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Grand Pacific Tours 10 Day Signature South Island Christmas

Enjoy Christmas this year with like-minded travellers as you explore New Zealand's beautiful South Island. Starting in Christchurch you will travel on the famous TranzAlpine Scenic railway before settling in Queenstown for a Christmas celebration like no other, onboard the TSS Earnslaw. Finish your 10-day tour with a cruise on Milford and a night in the enchanting Mt Cook National Park.

Tour summary and feature

Escorted coach tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$4,795 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch

10 days/9 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

 Viewed 5 times in the last 7 days

Knowledgeable driver guide

All breakfasts

8 dinners

2 Lunches

Larnach Castle Tour and Gardens

Lakes District Museum

Dunedin City Sights tour

Christchurch City Sights tour

Christchurch Tram

Tour at a glance

At a glance - Grand Pacific Tours 10 Day Signature South Island Christmas

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch to meet your fellow travellers. Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 2: Free day to explore Christchurch. Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 3: Enjoy a trip on the TranzAlpine Scenic Train. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (or similar)

Day 4: Franz Josef to Quenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 5: Christmas Day!. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 6: Head to Fiordland National Park and see the stunning Milford Sound. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau (or similar)

Day 7: Te Anau to Dunedin. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (or similar)

Day 8: Head up past Mt Cook on your way to Twizel. Accommodation: MacKenzie Country Hotel (or similar)

Day 9: Reach your final destination, Christchurch. Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

Day 10: Bid farewell to your travel companions.

Tour full itinerary

Detailed itinerary: 10 day tour starting in Christchurch

Day 1 - Arrive into Christchurch to meet your fellow travellers

Grand Pacific Tours 10 Day Signature South Island Christmas - Day 1
Arrive into 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.

Your accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square and ideally positioned only a few minutes' walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 - Free day to explore Christchurch

Grand Pacific Tours 10 Day Signature South Island Christmas - Day 2
Christchurch

Today is a free day to explore Christchurch. Enjoy a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at leisure, one of Christchurch's leading attractions.

Your accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square and ideally positioned only a few minutes' walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Enjoy a trip on the TranzAlpine Scenic Train

Grand Pacific Tours 10 Day Signature South Island Christmas - Day 3
Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier

This morning board the TranzAlpine, 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 arriving at Franz Josef where time is  available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (or similar)

Located in the heart of Franz Josef Village the hotel offers all the amenities you would expect and is close to the shops, restaurants and activities on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Franz Josef to Quenstown

Grand Pacific Tours 10 Day Signature South Island Christmas - Day 4
Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty. At Arrowtown, an old gold mining village, visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to picturesque Queenstown, situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year-round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Christmas Day!

Grand Pacific Tours 10 Day Signature South Island Christmas - Day 5
Christmas Day in Queenstown

Merry Christmas! Today board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Enjoy a gourmet Christmas lunch and the best of NZ's high-country cuisine in the Colonel's Homestead. Reboard the TSS Earnslaw and enjoy a sing-along by the piano on your return cruise to Queenstown. This evening is free to dine at leisure.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 - Head to Fiordland National Park and see the stunning Milford Sound

Grand Pacific Tours 10 Day Signature South Island Christmas - Day 6
Queenstown to Te Anau (incl Milford)

This morning travel to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Enjoy 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 might like to cap off your Fiordland experience by watching the breathtaking film, Ata Whenua - Shadowland, which screens at the Fiordland Cinema (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, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Te Anau to Dunedin

Grand Pacific Tours 10 Day Signature South Island Christmas - Day 7
Te Anau to Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin, famous for its stunning Edwardian and Victorian architecture dating back to the gold rush of the 1800s. Today Dunedin is New Zealand's oldest university city.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (or similar)

The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation and is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Just a short walk to the Octagon, Railway Station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago University.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Head up past Mt Cook on your way to Twizel

Grand Pacific Tours 10 Day Signature South Island Christmas - Day 8
GP Dunedin to Twizel

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone, then 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.

Your accommodation: MacKenzie Country Hotel (or similar)

Located in the heart of the Mackenzie region the hotel's natural stone architecture complements the mountains and rivers of New Zealand's Southern Alps.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Reach your final destination, Christchurch

Grand Pacific Tours 10 Day Signature South Island Christmas - Day 9
Twizel to Lake Tekapo to Christchurch

This morning you 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. A tour of the city and some free time to explore before a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Your accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square and ideally positioned only a few minutes' walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Day 10 - Bid farewell to your travel companions

Grand Pacific Tours 10 Day Signature South Island Christmas - Day 10
Depart Christchurch

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

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