South Island Glaciers & Sounds 8D7N, Self-Drive

From A$5,600.00 Per Person, Twin Share

At a Glance

Revel in the spectacular natural beauty of the South Island’s glaciers and sounds on this thrilling 8-day road trip. This package is perfect for first time visitors wanting to see and experience the best of Te Wahipounamu.

Tucked away at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty: snow-capped mountains, sparkling fiords, shimmering lakes, lush rainforests, fast-moving glaciers and more. The South Island is especially breathtaking as the home of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Area. This 26,000 square kilometre (10,039sqmi) encompasses several national parks in southwest New Zealand – Mount Cook (Aoraki, Fiordland, Mount Aspiring and Westland National Park. On this road trip, you will visit them all!

Departing from Christchurch, hit the road to see and experience the best of Te Wahipounamu. Drive ...

Trip Highlights

  • Admire the remarkable turquoise coloured Lake Tekapo
  • Explore the “Garden City” of Christchurch at your own pace
  • Experience one of the world’s great rail journeys aboard the acclaimed TranzAlpine Train
  • Drive some of New Zealand’s most scenic roads including the Crown Range and Milford Road
  • Heli hike the Franz Josef Glacier and soak in the hot pools
  • Cruise the majestic Milford Sound, New Zealand’s most stunning natural attraction
  • Bask in the brooding shadow of Mount Cook (Aoraki), New Zealand’s tallest mountain
  • Hike part of the famous Routeburn Track that links the Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks

What's Included

  • Travel aboard the Tranzalpine train from Greymouth to Christchurch (Day 8)
  • Private transfer from Christchurch Railway Station to accommodation (Day 8)
  • Private transfers to and from Christchurch Airport (Days 1 & 9)
  • Franz Josef Heli Hike including helicopter transfers to and from the ice, 2 hour guided tour on the ice with and entry into the Glacier Hot Pools (Day 6)
  • Milford Sound full day tour** including return glass roof coach transfers, scenic cruise, English commentary and picnic lunch (Day 3)
  • 7-nights’ superior hotel accommodation on a twin share basis
  • Mount Aspiring National Park/Routeburn Track guided walk including transport to and from accommodation, interpretative commentary of flora, fauna and geology, and picnic lunch (day packs, wooden walking sticks and some wet weather gear available to hire at additional cost) (Day 4)
  • 6-days’ full size car rental*
  • Meals: 7 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch


DAY 1 Christchurch: Explore the “Garden City” at your own pace
The George, Christchurch
DAY 2 Christchurch – Queenstown via Mount Cook: Admire the stunning natural beauty of Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort, Queenstown
DAY 3 Fiordland National Park: Cruise the majestic Milford Sound
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort, Queenstown
Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4 Mount Aspiring National Park: Hike the famous Routeburn Track
Oaks Queenstown Shores Resort, Queenstown
Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5 Queenstown – Franz Josef via Wanaka & Haast: Drive the wild West Coast
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef
DAY 6 Franz Josef: Heli Hike the glacier and soak in the hot pools
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef
DAY 7 Franz Josef – Greymouth – Christchurch: Travel aboard the TranzAlpine train, one of the world’s great rail journeys
The George, Christchurch
DAY 8 Christchurch: Farewell, South Island!


Dates & Prices

Daily departure on request. Please contact us for private departures and group bookings. Single Supplement is available. Surcharge applies to festival/holiday season.


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How To Get There

- The start and finish point is Christchurch, New Zealand

Weather & Climate

New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as – 10°C (14°F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant sunshine.

Because New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere, the average temperature decreases as you travel south. The far north of the country has an average temperature of about 15°C (59°F), while the deep south has a cooler 9°C (48°F) average. January and February are the warmest months of the year, and July is the coldest.

Other Information

Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

Payment Detail
All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.

A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.

Single Supplement
All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

General Cancellation Policies
- Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
- Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
- No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
- We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

The participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

Child Policy
Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

Changes to Itineraries
Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

Changes in Prices
While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
You need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

Cancellation by The Tour Operator
The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

Force Majeure
'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

Travel Insurance
In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.

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