7 Day Mountains and Glaciers Tour

Tour Type
Independent Tour
Starts
Christchurch
Ends
Christchurch
Duration
7 Days
Departs
Daily Except 25 December

Milford Sound cruise, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Haast Pass, West Coast rainforest, TranzAlpine Railway and a visit to the Scottish city of Dunedin. Free time in Queenstown (NZ's premier holiday resort town).

Prices per person in NZD* Single Double or Twin Triple
Tourist (Motel) NZ$2,570 per person NZ$1,795 per person NZ$1,645 per person
Quality (Hotel) NZ$3,760 per person NZ$2,440 per person NZ$2,125 per person

*Prices valid for travel before 30 September 2018


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

HIGHLIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS - included in the fare
  • TranzAlpine Train
  • Arthur's Pass National Park
  • Franz Josef
  • Haast Pass
  • Queenstown
  • Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch
  • Skyline Gondola
  • Fiordland National Park

Day 1: Christchurch - Franz Josef
Leaving Christchurch city on The TranzAlpine Train, we cross the Canterbury Plains and into the Arthur's Pass National Park. From Arthur's Pass our journey is via an 8.5 km long rail tunnel that has been cut through the heart of the Southern Alps. Once on the West Coast we follow a narrow coastal strip of beech forest with spectacular mountain back drop south to the glaciers.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier or similar.
Day 2: Full Day at Franz Josef Glacier
Today we have included a short sightseeing tour. You will be taken by shuttle bus to the Franz Josef Glacier viewing point. Visitors can view the glacier after a short 10 minute walk (this walk is not guided). Pick up time can be arranged with your driver.
Option: Upgrade to a 'Glacier Heli Hike' - a thrilling flight and an amazing three hour guided glacier hike. Please ask at time of booking.

Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier or similar.
Day 3: Franz Josef - Queenstown
We travel deeper into South Westland taking in the spectacle of Haast Pass, carved by the Haast River and framed by the Southern Alps. Take in the views of many beautiful lakes including Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan and Wakatipu before arriving into Queenstown.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar.
Day 4: Queenstown
A full day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort - we have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. There are dozens of optional activities as well including: thrilling jetboating on the rivers, white water rafting, helicopter rides, sky diving,  AJ Hackett's world famous bungy jumping, cruises on the lake and spectacular walking trails.The list is endless with something for everyone. Please ask at time of booking if you would like us to book any additional activities.

Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar
Day 5: Queenstown - Milford - 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. 

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel or similar 
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 early afternoon.  Afternoon at leisure in Dunedin.  We recommend if you wish to take a trip out onto the peninsular to view the wildlife that you pre-book this or arrange something as soon as you arrive in at your accommodation.
Accommodation: Alexis Motor Lodge, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross or similar.
Day 7: Dunedin - Christchurch
Morning at leisure in Dunedin for you to explore some of the many sights. In the afternoon travel north through the undulating hill country of Otago 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.


*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.

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.

Best wishes
K & T Butler
UK



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


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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)

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