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Grand Pacific Ultimate

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Top of the South

Discover an array of unique, award-winning botanic and private gardens and meet local gardeners on this 11 day tour of New Zealand's South Island. Enjoy an escorted tour through the gorgeous gardens of the South Island, learn about the Scottish heritage of Dunedin and visit New Zealand's only castle with its garden of International Significance. Cruise the magnificent Milford Sound, enjoy a relaxing 2-night stay in Queenstown, cruise the beautiful Lake Wakatipu and journey through the rugged Southern Alps on board the famous TranzAlpine scenic train.

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New Zealand escorted tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$6,329 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch

11 days/10 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

 Viewed 6 times in the last 7 days

This tour also includes

Complimentary pre-dinner welcome drink

Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

TranzAlpine Train from Arthur's Pass to Lake Brunner (Moana)

Punakaiki Rocks

Monteith's Brewery Tour

Nelson Classic Car Museum

Abel Tasman Guided Walk and BBQ Cruise

Entry to the Omaka Aviation Centre, Blenheim

Cloudy Bay Estate wine tasting

Queen Charlotte Sound Cruise to Furneaux Lodge

Visit Kaikõura Museum

10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners, 1 special dinner

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Brief itinerary - Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Top of the South

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City (or similar)

Day 2: Christchurch to Akaroa and back to Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City (or similar)

Day 3: Hop on the TranzAlpine train and head to Hokitika. Accommodation: Beachfront Hotel Hokitika (or similar)

Day 4: Marvel at the natural beauty of the Hokitika Gorge. Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort (or similar)

Day 5: Head north to Nelson. Accommodation: Rutherford Hotel Nelson (or similar)

Day 6: Take in the golden beaches of Abel Tasman National Park. Accommodation: Rutherford Hotel Nelson (or similar)

Day 7: Travel through the wine-growing region of Marlborough. Accommodation: Marlborough Vintners Hotel (or similar)

Day 8: Cruise the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound. Accommodation: Marlborough Vintners Hotel (or similar)

Day 9: Journey to Kaikõura. Accommodation: Sudima Hotel Kaikoura (or similar)

Day 10: Make your way back towards Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City (or similar)

Day 11: Depart Christchurch.

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Day 1 - Arrive into Christchurch

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Top of the South - Day 1
Arrive Christchurch City

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 when you meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions for dinner.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Grand Pacific Merchandise

Quality merchandise is great value for money and will provide a special memento of your holiday for years to come. Merchandise items must be ordered at the time of booking and are not available for purchase in New Zealand. Tour jackets and tour caps are available for purchase.

Your accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City (or similar)

This new 5 star boutique hotel is ideally located on Victoria Street amidst an array of cafes, restaurants and bars, and is only a martini olive pips’ throw from beautiful Hagley Park and Christchurch’s CBD. Experience the ‘garden city’ in style with Sudima Christchurch City.

Meals included: Dinner

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Day 2 - Christchurch to Akaroa and back to Christchurch

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Top of the South - Day 2
Christchurch to Akaroa

After an introductory city sights tour, enjoy a scenic drive to the historic French Village of Akaroa, nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. There will be time to wander through Akaroa’s galleries and craft stores. This afternoon set off on a 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.

Your accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City (or similar)

This new 5 star boutique hotel is ideally located on Victoria Street amidst an array of cafes, restaurants and bars, and is only a martini olive pips’ throw from beautiful Hagley Park and Christchurch’s CBD. Experience the ‘garden city’ in style with Sudima Christchurch City.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 3 - Hop on the TranzAlpine train and head to Hokitika

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Top of the South - Day 3
Christchurch to Hokitika via Moana and the TranzAlpine Train

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 opportunity to pick up a gift or souvenir.
*Please be aware, there are some departure dates where the train may not be available due to covid-related schedule changes outside of Grand Pacific's control. If this occurs, your journey through the incredible Arthur's Pass will continue onboard your coach. Chat to a consultant to check the current schedule for your preferred departure.

Your accommodation: Beachfront Hotel Hokitika (or similar)

The unique location of the Beachfront Hotel Hokitika on the shores of the Tasman Sea and in the heart of Hokitika allows you to beachcomb and shop local artisans' galleries right from your doorstep.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 4 - Marvel at the natural beauty of the Hokitika Gorge

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Top of the South - Day 4
Hokitika to Punakaiki

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.

Your accommodation: Punakaiki Resort (or similar)

The Punakaiki Resort is a modern, award-winning hotel complex, architecturally designed to harmonise with the local environment. Nestled in the foothills of Papaproa National Park the resort has spectacular views of the Wild West Coast beaches while all rooms have rainforest and/or ocean views.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 5 - Head north to Nelson

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Top of the South - Day 5
Punakaiki to Nelson

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 along the rocky headland will showcase the rugged coastline and sea life often on show amongst the rocks. Travel inland via the Buller Gorge and Murchison to Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand. This afternoon enjoy an orientation tour of the city followed by a visit to the Nelson Classic Car Museum where you will marvel at an incredible collection of iconic cars.

Your accommodation: Rutherford Hotel Nelson (or similar)

The Rutherford Hotel Nelson offers luxurious accommodation situated at the doorstep of three national parks and an unmatched range of sandy beaches, blue seas and mountain wilderness.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 6 - Take in the golden beaches of Abel Tasman National Park

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Top of the South - Day 6
Adventure in the Abel Tasman National Park

Travel along the scenic Coastal Highway 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 local restaurants in town.

Your accommodation: Rutherford Hotel Nelson (or similar)

The Rutherford Hotel Nelson offers luxurious accommodation situated at the doorstep of three national parks and an unmatched range of sandy beaches, blue seas and mountain wilderness.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 7 - Travel through the wine-growing region of Marlborough

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Top of the South - Day 7
Nelson to Blenheim

Today travel via Havelock and the wine-growing region of Marlborough. Visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, home to one of the largest private collections of WW1 Aircraft, brought to life in sets created by the internationally acclaimed WingNut Films and Weta Workshop. Head back into town where you will enjoy lunch at a local Blenheim beer garden before a short drive to Cloudy Bay Estate. Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay was one of the original wineries in the region. Enjoy a personalised tasting experience in the Barrell Room followed by time to wander through the superb manicured grounds and towering gum trees, which will surely be a highlight of your day. 

Your accommodation: Marlborough Vintners Hotel (or similar)

The Vintners Retreat private luxury villas offer unique and stylish accommodation set at the top of Rapaura Road, locally known as Marlborough’s ‘Golden Mile’ of vineyards.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 8 - Cruise the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Top of the South - Day 8
Blenheim Sightseeing

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Picton where time is available to explore this picturesque port. Board a luxury vessel at Picton Marina and cruise the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound to Furneaux Lodge whilst enjoying the informative commentary on this stunning region. At Furneaux Lodge a delicious lunch will be served followed by time to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. There is access to kayaks and short walks around the property. On the return cruise to Picton a cheese platter featuring local produce is served accompanied by a glass of Marlborough wine, which is the perfect end to your Marlborough Sounds adventure. Board the coach for the short journey back to Blenheim where the evening is free to dine at one of the local restaurants.

Your accommodation: Marlborough Vintners Hotel (or similar)

The Vintners Retreat private luxury villas offer unique and stylish accommodation set at the top of Rapaura Road, locally known as Marlborough’s ‘Golden Mile’ of vineyards.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 9 - Journey to Kaikõura

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Top of the South - Day 9
Blenheim to Kaikõura

Farewell, the Marlborough region and journey to Kaikōura. Visit the Kaikōura Museum, which features an exhibition depicting 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.

Your accommodation: Sudima Hotel Kaikoura (or similar)

Located within easy reach of Kaikoura's restaurants, bars, shops and activities this newly built accommodation will give you walking distance access to everything that's happening in Kaikoura. Every room has fabulous views of either the mountain or sea.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 10 - Make your way back towards Christchurch

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Top of the South - Day 10
Kaikoura to Christchurch

Depart Kaikōura and head to Christchurch to visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This evening enjoy a pre-dinner drink and reminisce on memories shared with your new friends at the farewell dinner.

Your accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City (or similar)

This new 5 star boutique hotel is ideally located on Victoria Street amidst an array of cafes, restaurants and bars, and is only a martini olive pips’ throw from beautiful Hagley Park and Christchurch’s CBD. Experience the ‘garden city’ in style with Sudima Christchurch City.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner, Speciality Dinner

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Day 11 - Depart Christchurch

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Top of the South - Day 11
Depart Christchurch

Time to say goodbye.  After breakfast (included) you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

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