Witness the South Island in ultimate style featuring Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour

TOUR CODE: UGPX11

Inclusions

PREPAID ATTRACTIONS

  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Larnach Castle*
  • HIGHLIGHT Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • City Sights tour of Christchurch and Dunedin

*Guided tour

HIGHLIGHT DOUBTFUL SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISE

  • Cruise on a traditionally designed vessel
  • Cabins with private ensuite
  • Superb evening carvery buffet prepared freshly by an onboard chef
  • Cooked breakfast
  • Tender craft and kayaking activities
  • Knowledgeable nature guide
  • Relaxation time allowing you to view the fiords spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife

ULTIMATE SMALL GROUP TOURING

  • Return airfares from your homeport
  • Personalised Meet and 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 accommodation
  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • 2 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 rail journey
  • 1 cruise
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack
  • Souvenir 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. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink as you meet your travelling companions.

Hotel Sudima Christchurch City (2 nights)

DAY 2: Christchurch (B)

This morning visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. Feel the chill of the Antarctic storm room, take a ride on the Hagglund all-terrain vehicle, see the little blue penguins and be astonished within the immersive 4D theatre. This is followed by a city tour of Christchurch. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure to explore further.

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

Travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over
the Southern Alps.

Hotel The Hermitage Hotel (Aoraki Wing)

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 a city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. Optional activities you might be interested in include a tour of the Speight’s Brewery or the chance to see local wildlife in their
natural habitat.

Hotel Distinction Dunedin Hotel

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

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 around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional) or the Fiordland Cinema, specially constructed to screen the locally filmed movie Ata Whenua - Shadowland which will take you on an unforgettable journey (optional).

Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

DAY 6: Te Anau - Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise (B,L,D)

A leisurely start today before travelling to Manapouri. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you cruise across this glacial lake. After a short ride over the Wilmot Pass, join the Fiordland Navigator for an amazing overnight experience. As you cruise
through the pristine beauty of Doubtful Sound, naturalist guides will provide commentary and point out the resident wildlife. When evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet prepared by the onboard chef.

Overnight Fiordland Navigator

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

Merry Christmas! Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri. Return to the wharf and meet your Ultimate Coach for the journey to Queenstown, a year-round resort, situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening dinner will be at your hotel.

Hotel Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)

DAY 8: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD)

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. There are many optional activities 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 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 9: Queenstown - Franz Josef (B,D)

Travel to Arrowtown, an old goldmining village and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to the township of Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers before arriving at your hotel.

Hotel Te Waonui Forest Retreat

DAY 10: Franz Josef - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,SD)

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to 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 Ultimate Coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new friends.

Hotel Sudima Christchurch City

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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2020

Dec 19

 

 

 

Pricing

TOUR PRICE INCLUDING AIRFARES

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

Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

Gold Coast

Canberra

Cairns

Adelaide

Hobart

Launceston

Perth

$6699

$6699

$6699

$6699

$6929

$6979

$6999

$6999

$6999

$7249

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$195

$195

$195

$195

$245

$245

$195

$180

$180

$170

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$6894

$6894

$6894

$6894

$7174

$7224

$7194

$7179

$7179

$7419

Land Only

Single Supplement

$6399

$2030

Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Airline 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.


ALL INCLUSIVE tour price

Tour includes airfares, taxes, transfers in NZ, Ultimate 20 seat coach travel, 4.5 star accommodation, most meals, sightseeing and attractions.

PRE/ POST STAYS

City Twin Share Single

Christchurch

$180

$360

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

 

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)

Amazing – can’t wait to look over all of the 100’s of photos we have taken to relieve it all again.

S.H. (VIC)

A Christmas getaway and want better way than doing it in style!

J.R (VIC)