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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

Untitled Spreadsheet
  2019-20        
  Daily Arrivals Dbl Occ Sgl Occ        
  Oct 1, 2018 to Apr 30, 2019 CAD 3,244 CAD 5,219  
  May 1, 2019 to Sep 30, 2019 CAD 3,031 CAD 4,719      
  Oct 1, 2019 to Apr 30, 2020 CAD 3,313 CAD 5,281      
             
  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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