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3 Day Glacier Explorer Tour

A 3 day South Island tour from Queenstown to Christchurch with a day at the West Coast glaciers.



SUMMARY
Tour Type: Independent Tour
Starts: Queenstown     Ends: Christchurch
Duration: 3 Days
Departs Daily

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TOUR ITINERARY
Extra days and activities can be added at time of booking

Day 1 Queenstown-Franz Josef
Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast passing via the Hasst Pass into Westland National Park. 
Stay: Franz Josef Glacier
Day 2 Glacier Valley Walk
Today enjoy a delightful guided Glacier Valley Walk to the glacier terminal face. You will learn about the glacier's history, see what is left behind by this majestic giant, gain an understanding of the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere (how the glacier got its name) and enjoy awesome views of the glacier. Please note this walk does not take you onto the ice. Afternoon at your own leisure.

Accommodation: Franz Jsoef Glacier
Day 3 Franz Josef-Christchurch
Travel north through lush rainforest to Greymouth where you will transfer to the TranzAlpine Train. Enjoy a remarkable train journey across the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to the "Garden City" of Christchurch.



REVIEWS

3 Day Glacier Explorer Tour
Review by: S Lynch
"We had the best time on the portion of our trip arranged by you and Scenic Pacific Travel! The Tranz Alpine Train was unforgettable and the favorite event of our two-week vacation in Australia and New Zealand! With your help, we were able to tour the South Island from Christchurch to Franz Josef to Queenstown, experiencing beautiful Milford Sound and Mt. Cook, a glacier walk, and some of the most amazing landscape in the world. Since we were traveling with our elderly mom, the bus transfers directly to and from the hotels made for smooth transitions and relaxing days! When our travel package was waiting for us on arrival at our hotel in Christchurch, we knew we were in good hands. When we wanted to add some day trips at the last minute, you made that happen. You were even there to promptly provide a refund when we had some bad weather and kept up with us through email to make sure we had all of the information we needed at all times. Thank you so much for your prompt, personal, and efficient service! It was the trip of a lifetime!"

3 Day Glacier Explorer Tour
Review by: V Becker
"Just a quick word of thanks for organising our sightseeing tour of the South Island last week. Everything went like clockwork and I shall certainly make use of your services again, and recommend that my friends do likewise when we next come to New Zealand. From the description of the trip it looked as though it was a normal schedule bus without commentary so we were very surprised when all 3 bus drivers went into great detail about the area we were driving through. George of Newman’s was particularly good and would have organised heli trips etc at the destinations if necessary! The bus dropped us off and picked us up at each hotel so really it was for me as good as a group tour. As I say I thought it was really good value for money. Glad google picked up your web site! 
All the best for the new year
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This tour departs daily


As this is an 'independent' styled tour, you can depart whatever day you like! (subject to availability)

PRICES
Tourist (Motel) Quality (Hotel)
Single NZ$1,145 per person NZ$1,695 per person
Double NZ$905 per person NZ$1,235 per person
Triple NZ$845 per person NZ$1,115 per person


Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

Prices valid for travel before 30 September 2018

INCLUDED
NOT INCLUDED
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.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

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.
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We had the best time on the portion of our trip arranged by you and Scenic Pacific Travel! The Tranz Alpine Train was unforgettable and the favorite event of our two-week vacation in Australia and New Zealand! With your help, we were able to tour the South Island from Christchurch to Franz Josef to Queenstown, experiencing beautiful Milford Sound and Mt. Cook, a glacier walk, and some of the most amazing landscape in the world. Since we were traveling with our elderly mom, the bus transfers directly to and from the hotels made for smooth transitions and relaxing days! When our travel package was waiting for us on arrival at our hotel in Christchurch, we knew we were in good hands. When we wanted to add some day trips at the last minute, you made that happen. You were even there to promptly provide a refund when we had some bad weather and kept up with us through email to make sure we had all of the information we needed at all times. Thank you so much for your prompt, personal, and efficient service! It was the trip of a lifetime!

S Lynch

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