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11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour

11 Days (10 Nights) | $
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If you'd prefer to travel in a small group, travel in style on board the Ultimate Coach, offering comfort unparalleled by any other vehicle. Escape and enjoy New Zealand's majestic South Island over the festive season. Commencing in Christchurch enjoy a two night stay, marvel at the mighty Mt Cook, travel to Dunedin situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, cruise the Milford Sound and enjoy 2 nights in picturesque Queenstown where you will celebrate Christmas Day with a superb dinner with all the trimmings. Visit the rugged West Coast before boarding one of the great train journeys of the world, TranzAlpine.

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch (D)

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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.

Day 2: Christchurch (B)

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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 enjoy free at leisure. This evening is also free to dine at leisure.

Day 3: Christchurch - Mt Cook (B,D)

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Travel through the Southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Enjoy a scenic flight (optional, time and weather permitting) over the Southern Alps.

Day 4: Mt Cook - Dunedin

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Depart Mt Cook and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time.

Day 5: Dunedin - Te Anau

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Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the grand ballroom. Continue south through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau.

Day 6: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau (B,L,D)

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This morning enjoy a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. Enjoy a picnic lunch onboard before returning to Te Anau for free time.

Day 7: Te Anau – Queenstown - Christmas Day (B,SD)

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Merry Christmas! Today travel to Queenstown, a year round resort, situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise to Walter Peak Station for a delicious gourmet Christmas dinner in the Colonel’s Homestead. Reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano on your return cruise.

Day 8: Queenstown (Free Day) (B)

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Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain is available to assist. This evening is also free to dine at leisure.

Day 9: Queenstown - Fox Glacier (B,D)

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Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass and see the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps enroute to Fox Glacier. You may like to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Day 10: Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,SD)

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Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to Arthur’s Pass and board The TranzAlpine, one of the great train journeys of the world. Enjoy the spectacular scenery through to Christchurch. This evening you will be treated to a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

Day 11: Depart Christchurch (B)

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Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

Tour Includes:

  • 10 nights premium hotel accommodation
  • 19 meals: 10 cooked breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners
  • 1 morning tea
  • Luxury Coach Transportation
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Hotel Porterage
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Larnach Castle
  • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • City Sights tour of Christchurch & Dunedin

Departure Dates: Double Single
Dec 19, 2016 $5599 $7359

Pricing is based on per person in Canadian Dollars

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