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Grand Pacific 10 Day South Island Spectacular (2017-2018)

Circle New Zealand's South Island on this 10 day touring adventure! Visit the must-see southern highlights including the cities of Christchurch and Dunedin and the incredible Mt. Cook National Park. Visit Fiordland National Park to take a cruise on the Milford Sound, and spend a few days exploring the adventure capital of Queenstown. Head to the West Coast to see Franz Josef Glacier, before finishing up you're amazing tour with a journey across the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine train.

NOTE - this tour is changing slightly for the 2018-2019 season. Click here to see that version and to see dates and prices for 2018-2019

 New Zealand escorted 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 South Island Spectacular (2017-2018)

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

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

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

Day 7: Te Anau to Dunedin. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

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 (2017-2018) - Detailed Itinerary  

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

Arrive into Christchurch

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

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: Dinner

Sudima Christchurch Airport

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

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 continuing 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

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 and you may choose 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

Queenstown free day

Although celebrated as New Zealand's ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown offers far more than a fast paced action-packed holiday. Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath a soaring panorama of the Remarkables Mountain Range, this alpine town is surrounded by a plethora of historic, gastronomic and scenic wonders. Head down the Gibbston valley wine trail to sample some of the region’s best Pinot or catch a ride on the 100 year old Steamship - the TSS Earnslaw -  to Walter Peak Station for dinner and a farm tour. Browse the waterfront cafes and have lunch at Michelin star chef Josh Emett's ‘Rata.’ Check out nearby historic Arrowtown and enhance your experience with a four wheel drive trip to Macetown. Take a leisurely lakeside stroll or ride the gondola for breathtaking views. Venture further afield into the Fiordland National Park or head over the Crown Range to Wanaka. Drive through Lord Of The Rings country - or for the really fanatic, jump aboard one of many dedicated LOTR tours. And after all of that - if you do really want the adrenaline rush Queenstown is known for, take your pick from the Shotover Jet, Nevis Bungy, Canyon Swing, Zipline, Luge or Heli-ski.
 

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

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. Tonight after dinner you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Your Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

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

Day 6: Te Anau to Milford Sound

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

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

Day 7: Te Anau to Dunedin

Te Anau to Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the "Edinburgh of the South" and enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

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, Speciality Dinner

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 8: Dunedin to Oamaru to Mt Cook to Twizel

GP DUN to Mt. Cook to Twizel

Head north to the historic township of Oamaru for morning tea. Then follow the Waitaki Valley and the incredible Hydro system into the Mackenzie Country and Mt. Cook National Park. Following lunch and time for scenic flights (optional) you head 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, Lunch, Dinner

MacKenzie Country Hotel, Twizel

Day 9: Twizel to lake Tekapo to Christchurch

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

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

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