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7 Day Glaciers, Lakes and Night Sky Tour

Visually stunning with beautiful turquoise waters surrounded by an equally stunning mountainous back drop, Lake Tekapo will certainly have you clicking your camera. Lake Tekapo is a feast for the eyes and is only one amazing place you will visit during this tour.

7 Day Glaciers, Lakes and Night Sky Tour

There is something for everyone with two leisure days in Queenstown added into the itinerary. Choose to go further afield and visit Milford or Doubtful Sounds or you may like your days to be action packed to include any number of adventurous activities available, or simply sit back and relax at one of the many cafes - the choice is yours.

Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departs: Daily
Duration: 7 Days
Tour Code: 7L

Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Greymouth, Franz Josef, Queenstown, Mt Cook, Tekapo

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Glacier transfer
  • Queenstown Gondola
  • Mt Cook village
  • Mt John Observatory Tour

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 - CHRISTCHURCH / GREYMOUTH / FRANZ JOSEF

Leaving Christchurch city on the TranzAlpine Train, we cross the Canterbury Plains and into the Arthur’s Pass National Park. From Arthur’s Pass our journey is via an 8.5 km long rail tunnel that has been cut through the heart of the Southern Alps. Once on the West Coast we follow a narrow coastal strip of beech forest with spectacular mountain back drops south to the glaciers.

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 2 - FRANZ JOSEF AT LEISURE

Today we have included a short sightseeing tour. You will be taken by shuttle to the Franz Josef Glacier viewing point. Visitors can view the glacier after a short 10 minute walk (un-guided). The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy your own activities. Perhaps a Glacier Heli Hike, a relaxing soak in the Glacier Hot Pools (additional cost) or one of the many beautiful walks in the area.

Stay: Franz Josef

 

DAY 3 - FRANZ JOSEF / QUEENSTOWN

We travel deeper into South Westland taking in the spectacle of Haast Pass, carved by the Haast River and framed by the Southern Alps. Take in the views of many beautiful lakes including Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan and Wakatipu before arriving into Queenstown.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 4 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

A full day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort style town – we have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. There are dozens of optional activities as well including: thrilling jetboating on the rivers, white water rafting, helicopter rides, sky diving, AJ Hackett’s world famous bungy jumping, cruises on the lake and spectacular walking trails. The list is endless with something for everyone. Ask at time of booking if you would like us to include any additional activities.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

Another full day for you to enjoy Queenstown and it’s surrounds. Perhaps venture out of Queenstown for the day on a trip to Milford or Doubtful Sounds.  Please ask at time of booking if you are interested in any additional activities.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 6 - QUEENSTOWN / MT COOK / TEKAPO

Leaving Queenstown we travel north through the historic gold mining region of the rugged Kawarau Gorge to the fruit growing region of Cromwell. Skirting the shores of Lake Dunstan, created by the mighty Clyde hydro dam. Pass through the golden tussock country of the Lindis Pass to Omarama, our refreshment stop. Then it’s across the McKenzie Country, notable for the extensive hydro electric power development in the area, we then follow the shores of Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook National Park. There is a stop of approximately 1 hour & 15 minutes at Mt Cook village for lunch (own cost) then continue onto Lake Tekapo arriving mid afternoon. This evening enjoy a stargazing tour to Mt John observatory. See the wonders of the southern night sky, and experience the thrill of peering through powerful telescopes. When the stars are hidden from view, take a journey with us to discover the nocturnal world of an astronomer and see a range of research equipment not open to the general public and experience the working environment of an astronomer.

Stay: Tekapo

DAY 7: TEKAPO / CHRISTCHURCH

Enjoy the morning at leisure in Lake Tekapo taking in the beautiful vistas. Perhaps take a walk to the Church of the Good Shepherd. Departing Tekapo early afternoon, you travel through the rural towns of Fairlie and Geraldine, across the Canterbury Plains and into the “Garden City” of Christchurch where your tour concludes.

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Hi Sophie

Everything went perfectly well. I really enjoyed these few day in NZ and I have plenty of pictures and memories about those amazing landscapes. It was too short actually but I will come back for sure, probably doing North island next time.

Thank you for your time, everything was really well organized and planned.
Kia Ora Tess

Just wanna say a big thank you to you and your team! We had a wonderful trip and everything went so smooth throughout the past 2 weeks.

We enjoyed every day so much and the transport, accommodations, activities are all superb! Thank you so much for doing the arrangements for us and making our first NZ trip so unforgettable 😀

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

Accommodation Tourist (Motel) Quality (Hotel)  
Twin/Double $2,005 NZD $2,785 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $1,880 NZD $2,400 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $2,850 NZD $4,405 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.