10 Day South Island Festive Highlights Tour

10 Day South Island Festive Highlights Tour

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: Special Interest Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: Dec 2021 to Dec 2021
Price: From (NZD) $4179 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Duration: 10 Days
Tour Code: GPSI10HT

Inclusions

48 seat modern coach travel, 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
9 nights 3.5 star accommodation
9 cooked breakfasts (B)
8 sumptuous dinners (D) including 1 specialty dinner: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin
Christmas Day Lunch: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown
1 picnic lunch & 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle
Christchurch Tram
TranzAlpine Rail Journey
Lakes District Museum
Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
Milford Sound Cruise and Lunch
Haggis Ceremony and Gift
Larnach Castle
City sights tour of Christchurch and Dunedin
Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your travelling companions.

Stay: Quality Hotel Elms (2 nights) (D)

Day 2
Christchurch (Free Day)

Today is a free day to explore Christchurch. Enjoy a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at leisure, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions. (B,D)

Day 3
Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Fox Glacier

This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges as you ascend to Arthur’s Pass located in the centre of the Southern Alps. Board your coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing to Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (B,D)

Day 4
Fox Glacier - Queenstown

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty. At Arrowtown, an old gold mining village, visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to picturesque Queenstown, situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year-round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions.

Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront or similar (2 nights) (B,D)

Day 5
Queenstown - Christmas Day

Merry Christmas! Today board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Enjoy a gourmet Christmas lunch and the best of NZ’s high-country cuisine in the Colonel’s Homestead. Reboard the TSS Earnslaw and enjoy a sing along by the piano on your return cruise to Queenstown. This evening is free to dine at leisure. (B,L)

Day 6
Queenstown - Te Anau

This morning travel to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Enjoy 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 onboard. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. You might like to cap off your Fiordland experience by watching the breathtaking film, Ata Whenua – Shadowland, which screens at the Fiordland Cinema (optional).

Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room) (B,L,D)

Day 7
Te Anau - Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ and enjoy a city tour. 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 8
Dunedin – Mt Cook - Omarama

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone, then follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you continue to marvel at 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 Omarama for your overnight stay.

Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel (B,D)

Day 9
Omarama - Christchurch

Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch for a city tour.

Stay: Quality Hotel Elms (B,D)

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)

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10 Day South Island Festive Highlights Tour
Special Interest Coach Tour
Tour Code: GPSI10HT
From (NZD) $4179 per person
Save (NZD) $220 per person
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Departures: Dec 2021 to Dec 2021

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