5 Day National Parks and Glaciers Tour

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

This tour can be customized for you with extra days and activities. Or ask us to build a custom tour just for you.

Tour Type: Independent Tour
Starts: Christchurch     Ends: Christchurch
Duration: 5 Days
Departs Daily

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Day 1Christchurch - Mt Cook - Queenstown
Travel south following the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mount Cook Village via Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. Free time in Mount 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 Free Day In Queenstown
A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort town. There are dozens of activities available - something for everyone. Please ask at time of booking for additional options.
Stay: Queenstown
Day 4 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 Glacier
Day 5 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$2,100 per person NZ$2,925 per person
Double NZ$1,625 per person NZ$2,060 per person
Triple NZ$1,560 per person NZ$1,855 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.
Frequently Asked Questions about our Independent Tours

We just got back from our trip to Australia / New Zealand. I'm writing to let you know that we had a fabulous time on the New Zealand Southern Island tour. Everything went off without a hitch and you did a great job in making sure all the tours and connections were handled.
Thanks! A.M

We are now back at Christchurch, we leave early in the morning. On behalf of my family, I thank you very much for this awesome tour you prepared for us, the excellent organisation and all the efforts you made for us. It was an unforgettable journey.
Best wishes, E Papazissis & family

I travelled in New Zealand from Oct 10 till Nov 4. I booked two Scenic Pacific tours. One was on the North Island from Auckland to Wellington and stayed overnight in Rotorua and Taupo. The second started in Christchurch and went along the highlights on the South Island. A beautiful tour visiting Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown and Milford Sound. From collection at my hotel, the bus drivers, the bus, the hotels everything was well organised. Superb. Special was the Maori night at Rotorua and the Milford Sound tour. Special thanks to Jodee for everything she arranged.
Kindest regards, H. van Loon


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