11 Day Ultimate South Island Christmas

Starting From NZD $6,831
Map
We Tour NZ > Tours > 11 Day Ultimate South Island Christmas

Celebrate the festive season Kiwi style. Witness New Zealand’s spectacular scenery and unique attractions on this NZ Christmas tour. On Christmas Day celebrate with a gourmet meal and all the trimmings; enjoy delicious food, spend time with new friends and create unique memories.  A maximum of 20 travellers in Business Class seats on a full-size coach.

Tour Highlights

  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • 2 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Intimate Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch
  • 1 Ultimate High Tea: Larnach Castle

Tour Itinerary

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner

1
Arrive Christchurch (D)
Day 1
Arrive Christchurch (D)
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 as you meet your travelling companions.
Sudima Hotel Christchurch City
A boutique hotel located right in the cafe, restaurant and bar precinct of Christchurch
Read more
2
Christchurch (B)
Day 2
Christchurch (B)
This morning visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. Feel the chill of the Antarctic storm room, take a ride on the Hagglund all-terrain vehicle, see the little blue penguins and be astonished within the immersive 4D theatre. This is followed by a city tour of Christchurch. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure to explore further.
Sudima Hotel Christchurch City
A boutique hotel located right in the cafe, restaurant and bar precinct of Christchurch
Read more
3
Christchurch - Mount Cook (B, D)
Day 3
Christchurch - Mount Cook (B, D)
Travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps.
The Hermitage Hotel
A unique and breathtaking location right in the heart of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
Read more
4
Mount Cook - Dunedin (B, D)
Day 4
Mount Cook - Dunedin (B, D)
Depart Mt Cook and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city tour followed by some free time. Optional activities to consider include a wildlife excursion or a guided tour of Olveston Historic Home, containing a wealth of treasures of a bygone era.
Distinction Dunedin Hotel
In the centre of the city, a 1937 building transformed into an elegant hotel.
Read more
5
Dunedin - Te Anau (B, D)
Day 5
Dunedin - Te Anau (B, D)
This morning, 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 around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. 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 Glowworm Caves (optional) or the Fiordland Cinema, specially constructed to screen the locally filmed movie Ata Whenua - Shadowland which will take you on an unforgettable journey (optional).
Distinction Hotel Te Anau Hotel & Villas
Located on the Te Anau lake front, a short stroll from the Te Anau town centre.
Read more
6
Te Anau - Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise (B, L, D)
Day 6
Te Anau - Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise (B, L, D)
A leisurely start today before travelling to Manapouri. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you cruise across this glacial lake. After a short ride over the Wilmot Pass, join the Fiordland Navigator for an amazing overnight experience. As you cruise through the pristine beauty of Doubtful Sound, naturalist guides will provide commentary and point out the resident wildlife. When evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet prepared by the onboard chef.
Fiordland Navigator - Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
Your overnight cruise vessel on the sounds.
Read more
7
Te Anau - Queenstown - Christmas Day (B, D)
Day 7
Te Anau - Queenstown - Christmas Day (B, D)
Merry Christmas! Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri. Return to the wharf and meet your Ultimate Coach for the journey to Queenstown, a year-round resort, situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening dinner will be at your hotel.
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Only a short downhill walk into central Queenstown.
Read more
8
Queenstown Free Day (B, SD)
Day 8
Queenstown Free Day (B, SD)
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, a heritage tour to 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.
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Only a short downhill walk into central Queenstown.
Read more
9
Queenstown - Franz Josef (B, D)
Day 9
Queenstown - Franz Josef (B, D)
Travel to Arrowtown, an old goldmining village and 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. Continue to Franz Josef where time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers before arriving at your hotel.
Te Waonui Forest Retreat
A great example of sustainable accommodation in Franz Josef and near to the glacier and natural wonders of this region.
Read more
10
Franz Josef - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch (B, SD)
Day 10
Franz Josef - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch (B, SD)
Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to Arthur’s Pass and 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 enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new friends. **Accommodation Note: The George Hotel if touring before 30 April 2023 or Sudima Christchurch City Hotel if touring from 01 May 2023 onwards.
The George
Set across the road from Hagley Park and a 10 minute walk from the city centre.
Read more
Sudima Hotel Christchurch City
A boutique hotel located right in the cafe, restaurant and bar precinct of Christchurch
Read more
11
Depart Christchurch (B)
Day 11
Depart Christchurch (B)
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

Inclusions

Attractions Included

  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Larnach Castle*
  • HIGHLIGHT Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • City Sights tour of Christchurch and Dunedin
    *Guided tour.

Highlight Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

  • Cruise on a traditionally designed vessel
  • Cabins with private ensuite
  • Superb evening carvery buffet prepared freshly by an onboard chef
  • Cooked breakfast
  • Tender craft and kayaking activities
  • Knowledgeable nature guide
  • Relaxation time allowing you to view the fiords spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife

Coach Features

  • 20 Business Class seats on a full-size coach
  • 2 door access; dedicated seat side storage with tray table; cup holder
  • Restroom; daily onboard Wi-Fi allowance

Experiences Included

  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 9 nights 4.5 star accommodation
  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • 2 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 rail journey
  • 1 cruise
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Extensive Optional Tours Programme
  • Deluxe Documentation Pack

Meals Included

  • 10 cooked breakfasts
  • 9 sumptuous dinners including Complimentary pre-dinner drink at the Welcome Dinner and 2 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Intimate Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch
  • 1 picnic lunch: Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • 1 Ultimate High Tea: Larnach Castle
  • Enjoy GPT Wine Time (discounted drinks)
    Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

 

Visited Locations

  • Christchurch
    Christchurch is an fascinating city to explore. It was once a historic garden city. Since the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes it has turned into a fascinating city of regeneration and growth.
    Read more
  • Aoraki Mount Cook
    Aoraki / Mount Cook, standing at 3,724 metres, is the highest mountain in New Zealand. It is  located within Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.
    Read more
  • Dunedin
    Known as the 'Edinburgh of the South', Dunedin is a city that wears its Scottish heritage with pride. The small city boasts some eye-catching architecture and is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere.
    Read more
  • Te Anau
    A two hour drive from Queenstown, Te Anau is a Southland town. A pretty lakeside town, it’s known as a gateway to Fiordland National Park.
    Read more
  • Doubtful Sound
    Doubtful Sound is a fjord in Fiordland, in the far south west of New Zealand. More remote than the more famous Milford Sound it offers untouched wilderness. The deepest (421 metres) and second longest (40 kilometres) of the South Island's fiords, it is accessed from Lake Manapouri. 
    Read more
  • Queenstown
    Queenstown is a stunning resort town, renowned for its beauty and wealth of adventure activities, it sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Southern Alps mountains, Queenstown is also a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns.
    Read more
  • Franz Josef
    Franz Josef is the name of both the glacier and the nearby village. The small but lively Franz Josef Waiau village is surrounded by lush rainforest with the high snow-capped Alps rising above it.
    Read more
  • Arthur’s Pass
    A small alpine village of Arthur's Pass is located between Canterbury and the West Coast of the South Island. Climbing to more than 900 metres through Arthur's Pass National Park, it is the highest and most spectacular pass across the Southern Alps.
    Read more

Attractions

  • City sights tour of Christchurch and Dunedin
  • International Antarctic Centre
    The International Antarctic Centre transports a slice of this astounding continent to Christchurch. A range of immersive experiences allow everyday visitors to see, touch, feel and fall in love with Antarctica.
    Read more
  • Larnach Castle
    Situated on the picturesque Otago Peninsula, a short distance from Dunedin, Larnach Castle is one of New Zealand’s premier visitor attractions. It took more than 200 workmen three years to build the Castle shell. Then master European craftsmen spent a further 12 years embellishing the interior.
    Read more
  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
    Get set to enjoy the ultimate Doubtful Sound experience with this overnight cruise in an unspoiled, unmatched and unforgettable place.
    Read more
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
    The TSS Earnslaw offers one of the best ways to see Queenstown’s surrounding landscape. Cruise across Lake Whakatipu aboard the iconic century-old coal-fired steamship taking in the views at a leisurely pace.
    Read more
  • Lakes District Museum
    Arrowtown's Lakes District Museum was established in 1948 as a Centennial of Otago project. Appropriately set in the former gold mining town, the museum started life in the billiard rooms of the Ballarat Hotel. It then shifted to the current home, the former Bank of New Zealand building, in 1955.
    Read more
  • Tranzalpine Rail Journey
    Enjoy a very special view of the South Island’s striking natural landscape. Take the Tranz Alpine train between Christchurch and Greymouth. See epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest.
    Read more

Available Dates

Dates Price per person
Available
19 Dec 2024 - 29 Dec 2024 Guaranteed Departure $6,831.20$9,039.20
11 Day Ultimate South Island Christmas
Days
11
Price from
NZD $6,831 per person twin share
Save an additional NZ$200 per person if you book by 30 April 2024!