Explore the rolling hills and incredible mountain and coastal scenery on this ultimate South Island adventure.
UNFORGETTABLE SIGHTSEEING EXPERIENCES
• TranzAlpine Rail Journey
• Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
• Lakes District Museum
• Milford Sound Nature Cruise & Lunch
• Larnach Castle
• City sights tour of Christchurch & Dunedin
DAY 1: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH
On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink. Dinner included
Hotel The George
DAY 2: 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. Board your Ultimate coach and 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. Breakfast and dinner included.
Hotel Distinction Fox Glacier
DAY 3: 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. Breakfast included
Hotel Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)
DAY 4: 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. Breakfast and dinner included.
DAY 5: QUEENSTOWN - TE ANAU
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). Breakfast and dinner included.
Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas (2 nights)
DAY 6: 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 screen the locally filmed movie Ata Whenua - Shadowland which will take you on an unforgettable journey (optional). Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
DAY 7: 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. Options available include a tour of the Speight’s Brewery, which produces New Zealand’s most popular beer, a visit 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. Breakfast and dinner included.
Hotel Distinction Dunedin
DAY 8: DUNEDIN - MT COOK
Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour. There is time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by an 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. Breakfast and dinner included.
Hotel The Hermitage Hotel
DAY 9: MT COOK - CHRISTCHURCH
This morning marvel at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy 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 see the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends. Breakfast and dinner included.
Hotel The George
DAY 10: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand Holiday. Breakfast included.
THE ULTIMATE COACH
Be dazzled by this state of the art full size coach which would normally house 48 seats and has been configured with only 20 luxury leather seats complete with incredible amenities. Onboard the coach, the luxuries extend through a wide range of features including:
Small Group Adventures
Join a small group on an exclusive and personal journey around New Zealand and uncover some of the country's hidden gems.
Your small group tour includes: