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Grand Pacific ToursGrand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour [B]

Spend Christmas Day with new friends in the vibrant Queenstown.  Never far from the luxury of Grand Pacific's business class coach you will travel the South Island in the utmost comfort. First venture from the Canterbury Plains on the world famous TranzAlpine Scenic train to the mountainous wild west coast. Enjoy Christmas by the lakes and finally head past the impressive Mount Cook on your way home.  This looped journey is incredibly popular and there's no better way to enjoy it.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 11 days/ 10 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Glacier in the valley
Night lights at Larnach Castle

At a glance - Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour [B]

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City

Day 2: Take a tour around Christchurch then enjoy some leisure time. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City

Day 3: Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass on the Tranz Alpine and on to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 4: Wind your way to Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: Celebrate Christmas in Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 6: Check out historic Arrowtown as you head to Te Anau. Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 7: Today experience the awe-inspiring Milford Sound. Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 8: Travel to the opposite coast and stay tonight in Dunedin. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 9: Visit historic Larnach castle before travelling inland to Mt Cook. Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel

Day 10: Marvel at Mount Cook before you return to Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City

Day 11: Depart Christchurch.

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Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour [B] - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour [B] - Day 1

Arrive into Christchurch

This tour takes you for 11 days of adventure around the south island, travelling with like-minded people you will leave with new friends. The transport for this trip is second to none. With only 20 seats on a full-sized coach, you can only imagine the comfort and space as you witness New Zealand's most dramatic landscapes from the comfort of your seat.
On arrival into Christchurch, you will be met by a Grand Pacific representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy luxe benefits and a complimentary pre-dinner drink as you meet your travelling companions.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City

This brand new 5 star boutique hotel is ideally located on Victoria Street amidst an array of cafes, restaurants and bars, and is only a martini olive pips’ throw from beautiful Hagley Park and Christchurch’s CBD. Experience the ‘garden city’ in style with Sudima Christchurch City.

Meals included: Dinner

Sudima Christchurch City

Day 2: Take a tour around Christchurch then enjoy some leisure time

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour [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 includes a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at your leisure, one of Christchurch's leading attractions. This evening is free to explore the local cuisine.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City

This brand new 5 star boutique hotel is ideally located on Victoria Street amidst an array of cafes, restaurants and bars, and is only a martini olive pips’ throw from beautiful Hagley Park and Christchurch’s CBD. Experience the ‘garden city’ in style with Sudima Christchurch City.

Meals included: Breakfast

Sudima Christchurch City

Day 3: Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass on the Tranz Alpine and on to Franz Josef

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour [B] - Day 3

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: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 4: Wind your way to Queenstown

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour [B] - Day 4

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: 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: Celebrate Christmas in Queenstown

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour [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: Check out historic Arrowtown as you head to Te Anau

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour [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: Today experience the awe-inspiring Milford Sound

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour [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 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 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 8: Travel to the opposite coast and stay tonight in Dunedin

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour [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, Speciality Dinner

Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 9: Visit historic Larnach castle before travelling inland to Mt Cook

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour [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: Marvel at Mount Cook before you return to Christchurch

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour [B] - Day 10

Mt Cook to Christchurch

Today drive 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 afternoon visit the Air Force Museum of New Zealand where a ‘behind the scenes’ tour showcases the restoration projects in action and provides the rare opportunity to walk through the Bristol Freighter and Andover. This is followed by a city sights tour of Christchurch. Later this evening enjoy a farewell dinner with new found friends.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City

This brand new 5 star boutique hotel is ideally located on Victoria Street amidst an array of cafes, restaurants and bars, and is only a martini olive pips’ throw from beautiful Hagley Park and Christchurch’s CBD. Experience the ‘garden city’ in style with Sudima Christchurch City.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Sudima Christchurch City

Day 11: Depart Christchurch

Depart Christchurch

Time to say goodbye.  You will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

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