Unveiling a picturesque landscape of wilderness, wildlife and unique attractions in the top end of New Zealand's south island.
SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS AND WALKS:
Your holiday includes:
*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.
Dinner on Day 1 is not included for anyone arriving later than 8:00pm.
PLUS - Travel at 60 travellers receive the following:
Your accommodation includes:
This tour departs on the following dates:
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:
Departures from Perth:
Departures from Adelaide:
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.
(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.
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
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.
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.
These are average minimum/maximum temperatures in Celsius only during Spring (Sep to Nov). They could vary by up to 4-6 degrees.
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.
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.
Travel at 60 booking conditions apply.
Please note booking conditions for Oct 2021-Apr 2022 dates are subject to change.