Festive South Island Tour

11 Day Guided Tour from Christchurch to Christchurch with Grand Pacific

Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Grand Pacific's 11 Day Festive South Island Tour. Fully escorted tour of the majestic South Island during the festive season, featuring an overnight cruise on the Milford Sound on Christmas day.

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Scenic / Cultural
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Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
New Zealand
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1 Arrive Christchurch
On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Stay Two Nights: Distinction Christchurch (D)
2 Christchurch
Today visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This is followed by an introductory city tour of Christchurch. This afternoon includes a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at your leisure, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions. This evening is free to explore the local cuisine. (B)
3 Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Franz Josef
This morning board the TranzAlpine, 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 arriving at the township of 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)
4 Franz Josef - Queenstown
See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south 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 to dine at one of the many fine restaurants. Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront (B)
5 Queenstown (Free Day)
Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. Your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist with the many options available. 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 on your return cruise. (B/SD)
6 Queenstown - Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
Merry Christmas! This morning take in the stunning scenery and lakeside vistas as the road winds around Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy a short stop in the picturesque township of Te Anau before travelling into the Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. Board the Milford Mariner for your amazing overnight cruise. There is plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife - you’re bound to encounter seals and if you’re lucky maybe dolphins and penguins. This evening enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings prepared by the onboard chef. Stay: Milford Mariner (B/D)
7 Milford Sound - Te Anau
After a hearty breakfast, heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting), then return back to the wharf and enjoy the scenic drive to Te Anau for an afternoon at leisure. Stay: Distinction Luxmore (Deluxe Room) (B/D)
8 Te Anau - Dunedin
Travel to Pukerangi to board The Taieri Gorge Railway for a journey through spectacular scenery. On arrival in Dunedin your coach will transfer you to the hotel. Stay Two Nights: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (B/SD)
9 Dunedin
Travel to Larnach Castle for a guided tour followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Return to the city for an city tour and time at leisure. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift. (B/SD)
10 Dunedin - Christchurch
This morning visit Olveston Historic Home, containing treasures from a bygone era before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends. Stay: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport (B/SD)
11 Depart Christchurch
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. (B)

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Sightseeing Highlights
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Christchurch Tram
  • Larnach Castle
  • Olveston Historic Home
  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift
  • Taieri Gorge Limited Rail Journey
  • City sights tour of Christchurch & Dunedin
Trip Inclusions
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide
  • 9 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
  • 3 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 2 rail journeys
  • 1 cruise
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
Included Meals
  • 10 cooked breakfasts
  • 8 sumptuous dinners including 4 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Christmas Dinner, Haggis Ceremony, Farewell Dinner
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Reviews (2)

11 Day Festive South Island Tour reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“NZ Festive Tour 2019”
- QLD, Australia Dec 2019

Travelled on a 10 day tour with Grand Pacific Tour over Xmas and could not recommend the tour company enough. Driver and Guide were excellent.

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“Festive NZ South Island”
- QLD, Australia Dec 2018 1 Helpful Vote View Photo

Great holiday with coach, boat and rail travel. Highlights included overnight stay on Milford Sound, Franz Josef Glacier, Skippers Canyon tour, Haast River Jet Boat and Glow Worms Cave. Optional tours were good value. All accommodation was of a very high standard as were the breakfasts and dinners they supplied. Lunches were at own expense but the guide was always knowledgeable about the choices/venues available.
The small group was convivial and there were great...read more

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