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

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. Along the way, you will be spoilt with activities, scrumptious dinners and spectacular scenery. This is one of Grand Pacific Tours Ultimate Tours and they really are fabulous, business class on wheels.  Only one departure date so reserve your spot today - New Years sorted!

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This Escorted small group tour idea includes:

Complimentary pre-dinner welcome drink

TranzAlpine Train from Arthur's Pass to Christchurch

Te Papa Museum of New Zealand

Introducing Te Papa museum tour

Interislander ferry crossing

Larnach Castle

Real Journeys Milford Sound scenic cruise

TSS Earnslaw cruise & dinner at Walter Peak high country farm, Queenstown

Lakes District Museum

10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners

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Day 1 - Arrive in Wellington
Grand Pacific 11 Day New Year Tour - 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.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Grand Pacific Merchandise

Quality merchandise is great value for money and will provide a special memento of your holiday for years to come. Merchandise items must be ordered at the time of booking and are not available for purchase in New Zealand.

TOUR JACKET
Unisex black waterproof shell jacket with embroidered logos, silver reflective piping, fleece-lined collar, hood, inside mesh lining, adjustable Velcro cuff, front pockets, and inside mobile phone pocket. Compact, lightweight, ideal for touring.

Available in sizes XS to XXXL

TOUR CAP
Black wool blend cap with a pre-curved suede peak, six-panel structure with a fabric Velcro strap, and embroidered logo. One size.

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 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, 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 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
Grand Pacific 11 Day New Year Tour - 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 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
Grand Pacific 11 Day New Year Tour - 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 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
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 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 11 Day New Year Tour - 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 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 11 Day New Year Tour - 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: Distinction Fox Glacier (or similar)

A modern, purpose-built boutique hotel. Distinctions Fox Glacier provides a balance of luxury, privacy and location, while being only a short stroll to Fox Glacier village.

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
Fox 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 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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