10 Day South Island Spectacular

10 Day South Island Spectacular

This tour offers unbeatable value and excellent coverage of the spectacular South Island of New Zealand. It includes an excellent range of deluxe hotel accommodation, luxury coach travel, cooked breakfasts and dinners, plus a comprehensive range of prepaid activities.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: May 2018 to May 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $3469 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Duration: 10 Days
Tour Code: GPSI10

Inclusions

9 nights superior hotel accommodation
9 cooked breakfasts (B)
8 sumptuous dinners (D) including 3 specialty dinners (SD): Walter Peak Homestead - Queenstown, Haggis Ceremony - Dunedin, Farewell Dinner - Christchurch
Coast-to-coast TranzAlpine train journey through the Southern Alps
Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
Lakes District Museum
Milford Sound Cruise and Lunch
Haggis Ceremony and Gift
Guided tour of Larnach Castle
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation and activity vouchers, and local travel guides

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

Fly from your homeport to Christchurch where you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel (flight not included).

Stay: Hotel Distinction Christchurch (D)

Day 2
Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Franz Josef

This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel through spectacular gorges to Arthur’s Pass located in the centre of the Southern Alps. Board your coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its pounamu (jade), before continuing to Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) (B, D)

Day 3
Franz Josef - Queenstown

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning natural beauty, before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year-round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Stay: Mercure Queenstown Resort (Lakeview Rooms) (2 nights) (B)

Day 4
Queenstown (Free Day)

Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain is available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon, or the helicopter flight of a lifetime. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. On arrival, sit back and relax as you are treated to the best of New Zealand’s high country cuisine in the Colonel’s Homestead. Re-board the TSS Earnslaw for a singalong by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown. (B, SD)

Day 5
Queenstown - Te Anau

Enjoy a leisurely start before travelling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village, and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland.

Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Rooms) (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 6
Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau

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 on-board. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. (B, L, D)

Day 7
Te Anau - Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin, known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’, and enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (B, SD)

Day 8
Dunedin - Aoraki Mt Cook - Twizel

Farewell Dunedin and travel to Ōamaru, famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you continue to marvel at Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Travel to Twizel for your overnight stay.

Stay: Mackenzie Country Hotel (B, D)

Day 9
Twizel - Christchurch

Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and the sheepdog memorial, before arriving into Christchurch for an informative city tour. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your newfound friends.

Stay: Sudima Christchurch (B, SD)

Day 10
Depart Christchurch

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

4.6/5.0

There are 20 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.6 out of 5.

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5
26/03/2018
Excellent value. Service by our travel agent, tour guide and driver were great. All inclusive excursions/dinners were wonderful. Food was excellent. 3 Hotels/Motels rooms did not have air conditioning, although they did provide fans, it would have been way too hot if we had come at a different time of year. Twizel accommodations really need upgraded. Either that or chose a different town to stay in.
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31/01/2018
Early rises were a bit excessive - itinerary said leisurely start. I think the schedules could have been better arranged between 8am and 6pm instead of 6am to 4 pm. Longer stops would also have been ideal, and perhaps fewer of them.
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31/01/2018
We didn't feel this was a premium tour as some of the hotels needed improvements ie curtains falling apart, bathrooms very old, furniture worn, beds worn. The food was generally very good. The tour manager and driver were excellent, although we were slightly concerned that the driver talked the whole time and felt he should be just driving in order to concentrate.
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23/11/2017
This tour exceeded our expectations. The country was beautiful and pictures don't do it any justice. The Tour Captain and the Coach Driver were both excellent and made our holiday most enjoyable.
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5
28/04/2017
We had a great time during the tour with Grand Pacific. As a total rating, I want to rate it as 'Excellent''. I summarize the highlights as below: The tour staff quality was very high. Raewayen (I am not sure the spelling of her name..), tour guide, and Andrew (driver) took good care of us. They were very professional, caring and funny. Especially the tour guide was genuinely nice to us and tried her best to make us comfortable. Participants : This time we travelled with mostly Australians and two Canadians. It was really fun to travel together with them. They were really friendly, sweet and fun-loving people. We had so much laughter together during the tour. Tour Content : The tour was well-organized with enough time for sightseeing and break. We had fully enjoyed all the beautiful scenery and natural landscape in the South Island. As the final message, I had a wonderful time during the tour. If I had a chance to go back to NZ, I will choose to travel with the Grand Pacific and the same tour guide and driver if possible. Thank you!
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5
24/11/2016
Grand Pacific was excellent from planning through execution. Driver Andrew and escort Barrie were very friendly and informative. The hotels and food were above average. Overall, the entire tour exceeded my expectations.
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01/03/2016
The South Island Tour was extremly well organized. I enjoyed every single day of the journey!! Both the Couch Captain Craig Inglewood as well as our Guide Paul Dodd told us all we wanted to know, showed us the most interesting places and sceneries and were absolutely helpfull in each and every way. The Hotels were very good, the meals excellent and the special trips like the TSS Earnslaw Boat Trip or the boat trip in Milford Sound were beautiful. I would definitely join that tour next time again and can highly recommend this tour to everybody.
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14/10/2015
The standard of the tour from the tour director, coach driver, accommodation, attractions, meals and pace was very good.
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5
07/03/2015
We thought that we were looked after extremely well. The tour guide Paul was full of knowledge and a great organiser. As for the bus driver, he was an extremely good driver, we felt safe the whole time, as the roads have a lot of bad bends in them coming down the mountains. The bus driver Bernaud was very knowledgable, knows South Island and also some of the north like the back of his hand. The places we visited were amazing and the hotels/motels were on a whole very good.
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07/03/2015
This whole tour, right from the beginning of booking to the end of the tour, was so well organised. The logistics of Relaxing Journeys and Grand Pacific, is amazingly excellent! Our tour consultant, the coach captain and the the tour guide extended their services with professionalism, diplomacy, patience and utmost courtesy. I like to give my thanks to the whole team who provided services beyond their duties. I would highly recommend my friends to these travel tours.
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10 Day South Island Spectacular
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Departures: May 2018 to May 2019
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