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10 Day South Island Spectacular Coach Tour

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Overview

10 Day South Island Spectacular Coach TourThe 10 day South Island Spectacular fully escorted coach tour showcases nature’s best in the majestic south. Starting the trip in Christchurch, you board the world-renowned TranzAlpine that takes you through massive viaducts, beautiful river valleys, and the scenic Arthur’s Pass. You will visit Franz Josef where you can experience a memorable scenic flight over the breathtaking glaciers.

You journey on along the west coast until you reach Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital. Situated on the shores of the dream-like Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is definitely everyone’s favourite town. You will have some free time here so, you can choose how you want to spend your time – a jetboating experience, a tour to the scenic Skippers Canyon, or if you’re feeling a bit adventurous you can try bungy jumping, skydiving, and so much more!

From Queenstown, you will travel on to Te Anau. The following morning, a coach will take you to Milford Wharf where you begin your cruise on the stunning Milford Sound. From Te Anau, you will visit Dunedin, home to attractions and places of great historical importance. You will also visit Mount Cook, the country’s highest peak and stop at Lake Tekapo before you head back to Christchurch where your tour concludes.

 

South Island Spectacular Coach Tour

Punting on Avon River, Christchurch

South Island Spectacular Coach Tour

Cherry Blossoms, Christchurch

South Island Spectacular Coach Tour

TranzAlpine Train

South Island Spectacular Coach Tour

Hokitika town

South Island Spectacular Coach Tour

Scenic flight with snow landing, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers

South Island Spectacular Coach Tour

Shotover Jet, Queenstown

South Island Spectacular Coach Tour

TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

South Island Spectacular Coach Tour

Milford Sound Nature Cruise

South Island Spectacular Coach Tour

Larnach Castle, Dunedin

South Island Spectacular Coach Tour

Dunedin Railway

South Island Spectacular Coach Tour

Mount Cook and Lake Pukaki

South Island Spectacular Coach Tour

Business class coach

Itinerary

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Day 1Arrive Christchurch (D)

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

Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

Day 2Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Franz Josef (B,D)

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

Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

Day 3Franz Josef - Queenstown (B)

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. 

Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (Lakeview Rooms. 2 nights)

Day 4Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD)

Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain & Tour Guide are available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon or to get up close to a Kiwi bird.

This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you 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 5Queenstown - Te Anau (B,D)

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 Fiordland. Tonight after dinner you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). 

Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Rooms. 2 nights)

Day 6Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau (B,L,D)

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 onboard. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. You may like to visit the Fiordland Cinema, specially constructed to screen the locally filmed movie Ata Whenua - Shadowland which will take you on an unforgettable journey (optional).

Day 7Te Anau - Dunedin (B,SD)

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ and enjoy an informative city tour. Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift. 
Hotel Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 8Dunedin - Mt Cook - Twizel (B,D)

Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you continue to marvel at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Travel to Twizel for your overnight stay. 

Hotel MacKenzie Country Hotel 

Day 9Twizel - Christchurch (B,SD)

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 for an informative city tour. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends. 

Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

Day 10Depart Christchurch (B)

Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

Cost per person twin share in Australian Dollars

September 2017 - May 2018
Land Only AU$3,419
Single Supplement AU$990
September 2018 - May 2019    
Land Only AU$3,599
Single Supplement AU$1,090
Extra nights accommodation Pre/Post Tour
City  Twin Share Single
Christchurch  AU$120 AU$240
Extra night rates are per person in Australian Dollars, based on room only. 

* Please Note*

Prices are correct at time of printing, but are subject to exchange rate variations and component price changes.

Payment

  • Deposit: $200 per person on booking
  • Full Payment: 60 Days before travel
  • Airfares (if applicable): Paid in full on booking

Cancellation Charges

  • 60 days or more prior to departure, loss of deposit plus the cost of the airline ticket if issued.
  • Between 7 and 59 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour package price.
  • Less than 7 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour package price.

If a traveller wishes to cancel their existing booking and transfer to a new departure date, the above cancellation fees still apply.

Itinerary

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Day 1Arrive Christchurch (D)

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

Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

Day 2Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Franz Josef (B,D)

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

Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

Day 3Franz Josef - Queenstown (B)

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. 

Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (Lakeview Rooms. 2 nights)

Day 4Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD)

Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain & Tour Guide are available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon or to get up close to a Kiwi bird.

This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you 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 5Queenstown - Te Anau (B,D)

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 Fiordland. Tonight after dinner you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). 

Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Rooms. 2 nights)

Day 6Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau (B,L,D)

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 onboard. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. You may like to visit the Fiordland Cinema, specially constructed to screen the locally filmed movie Ata Whenua - Shadowland which will take you on an unforgettable journey (optional).

Day 7Te Anau - Dunedin (B,SD)

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ and enjoy an informative city tour. Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift. 
Hotel Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 8Dunedin - Mt Cook - Twizel (B,D)

Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you continue to marvel at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Travel to Twizel for your overnight stay. 

Hotel MacKenzie Country Hotel 

Day 9Twizel - Christchurch (B,SD)

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 for an informative city tour. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends. 

Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

Day 10Depart Christchurch (B)

Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

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