Taste of the South Island [GPN9] - About New Zealand
 
 
9 Days: Taste of the South Island [GPN9]
Starting at
$2,700

Guaranteed Departures

2019

Sep 10*, 19*, 26*
Oct 7, 14, 18, 27
Nov 3, 8, 13, 18

2020

Jan 8, 18
Feb 2, 5, 8, 12, 14, 19, 23
Mar 2, 4, 7, 11, 16, 22, 24, 26
Apr 6, 8, 14, 25*
May 2*

*Seasonal offer: Save $142 per person departure dates.

Highlights

  • All inclusive
  • 9 Days/ 8 Nights
  • Fully escorted modern coach travel
  • 3 – 3.5 star accommodations
  • Hotel porterage (we’ll handle your luggage for you!)
  • 3 cruises included
  • Personalized meet and greet

Inclusions

  • Accommodation – Christchurch – Quality Hotel Elms or similar (1 Night), Omarama – Heritage Gateway Hotel (1), Dunedin – Mercure Leisure Lodge (1), Te Anau – Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room) (1), Queenstown – Mercure Queenstown Resort (2), Fox Glacier – Heartland Hotel Glacier Country (1), Christchurch – Quality Hotel Elms or similar (1)
  • Meals – 8 cooked breakfasts, 7 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown. 1 picnic lunch. 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle
  • US Domestic Flights – (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • International Flights – Los Angeles to Christchurch, Christchurch to Los Angeles (Not included, but can be added to your quote)
  • Day Tours – Christchurch: City Sights Tour; Dunedin: City Sights Tour, Larnach Castle; Milford Sound: Cruise & Picnic Lunch; Queenstown: Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw; Arrowtown: Lakes District Museum; Scenic TranzAlpine Rail Journey from Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch
  • Transfers – Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by your tour representative and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel Heritage Gateway Hotel

Dinner included

Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama

After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before traveling to Omarama.

Hotel Heritage Gateway Hotel

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin

Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Hotel Mercure Leisure Lodge

Breakfast & Specialty Dinner included

Day 4: Dunedin – Te Anau

This morning travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 5: Te Anau – Milford Sound – Queenstown

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 travel to Queenstown, overlooking magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. This evening is free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights)

Breakfast & Lunch included

Day 6: Queenstown

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain is available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or to get up close to a Kiwi bird. 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 re-board the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown.

Breakfast & Specialty Dinner included

Day 7: Queenstown – Arrowtown – Fox Glacier

Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you will visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel Heartland Hotel Glacier Country or Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 8: Fox Glacier – Arthur’s Pass – Christchurch

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Hotel Quality Hotel Elms

Breakfast & Dinner included

Day 9: Depart Christchurch

Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

Breakfast included

All prices are USD$/person. Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).