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Top of the South Island

Regarded as one of the most spectacular places on earth, New Zealand's South Island offers a myriad of amazing activities and breathtaking scenery. Grand Pacific Tours are excited to offer this new Top of the South Island itinerary, a coach holiday experience that has never been offered before, visiting several iconic regions each offering something different.

This tour has been designed for travellers who enjoy the outdoors, love food and wine and are keen to get off the main roads and experience some of New Zealand’s native wildlife and natural beauty. 

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Itinerary Summary

Begin with a trip to the quaint fishing village of Akaroa where your award-winning cruise offers the chance to see the smallest and rarest Hector’s Dolphins. Experience the natural beauty of the scenic West Coast that hosts an abundance of wildlife and stunning scenery. Cruise 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. The spectacular Marlborough Sounds combine a myriad of amazing coves and waterways that will impress. Meander through Queen Charlotte Sound, a pristine body of water, onboard a luxury vessel.

Taste the crisp and delightful wines of the Marlborough region as you experience exceptional vineyards such as Cloudy Bay Estate. A visit to the fishing village of Kaikõura provides the opportunity for you to take an optional scenic flight to view the graceful giant sperm whales from the air.

As you enjoy looking out over breathtaking Lake Brunner, meet the locals and enjoy a Kiwiana lunch with specialty dishes such as whitebait fritters. Several amazing walks include the incredible Hokitika Gorge, the famous Punakaiki Rocks (Pancake Rocks) and the classic scenery of the Abel Tasman National Park. Visit Monteith’s Brewery where you enjoy a sumptuous lunch and a free souvenir. The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is a world-class museum showcasing WW1 and WW2 aircraft and artefacts, with captivating and immersive dioramas.

Touring Styles

We are delighted to be conducting this Top of the South Island itinerary on both our Ultimate Small Group Touring coach (maximum 20 seats, Business Class on Wheels) and the Signature Mid-Size Group Touring coach (maximum 32 seats, Premium Economy Comfort). 

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.

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February 2023

The whole package was great! The Signature coach was immmaculate, super comfortable and spacious. It was a pleasure to travel in with great viewing windows. We had a skilled Coach Captain, brilliant Tour Leader, varied itinerary and a fantastic tour group. 

G.L. Australia

February 2023

This was our first coach trip as a couple and we found it to be a rewarding experience. The coach was very comfortable, clean and we were able to move around freely. Our Coach Captain was very informative, friendly and obliging and we always felt safe with his driving. Our Tour Leader was professional, friendly and helpful, she made the tour very enjoyable. 

L.H. & G.H. Australia

February 2023

This has been a fabulous tour. Thanks so much GPT for putting this tour together. The coach was so clean, it looked brand new every morning. It was a pleasure to travel with both our Coach Captain and Tour Leader. 

J.P. & N.S. Australia

Port of Departure

To enable us to present you with the best Tour Pricing and Bonus Offers please select your intended Port of Departure and Accommodation Room Type. If you do not require an air inclusive package, please select LAND ONLY.

All prices are in Australian Dollars. For air inclusive package pricing, airline taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your Travel Agent at the time of booking.