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Grand Pacific UltimateGrand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour (Route B)

Celebrate Christmas with a difference with Grand Pacific's 11 day Ultimate Christmas Tour. Travel in an intimate group of just 20, with a special Christmas-themed New Zealand adventure. Christmas will be celebrated with a traditional Christmas dinner at Walter Peak Station, a high country sheep station near Queenstown. Also included is a comprehensive range of prepaid attractions.  So go ahead spoil yourself and let Santa come early this year. This tour travels the reverse route to our original 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour.

Join New Zealand Coach Tours and Grand Pacific this festive season on this special one off tour of New Zealand!
 

 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
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At a glance - Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour (Route B)

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

Day 2: Explore Christchurch. Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch

Day 3: Christchurch to Fox Glacier. Accommodation: Distinction Fox Glacier

Day 4: Fox Glacier to Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: Christmas Day. Queenstown (Free day). Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

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

Day 7: Te Anau to Milford Sound. Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 8: Te Anau to Dunedin. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 9: Dunedin to Mt Cook. Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel

Day 10: Mt Cook to Christchurch. Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch

Day 11: Depart Christchurch.

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Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour (Route B) - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour (Route B) - 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: Explore Christchurch

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour (Route B) - Day 2

Christchurch

Today visit the International Antarctic Centre designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This is followed by an introductory city tour of Christchurch. This afternoon enjoy free time to explore. This evening is also free.

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

The George Hotel, Christchurch

Day 3: Christchurch to Fox Glacier

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour (Route B) - Day 3

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 4: Fox Glacier to Queenstown

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour (Route B) - Day 4

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: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

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

Day 5: Christmas Day. Queenstown (Free day)

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour (Route B) - Day 5

Christmas Day in Queenstown (Free Day)

Merry Christmas! Enjoy free time today. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Grand Pacific Tours Local Host is available to assist. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise to Walter Peak Station for a delicious gourmet Christmas dinner in the Colonel's Homestead. Reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano on your return cruise.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

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

Day 6: Queenstown to Te Anau

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour (Route B) - Day 6

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 7: Te Anau to Milford Sound

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour (Route B) - Day 7

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 8: Te Anau to Dunedin

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour (Route B) - Day 8

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 9: Dunedin to Mt Cook

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour (Route B) - Day 9

Dunedin to Mt. Cook National Park

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the grand ballroom. Travel to Mt Cook. This afternoon enjoy a scenic flight (optional, time and weather permitting) over the Southern Alps.

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 10: Mt Cook to Christchurch

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour (Route B) - Day 10

Mt. Cook to Christchurch

This morning marvel at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Travel to lake Tekapo and visit the church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue. Continue to Christchurch and this evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages 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 11: 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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