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8 Day Southern Traverse Tour

You'll experience a fantastic mix of exciting activities, stunning scenery and unique wildlife while you traverse the South Island on this 8 day tour.


This tour can be customized for you with extra days and activities. Or ask us to build your perfect tour.



SUMMARY
Tour Type: Independent Tour
Starts: Christchurch     Ends: Christchurch
Duration: 8 Days
Departs Daily Except 25 December

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TOUR ITINERARY
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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 Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike
After a thrilling flight, high above the rugged terrain, you will land on the glacier, ready to undertake a three hour guided glacier hike. You'll be lead you through some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery in the world. Your guide has an eye for the most spectacular ice formations and you'll soon be making your way through an extraordinary land of towering peaks and glistening blue ice. Entry to the Glacier Hot Pools is included.
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.
Stay: Queenstown

Day 4 Free Day in Queenstown
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.
Stay: Queenstown
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.
Accommodation: Dunedin

Day 7 Otago Peninsula
Morning at leisure in Dunedin for you to view some of the many sights.  This afternoon enjoy an Otago Peninsula Tour. Cruise the length of the harbour and watch as fur seals swim and play, view ocean birds including albatross and enjoy a guided tour of Penguin Place.
Stay: Dunedin

Day 8 Dunedin - Christchurch
This morning 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.




REVIEWS

8 Day Southern Traverse (amended)
Review by: Lauren
"Hi Sophie, Your email is timely - we just arrived back at home in the US. Overall, our trip was AMAZING!! We had SO much fun. Unfortunately the Heli Hike was cancelled due to weather :( but we still hiked to the bottom of the glacier on our own and had a fun day in Franz Josef. Bungy jumping was TERRIFYING!!!! I’m glad I did it, but I think it will be my first and last jump :) I still don’t know how they convinced me to jump off on the count of 3!! I also couldn’t get my feet unhooked so I still got pulled up feet first. The Milford Sound tour was definitely as a highlight - and we were nervous because the day before we were supposed to go we heard the road was closed, but luckily it all worked out for us. The penguin tour was also really fun!  All of our accommodations were very conveniently located and everything ran smoothly from start to finish - thank you so much for your help! The only thing we didn’t love was the bus ride back from Dunedin to Christchurch on our last day - I think because we were also flying to Auckland that day it just felt like a lot of being in transit and we didn’t feel like the bus ride on that route was anything we hadn’t seen, so I think we would skip that in the future but we wouldn’t have known that unless we tried it. I don’t think we would have been able to pack as much into our trip without your help!"

8 Day Southern Traverse Tour
Review by: Dhairya
"I am just writing in to let you know that we are now back in Hong Kong after our nine days in NZ. Needless to say, we had the most enjoyable experience that we had anticipated. We were quite impressed by the professionalism, courtesy, friendliness and concern of staff in all the providers that we used. And a big thanks to you and the Scenic Pacific team for providing such a detailed and organised itinerary that made it so easy for us throughout the stay. We certainly look forward to repeat the New Zealand experience once again over the next 2-3 years, perhaps covering places and activities that we missed out on this time round. Thanks and regards."

8 Day Southern Traverse Tour
Review by: C Torlao
"This is to thank you for organizing a wonderful holiday for me and my family. We really enjoyed it. It was well organized, carefully planned and the companies that you have tied up with are very professional and beyond par with service they give. We didn’t stress at all!! Everything was fantastic and excellent! The activities that you have in the itinerary was just amazing! I personally don’t mind doing it again. And honestly, the tour exceeded my expectations. I loved it! Definitely, we’ll contact you again and check your web site everytime of any exciting things that your team have come up with. By the way, my friends and family have seen our photos and the fun we had. I have recommended your service. Thanks heaps! God bless you.  Best Regards"

8 Day Southern Traverse Tour
Review by: D Swan
"Just wanted to thank you for organizing my tour. Everything so far has gone like clockwork, with everyone being there when the itinerary said they would be. Made it so easy and stress free. The choice of activities was phenomenal. Varied, and all interesting, giving me a great overview of the South Island. I'm so glad that I decided to take your tour. Cheers and thanks again."

8 Day Southern Traverse Tour
Review by: F & D Fehrenback
"We just arrived back in Christchurch yesterday (Sunday) afternoon from our amazing Scenic Pacific tour of the South Island. I want you to know that every taxi, bus, train and boat arrived on time. Each hotel was expecting us. Every tour was in good weather (including the beautiful Fox Glacier hike and the incredible Milford Sound boat ride). This trip was a gem. Since each voucher had your name on it as the scheduler, we often said "thank you Jodee!". We are grateful to you and your fine organisation for helping us enjoy a great trip."

8 Day Southern Traverse Tour
Review by: Helen & Keith Fowler
"Just to let you know that our trip went incredibly well from beginning to end. Everything clicked smoothly into place allowing us to enjoy the scenery and activities. All the hotels were excellent, especially the Distinction Fox Glacier. We would recommend the trip unreservedly."

8 Day Southern Traverse Tour
Review by: M Yap & party
"Thank you for a well organised trip to the South Island, NZ. It was a memorable journey of amazing wonders and till today I can picture the breathtaking scenery of Milford Sound, Lake Tekapo and many more. Cheers for making the effort to assure us when we faced the transport challenge at Haast. It is very comforting to know that our modified travel plans were checked thoroughly in therms of timing, availability, safety and our needs. We didn't make it to see the penguins on our way back from Dunedin to Christchurch, however I'm glad we got a breather to walk around Dunedin rather than making a long trip back up to Greymouth - Christchurch - Dunedin. The penguins will have to wait for my next trip. Your professionalism at handling the unexpected change of plans is most appreciated.  Best wishes."

8 Day Southern Traverse Tour
Review by: Paul & Delores
"We just want you to know we are home safely and to THANK YOU for the wonderful time we had in New Zealand. Our trip there was amazing and your magnificent planning is even more amazing. All of our pick ups / drop offs, tickets for various activities and many other things we are probably forgetting to mention were perfect. The hotels were excellent and the service and friendliness of all New Zealander’s was evident everywhere. We do want to put your dependability and attention to detail on the web somewhere. We have given your agency’s name out everywhere and hope others will contact you on our recommendation. We are also glad we kept in the glacier walk – it was fantastic and that is not nearly a good enough description. Our guide was so kind. We are 70 and 68. We think our guide was concerned because of our age and had us do a brief physical test. We passed with no trouble but he requested we stay at the front with him. Actually, the walk turned out to be no problem but his caring and carefulness was impressive. Again, Karina, thank you and also pass along out thanks to others who may have had a part in our trip. Please let me know where we can best post our unqualified delight and confidence in your trip planning and your agency."

8 Day Southern Traverse Tour
Review by: S & P Setty
"Happy New Year and thank you for doing an exceptional job organising our excursion to New Zealand for December 9th – 27th. Everything was so well organised and easy to follow throughout the trip. The TranzAlpine Train journey, glacier Heli Hike in Franz Josef, Milford Sound and Otago Peninsula boat cruise were all very well done. We even managed to find Christmas dinner at the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross since virtually everything else was closed in town that day (as you had advised us). My wife and I cannot thank you enough for putting together this travel package for our honeymoon! We will definitely recommend you to friends and family should their travel take them to New Zealand. We will write a recommendation on Trip Advisor for Scenic Pacific and the places we stayed. Thank you once again for a memorable vacation!"

8 Day Southern Traverse Tour (in reverse)
Review by: C Napier
"I’m at last home after my travel (I spent some time in Brunei on the way back to the UK and then went straight to my sister’s for Easter), and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my New Zealand tour. I was blessed with fine weather for all the week on the West Coast including glorious sunshine and blue skies on the Franz Josef Glacier. All the arrangements worked perfectly and the hotels were very comfortable and I enjoyed seeing so much of New Zealand from the coaches. I was a little worried because the coaches didn’t generally have lavatories on them, but we made regular rest stop and so this didn’t turn out to be a problem. It was only when I read the itinerary in details that I realised that I was actually going to fly up to the Franz Josef Glacier by helicopter and walk on the ice – this was quite a challenge for someone who is basically unfit and in his sixties, but thanks to the guide I was able to manage the rather strenuous glacier walk. This was probably the highlight of the tour, though I enjoyed the cruise around Milford Sound, the day in Queenstown (as well as the Gondola, I visited the Kiwi Birdlife Park and saw some Kiwi as well as other interesting birds and I also went on a lake cruise on the steamship TSS Earnslaw). The weekend in Dunedin (I saw a Yellowed Eyed penguin in the wild as well as a Little Blue penguin in Dunedin Harbour on the Otago Peninsula Tour and also had time to visit the Otago Museum, the Settler’s Museum, Olveston House, the University of Otago and various other places), and finally the TranzAlpine Train which certainly exceeded its reputation. There’s still a lot of the South Island that I haven’t seen, so if I get the chance to make a return visit in the next few years I’ll certainly be in touch again. Many thanks for all your work in arranging such a memorable experience. Kind regards"


This tour departs daily


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

PRICES
Tourist (Motel) Quality (Hotel)
Single NZ$3,515 per person NZ$4,790 per person
Double NZ$2,625 per person NZ$3,310 per person
Triple NZ$2,445 per person NZ$2,960 per person


Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

Prices valid for travel before 30 September 2018

INCLUDED
NOT INCLUDED
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.
OPTIONAL EXTRAS

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.
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Overall, our trip was AMAZING!! We had SO much fun. Unfortunately the Heli Hike was cancelled due to weather :( but we still hiked to the bottom of the glacier on our own and had a fun day in Franz Josef. Bungy jumping was TERRIFYING!!!! I’m glad I did it, but I think it will be my first and last jump :) I still don’t know how they convinced me to jump off on the count of 3!! I also couldn’t get my feet unhooked so I still got pulled up feet first. The Milford Sound tour was definitely as a highlight - and we were nervous because the day before we were supposed to go we heard the road was closed, but luckily it all worked out for us. The penguin tour was also really fun! All of our accommodations were very conveniently located and everything ran smoothly from start to finish - thank you so much for your help! I don’t think we would have been able to pack as much into our trip without your help!


Lauren



I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my New Zealand tour. I was blessed with fine weather for all the week on the West Coast including glorious sunshine and blue skies on the Franz Josef Glacier. All the arrangements worked perfectly and the hotels were very comfortable and I enjoyed seeing so much of New Zealand from the coaches. I was a little worried because the coaches didn’t generally have lavatories on them, but we made regular rest stop and so this didn’t turn out to be a problem. It was only when I read the itinerary in details that I realised that I was actually going to fly up to the Franz Josef Glacier by helicopter and walk on the ice – this was quite a challenge for someone who is basically unfit and in his sixties, but thanks to the guide I was able to manage the rather strenuous glacier walk. This was probably the highlight of the tour, though I enjoyed the cruise around Milford Sound, the day in Queenstown (as well as the Gondola, I visited the Kiwi Birdlife Park and saw some Kiwi as well as other interesting birds and I also went on a lake cruise on the steamship TSS Earnslaw). The weekend in Dunedin (I saw a Yellowed Eyed penguin in the wild as well as a Little Blue penguin in Dunedin Harbour on the Otago Peninsula Tour and also had time to visit the Otago Museum, the Settler’s Museum, Olveston House, the University of Otago and various other places), and finally the TranzAlpine Train which certainly exceeded its reputation.

Kind regards, C Napier



Thank you for a well organised trip to the South Island, NZ. It was a memorable journey of amazing wonders and till today I can picture the breathtaking scenery of Milford Sound, Lake Tekapo and many more. Cheers for making the effort to assure us when we faced the transport challenge at Haast. It is very comforting to know that our modified travel plans were checked thoroughly in therms of timing, availability, safety and our needs. Your professionalism at handling the unexpected change of plans is most appreciated.

Beat wishes, M Yap & party


Just wanted to thank you for organizing my tour. Everything so far has gone like clockwork, with everyone being there when the itinerary said they would be. Made it so easy and stress free. The choice of activities was phenomenal. Varied, and all interesting, giving me a great overview of the South Island. I'm so glad that I decided to take your tour.

Cheers and thanks again, D Swan



Just to let you know that our trip went incredibly well from beginning to end. Everything clicked smoothly into place allowing us to enjoy the scenery and activities. All the hotels were excellent, especially the Distinction Fox Glacier. We would recommend the trip unreservedly.

Helen & Keith Fowler


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