9 Day National Parks & Glaciers Tour

With included activities such as a helicopter flight over the glaciers and a glacier explorer tour at Mt Cook, this tour will certainly leave you with a full memory card. Enjoy!

9 Day National Parks & Glaciers Tour

Enjoy this relaxed pace 9 day tour as you visit some beautiful scenery around the South Island. With a memorable helicopter flight over the glaciers and a Glacier Explorer Tour at Mt Cook included, this tour will leave you with a lifetime of memories.

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departs: Daily
Duration: 9 days
Tour Code: SD9G

Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Arthurs Pass, Hokitika, Franz Josef, Haast, Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Mt Cook, Tekapo

Tour Inclusions

  • 9 days car hire
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Superior & Premium accommodation includes breakfast
  • Glacier helicopter flight at Franz Josef
  • Milford Sound Cruise & picnic lunch
  • Glacier Explorer tour

Day By Day Itinerary

Christchurch Grand Tour

Arrive Christchurch and pick up your rental car. Explore the “Garden City”. The remainder of the day at leisure, perhaps take a punt on the Avon River and an evening stroll through the beautiful Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park.

Stay: Christchurch

Castle Rock, Canterbury

Today travel from the grassy plains of Canterbury to the mystical West Coast. Watch the scenery change as you travel past the limestone rock formations at Castle Hill, climb to more than 900 metres as you travel over Arthur’s Pass, stopping to admire the engineering feat of the Otira Viaduct. This dramatic scene soon gives way to dense rainforest as you follow the stunning highway with coastal views on one side and a spectacular mountain backdrop on the other leading to Franz Josef.

Stay: Franz Josef

Twin Glacier Helicopter Tour departing Fox Glacier

Today we have included an exciting helicopter flight with a snow landing, an excellent opportunity to really take in the surroundings and breathe the clean alpine air. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy your own activities. Perhaps one of the many beautiful walks in the area.

Stay: Franz Josef


Leaving Franz Josef, travel deeper into south Westland. With dense forest, stunning coastal views, rivers and waterfalls, the beautiful lakes of Wanaka and Hawea, there is something impressive to look at around every corner before arrive into the vibrant alpine resort town of Queenstown.

Stay: Queenstown

Milford Wanderer Overnight Cruise departing Milford Sound Tour

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.

Stay: Queenstown

Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Lunch

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.

Stay: Queenstown

Tasman Glacier Explorer Tour

Leave Queenstown and travel through the rugged Kawarau Gorge to the fruit growing region of Cromwell, then up over the Lindis Pass into the MacKenzie Country. Enter the amazing Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park, home to New Zealand’s highest mountain. This afternoon we have included a Glacier Explorer Tour you will enjoy an amazing encounter with Tasman Glacier and its terminal lake.

Stay: Mt Cook

Lake Tekapo, south Island Tours

Skirt turquoise blue Lake Pukaki, traverse the tussock plains to Tekapo, crossing the Tekapo hydro canal en route. A walk or drive up Mt John is rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Leaving the rolling countryside behind, the vast Canterbury Plains bring you to Christchurch. Its location between the Pacific Ocean, snow-capped Southern Alps and volcanic hills of the Banks Peninsula gives Christchurch stunning landscapes and an enticing range of attractions. Ride the historic tramway, stroll the Botanic Gardens and enjoy vibrant restaurants and cafes.

Stay: Christchurch

Christchurch, South Island Tours

You have the day at leisure if time permits for last minute sightseeing then drop off your rental car near Christchurch Airport on departure.

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Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Double/Twin Single Triple
Standard $1,971 NZD $3,125 NZD $1,961 NZD Enquire / Book
Superior $2,927 NZD $4,698 NZD $2,721 NZD Enquire / Book
Premium $4,365 NZD $6,420 NZD $3,039 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.

9 Day National Parks & Glaciers Tour

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours Tour Code: SD9G From $1,961 Per Person Departs: Daily With included activities such as a helicopter flight over the glaciers and a glacier explorer tour at Mt Cook, this tour will certainly leave you with a full memory card. Enjoy! Enquire about this tour

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