Welcome to Christchurch
On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink when you meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions for dinner.
Some suggested activities if you have some free time after the sightseeing tour
|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|
Accommodation: Christchurch - 2 Nights
French Settlement of Akaroa
After an introductory city sights tour, enjoy a scenic drive to the historic French Village of Akaroa, with time to wander through the charming galleries and craft stores. This afternoon set off on your Nature Cruise in the hope of spotting the rare Hector’s Dolphin and keep an eye out for penguins and other sea birds.
Following your cruise, return to Christchurch where the evening is free to dine at one of the city’s many restaurants.
TranzAlpine Train to Hokitika
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 before descending through the Otira Tunnel to Moana, on the banks of picturesque Lake Brunner.
Enjoy lunch at Kingfisher Restaurant, before travelling to the Brunner Mine Site, the location of the 1896 mine explosion. This afternoon in the coastal town of Hokitika, you will visit a local gallery, the perfect chance to pick up a gift or souvenir.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hokitika - 1 Night
Hokitika - Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
Today, take in the natural beauty of the Hokitika Gorge on a short walk descending through the hardwood forest that will lead you to a swing bridge which crosses the Hokitika River.
Continue north to Greymouth, home of Monteith’s Brewing Co. where you will sample locally brewed beers over lunch. This afternoon travel along the Great Coast Road to the world-famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes.
Meals: Breakfast, Special Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Punakaiki - 1 Night [from 1 Sept 2023 stay at The Ocean View Retreat - (Beach View Room)]
Punakaiki - Nelson
Journey north along the coast to Tauranga Bay and Cape Foulwind, named by Captain Cook in 1770 when he encountered nasty weather. A short walkalong the rocky headland will showcase the rugged coastline and sea life often on show amongst the rocks. Travel inland via the Buller Gorge and Murchison to Nelson, one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand. This afternoon enjoy an orientation tour of the city followed by a visit to the Nelson Classic Car Museum where you will marvel at an incredible collection of iconic cars.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Nelson - 2 Nights
Abel Tasman - BBQ in Anchorage Bay
Travel to Kaiteriteri, the gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park, and join a cruise along the parks’ picturesque coastline. At Anchorage Bay, a barbeque lunch will be served. Re-join your coach and depart for Nelson via the vineyards.
This evening is free for you to dine at one of the many local restaurants in town.
Meals: Breakfast, Special Lunch
Havelock and Blenheim
Today travel via Havelock and the wine-growing region of Marlborough. Visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, home to one of the largest private collections of WW1 Aircraft, brought to life in sets created by the internationally acclaimed WingNut Films and Weta Workshop.
Head back into town where you will enjoy lunch at a local Blenheim beer garden before a short drive to Cloudy Bay Estate. Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay was one of the original wineries in the region.
Enjoy a personalised tasting experience in the Barrell Room followed by time to wander through the superb manicured grounds and towering gum trees, which will surely be a highlight of your day.
Meals: Breakfast, Special Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Blenheim - 2 Nights
Blenheim – Marlborough Sounds - Blenheim
Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Picton where time is available to explore this picturesque port. Board a luxury vessel at Picton Marina and cruise the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound to Furneaux Lodge whilst enjoying the informative commentary on this stunning region.
At Furneaux Lodge a delicious lunch will be served followed by time to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. There is access to kayaks and short walks around the property. On the return cruise to Picton a cheese platter featuring local produce is served accompanied by a glass of Marlborough wine, which is the perfect end to your Marlborough Sounds adventure.
Board the coach for the short journey back to Blenheim where the evening is free to dine at one of the local restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast, Special Lunch, Dinner (from 1 Sept 2023 Dinner will not be included)
Kaikoura - Serengeti of the Sea
Farewell, the Marlborough region, and journey to Kaikoura to visit the Kaikoura Museum, featuring a dedicated exhibition on the impact of the 2016 earthquake. This afternoon you may like to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the coastline to see the many species of whales that migrate through this area.
Alternative Wildlife Encounters in Kaikoura
|Whale Watching Cruise||Swim with the Seals|
|Whale Watching Flight||Dusky Dolphin Viewing|
|Kayaking with Fur Seals||Pelagic Bird Watching|
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Kaikoura - 1 Night [from 1 Sept 2023 stay at the Sudima Kaikõura (Ocean View Room)]
Christchurch - Garden City
Depart Kaikoura and head to Christchurch to visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new friends.
Meals: Breakfast, Special Dinner
Accommodation: Christchurch - 1 Night
Haere rā and Bon Voyage!
We are sure you will enjoy this 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.
• Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
• TranzAlpine Rail Journey
• Wilderness Gallery Hokitika
• Monteith’s Brewing Co. Tasting
• Nelson Classic Car Museum
• Abel Tasman Guided Walk and Barbecue Cruise*
• Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre*
• Cloudy Bay Estate Wine Tasting
• Queen Charlotte Sound Cruise to Furneaux Lodge
• Kaikõura Museum
• International Antarctic Centre
• City sights tour of Nelson and Christchurch
• Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
• Return airport transfers in New Zealand
• Professional Coach Captain
• 10 nights 4.5 star accommodation
• 3 two night stays
• Hotel porterage
• 1 rail journey
• 3 cruises
• All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
• Optional Tours Programme
• Deluxe Documentation Pack
• 10 cooked breakfasts
• 7 sumptuous dinners including complimentary pre-dinner drink at the Welcome Dinner and 1 specialty dinner: Intimate Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch
• 5 specialty lunches: Kingfisher Restaurant, Lake Brunner; Monteith’s Brewing Co., Greymouth; Abel Tasman BBQ lunch, Abel Tasman National Park; Dodson Street Beer Garden; Blenheim; Furneaux Lodge, Queen Charlotte Sound
• Enjoy GPT Hotel Wine Time (discounted drinks)
Day 1: Dinner not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.
Scenic Highlights and Walks
• Historic French Village of Akaroa
• Lake Brunner
• Brunner Mine Site
• Hokitika Gorge
• Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
• Cape Foulwind walkway
• Buller Gorge
• Seaside town of Kaiteriteri
• Abel Tasman National Park
• Marlborough Wine Region
• Marlborough Sounds
• Coastal town of Kaikõura
FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED
Tour includes a number of short walks of up to 1 hour that require a moderate level of fitness. The walks are scenic and not excessive but can include slight inclines and uneven surfaces. Ensure you feel comfortable with this level of fitness before booking.