Taste of the South Island

9 Day Guided Tour from Christchurch to Christchurch with Grand Pacific

Read 13 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Grand Pacific's 9 Day Taste of the South Island. Showcasing New Zealand's breathtaking South Island scenery as travellers relax on board a luxury coach. Enjoy quality accommodation, cooked breakfasts and dinners plus experience...read more

     
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Guided Tour Starts In
Starts In
Christchurch
Guided Tour Ends In
Ends In
Christchurch
Accomodation
Accomodation
3 - 3.5 Star
48
Max Group Size
48
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
New Zealand
Trip Operated By:
Grand Pacific
Grand Pacific
155 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.8 out of 5
13 Reviews
Trip Code:
GPSI09

Itinerary

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1 Arrive Christchurch
Fly from your homeport to Christchurch where you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel (flight not included). Stay: Heartland Hotel Cotswold or Quality Hotel Elms (D)
2 Christchurch - Omarama
After an introductory Christchurch city sights tour travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama. Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel (B/D)
3 Omarama - Dunedin
Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift. Stay: Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge (B/SD)
4 Dunedin - Te Anau
This morning travel out 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. Farewell Dunedin and travel to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Rooms) (B/D)
5 Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown
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. This afternoon travel to Queenstown, overlooking magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. This evening is free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.Stay Two Nights: Mercure Queenstown Resort (B/L)
6 Queenstown at leisure
Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain is available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, whether it be the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or the helicopter ride of a lifetime. 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. (B/SD)
7 Queenstown - Arrowtown - Fox Glacier
Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel to Fox Glacier. Time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. Stay: Heartland Hotel Glacier Country (B/D)
8 Fox Glacier - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch
Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to Arthur's Pass and board The TranzAlpine, one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Stay: Quality Elms (B/D)
9 Depart Christchurch
Time to say goodbye. You'll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. (B)

Grand Pacific Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift
  • Guided tour of Larnach Castle
  • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • City sights tour of Christchurch & Dunedin
Trip Inclusions
  • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 8 nights 3 - 3.5 star hotel accommodation
  • 1 two night stay in Queenstown
  • Hotel porterage
  • 2 scenic cruises
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack
Included Meals
  • 8 cooked breakfasts
  • 7 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony - Dunedin, Walter Peak Homestead - Queenstown (Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm)
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea - Larnach Castle
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included

Reviews (13)

9 Day Taste of the South Island reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Thoroughly enjoyable taste of the South Island”
- SA, Australia May 2019 View Photo

Thoroughly enjoyable tour. Tour guide Peter organised us really well, everyone was on time for early morning departures and back on the coach at prearranged times when we stopped to see the sights. Our coach driver Peter was excellent, did an amazing job around all those windy roads! He was a local and had great knowledge of the South Island and pointed out the sights as we travelled. No hesitation in recommending Grand Pacific Tours.

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“Professional and hassle-free”
- QLD, Australia Mar 2019

From my first contact online with Global Journeys, Yvonne Brooks made the booking of our Grand Pacific Tours' 9 Day Taste of the South Island on 4 March so effortless - it was all completed online with professionalism and without hassle. Thank you Yvonne, your assistance was much appreciated.
The Grand Pacific Tour was amazing, from the surprise delivery of the generous and practical baggage pack to our home address, the initial pick up at Christchurch Airport on...read more

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“New Zealand - South Island tour”
- VIC, Australia Feb 2019 1 Helpful Vote

A very well organised and enjoyable tour with lots of like minded people and a great tour guide. We loved every minute of it and would highly recommend.

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“Wonderful trip to New Zealand South Island”
- QLD, Australia Feb 2018 2 Helpful Votes

From day one everything went like clockwork. Global Journeys were very helpful and well organised. I loved their website for its efficiency and helpfulness prior to the trip.
On landing in Christchurch we were met by a representative of our tour company even though it was after midnight and were delivered to our hotel with a smile. Our coach driver was very knowledgeable about the history and destinations of the South Island. The accommodation was good and the...read more

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“New Zealand's South Island”
- ACT, Australia Feb 2018 View Photo

Overall, excellent. Our first visit to the South Island and we loved all the natural beauty. The accommodation was very good to excellent, as was the food they provided (with one exception: our 2nd dinner in Christchurch seemed to be all their leftovers!).
This was an unescorted tour, meaning that our driver needed to do double-duty - but it WAS promoted as an economy tour! Our driver was Maori so we learnt a LOT about Maori history and customs. On the whole, the...read more

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