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Ultimate South Island

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 Trip Length
10 Days
 Trip Starts
Christchurch
 Trip Finishes
Christchurch
10 Day Ultimate South Island Itinerary (Grand Pacific)
Countries Explored: New Zealand
Accommodation
4 - 4 .5 Star
Max. Group Size
20
Trip Style
Ultimate
Trip Code
UGPSI10

Overview

Read 4 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Grand Pacific's 10 Day Ultimate South Island. 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 of Dunedin, cruise the magnificent Milford Sound, and stay in resort town Queenstown before being witness to the rugged West Coast. Either your first time or a repeat visit to the south island will always display a changing landscape.

Itinerary

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

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: Heritage Queenstown or similar (B)

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 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'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 Luxmore (B/D)

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)

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the "Edinburgh of the South". Enjoy a city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. Options available include a tour of the Speight’s Brewery, which produces New Zealand’s most popular beer, see wildlife Albatross in their natural habitat or take a tour of Olveston Historic Home, containing many treasures of a bygone era. Stay: Distinction Dunedin (B/D)

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)

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, 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: Sudima Christchurch City (B/SD)

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 Nature Cruise & Lunch
  • Guided tour of Larnach Castle
  • City sights tour of Christchurch & Dunedin

  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full-size vehicle, 2 door access and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • 9 nights 4.5 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; Farewell Dinner with selected beverages, Christchurch
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 Ultimate High Tea at Larnach Castle

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • The TranzAlpine and Coastal Pacific rail journeys are yet to be confirmed on all departures this season. The status of each rail journey will be finalised approximately 90 days prior to departure, and if the rail is not included, clients will see a reduction in tour price.
  • 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 (4) Most Recent 'Ultimate South Island' Reviews

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Ultimate South Island   6 , NSW, Australia, Oct 2018
This tour was well planned and executed. It included the major highlights/cities/towns incorporating stunning scenery at every turn which made the long coach trips between destinations more enjoyable. The tour activities were generally good with plenty of opportunity to take advantage of other excursions where possible. The Coach Driver, Chris Hannah ...read more was excellent - professional, interesting, informative and importantly fun. He incorporated plenty of photo ops and comfort stops along the way. He was never late and the coach was pristine at all times. Everything ran to time and everyone on our particular tour was respectful of the start/departure times.
Very enjoyable and worry free holiday   5 , NSW, Australia, May 2018
We had a wonderful time, were looked after perfectly from start to finish, and we barely had to lift a finger! Our Coach Captain Dave was always very helpful and an excellent photographer for us. We are going to book the North Island Ultimate tour for April 2019. The bus was so comfortable, we wouldn’t tour any other way now.
Enjoyable holiday 2 , ACT, Australia, Oct 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.
Fantastic trip 1 , NSW, Australia, Sep 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 ...read more 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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