Showcasing nature’s best in the majestic South Island

10 Day South Island Spectacular

TOUR CODE: GPS10

Inclusions

PREPAID ATTRACTIONS

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

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

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
  • 9 nights 4 star accommodation
  • 2 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 rail journey
  • 2 cruises
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack

MEALS

  • 9 cooked breakfasts
  • 8 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Farewell Dinner, Christchurch
  • 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 Distinction Christchurch Hotel

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 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 Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

DAY 3: Franz Josef - Queenstown (B)

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast to Fox Glacier. 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 to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort or similar (Lakeview Room. 2 nights)

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

Today is a free day to explore Queenstown. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader will assist with the many optional activities available. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic 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 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. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).

Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Room. 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 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 time is available. You might like to cap off your Fiordland experience by watching the breathtaking film, Ata Whenua - Shadowland, which screens at the Fiordland Cinema (optional).

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

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ and enjoy city tour. 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 a delicious Devonshire Tea. Tonight, a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

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

Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you continue to marvel Whilst cruising in the magnificent Milford Sound, see the spectacular Bowen Falls. at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Travel to Twizel for your overnight stay.

Hotel MacKenzie Country Hotel

DAY 9: Twizel - Christchurch (B,SD)

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

Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

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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Guaranteed Departures

2020

Sep 21, 24

Oct 9, 21, 27     

Nov 5, 14, 23, 27

2021

Jan 31

Feb 12, 18, 23, 28

Mar 2, 13, 20, 23, 29

Apr 6, 18, 23

May 4, 11

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Pricing

TOUR PRICES 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

$4269

$4269

$4269

$4269

$4499

$4549

$4569

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$195

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$4464

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$4744

$4794

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$4989

Land Only

Single Supplement

$3969

$1290

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.

 

10 Day South Island Spectacular

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)

The tour has exceeded our expectations. Being free of lugging suitcases in and out was a first for us. Covered as many different experiences with Andrew’s (Coach Captain) historical background added to the understanding of NZ cultural differences.

M.R. (QLD)

Had a fabulous time, enjoyed every minute of this tour.

S.T. (NSW)