Top of the South Island
New Zealand’s Top of the South Island is known for its mild climate, relaxed pace, untouched vistas and some of the most picturesque coastal scenes in the world. From cruising through turquoise blue waters, exploring sandy beaches, tasting world famous wines and local seafood - there really is something for everyone.
Whether you’re a first timer, or a repeat traveller wanting to see more of what New Zealand has to offer, this tour will not disappoint!
Innovative Tour. Exclusive to GPT
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.
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).
Visit our NewzRoom to read more about this extensive itinerary:
> Wine, wildlife and wilderness
> Unveiling the Top of the South
> Queen Charlotte Sound Cruise to Furneaux Lodge
> Marlborough - How's the serenity!
> Discover the South Island's picturesque West Coast
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.