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6 Day Dunedin, Fiordland and Glaciers Tour

Board the renowned TranzAlpine Train to the West Coast of the South Island, enjoying lush ancient rainforest of the Westland National Park before continuing south to the 'Adventure Capital' of NZ - Queenstown. Visit picturesque Milford Sound & Fiordland National Park. Final stop is the Scottish influenced city of Dunedin.

6 Day Dunedin, Fiordland and Glaciers Tour

A great 6 day tour of the South Island covering the East and West Coasts along with the Fiordland region.

Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departs: Daily
Duration: 6 Days
Tour Code: 6D

Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Greymouth, Franz Josef, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau, Dunedin

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Transfer to glacier
  • Queenstown gondola
  • Milford Sound cruise & picnic lunch
  • Otago Peninsula tour

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 - CHRISTCHURCH / GREYMOUTH / FRANZ JOSEF

Board the TranzAlpine Train and cross the Canterbury Plains into the Arthur’s Pass National Park. Once on the West Coast we follow a narrow coastal strip of beech forest with a spectacular mountain back drop south to the glaciers. Take a short trip to enjoy the views of the glacier.

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 2 - FRANZ JOSEF / QUEENSTOWN

Travel deeper into South Westland taking in the spectacle of Haast Pass. Admire the views of many beautiful lakes including Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan and Wakatipu before arriving in Queenstown.

Stay: Queenstown

 

DAY 3 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

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

DAY 4 - QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND / TE ANAU

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

DAY 5 - TE ANAU / DUNEDIN

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 enjoy an Otago Peninsula tour. Cruise the length of the harbour and watch as fur seals swim and play, view ocean birds including albatross before returning via road back to the city.

Stay: Dunedin

DAY 6 - DUNEDIN / CHRISTCHURCH

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 (4 ratings)
Just to say a big thanks for the tour I have just completed. All the arrangements worked perfectly.

The bus drivers were all very good. The accommodation just what I required. And as for the scenery… I have so many great photos, it’ll be hard to choose which ones to blow up to make into pictures on the wall.

So look, thanks again. I will recommend Pacific Travel to everyone and anyone. Best wishes.
The trip went off without a single hitch and the itinerary allowed us to see a lot of the South Island in just a few days.

I wish we could have spent longer, but I think packing it into 6 days was a good way to go. Glad I did not try to drive it!

We love the South Island… the sights, the people, the food etc. All of the motels were in great locations and the coaches seemed so efficient, on time, and the drivers were great.

So, thanks for setting this up on short notice and providing a great tour.
Having limited time but wishing to see as much of the South Island as possible I booked the 6 day tour with Scenic Pacific.

Sophie was my tour organiser and did a great job fitting in with my schedule and my flights to and from Christchurch.

The bus and train journeys were amazing as were all the sights around the island. The tour was really well organised including a number of transfers, nice hotels, awesome cruises especially Milford Sound.

Would highly recommend Scenic Pacific for your South Island tour.
We had great time in the South Island.

Our tour highlight was Milford Sound, the best trip I have ever done. Pouring rain was beautiful that made all those water falls everywhere, and delicious food on the cruise. We enjoyed every thing around there.

All accommodation you chose for us were excellent, l like Punga Grove with tropical surroundings most.

Thank you Janet for all your effort, precise plans and timing. Coach drivers were so good – very knowledgeable and punctual. Specially Mike from Queenstown day trip to Milford Sound. He was excellent. He knows everything and good joker too. He dropped us at Te Anau.

Thanks again Janet, I can recommend your company to anyone.

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

Accommodation Tourist (Motel) Quality (Hotel)  
Twin/Double $1,905 NZD $2,430 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $1,750 NZD $2,130 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $2,650 NZD $3,700 NZD Enquire / Book

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

NOT INCLUDED
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.

 

TOUR TYPE - 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 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.