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9 Day Taste of the South Island

9 Days (8 Nights) | $2897
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Showcases New Zealand's New Zealand's breathtaking South Island scenery as you relax on board the comfort of a modern coach. Enjoy 9 days touring with a number of iconic attractions including a magnificent cruise on Milford Sound and a tour of Larnach Castle.


Day 1: Arrive Christchurch (D)

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On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transffered to your hotel.

Day 2: Christchurch - Omarama (B,D)

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After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.

Day 3: Omarama - Dunedin (B,SD)

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Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Day 4: Dunedin - Te Anau (B,D)

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This morning travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour and after enjoy a Devonshire tea. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Day 5: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (B,L)

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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 travel to Queenstown, overlooking magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. This evening is free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Day 6: Queenstown at Leisure (B,SD)

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Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain is available to assist with the many sightseeing options available. 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.

Day 7: QueensTown - Arrowtown - Franz Josef (B,D)

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Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast. Time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers before continuing to Franz Josef.

Day 8: Franz Josef- Arthurs Pass - Christchurch (B,D)

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Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur's Pass and board The TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains. On arrival in Christchurch your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Day 9: 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:

  • 8 nights quality accommodation
  • 8 cooked breakfasts
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 7 dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Park Homestead, Queenstown
  • 1 Devonshire tea
  • Luxury Coach Transportation
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Airport Transfers
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Hotel Porterage
  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift
  • 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
Sep 19, 30, 2016 $2,897 $3,629
Oct 5, 7, 18, 27, 2016 $2,897 $3,629
Nov 3, 5, 14, 21, 23, 2016 $2,897 $3,629
Jan 18, 31, 2017 $2,897 $3,629
Feb 2, 6, 12, 18, 23, 2017 $2,897 $3,629
Mar 4, 8, 13, 16, 26, 31, 2017 $2,897 $3,629
Apr 6, 13, 18, 2017 $2,897 $3,629
May 2, 2017 $2,897 $3,629

Pricing is based on per person in Canadian Dollars

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