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Ultimate New Zealand South Island Luxury Coach Tour

This is ‘Business Class’ on wheels, just sit back and relax, everything has been taken care of. Your spacious Luxury Coach is decked out with all modern conveniences including a rest room, a fantastic way to experience the very best New Zealand has to offer. The beauty of travelling aboard this ultimate coach in a small group is that every aspect of your holiday is personal. Be treated as a VIP and enjoy premium accommodation combined with a number of exclusive extras.

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Itinerary

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1
Welcome to Christchurch New Zealand

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink.

Some suggested excursions around Christchurch if you have time.

Easygoing Cycling Tour Punting the Avon River Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise
Māori Cultural Evening French Akaroa Tour Southern Alps Ballooning
Christchurch Gondola Clearwater Golf Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike

 

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation Christchurch - 1 night

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Tranz Alpine Train Journey into Glacier Country

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 National Park located in the centre of the Southern Alps. Board your Ultimate coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing via Franz Josef Glacier to Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Fox Glacier - 1 night

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Following the Wild West Coast 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.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Queenstown - 2 nights

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Queenstown at Leisure

Today relax and enjoy the stunning lakes & rivers - there is a bounty of vineyards, cafes and restaurants scattered throughout the wider district of QueenstownArrowtown and the Gibbston Valley. You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy Queenstown and part of its charm is the array of less hectic quality activities on offer – but if interested Queenstown is home to the ultimate adventure bucket list – Just ask.

Recommended excursions in and arouns Queenstown

Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk Explore Historic Arrowtown Highest Bungy Jump
Wine Tasting Tour Central Otago Biking Skippers Canyon Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
TSS Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise Dart River Jetboat Safari Gibbston Valley Wine Trail
 

Meals: Breakfast and Soecial Dinner 

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Te Anau - Gateway to Fiordland National Park

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to picturesque Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to the lakeside town of Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park Tonight after dinner you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). The caves have only been recently rediscovered, because someone had known they were there as Te Anau is a shortened form of “Te Ana-au” which means “the cave of the swirling water current”. Getting to the caves involves a scenic cruise to the western shores.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Te Anau - 2 nights

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Cruise the Magnificent Milford Sound

The Road to Milford is one of New Zealand’s most scenic drives. The first part is relatively mild farmland, then you’ll ease into beech forest near the entrance to the Fiordland National Park. We show you the 'Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain' and the 'Mirror Lakes'. The rough hewn Homer Tunnel brings you into Milford Sound, where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord.

A cruise on Milford Sound is an essential component of your time in Fiordland and is an amazing 22 km (14 mile) long fiord dominated by the towering Mitre Peak and spectacular Bowen Falls. As you enjoy a picnic lunch onboard, tall waterfalls, vertical rock faces and seals are some of the things you’ll remember - all carved by glaciers during the last ice age. 

This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Dunedin - Scottish City of Grace and Grandeur

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. The sweet tooth might like to tour Cadbury World (optional) whilst others might be interested in a tour of the Speight’s Brewery (optional).

Some options available in and around Dunedin:

Speights Brewery Tour Cadbury Chocolate  Penguins and Albatross Tour
Taieri Rail Journey Peninsula Wildlife Cruise Larnach Castle Tour

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Dunedin - 1 night

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Mt Cook National Park

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour with 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 its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you travel to Mt Cook.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Mt Cook Village - 1 night

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High Country Lakes | Christchurch

This morning marvel at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a Scenic Flight and Glacier Landing (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Continue 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 evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

Meals: Breakfast and Special Dinner

Accommodation Christchurch - 1 night

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Homeward Bound

Haere rā and Bon Voyage!

We are sure you will enjoy the 'Ultimate South Island of New Zealand Luxury Coach Tour' - and our promise is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

Meals: Breakfast