10 Day Milford, TranzAlpine, Peaks & Parks Self Drive TourFrom Aoraki / Mt Cook - New Zealand's highest mountain, Queenstown - the south's adventure capital, beautiful Milford Sound and the glistening glacier region, you'll enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery the South Island has to offer before relaxing on board the famous TranzAlpine train. Available in reverse, contact us to customise this to your needs.
10 Day Milford, TranzAlpine, Peaks & Parks Self Drive Tour
Travel with us at a relaxed pace enjoying many of the beautiful sights the South Island has to offer. From New Zealand's highest peak at Mt Cook, to the soaring walls of Milford Sound to one of the most accessible and every-changing glaciers in the world - Franz Josef Glacier. All that before returning to Christchurch on board the TranzAlpine train.
|Tour Type:||Self Drive Tours|
|From:||Christchurch to Christchurch|
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- 10 days car hire
- 9 nights accommodation
- Superior & Premium accommodation includes breakfast
- Milford Sound cruise & picnic lunch
- TranzAlpine train journey
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1: WELCOME TO CHRISTCHURCH
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation. Depending on your flight, there may be time for you to explore the “Garden City”. Take a relaxing tram ride through the city and enjoy the interesting commentary of past and present, wonder through the beautiful Botanical Gardens and alongside the Avon River or take a look through the world’s only cardboard cathedral.
DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH / MT COOK
Leaving Christchurch, cross the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and through the picturesque village of Geraldine nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Take time to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd at Tekapo and take in the stunning turquoise waters of lakes Tekapo and Pukaki as you make you way to Mt Cook village.
Stay: Mt Cook
DAY 3: MT COOK AT LEISURE
Mighty Aoraki / Mt Cook soaring above at 3,724 metres. This area contains more than 140 peaks and 72 glaciers in the region – something special to look at in every direction. Today, perhaps take a boat trip on the Tasman Glacier Lake and touch an iceberg for yourself (seasonal), take a ski plane flight or visit the Mt Cook National Park Headquarters and learn about the interesting flora and fauna of this area.
Stay: Mt Cook
DAY 4: MT COOK / QUEENSTOWN
Re-trace the beautiful edges of Lake Pukaki and later snake your way through the Lindis Pass. The mountainous tussock soon gives way to rolling farmlands and the stone fruit growing region of Cromwell. Continue through the rocky but spectacular Kawarau Gorge and the splendid vineyards in the Gibbston Valley before reaching picturesque Queenstown.
DAY 5: MILFORD SOUND DAY EXCURSION
A full day tour to the World Heritage listed, Fiordland National Park. Travel by coach with interesting commentary during the journey. Enjoy cruising Milford Sound and viewing the spectacular waterfalls and towering Mitre Peak before returning to Queenstown in the evening.
DAY 6: QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort town. There are dozens of activities available from jet boating, rafting, bungy jumping to a gentler ride up the gondola or a trip across Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw – something for everyone. We are happy to include additional activities into your tour.
DAY 7: QUEENSTOWN / FRANZ JOSEF
Drive through the craggy Kawarau Gorge enroute to Lake Wanaka. Continue through Mt Aspiring National Park, climbing over the beech forested Haast Pass and into the Westland National Park before arriving at Franz Josef Glacier.
Stay: Franz Josef
DAY 8: FRANZ JOSEF AT LEISURE
Surrounded by lush native bush, Franz Josef glacier dominates the landscape as is rises from rainforest to alps. There are many optional activities available in the region from gentle bush walks to the more adventurous activities of heli hiking.
Stay: Franz Josef
DAY 9: FRANZ JOSEF / CHRISTCHURCH
Travel north this morning enjoying the beautiful scenery and the postcard perfect images of lakes Mapourika and Ianthe as you make your way to Hokitika – the birthplace of New Zealand Jade (Pounamu) and onto Greymouth where you drop off your rental car. Board the famous TranzAlpine train, recognised as one of the top six rail journeys in the world. Arrive into Christchurch early evening.
DAY 10: FAREWELL FROM CHRISTCHURCH
You will be transferred to the airport to connect with your flight.
Prices valid from 1st October 2020
|Standard||$2,208 NZD||$3,708 NZD||$1,711 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|Superior||$3,495 NZD||$5,454 NZD||$2,853 NZD||Enquire / Book|
|Premium||$5,741 NZD||$6,882 NZD||$3,244 NZD||Enquire / Book|
Tour Type: Self Drive TourA Self Drive tour allows you to travel at your own pace on one of our comprehensive itineraries. Our experienced New Zealand based travel consultants have planned each itinerary to ensure practical driving times while allowing you the freedom for photo opportunities as you travel. Your accommodation and car hire is pre-booked and we are happy to include optional activities to coincide with driving times.
Frequently Asked Questions – Self Drive Tours
What is a Self Drive tour?
A Self Drive tour allows you to travel at your own pace on one of our comprehensive itineraries. Our experienced New Zealand based travel consultants have planned each itinerary to ensure practical driving times while allowing you the freedom for photo opportunities as you travel. Your accommodation and car hire is pre-booked and we are happy to include optional activities to coincide with driving times.
What is required to hire a vehicle within New Zealand?
A valid driver’s licence in English is required to hire a rental vehicle within New Zealand. Please note drivers must be over 21 years to hire a vehicle, between 21 – 25 years a young driver surcharge is applicable. We recommend all clients have a credit card for car rental, the card number is then held for a bond. All vehicles are automatic transmission, we do not offer manual transmissions.
What is driving in New Zealand like?
We drive on the right in New Zealand, all rental vehicles are set up for right hand drive. Within the cities, roads are busy, there are motorways and highways. Once out of town most of our roads two lanes, there are some divided carriage ways, however most driving will be on 2 lane paved/sealed roads. It will take you a lot longer than you think looking at the map to get from point A to point B.
What dates do your tours depart?
Our self drive tours depart daily, driving times do vary each day so please consider this when booking departure flights.
What is included in the tour cost?
All tours include accommodation and rental car. Some tours include activities listed in the itineraries. Car hire is quoted including basic insurance, with the option to upgrade to fully comprehensive insurance. A detailed travel wallet with your travel vouchers will be sent to your arrival accommodation, a comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you prior to your departure. Your personal travel consultant will contact you on arrival, allowing ease of communication whilst you are traveling.
What is not included in the tour cost?
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, fuel, laundry and optional sightseeing (except where stated in the itinerary) are not included in the tour cost.
How many people can I include in a self-drive tour?
Our largest hire vehicle is 9 passengers and a driver. You can travel in a group, with a number of vehicles but each vehicle must have a licenced driver.
I am travelling with children, what price will I pay?
Please contact us for information on child fares, as these vary based on the specific product you require. Some sightseeing activities are unsuitable for children.
Are any meals included in the tour cost?
Our Superior and Premium tour rates include breakfast. There are exceptions where some activities will include lunch or dinner. We are more than happy to make recommendations, please advise if there are any dietary requirements so we can recommend accordingly. .
Is Halal and other speciality food available in New Zealand?
Along with a small population of Muslims, New Zealand has an increasing number of Muslim visitors. Halal food and restaurants are now found in many areas of the country, let us now if you require this and we will compile a list for you. We can also offer advice in regards to Vegan and other special requirements.
How will I navigate my way around New Zealand?
You will be supplied with a map in your travel wallet. If you require a GPS, this can be arranged with your car hire, if you are wishing to use your own navigational device, SIM cards can be purchased at the airport. Our comprehensive itinerary will guide you, especially with our personal touches just for you. We are only a phone call away. Most pre booked optional activities will have an informative guide giving you an insight into the activity you have chosen.
Can I add in additional days to a tour?
Yes you can. All tours are very flexible – we will gladly work with you to make our tours suit your requirements. Please ask one of our Travel Consultants for extra day rates.
What is the difference between the three tour types Quality, Superior and Premium Tours?
Standard: Motor Lodge, apartment style accommodation, self-contained accommodation, ensuite bathrooms. Your rental car is a small compact car.
Superior: 4 star hotel accommodation, includes breakfast. Your rental car is a mid-size car.
Premium: 5 star hotel accommodation, including breakfast. Your rental car is an SUV.
Note all accommodation is reviewed regularly by staff, we have high standards and good relationships with all our providers.
What if I cannot find exactly what I am looking for on the website?
Let us know what is on your wish list to see and do and we will be delighted to plan a customised tour to suit your requirements, using our 30 years of experience. Our local knowledge will come up with many pleasant surprises for you.
How much luggage can I take on my tour?
You can bring as much luggage as you require, we recommend 1 piece of luggage (max 25kg each), for ease of travel. We also advise you check the maximum baggage allowance with your chosen airline.
How do I make a payment for a tour?
For bookings made more than 45 days prior to travel, Pacific Travel require a deposit of NZ$50 per person. This deposit is non-refundable. Balance of payment is due 45 days prior to travel. For bookings made 45 days or less prior to travel, full payment is required at the time of booking. Visa & MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. A 2.5% Credit Card Fee applies to all payments by credit card. You may pay via direct bank transfer to avoid the credit card fee. Bank details will be on your booking advice. All prices advertised are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive.
What is your cancellation policy?
If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
Cancellations 31 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit plus a further 10% of the total package price.
Cancellations 15 – 30 days prior to travel: Deposit + a further 20% of the total package price.
Cancellations 0-14 days prior to travel: 100% of total fare (no refund).
Booking amendments made by you: an amendment fee of 10% of total package price will be charged to cover our administration and communication costs. We may also need to pass on any amendment/cancellation fees imposed by our suppliers.
Conditions of travel
Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel Ltd shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage or personal effects and/or damage resulting in death or personal injury, which may arise whilst travelling with Pacific Travel Ltd or its nominated suppliers. All transportation, both land and sea, is subject to the terms and conditions of the company providing the transport, some of which limit or exclude liability. These are available from the carriers concerned on request.
Will I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Factors may arise that require you to cancel or amend your holiday. It is essential you are covered for any costs that may be incurred. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time as you book your tour and flights.
Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
If you wish to reward someone for a job well done it is always much appreciated, but not a requirement. It is certainly not expected, nobody will be offended should you wish to.
Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter for the purpose of a holiday or vacation under the visa waiver program. If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand then you should contact the New Zealand consulate in your home country well before your departure date. We recommend you also check with your local travel agent or airline for any visa requirements to New Zealand particularly if you are passing through Australia.
What currency is used in New Zealand?
The New Zealand dollar is the only legal tender in New Zealand. View a guide between your local currency and the New Zealand dollar. Please note: Your tour and all purchases using a credit card in New Zealand will be charged in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the current exchange rate at the time of purchase. The above currency conversion page is to be used as a guide only.