Unveiling the Top of the South Island

23 February 21

New Zealand’s South Island hosts the purest and most picturesque landscapes you will ever experience. From wildlife to wineries, glacial valleys to star-filled skies, New Zealand’s beauty flourishes against a palette of dramatic scenes.

Grand Pacific Tours, the New Zealand Coach Holiday Specialist, has developed an exciting new holiday experience that has never been offered before as a group touring itinerary.

“We are delighted to present our 11 Day Signature Top of the South Island Tour that will visit several iconic regions in the top part of New Zealand’s South Island - each offering something different”, says Peter Harding, Grand Pacific Tours Managing Director.

“The Top of the South Island Tour unveils a picturesque landscape of wilderness, wildlife and unique attractions. Designed for travellers who enjoy the outdoors, love food and wine and are keen to get off the main roads. The tour includes a number of short walks that will allow travellers to experience some of New Zealand’s native wildlife and natural beauty.”

“We are also delighted to be conducting this Top of the South Island Tour on our NEW Signature Mid-Size Group Touring Coach. Travellers will experience the Premium Economy Comfort of a full-size coach, touring with a mid-size group of up to 32 travellers, fully escorted. The Signature coaches are beautifully crafted, designed for New Zealand touring with delivering excellence in mind.”

Start your trip at the quaint fishing village of Akaroa, where you will set off on a nature cruise for the chance to see the rare Hector’s Dolphins and other marine life. Experience the natural beauty of the scenic West Coast that hosts an abundance of wildlife and stunning scenery including the Hokitika Gorge – a vivid, turquoise glacial river, surrounded by lush bush. Travel along the Great Coast Road to the world-famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes where columns of water shoot skyward from rocks that resemble giant stacks of pancakes.

Enjoy a barbecue lunch while cruising along the shores of the Abel Tasman National Park, a hidden gem with crystal clear water and sandy beaches all combined with New Zealand’s native flora and fauna. Taste the crisp and delightful wines of the Marlborough region as you experience exceptional vineyards including sampling some of Marlborough’s finest wine amongst the barrels at Cloudy Bay Estate. Take in the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound to Furneaux Lodge where you will consume fresh, local, seasonal cuisine and local Marlborough wine followed by the opportunity for a peaceful walk around the tranquil grounds enjoying picturesque views.

Other highlights include the seaside town of Kaiteriteri loved for its turquoise water and golden sand beach; Monteith’s Brewery where you enjoy a sumptuous lunch and a free souvenir; and the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, home to one of the largest private collections of WW1 Aircraft.

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

Travel is not just a reward — it’s part of living. The memories we create, and share, make life more meaningful. Let Grand Pacific Tours help you create those memories.

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