Witness the South Island in Ultimate style and celebrate Christmas with a difference

11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour

Inclusions

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS

• International Antarctic Centre
• Larnach Castle*
• Milford Sound Nature Cruise & lunch
• Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
• Lakes District Museum
• TranzAlpine Rail Journey
• City Sights tour of Christchurch & Dunedin

*Guided tour.

ULTIMATE SMALL GROUP TOURING

• Return airfares from your homeport
• Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full size vehicle, 2 door access and panoramic windows
• Professional Coach Captain
• Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
• Return airport transfers in New Zealand
• 10 nights 4.5 star hotel accommodation
• 3 two night stays
• Hotel porterage
• 2 cruises
• All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
• GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax)
• Comprehensive documentation pack
BONUS Group photo

MEALS

• 10 cooked breakfasts
• 8 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Christmas Dinner Walter Peak, Queenstown; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch
• 1 picnic lunch
• 1 Ultimate HIgh Tea, Larnach Castle

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

Itinerary

(B) Breakfast. (L) Lunch. (D) Dinner. (SD) Specialty Dinner.

DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch (D)

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink. 

Hotel The George (2 nights)

DAY 2: Christchurch (B)

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 enjoy free time to explore. This evening is also free.

DAY 3: Christchurch - Mt Cook (B,D)

Travel through the Southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Enjoy a scenic flight (optional, time and weather permitting) over the Southern Alps.

Hotel The Hermitage Hotel

DAY 4: Mt Cook - Dunedin (B,D)

Depart Mt Cook and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time. 

Hotel Distinction Dunedin

DAY 5: Dunedin - Te Anau (B,D)

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Continue south through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau.

Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas (2 nights)

DAY 6: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau (B,L,D)

This morning enjoy a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. Enjoy a picnic lunch onboard before returning to Te Anau for free time.

DAY 7: Te Anau - Queenstown - Christmas Day (B,SD)

Merry Christmas! Today travel to Queenstown, a year round resort, situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise to Walter Peak Station for a delicious gourmet Christmas dinner in the Colonel’s Homestead. Reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano on your return cruise.

Hotel Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)

DAY 8: Queenstown (Free Day) (B)

Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Grand Pacific Tours Local Host is available to assist. This evening is also free to dine at leisure.

DAY 9: Queenstown - Fox Glacier (B,D)

Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass and see the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps enroute to Fox Glacier. You may like to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel Distinction Fox Glacier

DAY 10: Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,SD)

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, one of the great train journeys of the world. Enjoy the spectacular scenery through to Christchurch. This evening you will be treated to a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

Hotel The George

DAY 11: Depart Christchurch (B)

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

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Guaranteed Departure

2017

Dec 19, 21^

^This tour operates in reverse

 

 

 

 

Pricing

AUSTRALIAN TOUR PRICES

Departure
Point
Tour
Including
Airfare
  Pre
Paid
Taxes**
  Total
Per Person
Twin Share

Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

Gold Coast

Canberra

Cairns

Adelaide

Hobart

Launceston

Perth

$5569

$5569

$5569

$5569

$5799

$5849

$5869

$5869

$5869

$6119

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$175

$175

$175

$175

$195

$215

$175

$170

$170

$170

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$5744

$5744

$5744

$5744

$5994

$6064

$6044

$6039

$6039

$6289

Land Only

Single Supplement

$5269

$1490

**Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

ALL INCLUSIVE tour price

Includes airfares, taxes, Ultimate 20 seat coach travel, 4.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions.

Stay a little longer

City Twin Share Single

Christchurch

$200

$400

Extra night rates are per person in Australian Dollars, and based on room only.

NON-AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS

Land Only per person, twin share

Single Supplement

NZ$5939

NZ$1860

If you are outside of Australia please contact us for Travel Agent recommendations. They will advise pricing in your local currency.

 

11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour

Overall Experience Rating 9.11

An experience we'll never forget

UNKNOWN

An excellent experience and all due to Grand Pacific Tours. Will remember my trip as a wonderful experience.

A.C. (NSW)

This has been an absolutely superb holiday. The whole touring experience was marvellous in luxury coach, superb organisation of fabulous hotels and activities. It was worth every penny we spent. New Zealand far exceeded our expectations. Thank you for the lovely memories.

E.C. (UK)

The Ultimate! Being a small group and on the special coach it has been very enjoyable. I would recommend the Ultimate coach to all.

G&M.W. (NSW)

Escape to the majestic South Island with like-minded travellers and experience small group touring aboard the Ultimate Coach..