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10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape

10 Days (9 Nights) | $4721
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Escape and enjoy New Zealand's majestic South Island. Visit the rugged West Coast, enjoy two nights in picturesque Queenstown, cruise the Milford Sound, discover the Scottish town of Dunedin and marvel at the mighty Mt Cook.

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 - Arthur's Pass - Fox Glacier (B,D)

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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 center 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.

Day 3: Fox Glacier - Queenstown (B)

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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.

Day 4: Queenstown at Leisure (B,SD)

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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.

Day 5: Queenstown - Te Anau (B,D)

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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).

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

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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 onboard. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. You may like to visit the Fiordland Cinema, specially constructed to show the locally filmed movie ‘Ata Whenua - Shadowland’ which will take you on an unforgettable journey (optional).

Day 7: Te Anau - Dunedin (B,D)

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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 Cadbury World, a chocolate lover’s dream, whilst others might be interested in a tour of the Speight’s Brewery, which produces New Zealand’s most popular beer. Also available is a tour 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.

Day 8: Dunedin - Mt Cook (B,D)

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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.

Day 9: Mt Cook - Christchurch (B,SD)

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This morning 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. 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 with your new found friends.

Day 10: Depart Christchurch (B)

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

Tour Includes:

  • 9 nights premium accommodation
  • 9 cooked breakfasts 
  • 1 picnic lunch 
  • 8 dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch 
  • 1 Ultimate High Tea at Larnach Castle
  • Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach 
  • Luxury Coach Transportation
  • Professional Coach Captain 
  • Airport Transfers
  • Personalized Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Hotel Porterage
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch 
  • Larnach Castle
  • City sights tour of Dunedin

Departure Dates: Double Single
Sep 14, 2016  $4,721   $6,222 
Oct 17, 29, 2016  $4,721   $6,222 
Dec 8, 2016  $4,721   $6,222 
Jan 17, 2017  $4,721   $6,222 
Mar 19, 2017  $4,721   $6,222 
May 10, 2017  $4,721   $6,222 

Pricing is based on per person in Canadian Dollars

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