Showcases the breathtaking South Island’s scenic wonders

9 Day Taste of the South Island

Inclusions

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift 
  • Larnach Castle*
  • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • City sights tour of Christchurch & Dunedin 

*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

TOURING

  • Return airfares from your homeport
  • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 8 nights 3 - 3.5 star hotel accommodation
  • 1 two night stay: Queenstown
  • Hotel porterage
  • 2 cruises
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax)
  • Comprehensive documentation pack 

MEALS

  • 8 cooked breakfasts 
  • 7 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 delicious Devonshire 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 and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel Heartland Hotel Cotswold

DAY 2: Christchurch - Omarama (B,D)

After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view 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.

Hotel Heritage Gateway Hotel

DAY 3: Omarama - Dunedin (B,SD)

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.

Hotel Mercure Leisure Lodge

DAY 4: Dunedin - Te Anau (B,D)

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. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)

DAY 5: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (B,L)

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 and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights)

DAY 6: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD)

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain is available to assist with the many sightseeing options 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 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 reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown.

DAY 7: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Fox Glacier (B,D)

Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you will 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 Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel Heartland Hotel Glacier Country 

DAY 8: Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,D)

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 to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Hotel Heartland Hotel Cotswold

DAY 9: Depart Christchurch (B)

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

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Guaranteed Departures

2017

Sep 10, 19, 26, 30

Oct  5, 7, 18, 27 

Nov 3, 5, 8, 14, 17, 21

2018

 Jan 18, 22

 Feb 2, 5, 8, 12, 14, 19, 23

 Mar 4, 7, 10, 13, 16,  22, 24, 26

 Apr 6, 13, 18, 25

 May 2

SEASONAL OFFER Save $250 per person on highlighted departure dates.

 


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

$3239

$3239

$3239

$3239

$3469

$3519

$3539

$3539

$3539

$3789

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$175

$175

$175

$175 

$195

$215

$175

$170

$170

$170

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$3414

$3414

$3414

$3414

$3664

$3734

$3714

$3709

$3709

$3959

Land Only

Single Supplement

$2939

$780

**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, modern coach travel, 3 - 3.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions.

Stay a little longer

City Twin Share Single

Christchurch

$100

$200

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

NON-AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS

Land Only per person, twin share

Single Supplement

NZ$3299

NZ$870

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

 

9 Day Taste of the South Island

Overall Experience Rating 9.57

– A very social and entertaining way for older people to enjoy a holiday. The organisation was very professional.

UNKNOWN

On this our first visit to NZ we were provided with an excellent tour and historical knowledge of the South Island. The many and varied attractions included in the tour added to our enjoyment of the tour.

D.B. (SCO)

Have so enjoyed our holiday. Loved all the beautiful people and wonderful scenery. Would have no hesitation in recommending this tour and the company.

S.B. (VIC)

Fabulous! The tour was more than I expected. The accommodation was excellent. Beautiful New Zealand – I wish I had come here first before Europe!

M.T. (NSW)

Showcases New Zealand’s breathtaking South Island scenery as travellers relax on board a luxury coach...