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NEW FOR 2021! 11 day Discover the top of NZ's South Island (includes return airfares)

NEW TOUR FOR 2021!

Unveiling a picturesque landscape of wilderness, wildlife and unique attractions in the top end of New Zealand's south island.

FROM
$5,694PP
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DURATION
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10 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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  • flightFlights
  • local_activitySelected entry fees
  • restaurantSelected meals
  • airport_shuttleSelected transfers

About this holiday

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Your tour departs and returns to Christchurch

SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS AND WALKS:

  • Historic French Village of Akaroa
  • Lake Brunner
  • Brunner Mine Site
  • Hokitika Gorge
  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
  • Cape Foulwind walkway
  • Buller Gorge
  • Seaside town of Kaiteriteri
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Marlborough Wine Region
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Coastal town of Kaikoura

Inclusions

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Your holiday includes:

PREPAID ATTRACTIONS:

  • Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Wilderness Gallery Hokitika
  • Monteith’s Brewing Co. Tasting
  • World of WearableArt and Classic Cars Museum*
  • Abel Tasman Guided Walk and Barbecue Cruise*
  • Yealands Estate White Road Tour and Tasting
  • Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre*
  • Cloudy Bay Estate Wine Tasting
  • Queen Charlotte Sound Dinner Cruise
  • Kaikoura Museum
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • City sights tour of Christchurch

*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

TOURING:

  • Return economy class airfares from your home port to Christchurch
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival in Christchurch
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 48 seat modern coach travel, 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain and Tour Leader
  • 10 nights staying in 4 star accommodation (including 3 x two night stays)
  • Hotel porterage
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack

MEALS:

  • 10 cooked breakfasts
  • 8 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Queen Charlotte Sound Dinner Cruise, Picton; Special Farewell Dinner, Christchurch
  • 4 lunches: Kingfisher Restaurant, Lake Brunner; Monteith’s Brewing Co., Greymouth; Abel Tasman Barbecue lunch, Abel Tasman National Park; Dodson Street Beer Garden; Blenheim

Dinner on Day 1 is not included for anyone arriving later than 8:00pm.

PLUS - Travel at 60 travellers receive the following:

  • Discount off brochure price (as per above)
  • Tour jacket (Valued at $75 each)
  • 400-page NZ Eyewitness Travel Guide (Valued at $30/book) - one per household

Accommodation

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Your accommodation includes:

  • Hotel Distinction Christchurch (2 nights)
  • Hotel Beachfront Hotel Hokitika (Ocean View)
  • Hotel Punakaiki Resort (Sea View)
  • Hotel Rutherford Hotel (Premium Room. 2 nights)
  • Hotel Scenic Hotel Marlborough (2 nights)
  • Hotel Sudima Hotel Kaikoura
  • Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

Travel dates

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This tour departs on the following dates:

2021:

  • Jan 20
  • Feb 24
  • Mar 06
  • Apr 08
  • Oct 11
  • Nov 10

2022:

  • Jan 18
  • Feb 24
  • Mar 06
  • Apr 04

Please note booking conditions for October 2021 - April 2022 dates are subject to change.

ALL INCLUSIVE TOUR PRICE - Fully escorted tour includes airfares, taxes, transfers in NZ, modern coach travel, 4 star accommodation, most meals, sightseeing and attractions.

Departures from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne:

  • Twin Share from $5499 pp + $195** pp air taxes = $5694 pp
  • Sole use from $6899 + $195** pp air taxes = $7094

Departures from Perth:

  • Twin Share from $6049 pp + $170** pp air taxes = $6219 pp
  • Sole use from $7449 + $170** pp air taxes = $7619

Departures from Adelaide:

  • Twin Share from $5799 pp + $195** pp air taxes = $5994 pp
  • Sole use from $7199 + $195** pp air taxes = $7394

For pricing from other departure points (including Canberra, Cairns, Hobart & Launceston), please contact our local travel team on freecall 1300 414 198.

 **Airline taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

Itinerary

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

DAY 1: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH (D)

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Please note dinner is not included for anyone arriving later than 8:00pm today.

Hotel Distinction Christchurch (2 nights)

DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH - AKAROA - CHRISTCHURCH (B)

After an introductory city sights tour, enjoy a scenic drive to the historic French Village of Akaroa, with time to wander through the charming galleries and craft stores. This afternoon set off on your Nature Cruise in the hope of spotting the rare Hector’s Dolphin and keep an eye out for penguins and other sea birds. Following your cruise, return to Christchurch where the evening is free to dine at one of the city’s many restaurants.

DAY 3: CHRISTCHURCH - MOANA - HOKITIKA (B,L,D)

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 before descending through the Otira Tunnel to Moana, on the banks of picturesque Lake Brunner. Enjoy lunch at Kingfisher Restaurant, before travelling to the Brunner Mine Site, the location of the 1896 mine explosion. This afternoon in the coastal town of Hokitika, you will visit a local gallery, the perfect chance to pick up a gift or souvenir.

Hotel Beachfront Hotel Hokitika (Ocean View)

DAY 4: HOKITIKA - PUNAKAIKI (B,L,D)

Today, take in the natural beauty of the Hokitika Gorge on a short walk descending through the hardwood forest that will lead you to a swing bridge which crosses the Hokitika River. Continue north to Greymouth, home of Monteith’s Brewing Co. where you will sample locally brewed beers over lunch. This afternoon travel along the Great Coast Road to the world-famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes.

Hotel Punakaiki Resort (Sea View)

DAY 5: PUNAKAIKI - NELSON (B,D)

Journey north along the coast to Tauranga Bay and Cape Foulwind, named by Captain Cook in 1770 when he encountered nasty weather. A short walk will showcase the rugged coastline and sea life often on show. Travel inland via the Buller Gorge and Murchison to Nelson, to visit the World of Wearable Art Museum. A guided tour will showcase more than 60 award winning garments from designers located all over the world. Attached is the Classic Cars Museum where you can view a prized collection of classic cars.

Hotel Rutherford Hotel (Premium Room. 2 nights)

DAY 6: NELSON - ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK - NELSON (B,L)

Travel to Kaiteriteri, gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park and join a cruise along the parks’ picturesque coastline. At Anchorage Bay a barbeque lunch will be served. Re-join your coach and depart for Nelson via the vineyards. This evening is free for you to dine at one of the many local restaurants in town.

DAY 7: NELSON - BLENHEIM (B,L,D)

Today travel via Havelock and the wine-growing region of Marlborough to the spectacular Yealands Estate. The ‘White Road Tour’, will take you on a journey through this remarkable vineyard offering breathtaking views. Enjoy lunch at a local Blenheim Beer Garden before visiting the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, home to one of the largest private collections of WW1 aircraft.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Marlborough (2 nights)

DAY 8: BLENHEIM SIGHTSEEING (B,SD)

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning. This afternoon you will be treated to a unique wine and cheese tasting experience at Cloudy Bay Estate. Later, travel to Picton to board a luxury launch for a scenic dinner cruise through the Queen Charlotte Sound. Take in the sights and wildlife while enjoying a sumptuous meal of local salmon, Greenshell Mussels and Cloudy Bay Clams, matched with a glass of Marlborough wine.

DAY 9: BLENHEIM - KAIKOURA (B,D)

Farewell the Marlborough region and journey to Kaikoura to visit the Kaikoura Museum, featuring a dedicated exhibition on the impact of the 2016 earthquake. This afternoon you may like to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the coastline to see the many species of whales that migrate through this area.

Hotel Sudima Hotel Kaikoura

DAY 10: KAIKOURA - CHRISTCHURCH (B,SD)

Depart Kaikoura and head to Christchurch to visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new friends.

Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

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.

Questions

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FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED:

Tour includes a number of short walks of up to 1 hour that require a moderate level of fitness. The walks are scenic and not excessive but can include slight inclines and uneven surfaces. Ensure you feel comfortable with this level of fitness before booking.

NZeTA - New Zealand Immigration Visa Changes
From 01 October 2019 the New Zealand Government is introducing a new travel requirement for some visitors and transit passengers. It is called the NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) and travellers need to request this via the official mobile app or website. Costs apply. For further details and to check if you are required to obtain an NZeTA refer to immigration.govt.nz/nzeta 

CLOTHING

Whilst on tour, dress is informal and relaxed on most occasions. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants. The seasons are more pronounced and the weather is more changeable. In summer, a jacket and sweater should be included in your luggage should the weather turn cooler or you visit higher altitudes. You can expect some rain, so also include a light rainproof jacket or coat. If visiting during the months ofMay and September, pack warm winter garments and layer your clothing.You may have the option to relax and unwind in thermal hot pools so don’t forget to pack your swimwear.

MONEY MATTERS

New Zealand’s unit of currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). All major international credit cards are accepted and provided they are encoded with a PIN, may be used to obtain cash from Automatic Teller Machines throughout New Zealand. Check with your bank whether this facility is available to you. It is highly recommended you obtain a small amount ofNew Zealand currency prior to your arrival in New Zealand.Cash Passports or Travel Money Cards are popular and are a safe and convenient way to allow you to access cash at Automatic Teller Machines throughout New Zealand.

WEATHER

These are average minimum/maximum temperatures in Celsius only during Spring (Sep to Nov). They could vary by up to 4-6 degrees.

  • Auckland 11 - 18
  • Rotorua 07 - 17
  • Wellington 09 - 15

TIPPING

New Zealanders do not depend on tips for their income, however tipping in appreciation for extra-special service is at the discretion of the individual traveller.Some tours may organise an envelope to be circulated for a group presentation to the Coach Captain and/or Tour Guide but any contribution is based on individual appreciation and is not mandatory.

INCIDENTALS

We suggest you allow a minimum of NZ $40 - $50 per day per person for incidental cash expenses such as lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

ROLE OF YOUR COACH CAPTAIN & TOUR GUIDE

Your Coach Captain is responsible for driving and maintaining the coach and for providing commentary throughout the tour. Your Tour Guide is responsible for your wellbeing and for co-ordinating all the accommodation and activities. It is important whilst travelling on tour that you follow all Crew instructions.

COACH SEAT ROTATION

For the enjoyment of all travellers a daily seat rotation operates which all travellers must participate in as a condition of booking. The coach seat plan is displayed on the coach for your reference.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 booking conditions apply.

Please note booking conditions for Oct 2021-Apr 2022 dates are subject to change.