Day 1: Christchurch - Franz Josef
Board the TranzAlpine Train and cross the Canterbury Plains into the Arthur's Pass National Park. Once on the West Coast we follow a narrow coastal strip of beech forest with a spectacular mountain back drop south to the glaciers.
Stay: Franz Josef Glacier
Day 2: Full Day at Franz Josef Glacier
Today enjoy an outing where after a short stroll you can view the glacier from the look out point. (Or up-grade to a Glacier Heli Hike at an additional cost, please ask at time of booking). The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Stay: Franz Josef Glacier
Day 3: Franz Josef - Queenstown
Travel deeper into South Westland taking in the spectacle of Haast Pass. Admire the views of many beautiful lakes including Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan and Wakatipu before arriving in Queenstown.
Day 4: Queenstown at leisure
A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort town. We have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. There are dozens of activities available. Something for everyone.
Day 5: Queenstown - Milford - Te Anau
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: Te Anau
Day 6: 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. This afternoon is at leisure. Please ask at time of booking if you wish add an Otago Peninsula tour to view wildlife.
Day 7: Dunedin - Christchurch
Morning at leisure in Dunedin to take in some of the sights or do a little shopping. This afternoon travel north through the undulating hill country of Otago and through the cities of Oamaru and Timaru before 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
We have just returned from our wonderful holiday. After the New Zealand trip which you arranged, we visited Australia and Singapore. We would just like to thank you and your company for arranging the Scenic Pacific itinerary. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour of New Zealand especially the Alpine train - we will be back. We really loved the Franz Josef stay, we did the helicopter trip to the top of the glacier. Queenstown was also great. We were also very lucky with the weather on the trip. The day before we arrived in Franz Josef it had rained, but the sun shone when we were there and it was a really lovely day. Many thanks for all your help.
K & T Butler
I just wanted to thank you for all your help you gave me on deciding to go on an unescorted coach trip recently. We went on the 7 Day Mountains and Glaciers tour which was fantastic. Every connection whether it be the bus at our accommodation or the taxis taking us to the train or bus was just terrific, not one hitch. We just wish we had a day or two more in Queenstown - but there is always next time. So, once again thank you for a memorable holiday.
Mr T & Mrs T Perry
We had a great tour thanks, it all went smoothly. All of our accommodation was very good. Some of the bus drivers were very informative and everyone we came across were really helpful and friendly. The service you've provided has made travelling stress free! I wasn't expecting the ticket booklet or the tourist leaflets in our pack but I thought that was a really good system and it was useful to have the leaflets to take a look at, especially for Christchurch which wasn't included in our tour. We're currently waiting for our flight back to the UK so thank you for your services, I would definitely recommend them.
Best wishes, Hannah
We arrived back in Christchurch last night at the end of our South Island tour. Everything went splendidly, organisation could not be faulted, thank you so much. We really enjoyed the whole experience very much. I would like to put in a word about the Distinction Hotel in Dunedin which was truly wonderful. Once again, thank you very much for your hard work and we really love your country.
P & J Davies