New Zealand.

They had an excellent time and found all the accommodation, connections, transfers, sights and guides to be excellent, which made for a very memorable experience.

Thank you again for offering a great service.
We are now back at Christchurch, we leave early in the morning. On behalf of my family, I thank you very much for this awesome tour you prepared for us, the excellent organisation and all the efforts you made for us. It was an unforgettable journey.
I must let you know that we are now back in the UK. We had a wonderful time in New Zealand and the 5 Day South Island Tour was the highlight.

The flight back from Milford Sound to Queenstown was the highlight of the highlight! Especially when Jon was invited to sit in the co-pilots seat.

Thank you and your team for your excellent arrangements. It all went like clockwork.
“We just got back from our trip to Australia / New Zealand. I’m writing to let you know that we had a fabulous time on the New Zealand Southern Island tour. Everything went off without a hitch and you did a great job in making sure all the tours and connections were handled. “
I travelled in New Zealand from Oct 10 till Nov 4.

I booked two Scenic Pacific tours. One was on the North Island from Auckland to Wellington and stayed overnight in Rotorua and Taupo. The second started in Christchurch and went along the highlights on the South Island. A beautiful tour visiting Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown and Milford Sound. From collection at my hotel, the bus drivers, the bus, the hotels everything was well organised. Superb. Special was the Maori night at Rotorua and the Milford Sound tour.

Special thanks to Jodee for everything she arranged. 
I just loved Milford Sound. So peaceful and beautiful. Sunrise / sunset is reflected in the waters, fur seals frolicking under the sun and the clearness of the water is just amazing. Taking an overnight cruise was even more special – I got to know some beautiful people across the globe. We had some amazing weather, super sunny the whole time I was there and I was able to take a plane flight back. Very lucky.

Onwards to Franz Josef…. Thank you for organising this trip.
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.

Prices for period 1st October 2018 to 30th September 2019

Accommodation Tourist (Motel) Quality (Hotel)  
Twin/Double $1,665 NZD $2,245 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $1,575 NZD $1,855 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $2,100 NZD $2,925 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.