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10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape

Grand Pacific Small Group Tour starting in Christchurch and finishing in Christchurch

Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Grand Pacific's 10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape. Tour New Zealand's majestic South Island over 10 days with a deluxe small group holiday. Begin in Christchurch (Garden City), marvel at Mount Cook, enjoy the Scottish heritage...read more


Operator: Grand Pacific
Type: Small Group Tour (Premium)
Style: Ultimate
Max Group Size: 20
Duration: 10 Days
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Tour Code: GPSI10U
Visits: New Zealand
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$ 4,281
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Day By Day


Arrival Christchurch

On arrival in Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Your afternoon is free to explore this wonderful city. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink. Stay: The George (D)

Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Fox Glacier

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. Travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing via Franz Josef to Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. Stay: Distinction Fox Glacier (B/D)

Fox Glacier - Queenstown

See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast. 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 and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants. Stay Two Nights: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (B)

Queenstown (Free Day)

Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Grand Pacific Tours Local Host is available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon or 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 gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you 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. (B/SD)

Queenstown - Te Anau

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you'll visit the Lakes District Museum. This innovative museum is heavily involved in the protection of the historic buildings scattered around town. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. This evening you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Stay Two Nights: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas (B/D)

Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a nature 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 may like to visit the Fiordland Cinema, specially constructed to show the locally filmed movie 'Ata Whenua - Shadowland' which will take you on an unforgettable journey (optional). (B/L/D)

Te Anau - Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the "Edinburgh of the South". Enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. The sweet tooth might like to tour Cadbury World (optional) whilst others might be interested in a tour of the Speight's Brewery, which produces New Zealand's most popular beer (optional). Also available is a tour to the Royal Albatross Centre to see Albatross in their natural habitat or a tour of Olveston Historic Home, containing many treasures of a bygone era (optional). Stay: Distinction Dunedin (B/D)

Dunedin - Mt Cook

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 Ultimate High Tea served in the grand ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you travel to Mt Cook for your overnight stay. Stay: The Hermitage Hotel (B/D)

Mt Cook - Christchurch

This morning 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. Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your newfound friends. Stay: The George (B/SD)

Depart Christchurch

Time to say goodbye. You'll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Ultimate Inclusions

Ultimate Small Group Touring

  • Small group travel – limited to 20 travellers
  • Exclusive purpose built luxury touring vehicle - with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full size vehicle, 2 door access and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival in New Zealand
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 9 nights 4.5 star hotel accommodation including hotel porterage
  • 2 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 2 scenic cruises
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack
  • Bonus Group Photo


  • 9 cooked breakfasts
  • 8 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead - Queenstown, Farewell Dinner with selected beverages - Christchurch (Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm)
  • 1 picnic lunch on the Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • 1 Ultimate High Tea at Larnach Castle


Operator Details

Grand Pacific Reviews: (86)
Tours on Sale: 24
Accommodation: 3.5-4.5 Star
Average Age: 55+ years
Types: Coach Tours & Small Group Tours
Max Group Size(s): 48 & 20
Budget: Premium & Low Cost
Destinations: New Zealand

Reviews (2)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Ultimate South Island Escape with Grand Pacific.

  “Enjoyable holiday”
Trip Date: 17/10/2016
We had an enjoyable holiday and were well looked after by the driver who was both knowledgeable and helpful. The coach was comfortable and clean, the accommodation was of a high standard as were the meals. We would recommend Grand Pacific small group tours.
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  “Fantastic trip”
Trip Date: 14/09/2015
Just wanted to let you know that our trip was fantastic. The Ultimate Coach was great and our driver Linda, even better! All the accommodation was very good and the staff treated us like royalty! The scenery on the South Island was stunning, we were all amazed at how beautiful the countryside was. Thank you for your organisation, everything went smoothly with no hiccups. We would like to see the North Island too so we'll be in touch sometime next year.
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2017-18 SEASON
Nov 2017 - May 2018

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