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Top of the South
8 Days

ITINERARY

8 Days: Christchurch, Kaikoura, Blenheim, Nelson, Punakaiki, Tranz Alpine Train

Tour Overview:
Experience the best of New Zealand’s South Island with this carefully designed itinerary. After arriving in Christchurch, travel towards the coast for Kaikoura, a town steeped in Maori history, where you also get the opportunity to see the magnificent Sperm Whale as well as Fur Seals and Royal Albatross. Depart for Blemheim, NZ’s most famous Marlborough wine region. Once you satiated your palette after wine tastings in Marlborough and Nelson, the TranzAlpine train ride awaits you, regarded as one of the world’s most scenic train journeys.

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


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

Departs - Daily
2021
Scheduled Departures Double Single
Apr 11 - Apr 18 2650 3775
Apr 25 - May 02 2650 3775
May 09 - May 16 2550 3525
May 23 - May 30 2550 3525
Jun 06 - Jun 13 2550 3525
Jun 20 - Jun 27 2550 3525
Jul 04 - Jul 11 2550 3525
Jul 18 - Jul 25 2550 3525
Aug 01 - Aug 08 2550 3525
Aug 15 - Aug 22 2550 3525
Aug 29 - Sep 05 2550 3525
Sep 05 - Sep 12 2550 3525
* Minimum 2 passengers
* It is possible to depart on this program on any day.
* Single travelling alone price is available upon request.
* Supplements may apply for special events and holidays.
* The accommodation will be provided in the below hotel or similar in case the priority hotel is unable to accommodate the booking.
Accommodation:
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

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions & Highlights

    • 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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