South Island Spectacular Group Tour

from £2076
excluding flights *
9 nights Jan-May

Overview

Explore the dramatic and awe-inspiring scenery of New Zealand’s South Island on this luxury 10 day escorted coach tour. Travel across remote mountain passes and spectacular gorges, experience one of the world’s greatest train journeys, cruise through spectacular Milford Sound and marvel at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak that dominates the Southern Alps.

Highlights

  • Cruise across spectacular Lake Wakatipu on board a vintage steamship
  • Travel aboard the TranzAlpine train through spectacular Arthur’s Pass
  • Listen to the sound of silence as you cruise through magnificent Milford Sound
  • Enjoy an optional scenic flight over the Southern Alps

What's Included

  • Accommodation in quality hotels for 9 nights
  • All breakfasts, 8 dinners, 1 picnic lunch, 1 morning tea
  • 2 cruises
  • All attractions (unless specified as optional)
  • Meet and Greet on arrival

Full description

Relax and enjoy the stunning regions and intriguing history of New Zealand on a fully escorted coach tour. Travel is by luxury 48 seater coach featuring panoramic windows, air-conditioning, reclining seats and restroom. A Coach Captain will provide professional commentary which will cover numerous facts and figures, myths, legends and many laughs along the way. A Tour Guide will accompany the group to ensure everyone feels welcome and relaxed from day one.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £825 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Duration Twin Price (pp)
21, 24 Sep 2018 9 nights £2,199
09, 14, 27 Oct 2018 9 nights £2,199
05, 14, 17, 23, 26 Nov 2018 9 nights £2,199
31 Jan 2019 9 nights £2,199
12, 15, 18, 23, 28 Feb 2019 9 nights £2,199
02, 13, 17, 20, 23, 29 Mar 2019 9 nights £2,199
02, 18, 23 Apr 2019 9 nights £2,199
04, 11 May 2019 9 nights £2,199
21, 24 Sep 2019 9 nights £2,076
09, 21, 27 Oct 2019 9 nights £2,179
05, 14, 23, 27 Nov 2019 9 nights £2,179
31 Jan 2020 9 nights £2,179
15, 18, 23, 28 Feb 2020 9 nights £2,179
01, 13, 20, 23, 29 Mar 2020 9 nights £2,179
02, 18, 23 Apr 2020 9 nights £2,179
04, 11 May 2020 9 nights £2,076

What's Included

  • Accommodation in quality hotels for 9 nights
  • All breakfasts, 8 dinners, 1 picnic lunch, 1 morning tea
  • Meals include 3 speciality dinners
  • 2 cruises
  • All attractions (unless specified as optional)
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Group Size:

Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 48

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Distinction Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Franz Josef

This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel through spectacular gorges to Arthur’s Pass where you will board your coach and travel to Hokitika, before continuing to Franz Josef. Time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 3: Franz Josef - Queenstown

See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you continue via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning natural beauty before arriving at picturesque Queenstown. This evening is free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.
Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort

Day 4: Queenstown (Free Day)

Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain and Tour Guide are available to assist. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Enjoy the best of New Zealand’s high country cuisine this evening.
Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort

Day 5: Queenstown - Te Anau

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown to visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland.
Overnight: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 6: Te Anau - Milford Sound - 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 onboard. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available.
Overnight: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 7: Te Anau - Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ and enjoy an informative city tour. 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 a delicious Devonshire Tea. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 8: Dunedin - 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.
Overnight: MacKenzie Country Hotel

Day 9: Twizel - Mt Cook - Christchurch

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, the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

Day 10: depart Christchurch

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

Mercure Resort, Queenstown

New Zealand

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

This 148-room hotel has all the benefits of sitting near a big city while offering the serenity of rural accommodation.

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Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

New Zealand

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

A 180-room hotel offering an extensive range of amenities in the majestic Fiordland, this is a marvellous base to use while exploring this well-known natural wonder.

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