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Grand Pacific ToursGrand Pacific 10 Day South Island Spectacular

See the South Island's highlights including the garden city, Christchurch, Mighty Mt. Cook, Lake Tekapo, the wonderful city of Dunedin, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park including a Milford Sound cruise, Queenstown, the West Coast and Franz Josef Glacier and the world famous Tranz Alpine train journey.

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 10 days/ 9 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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New Zealand escorted coach tour, Queenstown
TranzAlpine train crossing

At a glance - Grand Pacific 10 Day South Island Spectacular

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

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

Day 3: Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown. Accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown

Day 4: Free day in Queenstown. Accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown

Day 5: Queenstown to Te Anau. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

Day 6: Te Anau to Milford Sound. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

Day 7: Te Anau to Dunedin. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 8: Dunedin to Oamaru to Mt Cook to Twizel. Accommodation: MacKenzie Country Hotel, Twizel

Day 9: Twizel to lake Tekapo to Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch Airport

Day 10: Depart Christchurch.

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Grand Pacific 10 Day South Island Spectacular - Detailed Itinerary  

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

Grand Pacific 10 Day South Island Spectacular - Day 1

Arrive into Christchurch

Arrive into Christchurch where you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

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

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

Grand Pacific 10 Day South Island Spectacular - 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

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

Day 3: Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown

Grand Pacific 10 Day South Island Spectacular - 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. This evening is free to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Your Accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown

Mercure Resort Queenstown is located near the shores of Lake Wakatipu, only 3 minutes drive from the centre of town. The hotel boasts spectacular views over the lake and the Remarkables Mountain Range.

Meals included: Breakfast

Mercure Resort Queenstown

Day 4: Free day in Queenstown

Grand Pacific 10 Day South Island Spectacular - Day 4

Queenstown free day with TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Dinner

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist with the many sightseeing options available. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you 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: Mercure Resort Queenstown

Mercure Resort Queenstown is located near the shores of Lake Wakatipu, only 3 minutes drive from the centre of town. The hotel boasts spectacular views over the lake and the Remarkables Mountain Range.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Mercure Resort Queenstown

Day 5: Queenstown to Te Anau

Grand Pacific 10 Day South Island Spectacular - 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

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

Day 6: Te Anau to Milford Sound

Grand Pacific 10 Day South Island Spectacular - 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

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

Day 7: Te Anau to Dunedin

Grand Pacific 10 Day South Island Spectacular - 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 Dunedin City

Just two blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is close to shops, parks and the best city attractions and services. The hotel provides excellent 4-star accommodation to Dunedin's visitors.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 8: Dunedin to Oamaru to Mt Cook to Twizel

Grand Pacific 10 Day South Island Spectacular - 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, Twizel

Located in the heart of the Mackenzie region the hotel's natural stone architecture compliments the mountains and rivers of New Zealand's Southern Alps. With 108 well equipped rooms the hotel can offer every facility needed for a comfortable stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

MacKenzie Country Hotel, Twizel

Day 9: Twizel to lake Tekapo to Christchurch

Grand Pacific 10 Day South Island Spectacular - 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: Sudima Christchurch Airport

Located 2 minutes from the Christchurch International Airport the Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport is just 15 minutes from Christchurch City Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Sudima Christchurch Airport

Day 10: Depart Christchurch

Depart Christchurch

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

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