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Grand Pacific ToursGrand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island

Enjoy 10 days of exploring the best of New Zealand's South Island. Start in Christchurch and loop the island starting with the TranzAlpine train to Arthur's Pass. After visiting Queenstown, Te Anau and ever a highlight, Milford you will start your journey back to Christchurch.  The accommodation is of a high standard with great meal and attraction inclusions, no to mention the stylish 32 seater transport. There's no easier way to enjoy the South Island.

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 10 days/ 9 nights
 Hotel 4 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Included in this tour package

Tour map
TranzAlpine Scenic Railway through the Southern Alps
TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu

At a glance - Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch, transfer to accommodation, rest of day at leisure. Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Christchurch to Arthus Pass by Tranz Alpine Train then onto Franz Josef Glacier. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (or similar)

Day 3: Down the wild west coast to Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 4: Free day in Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 5: Explore the old gold mining town Arrowtown. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau (or similar)

Day 6: Cruise on the Milford Sound. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau (or similar)

Day 7: From one side to the other, East coast Dunedin. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (or similar)

Day 8: Dunedin to Oamaru to Mt Cook to Twizel. Accommodation: MacKenzie Country Hotel (or similar)

Day 9: Twizel to lake Tekapo to Christchurch. Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)

Day 10: Depart Christchurch.

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Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch, transfer to accommodation, rest of day at leisure

Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island - Day 1

Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island

This fully escorted 10-day tour gives you access to the outstanding beauty of New Zealand's South Island.

Arrive into Christchurch

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.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)

This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square. Ideally positioned, only a few minutes walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.

Meals included: Dinner

Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Christchurch to Arthus Pass by Tranz Alpine Train then onto Franz Josef Glacier

Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island - Day 2

Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier

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 as you ascend to Arthur's Pass located in the centre of the Southern Alps. Board your coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before arriving to Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (or similar)

Located in the heart of Franz Josef Village the hotel offers all the amenities you would expect and is close to the shops, restaurants and activities on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (or similar)

Day 3: Down the wild west coast to Queenstown

Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island - Day 3

Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown

See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast

Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 4: Free day in Queenstown

Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island - Day 4

Queenstown free day with TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Dinner

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown with many optional activities available. 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.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 5: Explore the old gold mining town Arrowtown

Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island - Day 5

Queenstown to Te Anau

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Your Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau (or similar)

The perfect base for all your Fiordland travel, Distinction Luxmore Hotel provides comfortable accommodation right in the heart of Te Anau.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau (or similar)

Day 6: Cruise on the Milford Sound

Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island - Day 6

Te Anau to Milford Sound to 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. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. This evening you may like to visit the Fiordland Cinema, specially constructed to screen the locally filmed movie Ata Whenua - Shadowland which will take you on an unforgettable journey. (optional).

Your Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau (or similar)

The perfect base for all your Fiordland travel, Distinction Luxmore Hotel provides comfortable accommodation right in the heart of Te Anau.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau (or similar)

Day 7: From one side to the other, East coast Dunedin

Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island - Day 7

Te Anau to 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 Larnarch Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (or similar)

The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation and is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Just a short walk to the Octagon, Railway Station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago University.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (or similar)

Day 8: Dunedin to Oamaru to Mt Cook to Twizel

Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island - Day 8

Dunedin to Mt. Cook to 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.

Your Accommodation: MacKenzie Country Hotel (or similar)

Located in the heart of the Mackenzie region the hotel's natural stone architecture complements the mountains and rivers of New Zealand's Southern Alps.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

MacKenzie Country Hotel (or similar)

Day 9: Twizel to lake Tekapo to Christchurch

Grand Pacific 10 Day Signature South Island - Day 9

Twizel to Lake Tekapo to Christchurch

This morning you continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and see the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch. A tour of the city and some free time to explore before a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)

This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square. Ideally positioned, only a few minutes walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)

Day 10: Depart Christchurch

Depart Christchurch

After breakfast (included) your tour concludes this morning. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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