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Classic South Island

  Avg. Trip Rating 4.6 Based on 18 Reviews. No Booking FeesDedicated Consultant
Fully Guided Coach Group Scenic / Sightseeing
Our Price From 3,657 Per Person
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 Trip Length
10 Days
 Trip Starts
Christchurch
 Trip Finishes
Christchurch
10 Day Classic South Island Itinerary (Grand Pacific)
Countries Explored: New Zealand
Accommodation
4 Star
Max. Group Size
48
Trip Style
Classic
Trip Code
CGPS10

Overview

Read 18 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Grand Pacific's 10 Day Classic South Island. This tour offers unbeatable value and provides an excellent coverage of the spectacular South Island. This tour is part of the 19 Day Grand Tour of New Zealand. It provides an excellent range of superior hotel accommodation, luxury coach travel with professional Coach Captain, cooked breakfasts and dinners plus a comprehensive range of prepaid activities including a number of specialty evening meals.

Itinerary

On arrival into Christchurch, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (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 Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) (B/D)

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel via the Haast Pass, south along the West Coast - 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: Mercure Queenstown Resort (Lake View Rooms) (B)

Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain and Tour Leader are available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon or to 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 delicious gourmet barbecue dinner featuring a menu of seasonal, fresh and locally sourced food 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)

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you 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. Tonight after dinner you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Stay Two Nights: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Rooms) (B/D)

Depart Te Anau for 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 may like to visit the Fiordland Cinema, specially constructed to screen the locally filmed movie Ata Whenua - Shadowland which will take you on an unforgettable journey (optional). (B/L/D)

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ and enjoy a city tour. 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 a delicious Devonshire Tea. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift. Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (B/SD)

Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. 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 Twizel for your overnight stay. Stay: MacKenzie Country Hotel (B/D)

Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch for a city tour. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends. Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (B/D)

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

Trip Inclusions

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

  • 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 4 star accommodation
  • 2 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 rail journey
  • 2 cruises
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack

  • 9 cooked breakfasts
  • 8 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • 21st Sep, 14th & 23th Nov 2022 - The TranzAlpine rail journey is not operating on these departures.
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
  • Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm

Trip Reviews (18) View All Most Recent 'Classic South Island' Reviews

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AVG. RATING 4.61 / 5
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Highlights of the South Island of New Zealand 1 , WA, Australia, Mar 2020
An enjoyable tour that showed us the highlights of the South Island. The coach held 48 people and it was full on our tour but that caused no delays. We were with a lovely group of people from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Canada and Australia. The tour moved at a consistent pace and we especially enjoyed the two night stopovers as that gave us ...read more a little bit of extra recovery time. The planned excursions were all enjoyable and we had many other options to try other things such as helicopter flights, when time and weather allowed. This was our first coach tour and we found that 10 days was long enough. Overall this was an enjoyable experience and we will consider other coach trips in future.
Great tour through NZ's South Island 2 , NSW, Australia, Nov 2019
Grand Pacific tours were very well organised and considerate to all passengers on the tour. Our tour guide Peter and Coach Captain Geoff were excellent and very knowledgeable. The route was great and beautiful scenery too. Accommodation in some places can be better but the food in the hotels was excellent. Good pace on the tour but wish we could have ...read more spent more time in the smaller towns and not be back to the hotel sometimes a tad bit early. Booking through Global Journeys was a good experience. Yvonne was very helpful, courteous, patient and kind right throughout the entire process. She even assisted in ensuring that I received my parcel from the tour company without any hassles. I would definitely book through Global Journeys again and would definitely go on a Grand Pacific tour again if travelling in New Zealand. Overall fantastic experience.
NZ South Island Spectacular 3 , VIC, Australia, Apr 2019
Enjoyed the tour. Grand Pacific looked after us well, hotels and meals were great and enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers. NZ South Island is spectacular.
Perfectly organised tour   3 , NSW, Australia, Mar 2019
Throughout our 9 day tour, we experienced superb organisation. Tour guide, Alan, worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure everything ran smoothly. Riki, our driver was endless entertainment, being knowledgeable about the history and landmarks, along with telling us stories about his Maori heritage. Both were endlessly patient. A stunningly beautiful ...read more part of the world presented in a perfect manner for our needs. Thank you.
Sensational South Island New Zealand Tour   1 , QLD, Australia, Feb 2019
My husband and I just completed a wonderful trip of the South Island of New Zealand with Grand Pacific. Our driver/tour guide, Malcolm, was terrific giving informative and entertaining commentary as well as having a great sense of humour making the tour a lot of fun. Lorraine our tour director was well organised and kept us well informed. The accommodation/meals ...read more were good, so were the TranzAlpine rail journey and Steamship cruise/dinner at Queenstown. Booking this tour through Global Journeys was easy and afforded us a great discount on the advertised price. Would definitely use them again.
Fantastic tour   1 , QLD , Australia, Feb 2019
Enjoyed this tour immensely. Our coach driver Malcolm made our trip so enjoyable, he was so funny and informative. Accommodation was to a high standard, beds were comfortable and the food was delicious at every place we stayed. The views from our room in Queenstown were spectacular.

Madeline at Global Journeys always responded quickly to any questions ...read more I had. Our group all had a fantastic final evening thanks to the great entertainment by Ron Cresswell, he was amazing. My husband loved the excursion to the Brewery at Dunedin and Larnach Castle was also a surprisingly great inclusion.
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