8 Day Wildlife and Glaciers Tour

With a smorgasbord of New Zealand's unique wildlife in their natural environment, Dunedin’s Otago Peninsula is a fabulous place. Here’s your opportunity to see the royal albatross soaring high above, fur seals happily playing on the rocks, the odd lazy sea lion and the gorgeous yellow eyed penguins clambering up the sand dunes toward home. This tour is a photographers’ paradise.

 

8 Day Wildlife and Glaciers Tour

A comprehensive eight day South Island tour. With stunning scenery and incredible wildlife around every corner, it will be difficult to put you camera down. Enjoy the sights of a ‘World Heritage’ National Park, an abundance of wildlife on Otago Peninsula and guided walk to the terminal face of Franz Josef Glacier. This tour has it all.

 

Tour Type:

Independent Tours

From:

Christchurch to Christchurch

Departs:

Daily

Duration:

8 Days

Tour Code:

8W

 

Regions Visited

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Dunedin Queenstown Christchurch Greymouth Franz Josef Te Anau Milford Sound

 

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Otago Peninsula tour
  • Milford Sound cruise & picnic lunch
  • Queenstown Gondola
  • Guided Glacier Valley Walk

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

Accommodation

Standard

Superior

 
Twin/Double $2,385 NZD $3,090 NZD Enquire
Triple $2,180 NZD $2,705 NZD Enquire
Single $3,340 NZD $4,750 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 / DUNEDIN

Travel south over the Canterbury Plains to the towns of Timaru and Oamaru. Follow the coastline to Palmerston and then it’s over the Kilmog Hill and Mt Cargill to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South. Afternoon at your own leisure to explore Dunedin.

Stay: Dunedin

DAY 2 - OTAGO PENINSULA

Today is a full day tour out to the Otago Peninsula. This includes the Otago Harbour and Taiaroa Head wildlife cruise, scenic Otago Peninsula bus tour and guided tours of the Royal Albatross colony, the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve, a visit to wading bird habitats and a guided tour of Larnach Castle, one of Dunedin’s great landmarks.

Stay: Dunedin

DAY 3 - DUNEDIN / TE ANAU

Morning at leisure in Dunedin for you to take in some of the many sites. In the afternoon board your coach for your journey through the lush pastures of Otago and Southland to the lakeside town of Te Anau.

Stay: Te Anau

DAY 4 - TE ANAU / MILFORD SOUND / QUEENSTOWN

Regarded as one of the world’s most scenic journeys, Fiordland National Park – a world heritage area. Enjoy a one and a half hour cruise of Milford Sound viewing spectacular waterfalls and famous Mitre Peak before travelling to Queenstown arriving in the evening.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort style town. We have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. We are happy to book additional sightseeing activities, please ask at time of booking.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 6 - QUEENSTOWN / FRANZ JOSEF

Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast passing through Cromwell, Wanaka and Hawea before climbing over the Haast Pass into the Westland National Park.

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 7 - GLACIER VALLEY WALK

This morning we have included a 3 hour guided Glacier Valley Walk to the Franz Josef terminal face. Your Glacier Valley Walk will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho River bed following the glaciers path of retreat in this remarkable landscape. Here you will learn about the glacier’s history, see what is left behind by this majestic giant, and learn the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere. Near the terminal face, after a brief climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the rapidly changing terminal face of the glacier. This leisurely and informative tour is customised to suit every walking group, no tour is exactly the same. Please note this trip does not take you onto the ice. Afternoon at your own leisure in Franz Josef. (Option to up-grade to a glacier heli hike at additional cost. Please ask at time of booking for details).

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 8 - FRANZ JOSEF / GREYMOUTH / CHRISTCHURCH

Continue north through lush rainforest and spectacular scenery to Greymouth to board the famous TranzAlpine Train, recognised as one of the top six rail journeys in the world. Arrive into Christchurch early evening.