4 Day National Parks and Glaciers Tour

Travel south via Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki to Mt Cook and onto Queenstown. Cruise Milford Sound, travel through the West Coast rainforest, visit Franz Josef Glacier and journey aboard the famous TranzAlpine Train.

Tour Type: Independent Tour
Starts: Christchurch     Ends: Christchurch
Duration: 4 Days
Departs Daily

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Extra days and activities can be added at time of booking

Day 1: Christchurch - Mt Cook - Queenstown
Travel south following the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mount Cook Village via Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Free time in Mt Cook before continuing on to Queenstown travelling via the Lindis Pass and the Kawarau Gorge.
Stay: Queenstown
Day 2: Full Day Excursion to Milford Sound
A full day tour to the World Heritage listed, Fiordland National Park. Enjoy cruising Milford Sound and viewing the spectacular waterfalls and towering Mitre Peak
Stay: Queenstown
Day 3 Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier
Leaving Queenstown, travel to the West Coast passing via the Hasst Pass into Westland National Park. Take a short trip to enjoy the views of the glacier.
Stay: Franz Josef
Day 4 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.

This tour departs daily

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

Tourist (Motel) Quality (Hotel)
Single NZ$1,905 per person NZ$2,580 per person
Double NZ$1,525 per person NZ$1,885 per person
Triple NZ$1,460 per person NZ$1,715 per person

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

Prices valid for travel before 30 September 2018

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.


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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This tour exceeded my expectations. I found myself travelling on my own when my travel companions became ill and so had to change my plans and book a tour organised by yourselves. It couldn't have been easier and travelling alone was not at all daunting (as I thought it might have been). I loved the scenery, the commentary, the people, the motels and the fruit I was able to buy in Cromwell!. I loved sitting on the coach and being higher up than if I was in a car and being able to see so much more than if I was driving myself. The coaches were clean, comfortable and kept at a pleasant temperature. The commentaries on all the coaches on which I travelled were without exception, excellent. Each driver had his own inimitable style, each was very knowledgeable and thoughtful of individuals' needs. I would recommend Pacific Travel to others and I would use them again. Thanks again for a great trip.
L Francke

Back home in Newcastle near the beach again. Thanks for the wonderful 4 day tour. I was
pleasantly surprised at the commentary from the coach drivers (that there was any in fact) as I
thought that the independent tour type would be just like travelling A to B on a coach..... so well
done and congratulations to the drivers .... keeping the travellers informed and on the ball with the
timing of departures etc. Lovely part of the world!

Cheers H. Smith

I've been meaning to write you to let you know that I loved the South Island tour you arranged for me April 6-10. All of the vouchers/arrangements were perfect. I loved the Novotel on the lake and the Distinctive Fox Glacier inn was so beautiful. Much preferred that town to Franz Josef. Many thanks again.

Tricia, USA

I wish to thank you for organising our 4 day tour in the South Island. We were exceedingly impressed with how everything went so smoothly. We had a lovely time. The scenery was so impressive, the hotels were excellent, the coach drivers were so well informed relaying so many interesting facts and the icing on the cake was the aircraft ride and also the helicopter trip. Everything was seamless, ten minutes after leaving the cruise on Milford Sound we were up in an aircraft over the fiord. Similarly half an hour after arriving in Franz Josef we were up on top of the glacier. I cannot thank you enough.
Kind regards Irene Smith


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