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Grand Pacific UltimateGrand Pacific 10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape

Escape and enjoy New Zealand's majestic South Island on this deluxe 10 day small group holiday. Begin your journey in the Garden City of Christchurch; witness the rugged Southern Alps of the mighty West Coast; cruise the magnificent fiord, Milford Sound; enjoy a relaxing two night stay in the year round resort town of Queenstown, enjoy the Scottish heritage of Dunedin; and marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges of Mount Cook. Whether it's your first time to New Zealand's South Island or a repeat visit, the landscape continues to change and this comprehensive tour will allow you to sit back, relax and discover!

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 10 days/ 9 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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At a glance - Grand Pacific 10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch. Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch to Fox Glacier. Accommodation: Distinction Fox Glacier

Day 3: Fox Glacier to Queenstown. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 4: Queenstown free day. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: Queenstown to Te Anau. Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

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

Day 7: Te Anau to Dunedin. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 8: Dunedin to Oamaru to Mt Cook. Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel

Day 9: Mt Cook to Christchurch. Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch

Day 10: Depart Christchurch.

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Grand Pacific 10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

Grand Pacific 10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape - Day 1

Arrive Christchurch City

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel.

Your Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch

The George is the essence of supreme comfort. The award winning 5 star hotel is opposite Hagley Park and just a few minutes stroll from the Botanic Gardens. 2 superb award winning on site restaurants also feature.

Meals included: Dinner

The George Hotel, Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch to Fox Glacier

Grand Pacific 10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape - Day 2

Christchurch to Arthur's Pass on the TranzAlpine, then by coach to Fox 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 continuing via Franz Josef to Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Fox Glacier

A modern, purpose built boutique Fox Glacier hotel. Distinction Te Weheka Boutique Hotel provides a balance of luxury, privacy and location, while being only a short stroll to Fox Glacier village.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Fox Glacier

Day 3: Fox Glacier to Queenstown

Grand Pacific 10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape - Day 3

Fox Glacier to Queenstown

See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast. Continue 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 and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Your Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a postcard. Soak in the amazing view of the towering Remarkables mountain range rising from the rippled waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 4: Queenstown free day

Grand Pacific 10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape - Day 4

Queenstown free day with TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Dinner

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. 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: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a postcard. Soak in the amazing view of the towering Remarkables mountain range rising from the rippled waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: Queenstown to Te Anau

Grand Pacific 10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape - 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 Te Anau Hotel & Villas

The Te Anau Hotel and Villas offers a range of accommodation from hotel rooms and suites to villas. Ideally located on the lake front the hotel is just a few minutes stroll for the shops. cafes and activities on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 6: Te Anau to Milford Sound

Grand Pacific 10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape - 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 nature cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch on board. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. You might like to cap off your Fiordland experience by watching the breathtaking film, Ata Whenua - Shadowland, which screens at the Fiordland Cinema (optional).

Your Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

The Te Anau Hotel and Villas offers a range of accommodation from hotel rooms and suites to villas. Ideally located on the lake front the hotel is just a few minutes stroll for the shops. cafes and activities on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 7: Te Anau to Dunedin

Grand Pacific 10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape - Day 7

Te Anau to Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the "Edinburgh of the South". Enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. Optional sightseeing activities available include a tour of the Speight's Brewery, which produces New Zealand's most popular beer, a tour to the Royal Albatross Centre to see Albatross in their natural habitat or a tour of Olveston Historic Home, containing many treasures of a bygone era.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Distinction Dunedin Hotel occupies the grand Chief Post Office built in the 1930’s. This art deco inspired building has recently been transformed into a 4 star hotel with elegant décor, set in the heart of the city.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 8: Dunedin to Oamaru to Mt Cook

Grand Pacific 10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape - Day 8

Dunedin to Mt. Cook National Park

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour with time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you travel to Mt Cook.

Your Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel

The Hermitage Hotel ringed by magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, is a world-renowned tourist destination and has been an icon of superior accommodation and dining since 1884.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hermitage Hotel

Day 9: Mt Cook to Christchurch

Grand Pacific 10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape - Day 9

Mt. Cook to Christchurch

This morning 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. 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. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Your Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch

The George is the essence of supreme comfort. The award winning 5 star hotel is opposite Hagley Park and just a few minutes stroll from the Botanic Gardens. 2 superb award winning on site restaurants also feature.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

The George Hotel, Christchurch

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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