Login
Call us FREE in NZ on 1855 638 2709
|

Grand Pacific ToursGrand Pacific 11 Day Signature Top of the South Island

This escorted coach tour is one of a kind.  Looping the South Island north of Christchurch you will travel along the beautiful coastline, through impressive gorges exploring by coach and on foot. Visit the famous wine-growing Marlborough region, experience the popular TranzAlpine Scenic Railway and cruise in the awe-inspiring Abel Tasman National Park.
Please be aware this tour includes a number of short walks of up to 1 hour that require a moderate level of fitness. The walks are scenic and not excessive but can include slight inclines and uneven surfaces. Please ensure you feel comfortable with this level of fitness before making a booking.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 11 days/ 10 nights
 Hotel 4 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 7 times in the last 7 days

Included in this tour package

Tour map
Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral
Lunch on the Vineyard

At a glance - Grand Pacific 11 Day Signature Top of the South Island

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch. Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 2: Take a day trip to the historic French Village of Akaroa. Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 3: Journey the TranzAlpine across the country and on to the coastal town of Hokitika. Accommodation: Beachfront Hotel Hokitika (or similar)

Day 4: Ever seen a Pancake Rock?. Accommodation: Punakaiki Resort (or similar)

Day 5: The most northern point of your tour, Nelson. Home to beautiful clothes and vintage cars. Accommodation: Rutherford Hotel Nelson (or similar)

Day 6: Barbeque lunch in Anchorage Bay. Accommodation: Rutherford Hotel Nelson (or similar)

Day 7: Soak up the spectacular Marlborough region. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)

Day 8: Explore Blenheim before a luxury dinner cruise in the Queen Charlotte Sound. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)

Day 9: Perhaps you'll spot a whale today in Kaikoura. Accommodation: Sudima Kaikoura (or similar)

Day 10: Kaikoura to Christchurch. Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)

Day 11: Time to say goodbye.

Back to top

Grand Pacific 11 Day Signature Top of the South Island - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch

Grand Pacific 11 Day Signature Top of the South Island - Day 1

Grand Pacific 11 Day Top of the South Island Tour

Explore the top of the South Island New Zealand on this unique 11-day tour. Enjoy short walks to really explore the areas of natural beauty.  Benefit from 3 two-night stays, 7 sumptuous dinners, daily breakfast and luxury transport included.

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 Hotel Christchurch

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

Meals included: Dinner

Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 2: Take a day trip to the historic French Village of Akaroa

Grand Pacific 11 Day Signature Top of the South Island - 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: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

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

Meals included: Breakfast

Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 3: Journey the TranzAlpine across the country and on to the coastal town of Hokitika

Grand Pacific 11 Day Signature Top of the South Island - Day 3

Franz Josef to Arthur's Pass, Tranz Alpine train to Greymouth

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.

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

Beachfront Hotel Hokitika (or similar)

Day 4: Ever seen a Pancake Rock?

Grand Pacific 11 Day Signature Top of the South Island - 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

Punakaiki Resort (or similar)

Day 5: The most northern point of your tour, Nelson. Home to beautiful clothes and vintage cars

Grand Pacific 11 Day Signature Top of the South Island - 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 which offers a stunning landscape.

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

Rutherford Hotel Nelson (or similar)

Day 6: Barbeque lunch in Anchorage Bay

Grand Pacific 11 Day Signature Top of the South Island - 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, Lunch

Rutherford Hotel Nelson (or similar)

Day 7: Soak up the spectacular Marlborough region

Grand Pacific 11 Day Signature Top of the South Island - 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: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)

Scenic Hotel Marlborough is centrally located in Blenheim, in the heart of Marlborough's wine growing region. Just minutes walk from the city centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)

Day 8: Explore Blenheim before a luxury dinner cruise in the Queen Charlotte Sound

Grand Pacific 11 Day Signature Top of the South Island - 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: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)

Scenic Hotel Marlborough is centrally located in Blenheim, in the heart of Marlborough's wine growing region. Just minutes walk from the city centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)

Day 9: Perhaps you'll spot a whale today in Kaikoura

Grand Pacific 11 Day Signature Top of the South Island - Day 9

Blenheim to Kaikoura

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 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, Dinner

Sudima Kaikoura (or similar)

Day 10: Kaikoura to Christchurch

Grand Pacific 11 Day Signature Top of the South Island - 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: 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 11: Time to say goodbye

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.

Back to top

Departure Dates & Prices  

All prices are in
New Zealand Coach Tours page loading
Back to top

Here are some similar NZ Coach tour packages

Back to top

Travel with our teammates

The original NZ self-drive touring company
Prefer to self-drive? Search over 200 NZ tours
nzsidekick - New Zealand's leading travel agent partner
Travel agents - book NZ itineraries here