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10 Day Grand Pacific Tours Classic South Island

10 days 9 nights
Christchurch to Christchurch
from NZD$4,068pp
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See the South Island's highlights including the garden city, Christchurch, mighty Mt. Cook, Lake Tekapo, the wonderful city of Dunedin, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park including a Milford Sound cruise, Queenstown, the West Coast and Franz Josef Glacier and the world famous Tranz Alpine train journey.

This Tour Also Features

  • TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass

  • TSS Earnslaw cruise & dinner at Walter Peak high country farm, Queenstown

  • Lakes District Museum

  • Milford Sound Cruise

  • Haggis Ceremony

  • Larnach Castle

  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners, 1 special dinner

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Itinerary
Day One - Welcome to Christchurch and spend the afternoon at leisure
Tour day 1
10 Day Grand Pacific Tours Classic South Island - Day 1
Arrive into Christchurch

Arrive into Christchurch where you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your tour leader and travelling companions for dinner.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Grand Pacific Merchandise

Quality merchandise is great value for money and will provide a special memento of your holiday for years to come. Merchandise items must be ordered at the time of booking and are not available for purchase in New Zealand. Tour jackets and tour caps are available for purchase.

Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Dinner
This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square. Ideally positioned, only a few minutes walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.

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Day Two - Head to Franz Josef by spectacular TranzAlpine Train
Tour day 2
10 Day Grand Pacific Tours Classic South Island - Day 2
Christchurch to Franz Josef 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 coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before arriving to Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.
*Please be aware, there are some departure dates where the train may not be available due to covid-related schedule changes outside of Grand Pacific's control. If this occurs, your journey through the incredible Arthur's Pass will continue onboard your coach. Chat to a consultant to check the current schedule for your preferred departure.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Located in the heart of Franz Josef Village the hotel offers all the amenities you would expect and is close to the shops, restaurants and activities on offer.

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Day Three - Carry on down the wild west coast to Queenstown
Tour day 3
10 Day Grand Pacific Tours Classic South Island - Day 3
Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast to Fox Glacier. 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 to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants

Accommodation: Mercure Queenstown Resort (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast
Mercure Resort Queenstown is located near the shores of Lake Wakatipu, only 3 minutes drive from the centre of town. The hotel boasts spectacular views over the lake and the Remarkables Mountain Range.

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Day Four - Spend a free day in Queenstown
Tour day 4
10 Day Grand Pacific Tours Classic South Island - Day 4
Queenstown free day with TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Dinner

Today is a free day to explore Queenstown. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader will assist with the many optional activities available. 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.

Accommodation: Mercure Queenstown Resort (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner
Mercure Resort Queenstown is located near the shores of Lake Wakatipu, only 3 minutes drive from the centre of town. The hotel boasts spectacular views over the lake and the Remarkables Mountain Range.

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Day Five - Explore the old gold mining town Arrowtown then head to Te Anau
Tour day 5
10 Day Grand Pacific Tours Classic South Island - Day 5
Queenstown to Te Anau

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before traveling 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. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
The perfect base for all your Fiordland travel, Distinction Luxmore Hotel provides comfortable accommodation right in the heart of Te Anau.

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Day Six - Cruise on the Milford Sound
Tour day 6
10 Day Grand Pacific Tours Classic South Island - Day 6
Te Anau to Milford Sound to Te Anau

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 return to Te Anau where some free time is available. This evening 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).

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The perfect base for all your Fiordland travel, Distinction Luxmore Hotel provides comfortable accommodation right in the heart of Te Anau.

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Day Seven - From one side to the other, East coast Dunedin
Tour day 7
10 Day Grand Pacific Tours Classic South Island - Day 7
Te Anau to Dunedin

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 Larnarch 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. 

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Just two blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is close to shops, parks and the best city attractions and services. The hotel provides excellent 4-star accommodation to Dunedin's visitors.

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Day Eight - Dunedin to Oamaru to Mt Cook to Twizel
Tour day 8
10 Day Grand Pacific Tours Classic South Island - Day 8
Dunedin to Mt. Cook to Twizel

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.

Accommodation: MacKenzie Country Hotel (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Located in the heart of the Mackenzie region the hotel's natural stone architecture complements the mountains and rivers of New Zealand's Southern Alps.

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Day Nine - Twizel to Lake Tekapo to Christchurch
Tour day 9
10 Day Grand Pacific Tours Classic South Island - Day 9
Twizel to Lake Tekapo to Christchurch

This morning continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, the Church of the Good Shepherd and see the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch for a city tour. This evening enjoy a pre-dinner drink and reminisce on memories shared with your new friends at the farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
This new 5 star boutique hotel is ideally located on Victoria Street amidst an array of cafes, restaurants and bars, and is only a martini olive pips’ throw from beautiful Hagley Park and Christchurch’s CBD. Experience the ‘garden city’ in style with Sudima Christchurch City.

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Day Ten - Depart Christchurch
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Depart Christchurch

After breakfast (included) your tour concludes this morning. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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