9 Day Intrepid Southern South Tour

This South Island adventure-loaded tour will not only leave you will a full memory card, but bursting with stories to tell friends and family of your time in the South Island. Lets get going....

9 Day Intrepid Southern South Tour

Join us on this exciting, adventure packed 9 day tour around the bottom of the South Island. This is a fabulous way to enjoy the sensational scenery in 4 of New Zealand's National Parks and raise your adrenalin participating in some optional impressive activities for those with a little more adventure in mind.
Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departs: Daily Except 25 December
Duration: 9 days
Tour Code: 9I

Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Greymouth, Franz Josef, Haast, Wanaka, Queenstown, Doubtful Sound, Mt Cook, Tekapo

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Doubtful Sound Day excursion

Day By Day Itinerary


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

Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike Tour

Today is at leisure for you to enjoy this stunning part of the West Coast. There are many short walks and activities available, Perhaps you might like to include a fantastic glacier Heli Hike? (additional cost). After a thrilling flight high above the rugged terrain, you will land on the glacier ready to undertake a three hour guided glacier hike. Your friendly guide will lead you through some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery in the world. Your guide will choose your route carefully as you go and with an eye for the most spectacular ice formations, you’ll soon be making your way through an extraordinary land of towering peaks and glistening blue ice. Please ask us about this option.

Stay: Franz Josef

Wanaka, South Island Tours

We travel deeper into South Westland taking in some beautiful coastal views and the spectacle of Haast Pass, carved by the Haast River and framed by the Southern Alps. Enjoy stunning views of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before arriving into Wanaka township mid afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy beautiful Wanaka.

Stay: Wanaka

Queenstown, South Island Tours

This morning is at leisure for additional sightseeing or a gentle walk along the lake front.

Suggested sightseeing (additional cost) is a wonderful 2.5 hour safari adventure taking in Wanaka’s finest lakeside scenery plus an exciting and fun 4WD journey through a real alpine, mountain farm. Journey into the mountains exploring life behind the scenes of West Wanaka Station, an authentic alpine mountain farm bordering the snow-capped peaks and glaciers of Mt Aspiring National Park and overlooking sparkling Lake Wanaka. From feeding Alpaca, sheep and horses, seeing Red Deer and Angus cattle in their natural environment to views across to LOTR and Hobbit film locations.

This afternoon board your coach to Queenstown.

Stay: Queenstown


A full day at leisure for you to enjoy Queenstown at your own pace. There are dozens of activities available – something for everyone. Alternatively, sit back and relax and take in some of the most beautiful scenery to be had.

Stay: Queenstown

Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk

Today you have a second day at leisure. For those who are looking for the truly intrepid adventure, we are happy to recommend either of the following options. Please as us at time of booking to include one of these activities in your package.

Kawarau Bungy: The world’s first commercially operated Bungy Jumping Site off the historic Kawarau Bridge. With over 26 years of operating experience this jump has become renowned as one of the most exhilarating things to do in Queenstown. Please ask for available jump times.

Guided Day Walk on the Routeburn Track: This great walk in Mount Aspiring National Park is a gradual ascent through 130 million year old magical world of ferns, mosses, lichens and beech forest. Just 2.5 hours walk later the woodland parts to reveal the rich grassland of Routeburn Flats, overlooked on all sides by cloud scraping mountains. After a delicious Kiwi style lunch enjoy the valley in reverse, exploring the old paths of the Maori travellers as you travel along their old ‘Greenstone’ trails finding new enjoyment around each corner. Walking time is 3 – 5 hours and sensible closed toe footwear is required.

Stay: Queenstown

Doubtful Sound Cruise Tour

Today travel to Doubtful Sound – an untouched world deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. The beauty and vastness of Doubtful Sound will take your breath away as you experience its broad wilderness. Cruise across Lake Manapouri to West Arm where your board a coach that will take you over Wilmot Pass – with the highest point being 640 metres some stunning views are waiting. At Deep Cove board a modern catamaran for a 3 hour cruise exploring the waterways of this serene and isolated fiord. A magical day out!

Stay: Queenstown

South Island Tours

Leaving Queenstown, you travel north through the historic gold mining region of the rugged Kawarau Gorge and past Cromwell, famed for fruit growing. Skirting the shores of Lake Dunstan, we cross the Lindis Pass to Omarama. Continue through the high country landscape of the Mackenzie Basin arriving at Mt Cook Village where you can gaze up at the 3,724 metre spectacle of Aoraki / Mt Cook. After lunch (own expense) continue for a short distance to Lake Tekapo arriving mid afternoon.

This evening you may like to participate in a stargazing tour to Mt John Observatory (additional cost). 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 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

Lake Tekapo, south Island Tours

What better way to round off your Intrepid Southern South jaunt than to enjoy a relaxing morning at Lake Tekapo. Perhaps a stroll to the Church of the Good Shepherd sitting on the shore of the breathtakingly blue waters of Lake Tekapo and framed by the charming Southern Alps. Early afternoon, join your coach for your journey back to the garden city of Christchurch.

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Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $2,453 NZD $3,629 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $2,242 NZD $3,053 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $3,326 NZD $4,866 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.

9 Day Intrepid Southern South Tour

Tour Type: Independent Tours Tour Code: 9I From $2,242 Per Person Departs: Daily Except 25 December This South Island adventure-loaded tour will not only leave you will a full memory card, but bursting with stories to tell friends and family of your time in the South Island. Lets get going.... Enquire about this tour

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