Enjoy an Ultimate escape to New Zealand’s dramatic South Island

10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape




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

*Guided tour.


  • Return airfares from your homeport
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 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
  • 9 nights 4.5 star hotel accommodation
  • 2 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 2 cruises
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack
  • BONUS Group photo


  • 9 cooked breakfasts
  • 8 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, 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.


(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. Enjoy luxe benefits and a complimentary pre dinner drink as you meet your travelling companions.

Hotel Sudima Christchurch City

DAY 2: Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Franz Josef (B,D)

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 Ultimate coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing to the township of Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. 

Hotel Te Waonui Forest Retreat

DAY 3: Franz Josef - Queenstown (B) 

See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast. Continue 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 and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel Heritage Queenstown (2 nights)

DAY 4: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD)

Today is a free day with plenty of sightseeing options to choose from. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon or 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 delicious gourmet barbecue dinner featuring a menu of seasonal, fresh and locally sourced food 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 5: Queenstown - Te Anau (B,D)

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. This innovative museum is heavily involved in the protection of the historic buildings scattered around town. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas (2 nights)

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

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a nature 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 timeis available. You may like to visit the Fiordland Cinema, specially constructed to screen the locally filmed movie Ata Whenua - Shadowland which will take you on an unforgettable journey (optional).

DAY 7: Te Anau - Dunedin (B,D)

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. Enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. Options available include a tour of the Speight’s Brewery, which produces New Zealand’s most popular beer, see Albatross in their natural habitat or take a tour of Olveston Historic Home, containing many treasures of a bygone era.

Hotel Distinction Dunedin

DAY 8: Dunedin - Mt Cook (B,D)

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour. There is time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you travel to Mt Cook.

Hotel The Hermitage Hotel (Aoraki Wing)

DAY 9: Mt Cook - Christchurch (B,SD)

This morning 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. Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and see the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch for an introductory city sights tour. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

Hotel Sudima Christchurch City

DAY 10: 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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Dec 9


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

The above pricing is in Australian dollars and relevant to traveller’s ex Australia only. International travellers will be quoted in local currency by a travel provider based on New Zealand dollar pricing.


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

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Extra night rates are per person and include full breakfast and other luxe benefits. Subject to availability.


10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape

Overall Experience Rating 9.08

This was a great trip. Life highlight. You guys have it down! Thank you!


The best trip I ever had! Keep it up!!!

S.C. (ISA)

Excellent balance between the passive & active. Would recommend this tour to others. Smaller group, excellent coach, coach captain outstanding.

B.S. (VIC)

– Love all the small little extra things on the coach and everything was extremely well organised. Thankyou.

L.J. (NSW)

This was my first tour and visit to New Zealand and it was wonderful and everything and more than I expected. Snow in December was a bonus! The welcome we received at each hotel was lovely. Some farewelled us too which was a lovely gesture.

J.L. (VIC)

We joined the 10 day ultimate South Island tour in September with Linda as our coach captain ...she was 5 star with her personality and knowledge...loved the hotels and the company on a small group tour gave us all time to socialise and get to know each other. Options were great, especially the steamboat ride in Queenstown...would do it all again


Excellent tour - stunning places and great organisation. Thank you!


The coach driver (Paul) was wonderful. The accommodation and meals were wonderful. The other guests on the tour were just beautiful people and so much fun. The tour itself was absolutely spectacular!!!


Would recommend this company to anyone looking to tour NZ – absolutely first-class! Enjoyed every minute.


You have set the standard pretty high – I’ll be plugging your tours to all. Thank you so much for a wonderful time.


My husband and I have travelled twice before with Grand Pacific on 19 Day trips but this was our first time on Ultimate coach and we fully appreciated all the points of difference.