11 Day Festive South Island Tour

11 Day Festive South Island Tour

Enjoy the festive season Kiwi style. Grand Pacific Tours is delighted to offer travellers this exclusive opportunity to see the best New Zealand has to offer during the festive season. Travellers will tour in style as they witness the spectacular South Island, including a comprehensive range of prepaid attractions.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Low Cost Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: Dec 2019 to Dec 2019
Price: From (NZD) $4939 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Duration: 11 Days
Tour Code: GPSI11X


9 nights 4-star accommodation
Milford Sound overnight cruise
10 cooked breakfasts (B)
8 sumptuous dinners (D) including 4 specialty dinners (SD): Walter Peak Homestead in Queenstown, Christmas dinner on the 'Milford Mariner', Haggis Ceremony in Dunedin, and farewell dinner in Christchurch
Coast-to-coast TranzAlpine train journey through the Southern Alps
Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
Taieri Gorge Limited Rail Journey
Haggis Ceremony and gift
Guided tour of Larnach Castle
City sights tour of Christchurch & 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 Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Distinction Christchurch (2 nights) (D)

Day 2

Today visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This is followed by an introductory city tour of Christchurch. This afternoon includes a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at your leisure, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions. This evening is free to explore the local cuisine. (D)

Day 3
Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Franz Josef

This morning board the TranzAlpine, one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges as you ascend to Arthurs Pass located in the centre of the Southern Alps. Board your coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its pounamu (jade), before arriving at the township of Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

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

Day 4
Franz Josef - Queenstown

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

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

Day 5

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. Your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist with the many options available. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then re-board the TSS Earnslaw for a sing-along by the piano on your return cruise. (B, SD)

Day 6
Queenstown - Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

Merry Christmas! This morning take in the stunning scenery and lakeside vistas as the road winds around Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy a short stop in the picturesque township of Te Anau before travelling into the Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. Board the ‘Milford Mariner’ for your amazing overnight cruise. There is plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife – you’re bound to encounter seals and, if you’re lucky, maybe dolphins and penguins. This evening enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings prepared by the on-board chef.

Stay: Milford Mariner (B, D)

Day 7
Milford Sound - Te Anau

Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord. Return back to the wharf to meet your coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Te Anau. This afternoon enjoy a cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Glowworm Caves where you will admire the incredible limestone caverns, waterfalls, and breathtaking glowworm display.

Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Room) (B, D)

Day 8
Te Anau - Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Pukerangi to board The Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail. On arrival at Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station your coach will transfer you to the hotel.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 9

This morning travel 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. Return to the city for an informative city tour followed by some free time. You might be interested in a tour of Speights Brewery (optional) or to see wildlife in their natural habitat (optional
Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift. (B, SD)

Day 10
Dunedin - Christchurch

This morning visit Olveston Historic Home, containing treasures from a bygone era, before travelling to Ōamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your newfound friends.

Stay: Sudima Christchurch (B, SD)

Day 11
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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11 Day Festive South Island Tour
Low Cost Coach Tour
Tour Code: GPSI11X
From (NZD) $4939 per person
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Departures: Dec 2019 to Dec 2019

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