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Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island

10 days 9 nights
Christchurch to Christchurch
from NZD$4,539pp
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Enjoy 10 days of exploring the best of New Zealand's South Island. Start in Christchurch and loop the island starting with the TranzAlpine train to Arthur's Pass. After visiting Queenstown, Te Anau and ever a highlight, Milford you will start your journey back to Christchurch.  The accommodation is of a high standard with great meal and attraction inclusions, not to mention the stylish 32 seater transport. There's no easier way to enjoy the South Island.

This Tour Also Features

  • Complimentary pre-dinner welcome drink
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Meals included: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners, 2 special dinners
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Itinerary
Day One - Welcome to Christchurch, transfer to accommodation, rest of day at leisure
Tour day 1
Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island - Day 1
Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island

This fully escorted 10-day tour gives you access to the outstanding beauty of New Zealand's South Island.

Arrive into Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink as you 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. Tour jackets and tour caps are available for purchase. Merchandise items must be ordered at the time of booking and are not available for purchase in New Zealand

Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Dinner
This 4 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 - Christchurch to Franz Josef on the TranzAlpine Train
Tour day 2
Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature 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 - Down the wild west coast to Queenstown
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Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature 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: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast
The 4 star deluxe Millennium Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

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Day Four - Free day in Queenstown
Tour day 4
Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island - Day 4
Queenstown free day with TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Dinner

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown with many optional activities available. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride or a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon. 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: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner, Speciality Dinner
The 4 star deluxe Millennium Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

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Day Five - Explore the old gold mining town Arrowtown
Tour day 5
Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island - Day 5
Queenstown to 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. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Lake Te Anau (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
Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature 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 Lake Te Anau (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
Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island - Day 7
Te Anau to Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin, famous for its stunning Edwardian and Victorian architecture dating back to the gold rush of the 1800s. Today Dunedin is New Zealand's oldest university city. Enjoy a free afternoon at leisure.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation and is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Just a short walk to the Octagon, Railway Station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago University.

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Day Eight - Dunedin to Oamaru to Mt Cook to Twizel
Tour day 8
Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature 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
Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature 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, reminisce on memories shared with your new friends at the farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner, Speciality Dinner
This 4 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 Ten - Depart Christchurch
Tour 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.

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