Unveiling a picturesque landscape of wilderness, wildlife and unique attractions

11 Day Signature Top of the South Island

TOUR CODE: SGPTOS11

Inclusions

PREPAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Wilderness Gallery Hokitika
  • Monteith’s Brewing Co. Tasting
  • Abel Tasman Guided Walk and Barbecue Cruise*
  • Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre*
  • Cloudy Bay Estate Wine Tasting
  • Queen Charlotte Sound Cruise to Furneaux Lodge
  • Kaikōura Museum
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • City sights tour of Nelson and 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 and Blowholes 
  • Cape Foulwind walkway 
  • Buller Gorge
  • Seaside town of Kaiteriteri
  • Abel Tasman National Park 
  • Marlborough Wine Region
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Coastal town of Kaikōura

COACH FEATURES

  • 32 Premium Economy Comfort seats on a full-size coach
  • 2 door access; seat back tray table; cup holder
  • Restroom; daily onboard Wi-Fi allowance

EXPERIENCE

  • Professional Coach Captain and Tour Leader
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 10 nights 4 star accommodation
  • 3 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 rail journey
  • 3 cruises
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Extensive Optional Tours Programme
  • Classic Documentation Pack

MEALS

  • 10 cooked breakfasts
  • 7 sumptuous dinners including Complimentary pre-dinner drink at the Welcome Dinner and 1 specialty dinner: Farewell Dinner including pre-dinner drink, Christchurch
  • 5 specialty lunches: Kingfisher Restaurant, Lake Brunner; Monteith’s Brewing Co., Greymouth; Abel Tasman Barbecue lunch, Abel Tasman National Park; Dodson Street Beer Garden; Blenheim; Furneaux Lodge, Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Enjoy GPT Hotel Wine Time (discounted drinks)

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.

 


We are delighted to announce the introduction of two new touring vehicles under our NEW Signature Mid-Size Group Touring brand. Previously the 11 Day Top of the South Island tour was utilising our classic 48-seat coach fleet, however travellers will now be UPGRADED to these new vehicles. With these exciting changes, we will be launching a new e-Brochure in the coming months that will have more information on the new style of touring.

Itinerary

(B) Breakfast. (SL) Specialty 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. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink when you meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions for dinner.

Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel (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 a 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,SL,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 opportunity to pick up a gift or souvenir.

Hotel Beachfront Hotel Hokitika (Ocean View)

DAY 4: Hokitika - Punakaiki (B,SL,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 along the rocky headland will showcase the rugged coastline and sea life often on show amongst the rocks. Travel inland via the Buller Gorge and Murchison to Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand. This afternoon enjoy an orientation tour of the city which offers a stunning landscape.

Hotel Rutherford Hotel (Premium Room. 2 nights)

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

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 local restaurants in town.

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

Today travel via Havelock and the wine-growing region of Marlborough. Visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, home to one of the largest private collections of WW1 Aircraft, brought to life in sets created by the internationally acclaimed WingNut Films and Weta Workshop. Head back into town where you will enjoy lunch at a local Blenheim beer garden before a short drive to Cloudy Bay Estate. Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay was one of the original wineries in the region. Enjoy a personalised tasting experience in the Barrell Room followed by time to wander through the superb manicured grounds and towering gum trees, which will surely be a highlight of your day.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Marlborough (2 nights)

DAY 8: Blenheim – Marlborough Sounds - Blenheim (B,SL)

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Picton where time is available to explore this picturesque port. Board a luxury vessel at Picton Marina and cruise the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound to Furneaux Lodge whilst enjoying the informative commentary on this stunning region. At Furneaux Lodge a delicious lunch will be served followed by time to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. There is access to kayaks and short walks around the property. On the return cruise to Picton a cheese platter featuring local produce is served accompanied by a glass of Marlborough wine, which is the perfect end to your Marlborough Sounds adventure. Board the coach for the short journey back to Blenheim where the evening is free to dine at one of the local restaurants.

DAY 9: Blenheim - Kaikōura (B,D)

Farewell the Marlborough region and journey to Kaikōura. Visit the Kaikōura Museum, which features an exhibition depicting 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 Kaikōura

DAY: 10 Kaikōura - Christchurch (B,SD)

Depart Kaikōura and head to Christchurch to visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This evening enjoy a pre-dinner drink and reminisce on memories shared with your new friends at the farewell dinner.

Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel

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

Oct 24

Nov 10

2022

Jan 18

Feb 24

Mar 21

Apr 4


ALL INCLUSIVE TOUR PRICE

Fully escorted tour includes transfers in New Zealand, Premium Economy 32 seat coach travel, 4 star accommodation, most meals, sightseeing and attractions.


Pricing

Land Only

Single Supplement     

$5199

$1450


PRE/ POST STAYS

City Twin Share Single

Christchurch

$130

$260 

Extra nights rates are per person and based on room only. Subject to availability.
Prices are in Australian Dollars. Contact your Travel Agent for an airfare quotation.


Read about the Wine, Wildlife and Wilderness of this tour through the eyes of Gaynor Morgan. 

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