9 Day Affordable South Island

9 Day Affordable South Island

Join the new Affordable South Island coach tour with Grand Pacific and discover delights including Dunedin, Milford Sound, Queenstown and the rugged West Coast, before finishing your holiday crossing the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train journey.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Low Cost Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: Sep 2021 to May 2022
Price: From (NZD) $3394 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Duration: 9 Days
Tour Code: GPSI09

Inclusions

8 nights 3.5 star accommodation
8 cooked breakfasts (B)
7 sumptuous dinners* including 2 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown
1 picnic lunch: Milford Sound Cruise
1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle
Haggis Ceremony and Gift
Guided tour of Larnach Castle
Milford Sound Cruise and Lunch
Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
Lakes District Museum
TranzAlpine Rail Journey
City sights tour of Christchurch and Dunedin

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch, you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions.

Stay: Quality Hotel Elms (D)

Day 2
Christchurch - Ōmarama

After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, The Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.

Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel (B, D)

Day 3
Ōmarama - Dunedin

Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Tonight, a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Stay: Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge (B, SD)

Day 4
Dunedin - Te Anau

This morning travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).

Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Rooms) (B, D)

Day 5
Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon travel to Queenstown, overlooking magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year-round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. This evening is free, you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront (2 nights) (B, L)

Day 6
Queenstown at Leisure

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader are available to assist with the many optional activities available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or to get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious gourmet barbecue dinner featuring a menu of seasonal, fresh and locally sourced food at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown. (B, SD)

Day 7
Queenstown - Arrowntown - Fox Glacier

Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to the township of Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (B, D)

Day 8
Fox Glacier - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains. On arrival into the elegant city of Christchurch, your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Quality Hotel Elms (B, D)

Day 9
Depart Christchurch

Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. (B)

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There are 35 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.6 out of 5.

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08/01/2020
Thankyou so much for helping me to organise this trip.. I really enjoyed the bus tour - the guides were funny & informative.. the scenery of New Zealand is so beautiful & unique.. I would have loved to have more time in some places & less in others ..
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5
09/04/2019
A very well organised tour from the time we got picked up at the airport until our departure. Both our tour guide Dennis and the bus driver Alex were very knowledgeable, considerate and accommodating. The staff at most the places were very friendly and professional. (Having our bags picked up each morning was a plus).
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26/03/2019
Wonderful New Zealand holiday by Grand Pacific. Well planned itinarary, good hotels, comfortable journeys and excellent food. Thank you Grand Pacific. Would love to join a tour again.
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13/03/2019
I enjoyed the trip, a lot of interesting information from Peter and Barry, they were very good companions; they took care of everything!
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4
07/03/2019
Tour was as I expected - just what I wanted, a whistle-stop tour of South Island.
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07/03/2019
Firstly thank you for organising the trip for me. It was exactly what I wanted as I had very limited time to see South Island. The driver (John Taylor) and guide (Raewyn) were very professional but also good fun - lots of stories and jokes to keep us entertained along the way! I also met some lovely people - several I have exchanged email addresses with and some of us have made plans to meet in the UK, Southern Ireland and Australia. As a single traveller this is really important to me. Having been on 2 successful tours by myself in the past in Cuba and Vietnam I was not disappointed on this one. So thank you Georgina. I would certainly not hesitate recommending you and Grand Pacific Tours to friends and family.
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04/03/2019
Great guide and driver. Nothing was too much trouble. Lucky with the weather too. Early starts were challenging but worth it to see as much as we did. Really love NZ.
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14/02/2019
It was a good way to see the sights of the South Island with a very good Driver taking the strain who had a great amount of local information
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22/01/2019
I really enjoyed the tour . Tour captain and guide where excellent and bus very comfortable . Some hotels were better than other and I would highlight the hotel in Queenstown and the final hotel in Christchurch as exemplary. All were acceptable although hotel in Fox Glacier was borderline . The only aspect I found difficulty was the amount of time spent on the bus versus the time spent in different locations. Some places merited more time than the schedule allowed and I would have liked a full day . Also in places like Arrowtown I could have done with 2-3 hours rather than about 45 mins. All the special outings were great - loved Larnach Castle and Milford Sound and the sail across the lake at Queenstown and amazing barbecue but I did hate the haggis event in Dunedin. It was just cringe making. I appreciate that others may nor share my view - maybe it's just because I'm Scottish. I felt it was a travesty! All in all am amazing holiday that highlighted places I would like to return to.
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30/09/2018
The activities were varied, fun, and beautiful. I loved the haggis ceremony. The ride thru Skippers canyon was exciting and beautiful. The helicopter ride that lands on the glacier was fabulous. Lastly the people were so friendly. It was quite enjoyable.
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9 Day Affordable South Island
Low Cost Coach Tour
Tour Code: GPSI09
From (NZD) $3394 per person
Save (NZD) $465 per person
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Departures: Sep 2021 to May 2022
Rating:
35 reviews (4.6/5)

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