2021 New Zealand Ultimate South Island Escape - 12 Days

Itinerary

Day 1
Tuesday 16 February, 2021 CHRISTCHURCH, NZ

Depart Brisbane (or other capital cities) for Christchurch. On arrival you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to our hotel where you begin your ultimate escape to New Zealand’s dramatic South Island.

Day 2
Wed 17 Feb – CHRISTCHURCH

Today is a free day to explore this exciting city. You might consider taking a journey on the Tramway (optional). Enjoy this unique and historic way to view the inner city. This evening, enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink as you meet your fellow travellers. (B,D)

Day 3
Thu 18 Feb – CHRISTCHURCH – ARTHUR’S PASS – FRANZ JOSEF

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 the township of Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. (B,D)

Day 4
Fri 19 Feb – FRANZ JOSEF - QUEENSTOWN

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast to Fox Glacier. 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 to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants. (B)

Day 5
Sat 20 Feb - QUEENSTOWN

Today is a free day with plenty of optional activities to choose from. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon or get up close to a Kiwi bird. The choices are many and your coach captain and GOT tour escort are on hand to assist at all times. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious gourmet barbecue dinner featuring a menu of seasonal, fresh and locally sourced food at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown. (B,D)

Day 6
Sun 21 Feb – QUEENSTOWN – TE ANAU

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. This innovative museum is heavily involved in the protection of the historic buildings scattered around town. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fjordland. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional). (B,D)

Day 7
Mon 22 Feb – TE ANAU – MILFORD SOUND – TE ANAU

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a nature cruise on this magnificent fjord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch onboard. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. (B,L,D)

Day 8
Tue 23 Feb – TE ANAU – DUNEDIN

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as ‘The Edinburgh of the South’. Enjoy a city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. (B,D)

Day 9
Wed 24 Feb – DUNEDIN – MT COOK

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour. There is time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for it’s limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you travel to Mt Cook. (B,D)

Day 10
Thu 25 Feb – CHRISTCHURCH

This morning marvel at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps. Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch for an introductory city sights tour. (B)

Day 11
Fri 26 Feb - CHRISTCHURCH

Today is a free day to explore at your leisure. Your GOT escort is on hand to assist with ideas and suggestions. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends capping of your ultimate South Island adventure. (B,D)

Day 12
Sat 27 Feb – DEPART FOR HOME

After breakfast and at the appropriate time, transfer to the airport for your homeward journey. (B)

2021 New Zealand Ultimate South Island Escape

Brochure NZ Ultimate South Island

Departing 16th February, 2021 for 12 days, our tour includes economy airfares flying with Air New Zealand, transfers in NZ, Ultimate 20 seat coach travel in a full size coach with luxury leather reclining seats, 4.5 star accommodation, most meals, sightseeing and attractions, rail journey on the TranzAlpine railway, one of the great train journeys of the world and cruises on Lake Wakatipu and Milfound Sound.

We will have 4 x 2 night stays in Christchurch, Queenstown, Te Anau and again in Christchurch.  This beautiful itinerary will showcase New Zealand’s dramatic South Island.

Price per person twin share*
Ex Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne – $6,614 plus approximate airlines taxes $200#

Ex Adelaide, Hobart or Launceston – $6,881 plus approximate airline taxes $200#

Ex Perth – $7,079 plus approximate airline taxes $170#
#airline taxes subject to change until ticketing.

Single supplement $1,878 subject to availability and sold on a first come basis.  Please note this is not payable if you are happy to twin share with a friend or another member of the group.   Only payable if you wish to have your own room throughout the trip.

Highlights:

  • Christchurch, Milford Sound, Te Anau, Dunedin, Mt Cook, Arthur’s Pass, Franz Josef, Queenstown, TranzAlpine Railway, Larnach Castle, Lake Wakatipu, Lake Benmore, Bowen Falls and more.

INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS

INCLUSIONS

  • Return economy class international flights from your home port **.
  • Transfers as shown.
  • Ultimate coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats with panoramic windows.
  • Breakfast daily. 8 dinners, 1 lunch, 1 high tea.
  • 4.5 star hotels including 4 x 2 night stays and porterage.
  • All entries and touring as shown on itinerary.
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Full time Australian escort

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Airline taxes approx $200
  • Personal items, travel insurance
  • Anything not specified above
Do I have to pay the single supplement if I'm a solo traveller and willing to share a room?

No, if you’re willing to share with a friend or another member of the group the single supplement is not payable. It is only payable if you wish to have single use of accommodation throughout the tour.

Can I join the group from a city other than Brisbane?

Yes, although I will be departing from Brisbane you may join the tour from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart or Launceston.

Can I fly business class?

Yes. The costings are based on economy fares but you can upgrade to business class at an additional cost. This is subject to availability of course.

Trip Facts

  • 12 days
  • $1,000
  • 1/12/2020
  • Judy Polkinghorne

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