Day 1: Auckland– Blenheim (D)
Today we are transferred to Auckland Airport to join our flight to beautiful Blenheim. On arrival we are taken to our central hotel and time to freshen up before joining our Tour Manager for dinner.
Day 2: Coastal Pacific Train (B)
A relaxing morning before we join the Coastal Pacific train and enjoy the astonishingly beautiful scenery as we travel breathtakingly close to the Pacific Ocean. With the sea stretching up to the Horizon in the East and the Kaikoura mountains in the west you will have your camera out the whole time!. As our train doesn’t arrive into Christchurch until 8.30p.m. please purchase your dinner on board the train. On arrival in Christchurch we are met and taken to our central hotel.
Day 3: Christchurch sights (BSD)
This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of this beautiful “garden city”. Christchurch has been rebuilding and revitalizing itself following the Canterbury Earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 so you will find everything is a little bit different. You’ll enjoy the new, emerging city which is modern, greener and more creative than ever before ! We’ll take in the sights of the Garden City’s crowning glory—Hagley Park with which offers 165 hectares (407 acres) of mature introduced tree plantings, see the beautiful Botanical Gardens not to mention the shallow Avon river meandering through the city centre. This evening we’ll experience a unique dinner onboard the Christchurch Tramcar Restaurant.
Enjoy the luxury of an air-conditioned, colonial style dining tram and be treated to fine service, beautiful cuisine and beverages as we travel through the inner city.
Day 4: Christchurch-Tranz Alpine Train –Greymouth—Punakaiki (BD)
A highlight today ! After breakfast we will be transferred to the Railway Station to board the renowned Tranz Alpine train for what is considered to be one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Along this journey you’ll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest. The scenery is just breathtaking ! Upon arrival at Greymouth we will join our coach and travel to Punakaiki—the gateway to the dramatic limestone country of the Paparoa National Park. This afternoon we’ll visit the Pancake Rocks & Blowholes that Punakaiki is world famous for limestone formations that began forming 30 million years ago, when lime-rich fragments of dead marine creatures were deposited on the seabed then overlaid by weaker layers of soft mud and clay. The seabed was raised above sea level by earthquakes to form the coastal cliffs and coastline.
The sea, wind and rain have since etched out the soft layers to form the unusual rock formations we see today. When conditions are right, heavy ocean swells thunder into the caverns beneath the rocks and huge water spouts blast skywards through the blowholes in a truly spectacular sight. We check into our accommodation beachside and watch the sunset at the fabulous location.!
Day 5: Punakaiki—Franz Josef Glacier (BD)
After breakfast we’ll head off down the rugged West Coast via Greymouth then onto the cool little town of Hokitika. We’ll enjoy some free time here before making our way way to Franz Josef Glacier for our overnight stay.
Day 6: Franz Josef—Queenstown (B,D)
We leave Franz Josef and travel to Fox Glacier where we stop to view this magnificent Glacier. Have the cameras ready! We travel through the Haast Pass which takes it name from Julius Von Haast, a 19th century explorer who served as a provincial Geologist in Canterbury. It was converted from a rough track to a formed road in 1966 and a tarmacked surface in 1995. On to Queenstown—New Zealand’s leading visitor destination. Surrounded by incredible mountains and situated on the edge of the crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, you will love this scenic resort. We stay here at the central Novotel Lakeside hotel. (2 nights)
Day 7: Queenstown (B,SD)
Friday 25: ** MERRY CHRISTMAS **
Today we’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Queenstown including a visit to one of the most picturesque settlements—Arrowtown. This quaint gold-mining village by the Arrow River is only 20 minutes from Queenstown. It is famous for its wide variety of deciduous trees that turn the little township into a mass of golds, reds and oranges in the autumn. This afternoon is at leisure. Your Tour Manager will be able to assist with any additional sightseeing options.
This evening its all aboard the TSS Earnslaw. Steeped in Queenstown’s pioneering history, our experience starts with a cruise across Lake Wakatipu in the 103 year old steamship. Then disembark at Walter Peak and enjoy a gourmet BBQ dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner, an entertaining and informative demonstration gives you a glimpse of life in the high country.
On the magical night-time cruise home, you can enjoy the camaraderie of a sing a long with the ship’s pianist or breathe in the fresh night air on the moonlit decks as you watch the lights of Queenstown draw nearer. A perfect end to our tour.
Day 8: Queenstown/Auckland (B)
Most of today is at leisure. Our baggage will be stored for us at the hotel after the 11.00a.m. check out. Time for a last wander round the lakeside or a coffee at one of the local café’s before our transfer to the airport. On arrival at our home port we are transferred to our home addresses.
LOOK WHATS INCLUDED!!!
SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT:
A limited number of single rooms are available at a surcharge of $995.00.
A deposit of $700 per person is payable to hold a seat on the tour with the balance payable 19 Nov 2020.
Previous travellers receive a $50 discount off the brochure price (not combinable with any other offers).
We strongly suggest you take out domestic cancellation insurance to cover for cancellation due to illness etc. Please phone us for further details.
Deposit: Fully refundable up to 19 November 2020
20 Nov—19 Dec 2020: 100% of tour cost
* Please note that if the tour is cancelled due to any Government regulation
we will refund all monies received back from our suppliers so you can book with confidence.
Tour is subject to normal booking conditions of Supreme Tours & Travel Ltd
Terri started her career in travel after leaving school and opened up Supreme.
Tours and Travel in 1994. She is passionate about providing personal service to her clients and offering travel advise so you get the most from your holiday. Terri has travelled widely throughout Europe, Asia, USA and the Pacific and is always happy to share her experience in these areas.
Vikki has enjoyed working within the Travel Industry for many years.
She brings a wealth of experience having travelled throughout Europe, USA, Asia, Australia, the Pacific and of course our own Godzone – New Zealand.
Vikki Escorts a lot of the tours and makes sure all her passengers enjoy a memorable tour with lots of fun and surprises throughout. You are never bored when you travel with Vikki.
Maggie is an experienced tour guide having spent seven years guiding throughout Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, Egypt and Morocco when she was ‘younger’! Maggie then came back to NZ and has worked in the travel industry here for over 25 years and has escorted numerous travel agent and media trips to places such as China, Las Vegas, Bangkok, Norfolk Island, India, Ireland and the UK, USA and Asia (to name just a few ) in her roles within the travel Industry. She was the Manager of the British Tourist Authority in Auckland for nine years and then with worked with Marriott International Hotels for a further nine years. Maggie loves travel, and loves to show people wonderful places. She has a great sense of humour and likes to ensure that people not only experience all the wonderful sights, but that they have a fun time as well.
I am Benson and take my job as Head of Security very seriously. My mum was a maltese terrier and my dad a good looking toy poodle. I can be bribed with biscuits or my favourite “smackos” treats.
I love spending time in the office with my Mum and Aunty Vikki.
Look forward to seeing you sometime soon 🙂
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