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itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH (D)

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 travelling companions. Hotel Sudima Christchurch City (2 nights)

DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH (B)

This morning visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. Feel the chill of the Antarctic storm room, take a ride on the Hagglund all-terrain vehicle, see the little blue penguins and be astonished within the immersive 4D theatre. This is followed by a city tour of Christchurch. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure to explore further.

DAY 3: CHRISTCHURCH – MT COOK (B,D)

Travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Hotel The Hermitage Hotel (Aoraki Wing)

DAY 4: MT COOKDUNEDIN (B,D)

Depart Mt Cook and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city tour followed by some free time. You might be interested in a tour of the Speight’s Brewery (optional) or the chance to see local wildlife in their natural habitat (optional). Hotel Distinction Dunedin Hotel

DAY 5: DUNEDIN – TE ANAU (B,D)

This morning, travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach 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 an Ultimate High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional) or the Fiordland Cinema, specially constructed to screen the locally filmed movie Ata Whenua – Shadowland which will take you on an unforgettable journey (optional). Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

DAY 6: TE ANAUDOUBTFUL SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISE (B,L,D)

A leisurely start today before travelling to Manapouri. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you cruise across this glacial lake. After a short ride over the Wilmot Pass, join the Fiordland Navigator for an amazing overnight experience. As you cruise through the pristine beauty of Doubtful Sound, naturalist guides will provide commentary and point out the resident wildlife. When evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet prepared by the onboard chef. Overnight Fiordland Navigator

DAY 7: TE ANAUQUEENSTOWNCHRISTMAS DAY (B,D)

Merry Christmas! Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri. Return to the wharf and meet your Ultimate Coach for the journey to Queenstown, a year-round resort, situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening dinner will be at your hotel. Hotel Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)

DAY 8: QUEENSTOWN (FREE DAY) (B,SD)

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, a heritage tour to 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.

DAY 9: QUEENSTOWNFRANZ JOSEF (B,D)

Travel to Arrowtown, an old goldmining village and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to the township of Fox Glacier. Continue to Franz Josef where time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers before arriving at your hotel. Hotel Te Waonui Forest Retreat

DAY 10: FRANZ JOSEF – ARTHUR’S PASSCHRISTCHURCH (B,SD)

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to 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 into the elegant city of Christchurch, your Ultimate Coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new friends. Hotel Sudima Christchurch City

DAY 11: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH (B)

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

(B) Breakfast. (L) Lunch. (D) Dinner. (SD) Specialty Dinner.

dates & pricing

Twinshare Departs 2022
$TBA TBA
  • REEF N OUTBACK SPECIALSAVE $100 PER PERSON OFF ADVERTISED TOUR PRICE.
  • Prices per person twinshare
  • All dates guaranteed departures
  • Single Supplement $2030
  • Escort provided on arrival into New Zealand

Highlights & inclusions

PREPAID ATTRACTIONS

  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Larnach Castle*
  • HIGHLIGHT Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • City Sights tour of Christchurch and Dunedin
  • *Guided tour.

HIGHLIGHT DOUBTFUL SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISE

  • Cruise on a traditionally designed vessel
  • Cabins with private ensuite
  • Superb evening carvery buffet prepared freshly by an onboard chef
  • Cooked breakfast
  • Tender craft and kayaking activities
  • Knowledgeable nature guide
  • Relaxation time allowing you to view the fiords spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife

COACH FEATURES

  • 20 Business Class seats on a full-size coach
  • 2 door access; dedicated seat side storage with tray table; cup holder
  • Restroom; daily onboard Wi-Fi allowance

EXPERIENCE

  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 9 nights 4.5 star accommodation
  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • 2 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 rail journey
  • 1 cruise
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Extensive Optional Tours Programme
  • Deluxe Documentation Pack

MEALS

  • 10 cooked breakfasts
  • 9 sumptuous dinners including Complimentary pre-dinner drink at the Welcome Dinner and 2 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Intimate Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch
  • 1 picnic lunch: Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • 1 Ultimate High Tea: Larnach Castle
  • Enjoy GPT Wine Time (discounted drinks)
  • Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

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