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Grand Pacific 11 Day New Year Tour
11 day Escorted small group starting in Wellington
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Grand Pacific 11 Day New Year Tour

Starting in the "quirky" capital, Wellington you'll meet your travel companions and begin your journey south towards Christchurch. Take in the sights, drink the wine, eat the cheese, uncover the mysteries of Larnach Castle and maybe even spot a seal a great journey to help you celebrate the start of 2021.

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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, 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 and adjacent to the scenic harbour. This famous Wellington hotel offers contemporary New Zealand cuisine at three restaurants, including the award-winning Chameleon. The hotel is the ideal base to explore the business, shopping and cultural centres of Wellington.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 - Celebrate the New Year in
Grand Pacific 11 Day New Year Tour - 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 and adjacent to the scenic harbour. This famous Wellington hotel offers contemporary New Zealand cuisine at three restaurants, including the award-winning Chameleon. The hotel is the 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 11 Day New Year Tour - 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
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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 brand 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 11 Day New Year Tour - 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
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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. 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 11 Day New Year Tour - 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
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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 11 Day New Year Tour - 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 11 Day New Year Tour - 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 brand 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 11 Day New Year Tour - 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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