Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate New Year
Wellington to Christchurch
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Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate New Year

The tour starts 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.

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Small group tour escorted

This suggested tour costs from NZD$6,325 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

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Tour Inclusions

Complimentary pre-dinner welcome drink
Cloudy Bay Estate wine tasting
Dunedin City Tour
Lakes District Museum
10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners, 2 special dinners
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Day 1: Arrive in Wellington
Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington (or similar)

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

Day 3: Cross the Cook Strait to the famous wine growing region of Marlborough
Accommodation: Sudima Kaikoura (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

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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, enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink as you meet your travelling companions.

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

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Reboard your Ultimate coach for an extensive city tour which showcases the history and culture on show. This afternoon is free before preparing to see in the New Year with your fellow travellers.

Gallipoli: The Scale of our War Exhibit

This one of a kind exhibition depicts the story of 8 ordinary New Zealanders who found themselves in unusual circumstances. The sculptures are captured at 2.4 times human scale, they are breathtaking and took 24,000 hours to create!
Technology was also used to create 3-D maps and projections, miniatures, models, dioramas, and a range of interactive experiences that bring New Zealand’s Gallipoli story to life.

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 Picton to Kaikoura

This morning board the Interislander Ferry and enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Board your Ultimate Coach for the short journey to Blenheim, where you will experience a unique wine and cheese tasting at Cloudy Bay Estate, one of the original winemakers in the Marlborough region. Continue south to Kaikōura.

Your accommodation: Sudima Kaikoura (or similar)

Located within easy reach of Kaikoura's restaurants, bars, shops and activities this newly built accommodation will give you walking distance access to everything that's happening in Kaikoura. Every room has fabulous views of either the mountain or sea.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Pass through Kaikoura on your way to Christchurch
Grand Pacific Tours 11 Day Ultimate New Year - Day 4
Kaikoura to Christchurch

This morning enjoy a leisurely start in this seaside village, where the mountains meet the sea. Kaikōura is renowned as one of the best places to see Sperm whales and other marine mammals. There is an opportunity to take a scenic flight to view the year-round population of Sperm whales (optional, weather permitting). 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. You might be interested in a tour of the Speight’s Brewery (optional) or the chance to see local wildlife in their natural habitat (optional)

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. Today 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 cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy 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 at leisure, you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Milford Sound Cruise from Te Anau

Return luxury coach transport from Te Anau to Milford Sound, with a 1 hour 40 minute cruise along the full length of the fiord. On boarding a ReaNZ luxury glass-roofed coach in Te Anau, you will enjoy a relaxing trip along the spectacular Milford Road through impressive, awe-inspiring scenery. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. Friendly coach drivers provide detailed commentary throughout the trip. On reaching Milford Sound, you board the modern, spacious vessel for a leisurely cruise in the fiord. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and the wildlife. During the cruise your friendly crew provides commentary and will point out the sights such as Mitre Peak and the Pembroke Glacier.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

The 4 star deluxe Millennium 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. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride or a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon. 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.

TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour

Enjoy a quintessential Kiwi experience – a delicious gourmet BBQ buffet meal and a farm demonstration in a stunning lakeside setting.
Take in the stunning views of Lake Wakatipu and its surroundings as you cruise across the lake to the historic Walter Peak high country farm aboard the TSS Earnslaw Steamship.
Enjoy the ambiance of the heart of the stately homestead while your Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant chef prepares a gourmet BBQ dinner. Your seasonal menu includes an extensive selection of local New Zealand produce, including succulent meats and a selection of delicious vegetables and salads. Complete your meal with your choice of delicious desserts, New Zealand cheeses, tea and coffee.
After dinner, watch the farm dogs in action with a sheep-herding demonstration and say hello to the other farm animals. Finally, cruise home under the southern stars and enjoy the fresh night air as the lights of Queenstown draw ever closer.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

The 4 star deluxe Millennium 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 Fox Glacier

Travel to Arrowtown, an old goldmining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the 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. Next you visit Franz Josef, where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers before arriving at your hotel for your overnight stay.

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
Fox to Arthur's Pass, TranzAlpine train to Christchurch

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory before arriving at Arthur’s 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. On arrival into the elegant city of Christchurch, your Ultimate Coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. This evening reminisce on the memories shared with your new friends at the farewell dinner which includes selected beverages.

TranzAlpine Scenic Train: Arthur's Pass to Christchurch

From Arthur's Pass, the train slowly descends through spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. It then crosses the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, the South Island's largest city which is also known as the Garden City. Enjoy the Garden City's many attractions which include Ferrymead Heritage Park, the International Antarctic Centre, Ko Tane Maori and Cultural experience, Christchurch Casino, punting on the Avon River, the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and so much more.

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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