Unveiling a picturesque landscape of wilderness, wildlife and unique attractions

11 Day Top of the South Island Tour

TOUR CODE: GPTOS11

Inclusions

PREPAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Wilderness Gallery Hokitika
  • Monteith’s Brewing Co. Tasting
  • World of WearableArt and Classic Cars Museum*
  • Abel Tasman Guided Walk and Barbecue Cruise*
  • Yealands Estate White Road Tour and Tasting
  • Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre*
  • Cloudy Bay Estate Wine Tasting
  • Queen Charlotte Sound Dinner Cruise
  • Kaikoura Museum
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • City sights tour of Christchurch

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

SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS AND WALKS

  • Historic French Village of Akaroa
  • Lake Brunner
  • Brunner Mine Site
  • Hokitika Gorge
  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
  • Cape Foulwind walkway
  • Buller Gorge
  • Seaside town of Kaiteriteri
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Marlborough Wine Region
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Coastal town of Kaikoura

TOURING

  • Return airfares from your homeport
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 48 seat modern coach travel, 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain and Tour Leader
  • 10 nights 4 star accommodation
  • 3 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack

MEALS

  • 10 cooked breakfasts
  • 8 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Queen Charlotte Sound Dinner Cruise, Picton; Special Farewell Dinner, Christchurch
  • 4 lunches: Kingfisher Restaurant, Lake Brunner; Monteith’s Brewing Co., Greymouth; Abel Tasman Barbecue lunch, Abel Tasman National Park; Dodson Street Beer Garden; Blenheim

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

FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED

Tour includes a number of short walks of up to 1 hour that require a moderate level of fitness. The walks are scenic and not excessive but can include slight inclines and uneven surfaces. Ensure you feel comfortable with this level of fitness before booking.

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 Distinction Christchurch (2 nights)

DAY 2: Christchurch - Akaroa - Christchurch (B)

After an introductory city sights tour, enjoy a scenic drive to the historic French Village of Akaroa, with time to wander through the charming galleries and craft stores. This afternoon set off on your Nature Cruise in the hope of spotting the rare Hector’s Dolphin and keep an eye out for penguins and other sea birds. Following your cruise, return to Christchurch where the evening is free to dine at one of the city’s many restaurants.

DAY 3: Christchurch - Moana - Hokitika (B,L,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 before descending through the Otira Tunnel to Moana, on the banks of picturesque Lake Brunner. Enjoy lunch at Kingfisher Restaurant, before travelling to the Brunner Mine Site, the location of the 1896 mine explosion. This afternoon in the coastal town of Hokitika, you will visit a local gallery, the perfect chance to pick up a gift or souvenir.

Hotel Beachfront Hotel Hokitika (Ocean View)

DAY 4: Hokitika - Punakaiki (B,L,D)

Today, take in the natural beauty of the Hokitika Gorge on a short walk descending through the hardwood forest that will lead you to a swing bridge which crosses the Hokitika River. Continue north to Greymouth, home of Monteith’s Brewing Co. where you will sample locally brewed beers over lunch. This afternoon travel along the Great Coast Road to the world-famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes.

Hotel Punakaiki Resort (Sea View)

DAY 5: Punakaiki - Nelson (B,D)

Journey north along the coast to Tauranga Bay and Cape Foulwind, named by Captain Cook in 1770 when he encountered nasty weather. A short walk will showcase the rugged coastline and sea life often on show. Travel inland via the Buller Gorge and Murchison to Nelson, to visit the World of WearableArt Museum. A guided tour willshowcase more than 60 award winning garments from designers located all over the world. Attached is the Classic Cars Museum where you can view a prized collection of classic cars.

Hotel Rutherford Hotel (Premium Room. 2 nights)

DAY 6: Nelson - Abel Tasman National Park - Nelson (B,L)

Travel to Kaiteriteri, gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park and join a cruise along the parks’ picturesque coastline. At Anchorage Bay a barbeque lunch will be served. Re-join your coach and depart for Nelson via the vineyards. This evening is free for you to dine at one of the many local restaurants in town.

DAY 7: Nelson - Blenheim (B,L,D)

Today travel via Havelock and the wine-growing region of Marlborough to the spectacular Yealands Estate. The ‘White Road Tour’, will take you on a journey through this remarkable vineyard offering breathtaking views. Enjoy lunch at a local Blenheim Beer Garden before visiting the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, home to one of the
largest private collections of WW1 aircraft.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Marlborough (2 nights)

DAY 8: Blenheim Sightseeing (B,SD)

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning. This afternoon you will be treated to a unique wine and cheese tasting experience at Cloudy Bay Estate. Later travel to Picton to board a luxury launch for a scenic dinner cruise through the Queen Charlotte Sound. Take in the sights and wildlife while enjoying a sumptuous meal of local salmon,
Greenshell Mussels and Cloudy Bay Clams, matched with a glass of Marlborough wine.

DAY 9: Blenheim - Kaikoura (B,D)

Farewell the Marlborough region and journey to Kaikoura to visit the Kaikoura Museum, featuring a dedicated exhibition on the impact of the 2016 earthquake. This afternoon you may like to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the coastline to see the many species of whales that migrate through this area.

Hotel Sudima Hotel Kaikoura

DAY: 10 Kaikoura - Christchurch (B,SD)

Depart Kaikoura and head to Christchurch to visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new friends.

Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

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 Departures

2021

Feb 24

Mar 6

Apr 8

Oct 11

Nov 10

2022

Jan 18

Feb 24

Mar 6

Apr 4


Pricing

TOUR PRICING 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

$5499

$5499

$5499

$5499

$5729

$5779

$5799

$5799

$5799

$6049

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$195

$195

$195

$195 

$245

$245

$195

$180

$180

$170

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$5694

$5694

$5694

$5694

$5974

$6024

$5994

$5979

$5979

$6219

Land Only

Single Supplement

$5199

$1400

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

Fully escorted tour includes airfares, taxes, transfers in NZ, modern coach travel, 4 star accommodation, most meals, sightseeing and attractions.

PRE/ POST STAYS

City Twin Share Single

Christchurch

$130

$260 

Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Subject to availability.

Booking conditions for October 2021 - April 2022 dates are subject to change.

 

11 Day Top of the South Island Tour

Overall Experience Rating 9.36

Great experience. I learned a lot about NZ, laughed every day! Food and accommodation was great. Tour peers were friendly and jovial.

K.O. (NSW)

The tour was first rate. Would thoroughly recommend. Group was lovely and whole adventure superb.

H.B. (NSW)

– Being our first tour/trip as a guided tour, we didn’t know what it would be like, but it exceeded our expectations.

D.F. (NSW)

I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience Grand Pacific Tours have provided. A great tour;- professionally run & presented with caring and supportive Tour Guides & Coach Captains. I will certainly travel with GPT again and recommend you to others.

J.V. (TAS)

This is my first time overseas and I had a fabulous time. South Island New Zealand is very picturesque!

P.M. (QLD)

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