A festive season getaway to the South Island

10 Day South Island Festive Highlights Tour

TOUR CODE: GPNX10-R

Inclusions

PREPAID ATTRACTIONS

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

*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 3.5 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 1 specialty dinner: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin Christmas Day Lunch: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle

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 Quality Hotel Elms (2 nights)

DAY 2: Christchurch (Free Day) (B,D)

Today is a free day to explore Christchurch. Enjoy a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at leisure, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions.

DAY 3: Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Fox Glacier (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 Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

DAY 4: Fox Glacier - Queenstown (B,D)

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty. At Arrowtown, an old gold mining village, visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to picturesque Queenstown, situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year-round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions.

Hotel Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront or similar (2 nights)

DAY 5: Queenstown - Christmas Day (B,L)

Merry Christmas! Today board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Enjoy a gourmet Christmas lunch and the best of NZ’s high-country cuisine in the Colonel’s Homestead. Reboard the TSS Earnslaw and enjoy a sing along by the piano on your return cruise to Queenstown. This evening is free to dine at leisure.

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

This morning travel to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Enjoy 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).

Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)

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

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

Hotel Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge

DAY 8: Dunedin - Mt Cook - Omarama (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 this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone, then follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you continue to 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. Travel to Omarama for your overnight stay.

Hotel Heritage Gateway Hotel

DAY 9: Omarama - Christchurch (B,D)

Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water. You will also view the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue, iconic landmarks of the Mackenzie region. Arrive into the elegant city of Christchurch for a city tour.

Hotel Quality Hotel Elms

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 Departure

2020

Dec 21

 

 

 

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

$4299

$4299

$4299

$4299

$4599

$4579

$4599

$4599

$4599

$4849

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$195

$195

$195

$195

$245

$245

$195

$180

$180

$170

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$4494

$4494

$4494

$4494

$4774

$4824

$4794

$4779

$4779

$5019

Land Only

Single Supplement

$3999

$1070

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, 3.5 star accommodation, most meals, sightseeing and attractions. 

PRE/ POST Stays

City Twin Share Single

Christchurch

$115

$230

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

Ultimate Small Group Festive Season & New Year Tours

If you prefer a little luxury and wish to travel in a small group, then check out the 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour or the 11 Day Ultimate New Year Escape.

 

10 Day South Island Festive Highlights 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)