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.
|Christchurch to Christchurch|
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|Dunedin||Queenstown||Christchurch||Greymouth||Franz Josef||Te Anau||Milford Sound|
- All transport & transfers
- 7 nights accommodation
- Superior accommodation includes breakfast
- Otago Peninsula tour
- Milford Sound cruise & picnic lunch
- Guided Glacier Valley Walk
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.
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.
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.
DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort town. There are dozens of activities available, something for everyone. Please ask at time of booking for additional options.
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.