New Zealand Top of the South Tour

CHRISTCHURCH - KAIKOURA - BLENHEIM - NELSON - PUNAKAIKI

Note

rates in US dollars
based on Twin sharing

Validity

valid until September 2019

Destinations

Christchurch, Kaikoura, Blenheim, Nelson, Punakaiki

PLACES OF INTEREST

Kaikoura is a coastal town on the South Island of New Zealand. It’s known for its abundant wildlife and its sperm whale population. The Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway winds from the town centre to lookout points at Point Kean. Close by, the rock platforms are home to a colony of New Zealand fur seals.

Blenheim is a town on New Zealand’s South Island. It’s known as a gateway to the wineries of the Wairau Valley to the west. In town, the Marlborough Museum chronicles the development of winemaking, plus early Polynesian settlement of the region. The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre houses filmmaker Peter Jackson’s collection of World War I aircraft, displayed in sets re-creating their flight history.

Nelson is a city on the South Island of New Zealand, facing Tasman Bay. It’s known for local arts and crafts stores, and art galleries. It’s also a popular base for nearby caving sites, vineyards and Abel Tasman National Park.

01 Oct 18 – 30 Apr 19

 

Twin Sharing: USD2,295 / person

Single: USD3,468 / person

01 May 19 – 30 Sep 19

 

Twin Sharing: USD2,066 / person

Single: USD3,095 / person

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation in Standard Hotels

  • Daily breakfast at all hotels

  • Meals as stated in the itinerary

  • All sightseeing entry fees included (as mentioned in the itinerary)

  • Round trip seat-in-coach airport transfers

 

* Daily departures, no minimum number of passengers

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH

On arrival in Christchurch, ‘The Garden City’, seat in coach passengers will be met by our local representative and privately transferred to your hotel.

DAY 2 - CHRISTCHURCH - KAIKOURA

Travel through North Canterbury before turning towards the coast and arriving in Kaikoura, a town steeped in Maori history and legend. Enjoy a Whale Watch experience by boat (weather permitting – tomorrow early morning is the alternative cruise time). You will have the opportunity to view the magnificent Sperm Whale as well as New Zealand’s own tiny Hectors Dolphin, Fur Seals and Royal Albatross. (B)

DAY 3 - KAIKOURA - BLENHEIM

A leisurely start this morning before you continue north to Blenheim, the centre of the Marlborough region and New Zealand’s most famous wine growing area. Afternoon is at leisure. (B)

DAY 4 - BLENHEIM - NELSON

Explore the Marlborough Wine Region this morning including a winery visit with tasting before heading through to Havelock Marina. Join the Greenshell Mussel Cruise this afternoon on the Marlborough Sounds before continuing by road through to Nelson. (B)

DAY 5 - NELSON

At leisure to enjoy Nelson. Optional activities include a day excursion to Abel Tasman National Park or enjoy a visit to one of the many wineries in the region. Optional activities not included in the tour price. (B)

DAY 6 - NELSON - PUNAKAIKI

Travel across hill country today through the Buller Gorge to Westport and down the coast to the famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. (B)

DAY 7 - PUNAKAIKI - GREYMOUTH - CHRISTCHURCH

A short journey today to reach the town of Greymouth. Board the Tranz Alpine train (seat in coach passengers only) and travel through the rainforest of the West Coast to reach Arthur’s Pass National Park and the Southern Alps, before descending through the rugged gorges of the Waimakariri and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. (B)

DAY 8 - DEPARTURE DAY

Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer. We trust you enjoyed your vacation! (B)

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