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

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$6,219 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
TranzAlpine Train from Arthur's Pass to Christchurch
Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
Introducing Te Papa museum tour
Cloudy Bay Estate wine tasting
Larnach Castle
Milford Sound Cruise and Lunch
TSS Earnslaw cruise & dinner at Walter Peak high country farm, Queenstown
Lakes District Museum
10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners, 2 special dinners
Tour at a glance

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 Luxmore (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
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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
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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 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 set amongst the wine barrels 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
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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
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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
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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 Luxmore (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

Day 7 - Today take a cruise on Milford Sound, one of New Zealand's natural wonders
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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: 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 to explore Queenstown. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader will assist with the many optional activities available. 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 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 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 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).

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, Tranz Alpine 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.

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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