TOP of the SOUTH ISLAND including FAREWELL SPIT and DENNISTON

Code TopSI-2020
Duration 8 days 7 nights

Most years we run these popular Top of the South Island tours and we mix up the destinations within the tour a bit.  This year features the Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine trains, Farewell Spit Tour and Denniston.

$2,764 Per Person  Includes Door to Door Coach Transport.  Flights Akld/Chch/Akld.  Seven nights Twin Share Accommodation with 7x Breakfasts, 1x Lunch and 7x Dinners.  Also includes Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine Train, Nelson Cruise and Farewell Spit Tour.  Single Room + $752  A Deposit of $600 ($1,352 for Single Room) is required to secure this booking, with balance payable 6 weeks prior to travel, by Thu 30th Jan 2020.  

Day One
Day One

We fly from Auckland to Christchurch, to see the rebuild of this resilient city - Ibis Hotel, Christchurch.

Day Two
Day Two

Day Two:  Early morning we board the Coastal Pacific train which takes us up the East Coast, seal spotting, all the way to the maritime village of Picton.  We join Ron in the SHIP n SHORE coach and travel around the beautiful Queen Charlotte Drive, alongside Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds, through Havelock, over the Bryant Range and into Nelson - Delorenzos Hotel, Nelson

Day Three
Day Three

Day Three:  Morning Free then enjoy a Sailing Catamaran Harbour Cruise to the Nelson Boulder Bank (Lighthouse visit included), before moving onto to Takaka, which will be our base for the next two nights - Mohua Motels, Takaka.  

Day Four
Day Four

Farewell Spit 6hr Tour – you can only access the 35km length of the spit on an organised tour.  Farewell Spit Nature Reserve is a bird sanctuary and wetland of international importance.  We visit Fossil Point and Cape Farewell (the South Island’s most northern point) and the historic lighthouse near the end of the spit, often driving around seals and sea lions basking in the sun.

Day Five
Day Five

Day Five:  Travelling south, from Murchison we follow the Buller Gorge all the way out to the ocean to our home for the night - Westport Motor Inn. 

Day Six
Day Six

The strange thing about Denniston is no matter what the season, it will be cold up there.  Just 15 minutes up the hill, but it is like entering a different country.  See the incline, hear the stories, feel the isolation.  Read Denniston Rose to really understand this place.  We then move south to Punakaiki, our lunch stop today, before arriving Greymouth, where we venture out to the treacherous Greymouth Bar and around the suburbs on the northern side of the Grey River, an area not usually frequented by visitors - Kingsgate Hotel, Greymouth. 

Day Seven
Day Seven

Free morning in Greymouth before we board the Tranz Alpine Train that takes us up over Arthurs Pass back to Christchurch for our final night -  Ibis Hotel, Christchurch.

Day Eight
Day Eight

Morning free in Christchurch before our afternoon flight back to Auckland.  Contact SHIP n SHORE Tours for a Detailed Itinerary.

We fly from Auckland to Christchurch, to see the rebuild of this resilient city - Ibis Hotel, Christchurch.  Day Two:  Early morning we board the Coastal Pacific train which takes us up the East Coast, seal spotting, all the way to the maritime village of Picton.  We join Ron in the SHIP n SHORE coach and travel around the beautiful Queen Charlotte Drive, alongside Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds, through Havelock, over the Bryant Range and into Nelson - Delorenzos Hotel, Nelson.   Day Three:  Morning Free then enjoy a Sailing Catamaran Harbour Cruise to the Nelson Boulder Bank (Lighthouse visit included), before moving onto to Takaka, which will be our base for the next two nights - Mohua Motels, Takaka.  Day Four:  Farewell Spit 6hr Tour – you can only access the 35km length of the spit on an organised tour.  Farewell Spit Nature Reserve is a bird sanctuary and wetland of international importance.  We visit Fossil Point and Cape Farewell (the South Island’s most northern point) and the historic lighthouse near the end of the spit, often driving around seals and sea lions basking in the sun.  Day Five:  Travelling south, from Murchison we follow the Buller Gorge all the way out to the ocean to our home for the night - Westport Motor Inn.                   4.

Day Six:  The strange thing about Denniston is no matter what the season, it will be cold up there.  Just 15 minutes up the hill, but it is like entering a different country.  See the incline, hear the stories, feel the isolation.  Read Denniston Rose to really understand this place.  We then move south to Punakaiki, our lunch stop today, before arriving Greymouth, where we venture out to the treacherous Greymouth Bar and around the suburbs on the northern side of the Grey River, an area not usually frequented by visitors - Kingsgate Hotel, Greymouth.  Day Seven:  Free morning in Greymouth before we board the Tranz Alpine Train that takes us up over Arthurs Pass back to Christchurch for our final night Ibis Hotel, Christchurch.  Day Eight:   Morning free in Christchurch before our afternoon flight back to Auckland.  Contact SHIP n SHORE Tours for a Detailed Itinerary.

 

Ship 'n Shore Tours and Cruises specialise in fully escorted 'Day and Away' tours for retirees, featuring a free door-to-door pick up service for Hibiscus Coast and North Shore residents (others by arrangement). 
A one day outing or away for several?  Regular newsletters offer variety, making the decision to travel on your own or as a couple an easy one.  

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