Taste of the South Island
Duration: 8 nights escorted tour
Price from: £2999pp
Christchurch 1 night
Omarama 1 night
Dunedin 1 night
Te Anau 1 night
Queenstown 2 nights
Fox Glacier 1 night
Christchurch 1 night
Days 1-2: Fly to Christchurch.
Day 3 Christchurch: On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.
Day 4 Christchurch/Omarama: After a city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. There’s also the chance (time and weather permitting) to take a scenic flight (additional expense) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.
Day 5 Omarama/Dunedin: Travel to 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 there’s a Scottish evening comprising of bagpipes, great food and special Haggis Ceremony.
Day 6 Dunedin/Te Anau: Travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of its tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance before a delicious Devonshire Tea. Continue through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland.
Day 7 Te Anau/Queenstown: Depart for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board a launch and cruise this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you savour a picnic lunch. This afternoon, travel to Queenstown, which overlooks magical Lake Wakatipu and offers a wide range of activities and attractions.
Day 8 Queenstown: At leisure to explore. There are many sightseeing options available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or get up close to a Kiwi bird (all additional expense). 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.
Day 9 Queenstown/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 the township of Fox Glacier. If you like, there is also time (weather permitting) to experience an optional scenic flight over the spectacular glaciers (additional expense).
Day 10 Fox Glacier/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.
Day 11 Christchurch: Your tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Departures: On specific dates. Please ask for details.
Accommodation: 3* PLUS accommodation throughout.
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch is also included on day 7. Dinner is also included on days 3 (unless arriving at hotel after 8pm), 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 10.
Tour price: The price shown for this Grand Pacific Tour includes international flights, return airport transfers, accommodation, sightseeing as outlined, comprehensive document pack and services of a Grand Pacific Coach Captain and Tour Leader.
Itinerary is based on departures between Sep 20-Mar 21. Prior to this date, meals and itinerary may vary.