Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate New Year
Small group tour escorted from Wellington to Christchurch
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Grand Pacific Ultimate

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate New Year

Begin 2021 in New Zealand's quirky little capital. Home of New Zealand's parliament, "The Beehive" this harbour capital is compact and full of little treasures. After bringing in the new year journey down through the South Island for the rest of your tour. Experience a wine and cheese tasting in Blenheim, possibly spot a seal or whale in Kaikoura, unearth the mysteries of Larnach Castle, and enjoy a multitude of adventure in Queenstown before winding your way back up to Christchurch via the wild west coast. Along the way, you will be spoilt with activities, scrumptious dinners and spectacular scenery. This is one of Grand Pacifics Ultimate Tours and they really are fabulous, business class on wheels.  Only one departure date so reserve your spot today - New Years sorted!

Tour summary and feature

Small group tour escorted

This suggested tour costs from NZD$6,499 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Wellington, finishes in Christchurch

11 days/10 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

 Viewed 18 times in the last 7 days

1 Lunch

All breakfasts

8 dinners

Professional Coach Captain

Larnach Castle Tour and Gardens

Lakes District Museum

Christchurch City Sights tour

Dunedin City Sights tour

Wellington City Sights Tour

Tour at a glance

At a glance - Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate New Year

Day 1: Arrive in Wellington. Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington (or similar)

Day 2: Celebrate the New Year in. Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington (or similar)

Day 3: Cross the Cook Strait to the famous wine growing region of Marlborough. Accommodation: Marlborough Vintners Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: Pass through Kaikoura on your way to Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City (or similar)

Day 5: Reach Dunedin the most southern point of your journey. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (or similar)

Day 6: After a visit to Larnach Castle head to the Fiordland National Park. Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas (or similar)

Day 7: Today take a cruise on Milford Sound, one of New Zealand's natural wonders. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 8: Choose from many sightseeing options in Queenstown or take a day to relax. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 9: Pass through the Southern Alps as you wind your way onto the west coast. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (or similar)

Day 10: Take the train to Christchurch, enjoying spectacular scenery all the way. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City (or similar)

Day 11: Time to say goodbye.

Tour full itinerary

Detailed itinerary: 11 day tour starting in Wellington

Day 1 - Arrive in Wellington

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate New Year - Day 1
Arrive into Wellington

Arrive into Wellington where you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre-dinner drink.

Your accommodation: InterContinental Wellington (or similar)

Stay in modern luxury in the heart of New Zealand’s capital city, adjacent to the scenic harbour. This hotel offers contemporary New Zealand cuisine at three restaurants, including the award-winning Chameleon. An ideal base to explore the business, shopping and cultural centres of Wellington.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 - Celebrate the New Year in

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate New Year - Day 2
New Years Eve in Wellington

Today enjoy the build-up to New Year in the capital. Highlights will be time to explore Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum and enjoying a city tour. This afternoon is free before preparing to see in the New Year with your fellow travellers. So wander the streets, see the boats in the harbour or have a rest in one of the many wonderful cafes or bars. 

Your accommodation: InterContinental Wellington (or similar)

Stay in modern luxury in the heart of New Zealand’s capital city, adjacent to the scenic harbour. This hotel offers contemporary New Zealand cuisine at three restaurants, including the award-winning Chameleon. An ideal base to explore the business, shopping and cultural centres of Wellington.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Cross the Cook Strait to the famous wine growing region of Marlborough

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate New Year - Day 3
Wellington to Blenheim

Board the Interislander Ferry and cruise through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton, board the coach for travel to Blenheim. This afternoon you will be treated to a unique wine and cheese tasting experience, set amongst the wine barrels at Cloudy Bay Estate, one of the original winemakers in the Marlborough region.

Your accommodation: Marlborough Vintners Hotel (or similar)

A luxury resort experience in the heart of the Marlborough's farm vineyards. Open plan well equipped rooms with individual private patios.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Pass through Kaikoura on your way to Christchurch

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate New Year - Day 4
Blenheim to Kaikoura to Christchurch

Tour through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine, then travel to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Continue onto the garden city of Christchurch.

Your accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City (or similar)

This new 5 star boutique hotel is ideally located on Victoria Street amidst an array of cafes, restaurants and bars, and is only a martini olive pips’ throw from beautiful Hagley Park and Christchurch’s CBD. Experience the ‘garden city’ in style with Sudima Christchurch City.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Reach Dunedin the most southern point of your journey

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate New Year - Day 5
Christchurch to Dunedin

Depart Christchurch and travel south through Oamaru, famous for its limestone. In Dunedin enjoy a city tour followed by some free time at leisure.

Your accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (or similar)

Distinction Dunedin Hotel occupies the grand Chief Post Office built in the 1930’s. This art deco inspired building has recently been transformed into a 4 star hotel with elegant décor, set in the heart of the city.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - After a visit to Larnach Castle head to the Fiordland National Park

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate New Year - Day 6
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 Te Anau Hotel & Villas (or similar)

The Te Anau Hotel and Villas offers a range of accommodation from hotel rooms and suites to villas. Ideally located on the lake front the hotel is just a few minutes stroll for the shops, cafes and activities on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Today take a cruise on Milford Sound, one of New Zealand's natural wonders

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate New Year - Day 7
Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a nature 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: 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 8 - Choose from many sightseeing options in Queenstown or take a day to relax

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate New Year - Day 8
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: 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, Speciality Dinner

Day 9 - Pass through the Southern Alps as you wind your way onto the west coast

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate New Year - Day 9
Queenstown to Arrowtown to Franz Josef 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 before continuing to Franz Josef.

Your accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (or similar)

Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Take the train to Christchurch, enjoying spectacular scenery all the way

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate New Year - Day 10
Franz Josef to Arthur's Pass, Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch

Travel to Hokitika, famous for its greenstone then continue to Arthurs Pass where you 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. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with selected beverages and with your new friends.

Your accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City (or similar)

This new 5 star boutique hotel is ideally located on Victoria Street amidst an array of cafes, restaurants and bars, and is only a martini olive pips’ throw from beautiful Hagley Park and Christchurch’s CBD. Experience the ‘garden city’ in style with Sudima Christchurch City.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Day 11 - Time to say goodbye

Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate New Year - Day 11
Depart Christchurch

Time to say goodbye.  After breakfast (included) you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

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