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Travel dates: 1 February 2022
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Grand Pacific Tours
Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Affordable South Island

The Grand Pacific 9 Day Taste of the South Island tour offers the perfect itinerary to see the best that the south has to offer. Starting and finishing in Christchurch, experience the stunning scenery of the Mackenzie country, visit Dunedin and take in the mountainous beauty of Te Anau and Milford Sound. Head to the adventure capital of Queenstown and the wild West Coast to see glacier country, before returning to Christchurch on board the TranzAlpine train.

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Day 1 - Arrive into Christchurch
Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Affordable South Island - Day 1
Grand Pacific 9 Day Taste of the South Island

The Grand Pacific 9 day Taste of the South Island tour offers the ideal itinerary to see the best that the south has to offer. Starting and finishing in Christchurch experience the scenery of the Mackenzie country, Dunedin, Te Anau and Milford Sound, the adventure capital of Queenstown and the West Coast Glaciers before returning to Christchurch on board the Tranz Alpine train. Great inclusions and great value.

Arrive into Christchurch

Arrive into Christchurch where you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

Your accommodation: Quality Elms Hotel Christchurch (or similar)

The Elms Hotel in Christchurch, is located 5 minutes from the city and is the closest hotel to the largest enclosed Shopping Mall in New Zealand. Renowned for its professional and friendly staff you are guaranteed a pleasant stay.

Meals included: Dinner

Quality Elms Hotel Christchurch (or similar)
Day 2 - Christchurch to Mt Cook to Omarama
Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Affordable South Island - Day 2
Christchurch to 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 travelling to Omarama.

Your accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel (or similar)

Positioned at the crossroads linking north, south, east and west, the Gateway Hotel features a full restaurant and cocktail bar with views of the Southern Alps, the Heritage Gateway Hotel has everything you need to rest and refresh.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Heritage Gateway Hotel (or similar)
Day 3 - Omarama to Dunedin
Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Affordable South Island - Day 3
Omarama to 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.

Your accommodation: Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge (or similar)

Nestled in landscaped Gardens the Mercure Leisure Lodge Dunedin is just a short drive from the central city and adjacent to the Botanical Gardens.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge (or similar)
Day 4 - Dunedin to Te Anau
Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Affordable South Island - Day 4
Dunedin to 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).

Your accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau (or similar)

The perfect base for all your Fiordland travel, Distinction Luxmore Hotel provides comfortable accommodation right in the heart of Te Anau.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau (or similar)
Day 5 - Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown
Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Affordable South Island - Day 5
Te Anau to Milford Sound to 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.

Your accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)
Day 6 - Free day to enjoy Queenstown
Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Affordable South Island - Day 6
Queenstown free day with TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Dinner

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown with many optional activities available. 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.

Your accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)
Day 7 - Queenstown to Arrowtown to Fox Glacier
Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Affordable South Island - Day 7
Queenstown to Arrowtown to Fox Glacier

Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village and 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 to Fox Glacier Time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (or similar)

The Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier is nestled at the base of the majestic Southern Alps in the Westland World Heritage Park. Originally built in 1928 it has been refurbished to retain its charming atmosphere.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (or similar)
Day 8 - Fox Glacier to Arthurs Pass to Christchurch
Grand Pacific Tours 9 Day Affordable South Island - Day 8
Fox Glacier to Arthur's Pass, Tranz Alpine train to 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.

Your accommodation: Quality Elms Hotel Christchurch (or similar)

The Elms Hotel in Christchurch, is located 5 minutes from the city and is the closest hotel to the largest enclosed Shopping Mall in New Zealand. Renowned for its professional and friendly staff you are guaranteed a pleasant stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Quality Elms Hotel Christchurch (or similar)
Day 9 - Depart Christchurch today
Depart Christchurch

After breakfast (included) your tour concludes this morning. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.