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5 Day Southern Escape Tour

Starting in Queenstown, this South Island tour includes some fabulous activities. From lake cruises, farm tours, gondola rides, spectacular Milford Sound and the twinkling delights of the Glowworms in Te Anau, there really is something for everyone.

5 Day Southern Escape Tour

Starting and ending in Queenstown, this is the perfect tour for those short on time but wanting to see and do much of what Queenstown and the surrounding South Island area has to offer.

Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Queenstown to Queenstown
Departs: Daily
Duration: 5 days
Tour Code: 5SE

Regions Visited

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Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • TSS Earnslaw Cruise & Walter Peak Farm Tour
  • Queenstown Gondola & Luge
  • Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch
  • Te Anau Glow Worm Caves

Day By Day Itinerary


Welcome to Queenstown, New Zealand. You can arrive into Queenstown any time today. We have included an airport transfer to your accommodation – simply let us know your flight details.

Stay: Queenstown


Enjoy a cruise on the historic TSS Earnslaw across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Be entertained during a guided tour of the farmyard and the charming Colonel’s Homestead for a traditional high country morning or afternoon tea of scones, cakes & slices all freshly baked on site. After the delicious goodies, the farmer will lead you over to the shearing shed where you can watch the farm dogs rounding up sheep and see a sheep shearing display. Re-board the TSS Earnslaw for your cruise back across Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown. Today also includes entry on the Skyline Gondola along with 3 luge rides Travel 450 metres above Queenstown to the top of Bob’s Peak where you’ll enjoy the best views unfolding before your eyes. Later be thrilled as you travel down the luge course on purpose built luge carts. You have control as you take on over 800 metres of banked corners, tunnels and dippers. Once you’ve conquered the course, hop on the chairlift and do it all again!

Stay: Queenstown


A full day tour to the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park – a truly spectacular region of snow capped mountain, glacier lakes, fiords, waterfalls and dense forest. From Te Anau, travel to the forested Eglington Valley, Mirror Lakes, Homer Tunnel and Chasm before arriving into Milford Sound. Enjoy a one and a half hour cruise of Milford Sound viewing the spectacular waterfalls and Mitre Peak. lunch is included for you. After your cruise, board your coach to Te Anau.

Stay: Te Anau


This morning is free at leisure for you to enjoy the tranquil township of Te Anau. This afternoon, enjoy a visit to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. You travel by boat across Lake Te Anau to Cavern House on the Western Shores. On arrival, join a nature guide for your Glowowrm experience both above and below ground. After your eyes adjust, marvel at the sight of these soft bodied beetles light up the darkness like stars.  On your return to Te Anau township, join your coach for you journey back to Queenstown arrive late evening.

Stay: Queenstown


Your tour arrangements end this morning after checking out of your accommodation. You may like to add on a West Coast tour and continue your South Island experience or alternatively coach connection to Christchurch can be arranged.

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

Accommodation Standard Superior (Includes breakfast)  
Twin/Double $1,330 NZD $2,770 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $1,220 NZD $1,515 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $1,915 NZD $1,760 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.