8 Day National Parks and Queenstown Tour

Enjoy many of the "must see" spots as you travel from Wellington to Christchurch. With a free day in Nelson, you may like to include a day tour to Abel Tasman National Park where you will be enthralled by the stunning native bush, birds and turquoise waters, an outing on the ice at Franz Josef Glacier or any number of exciting activities in Queenstown. The choice is yours.

 

8 Day National Parks and Queenstown Tour

Begin your tour with a stunning cruise between the North & South Island. Continuing down the West Coast to the glacier region where you have a free day in Franz Josef to experience all this area has to offer. You also have a free day in Queenstown where you have the freedom to be as adventurous or relaxed as you like. Enjoy a day trip to Milford Sound and be amazed by the sheer mountains and natural beauty of this area - a must on any travel itinerary. The last leg of your South Island journey visits Mt Cook village en-route to Christchurch.

 

Tour Type:

Independent Tours

From:

Wellington to Christchurch

Departs:

Daily

Duration:

8 Days

Tour Code:

8P

 

Regions Visited

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Christchurch Queenstown Milford Sound Wellington Picton Abel Tasman Franz Josef Mt Cook

 

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Visit Punakaiki Pancake Rocks​
  • Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch
  • Mt Cook Village & lunch at Hermitage Hotel

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

Accommodation

Standard

Superior

 
Twin/Double $1,984 NZD $2,774 NZD Enquire
Triple $1,999 NZD $2,556 NZD Enquire
Single $2,977 NZD $4,096 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 - WELLINGTON / PICTON / NELSON

From Wellington, board the Interislander ferry that will take you across Cook Strait to Picton where you board your coach bound for Nelson. Your journey today passes through the Marlborough vineyards and the Nelson state forests. Afternoon at leisure.

Stay: Nelson

DAY 2 - NELSON AT LEISURE

Today enjoy a day at leisure in "sunny" Nelson. Here, creative minds flourish and you'll enjoy the numerous studios and art galleries. Or, perhaps an optional day tour to beautiful Abel Tasman National Park where you can enjoy various walking and crusing options. 

Stay: Nelson

DAY 3 - NELSON / FRANZ JOSEF

Travel south following the rugged coastline through the Paparoa National Park to Punakaiki. There is a brief opportunity to view the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes before continuing your journey to Franz Josef.

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 4 - FRANZ JOSEF AT LEISURE

A leisure day in the stunning glacier region. Why not rug up warm and enjoy an optional heli hike. Experience the incredible ice caves with your guide as you wonder over the icy pinnacles. We are happy to include this in your package. 

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 5 - FRANZ JOSEF / QUEENSTOWN

Depart Franz Josef travelling 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 6 - MILFORD SOUND DAY TOUR

Travel to the Fiordland National Park – a world heritage park. A vast remote wilderness of snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and valleys, fiords, waterfalls and dense rainforests. From Te Anau, travel to the forested Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, Homer Tunnel and the Chasm before arriving at Milford Sound. Enjoy a one and a half hour cruise of Milford Sound viewing the spectacular waterfalls and famous Mitre Peak.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 7 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE

Full day at leisure in Queenstown. There are dozens of optional activities such as thrilling jet boat rides on the river, white water rafting, helicopter rides, sky diving, bungy jumps and cruises on the lake. Please ask at time of booking if you would like us to book any additional activities.

Stay: Queenstown

DAY 7 - QUEENSTOWN / MT COOK / CHRISTCHURCH

Today you travel through the rugged Kawarau Gorge to Cromwell and over the Lindis Pass to the Mount Cook National Park. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Hermitage Hotel along with some free time to enjoy the spectacular surroundings before continuing to Lake Tekapo. After a brief stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd, our journey continues across the Canterbury Plains arriving in the “Garden City” of Christchurch in the evening.