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9 Escorted
7 Independent Traveler
7 North Island New Zealand
7 South Island New Zealand
7 Both Islands
Top of the South

8 DAYS Christchurch, Kaikoura, Blenheim, Nelson, Punakaiki, Tranz Alpine Train

Day 1 - ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH
On arrival in Christchurch, 'The Garden City', you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 2 - CHRISTCHURCH / KAIKOURA - WHALE WATCHING
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). 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. This afternoon is at leisure. (B)

Day 4 - BLENHEIM - WINE TASTING / NELSON
Explore the Marlborough Wine Region this morning including a winery visit with tasting before heading through to Havelock Marina. Join the Greenshell Mussell 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. (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 / TRANZ ALPINE TRAIN / CHRISTCHURCH
A short journey today to reach the town of Greymouth. Board the TranzAlpine train 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 - DEPART CHRISTCHURCH
Transfer to the airport for your departing flight. (B)

* This tour is also available on self-drive basis

         
    2017    
    Daily Arrivals Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
    Oct 1, 2016 - Apr 30, 2017 $2,350 $3,695
         
    Hotels    
    Christchurch: Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch, Novotel Christchurch or similar
    Kaikoura: Fairways at Ocean Ridge or similar
    Blenheim: Chateau Marlborough or similar
    Nelson: Rutherford Hotel or similar
    Punakaiki: Punakaiki Resort or similar
Inclusions:
  • Accommodation in First Class hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Meet and Greet and airport transfers by private vehicle
  • Remainder of transportation by seat in coach with English speaking driver/guide.
  • Sightseeing with entry fees as specified in the itinerary
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