Top of the South Tour

Price per person:

$3,995.00

(Single costs are available on request)

12 Days-With Tour Leader Pam Tothill


Enjoy the scenic splendour of the Top of the South Island featuring Christchurch, Akaroa, the spectacular TranzAlpine rail journey through the Southern Alps, the West Coast, Lake Rotoiti, Nelson, Golden Bay, Farewell Spit, Blenheim, Hanmer Springs and much more...

Tour Departs: 19-Mar-2021
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INCLUDED IN YOUR TOUR COST
  • Home pickup and return within the Auckland metropolitan area (if applicable).
  • Services of Travelwise Holidays Tour Leader throughout.
  • Return airfare Auckland/Christchurch flying Air New Zealand.
  • Scenic rail travel aboard the TranzAlpine Rail service from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass.
  • All coach touring and sightseeing as indicated.
  • Quality hotel accommodation throughout, on a share twin basis.
  • All dinners and cooked breakfasts plus one lunch. 
  • All sightseeing excursions and admission costs.

 

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ITINERARY

FRI 19 MAR - AUCKLAND/ CHRISTCHURCH  (D)     

Fly Air New Zealand, depart 11.30 am, arrive 12.55 pm. On arrival visit Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.  Stay Pavilions Hotel (2 nights).

SAT 20 MAR - AKAROA DAY EXCURSION  (B,D)

Sightseeing tour to Akaroa including 2 hour harbour cruise.

SUN 21 MAR - CHRISTCHURCH/ ARTHURS PASS/ GREYMOUTH  (B,D)

TranzAlpine Rail to Arthurs Pass, coach to Greymouth.  Stay Ashley Hotel Greymouth  (2 nights).

MON 22 MAR - HOKITIKA EXCURSION  (B,D)

Travel to Hokitika for sightseeing.  Visit Shantytown en route.

TUE 23 MAR- GREYMOUTH/ PUNAKAIKI/ ST ARNAUD  (B,D)

Travel from Greymouth to St. Arnaud, Lake Rotoiti.  Visit the famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Punakaiki en route.  Stay Alpine Lodge St. Arnaud (1 night).

WED 24 MAR – ST ARNAUD/ NELSON  (B,D)

Travel via Golden Downs.  Stay Hotel Nelson (3 nights).

THU 25 MAR - KAITERITERI/ GOLDEN BAY SIGHTSEEING  (B,D)

Visit Motueka, Kaiteriteri, Abel Tasman National Park, Golden Bay, Pupu Springs & Collingwood.  View Farewell Spit.

 

FRI 26 MAR - NELSON SIGHTSEEING  (B,D)

This morning enjoy a city sightseeing tour including Nelson Classic Car Museum & Founders Heritage Park. Afternoon is at leisure.

SAT 27 MAR - NELSON/ BLENHEIM  (B,D)

This morning visit the local ‘Saturday Market’ followed by drive via Queen Charlotte Drive to Picton and Blenheim.  Ride on the narrow gauge Riverside Railway and visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, Blenheim.  Stay Scenic Hotel Marlborough (1 night).

SUN 28 MAR - BLENHEIM/ HANMER SPRINGS  (B,D)

This morning travel to Hanmer Springs.  This afternoon at leisure.  Stay Hanmer Springs Retreat (1 night).

MON 29 MAR - HANMER SPRINGS/ CHRISTCHURCH  (B,L,D)

En route visit Patoa ‘Free Range’ Pig Farm for guided drive through tour and ‘Karetu Downs’ Country Sheep Farm North Canterbury (includes ‘light’ lunch).  Stay Pavilions Hotel (1 night).

TUE 30 MAR - CHRISTCHURCH/ AUCKLAND  (B)

Morning at leisure in Christchurch.  Transfer to Christchurch Airport.   Fly Air New Zealand, depart      2.00 pm, arrive Auckland 3.25 pm.

 

Key: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner


   

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Office hours are 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday. An answer phone takes care of calls after hours and during the weekends.

Phone Toll Free

0800 11 60 60

Phone Within Auckland

(09) 414 4488