HIGHLIGHTS - included in the fare
- Milford Sound cruise & picnic lunch
- Fiordland National Park
- Mount Cook
- Glacial Lakes of Tekapo & Pukaki
Day 1: Christchurch - Mount Cook - Queenstown
Depart and travel south following the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mt Cook Village via Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. At Mt Cook Village you have time for lunch or to take one of the many short alpine walks in the area. Depart for Queenstown travelling via the Lindis Pass and the Kawarau Gorge.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar.
Day 2: Free Day in Queenstown
A full day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort style town. We have included
the Skyline Gondola in your tour that you can use at a time the suits
you. There are dozens of optional activities as well - thrilling
jetboating on the rivers, white water rafting, helicopters through the
chasms, sky diving, A J Hackett's world famous bungy jumping, cruises on the lake on
the vintage 'TSS Earnslaw', high country sheep stations, gold panning
and spectacular walking trails. The list is endless with something for
everyone. Please ask at time of booking of you would like us to book any additional sightseeing activities.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar.
Day 3: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau
A full day tour to the World Heritage listed, Fiordland National Park. A truly spectacular region of snow capped mountains, glacier lakes, fiords, waterfalls and dense forest. From Te Anau, travel to the forested Eglington Valley, Mirror Lakes, Homer Tunnel and Chasm before arriving into Milford Sound. Enjoy a one and a half hour cruise of Milford Sound viewing the spectacular waterfalls and Mitre Peak before returning to Te Anau.
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel or similar
Day 4: Te Anau - Dunedin
High country tussock soon gives way to the lush pastures of Southland and Otago as you travel through Gore and Balclutha arriving in Dunedin early afternoon. Afternoon at your own leisure in Dunedin.
Option: Take a tour out onto Otago Peninsula to see penguins, seals and other wildlife (additional cost). Please ask at time of booking for additional options and tours.
Accommodation: Alexis Motor Lodge, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross or similar
Day 5: Dunedin- Christchurch
Morning at leisure in Dunedin to take in some of the sights or do a little shopping. In the afternoon travel north through the undulating hill country of Otago and through the cities of Oamaru and Timaru. Leaving Timaru we enter the patchwork of the Canterbury Plains, the largest plain in New Zealand arriving in 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)
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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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions about our Independent Tours
Hi Folks, I meant to get in touch sooner but we were still in New Zealand for a while after our tour so I sort of forgot. However, we were just looking back on out time on the South Island the other day and we thought we should thank you for the smooth running of the whole operation. The hotels were fantastic, all of them and the timing of buses, taxis, pick ups etc were first class. Like a well oiled machine, I couldn't believe it. On landing at Christchurch, the airline had lost our luggage and when your representative called round with the itinerary at our initial accommodation we still had not got it back. So we were wondering if this was to be one long catalogue of disasters. Fortunately, the bags came the next day (good job we stayed 2 days in Christchurch and didn't go on the tour the following day), and from there things went swimmingly.
Thanks once again, B & S Mcwatt
I am now back in the UK and am enjoying telling all my friends and family about my experiences. I thought the whole trip was absolutely excellent. The quality of the people involved and the accommodation and day trips were brilliant. The quality of the hotels in Dunedin and Queenstown was outstanding. Also the Intercity/Great Sights coaches and tours were brilliant. The drivers were excellent - very informative and timely and made what were pretty long journeys fly by with their passion for their country and good humour. I think a highlight has to be the trip to Milford Sound where I was lucky enough to see dolphins and seals and the most stunning views. Absolutely every person that I had contact with as part of the trip from the coach drivers to the hotel staff and the taxi drivers were so friendly and helpful and as a single traveller I felt very reassured and comfortable. They are a great representative on behalf of your country and for New Zealand too. I would just like to say a special thank you to Graham the Intercity coach driver who took me from Christchurch to Dunedin on the day the snow fell in Christchurch. I think many other drivers would have given up and turned back in such bad weather conditions but he was determined to get us to our destination and was an absolute star because it would have knocked on to the whole trip if we hadn't got out of Christchurch when we did. So big thanks to him! And a big thank you to you and your company for organising such a great trip. The information and itinerary provided were excellent and knew what and where I was meant to be at every step of the way. Everything ran as it should and on time and everywhere I went there seemed to be someone waiting for me or expecting me which was so reassuring. So THANK YOU!! If I ever come back to NZ (which I really hope I will!), I would definitely use you guys again and I will be recommending you to anyone who goes to NZ. THANKS AGAIN.
Kind Regards, E Caden, UK
Thank you for all your help and co-operation in organising the 5 Day South Island Tour for my parents. They thoroughly enjoyed it. All the pickups / drop offs were on time, the hotels were excellent, the drivers / guides were very helpful and friendly. All this and much more could have been possible only because of Scenic Pacific Tours and above all your co-ordination, help and effort. A big thank you to you from my parents & us. We look forward to planning more holidays with Scenic Pacific in near future.
Kind regards, P Hazra