7 Day Southern Fiords & National Parks

Visit Milford Sound in the heart of Fiordland National Park - a stunning landscape which commands your attention before travelling to Mt Cook National Park, home to NZ's highest peak.

7 Day Southern Fiords & National Parks

This tour takes in the stunning sights of Queenstown, Milford Sound, Dunedin with its abundance of wildlife on the Otago Peninsula as well beautiful views of Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo before reaching Christchurch.

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Queenstown to Christchurch
Departs: Daily
Duration: 7 days
Tour Code: SD7SF

Regions Visited

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Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Mt Cook, Tekapo, Christchurch

Tour Inclusions

  • 7 day car hire
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Superior & Premium accommodation includes breakfast
  • Milford Sound day excursion including lunch

Day By Day Itinerary


Welcome to Queenstown.

On arrival at Queenstown airport, collect your rental vehicle. Take in the splendour of the aptly named Remarkables. Travel around Lake Wakatipu to your accommodation. Relax and enjoy your surroundings, as you absorb the scenic views.

Stay: Queenstown


Enjoy the wonders of New Zealand’s adventure capital. Today you are at leisure, you may wish to make the most of your time and drive over to historic Arrowtown or maybe up the lake to Glenorchy.

How about Skydiving, horse riding, the gondola & luge, jet boating, rafting or bungy jumping? The choice is yours and the options are endless. We are happy to include optional activities into your package.

Stay: Queenstown

Group Tours, South Island

Today travel the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Kingston, then through to Te Anau.

Once in Te Anau, there are a number of lovely easy walks around the lakefront, or for those more adventurous we can point you in the direction of more demanding walks.

You may like to view the glowworm caves. Travel across the lake by boat then wander through a cave network, as the glowworms light up the cave cavities.

Stay: Te Anau


Sit back and let someone else do the driving today. The road to Milford is as much a part of the Milford Sound experience as the sound itself.

Many of Fiordland’s most significant features are highlighted along this route. Your driver will allow for many photo opportunities and give a full commentary to ensure you do not miss any aspect of this special day.

Upon arrival at Milford Sound, you will cruise out to the Tasman Sea, viewing waterfalls and allowing time to capture the beauty of what is often called the 8th wonder of the world. After your cruise you will return to the terminal where your coach will collect you and return you to your accommodation at Te Anau.

Stay: Te Anau

New Zealand Tours

It’s farewell to Fiordland today as you head to the east coast, travelling through some of the most fertile and highly productive farmlands of Otago.

At Balclutha cross the Clutha River, fed by Lake Wakatipu, through Milton before arriving into Dunedin. Dunedin a University city, with outstanding architecture and hilly suburbs. Otago Peninsula is a wildlife lovers sanctuary with penguins, seals, Albatross and other southern beauties.

Stay: Dunedin

10 Day Classic TranzAlpine Panorama Guided Tour

Follow the hills and head north passing through numerous service towns. Between Palmersotn and Hampden you will pass Moeraki Boulders, sphere shaped rocks on the beach.

Continue onto Oamaru, New Zealand’s steam punk capital. Explore the old historic buildings in the Victorian precinct before making your way up the Waitaki Valley. The valley follows the Waitaki river, with 3 hydro dams, Waitaki, Avemore and Benmore. Travel through the MacKenzie Basin following the shore of Lake Pukaki to Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park.

Stay: Mt Cook

New Zealand Tours

Travel to Tekapo where you can view the Church of the Good Shepherd, with the back drop of Lake Tekapo and the surrounding mountains. From Tekapo, cross Burkes Pass leaving the MacKenzie Basin at Fairlie as you continue through to Geraldine.

From here it’s over the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch to complete your journey. Return your rental car on arrival into Christchurch.

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Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Double/Twin Single Triple
Standard $1,453 NZD $2,609 NZD $1,195 NZD Enquire / Book
Superior $1,843 NZD $3,536 NZD $1,708 NZD Enquire / Book
Premium $2,680 NZD $4,532 NZD $2,050 NZD Enquire / Book
Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

Tour Type: 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.
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.

7 Day Southern Fiords & National Parks

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours Tour Code: SD7SF From $1,195 Per Person Departs: Daily Visit Milford Sound in the heart of Fiordland National Park - a stunning landscape which commands your attention before travelling to Mt Cook National Park, home to NZ's highest peak. Enquire about this tour

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