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

Click on the region name to view more information about the region

Tekapo Queenstown Christchurch Greymouth Franz Josef Mt Cook

 

Tour Inclusions

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

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

Accommodation

Standard

Superior

 
Twin/Double $2,005 NZD $2,785 NZD Enquire
Triple $1,880 NZD $2,400 NZD Enquire
Single $2,850 NZD $4,405 NZD Enquire

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

 

NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE

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.

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.