5 Day National Parks and Glaciers Tour
Tour Type
Independent Tour
5 Days

One of our most popular New Zealand tours! Take in all the South Island hot-spots of Mount Cook, Queenstown, Milford Sound, and the Glacier region before ending your tour on-board the beautifully scenic TranzAlpine Train.

Prices per person in NZD* Single Double or Twin Triple
Tourist (Motel) NZ$2,100 per person NZ$1,625 per person NZ$1,560 per person
Quality (Hotel) NZ$2,925 per person NZ$2,060 per person NZ$1,855 per person

*Prices valid for travel before 30 September 2018

Extra days and activities can be added at time of booking.


HIGHLIGHTS - included in the fare
  • Mt Cook
  • Queenstown
  • Milford Sound cruise & picnic lunch
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • TranzAlpine Train journey

Day 1Christchurch - Mt Cook - Queenstown
Departing Christchurch you travel south through the fertile farmland of the Canterbury Plains to the gorgeous glacier-fed Lakes of Tekapo and Pukaki with their sparkling turquoise waters. New Zealand's highest peak - Aoraki / Mt Cook now comes into view, raising to a cloud piercing 3,724 metres. Upon reaching Mt Cook Village, there is time for lunch (own cost) or take one of the many short alpine walks in the area. Your tour continues south to the pretty village of Omarama for an afternoon tea break (own cost), then it's through the arid landscape of Lindis Pass and the historic gold mining region of Kawarau Gorge before reaching Queenstown - New Zealand's four season lake and alpine resort.  
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar
Day 2 Full Day Excursion to Milford Sound
Today you will experience one of the world's greatest natural wonders - the Fiordland National Park - a world heritage park. A vast remote wilderness with snow capped mountains, glacial lakes and valleys, fiords, islands, waterfalls and dense forests. Travel to Te Anau and on to the forested Eglinton Valley, through the Homer Tunnel and out into breathtaking Milford Sound. Enjoy a one and a half hour cruise of Milford Sound viewing spectacular waterfalls, wildlife and famous Mitre Peak. A day out you will remember forever.

Option: Take a scenic flight for the return journey to Queenstown (additional cost). Please request at time of booking.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar.
Day 3 Free Day In Queenstown
A full day at leisure for you to enjoy Queenstown at your own pace. There are dozens of activities available - something for everyone. Please ask for activity options if you would like us to include any in your itinerary. Alternatively, sit back and relax and you take in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar.
Day 4 Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier
Leaving Queenstown, travel through the fruit growing area of Cromwell and past the beautiful lakes of Wanaka and Hawea. Climb over New Zealand's southern most pass - the Haast Pass that traverses the Southern Alps linking the East Coast with the West Coast. Soon after arriving in Franz Josef, you will be collected by Glacier Valley Eco Tours and transferred to the glacier carpark where you can take any one of the number of short walks available to see the glacier (this walk is not guided and return time can be arranged with your driver).

Option: Spend an extra day at the glaciers to experience a half day guided walk onto the glacier or to enjoy some of the many bush walks. 
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier or similar.
Day 5 Franz Josef - Christchurch
This morning, you travel north through lush rainforests and spectacular scenery to Greymouth where we transfer onto the famous TranzAlpine Train. A remarkable journey of little more than four hours from the West Coast to the East Coast including the beautiful rainforests of the Arthur's Pass National Park. Pass through the Southern Alps via the Otira Tunnel, cross massive viaducts over the Waimakariri Gorge descending to the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and on to the "Garden City" of Christchurch.

*Prices are per person and include: pick up from centrally located pre tour accommodation, transfers to / from accommodation throughout the tour and activities as specified in the itinerary. 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.
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.

This tour departs daily

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

What is an 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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