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Garden City Getaway

22-28 March 2021

Double or Twin Share $3,116.00

Single Accommodation $3,673.00

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We head to the garden city of Christchurch for a relaxing holiday, exploring and discovering.

View the city from the height of a London double decker bus, dine in style on the Christchurch Tram, visit Ohinetahi - the famous garden of Sir Miles Warren, and encounter the rare Hector's dolphin on Akaroa Harbour.

Day 1

Monday 22 March - We Head South to Picton

A late morning start from all destinations today as we are transferred to Wellington and meet at the Interislander Ferry terminal for our mid afternoon sailing across Cook Strait to Picton. Upon reaching Picton we travel the short distance to our hotel, where we settle into our accommodation before dining in tonight.

Day 2

Tuesday 23 March - Travelling the Pacific Coastal Highway to Christchurch

Marlborough has many beautiful private gardens and this morning we visit Hortensia House located on the outskirts of Blenheim, on the banks of Spring Creek. Owned by a bubbly Frenchwoman, Hortensia House is named after the French word for hydrangea, and is a Monet-inspired romantic garden, with emphasis on flowers for year-round display.

Departing Blenheim, we travel down the Pacific Coast Highway to Kaikoura, a fascinating journey through this much changed landscape. We stop for lunch (at own cost) in Kaikoura before continuing our journey south, taking a detour out to Gore Bay, a sheltered spot on the eastern coastline. Erosion has created a spectacular formation here known as Cathedral Cliffs, a collection of eroded siltstone pillars, which we stop to view. Finally, we make our way to the Garden City of Christchurch, where we check in to our hotel, and settle in before dining in house this evening.

Day 3

Wednesday 24 March - City Sights from Upon Great Heights

This morning we board a classic 1960’s London Double Decker bus for a completely different perspective and a fun and informative tour. From fascinating history to viewing areas affected by the earthquakes, we will see how Christchurch has risen from the ruins, and is preserving what remains of its heritage, while creating a vibrant new city.

Later this morning we wind our way up into the Port Hills, stopping at the Sign of the Takahe, with its unique vista of Christchurch City and the Canterbury Plains. Continuing over Dyers Pass, we then drop down into Governors Bay. Lunch (included) is at the Governors Bay Hotel, one of the oldest hotels in New Zealand, and fully restored to its former colonial glory after the Christchurch earthquakes. After lunch we move on to Ohinetahi, perhaps one of NZ’s most famous gardens, owned by Sir Miles Warren. This large formal garden overlooks Lyttelton Harbour and has been divided into a number of “rooms”, featuring a rose garden, herbaceous borders, a herb potager, and many sculptures. Afternoon tea is served in the homestead, before we make our way back to the city. Returning to our hotel, we enjoy a relaxed dinner in-house this evening.

Day 4

Thursday 25 March - Breakfast with Huskies and an Iconic Tram Dinner

Set the alarm, as we don’t want to be late for our breakfast date with the huskies and penguins at the International Antarctic Centre. We get close and cuddly with these incredible animals and enjoy an informative talk with Husky Rescue NZ over breakfast, and then you will be free to explore the other fantastic exhibitions at the centre.

Making our way back to the city we will visit a couple of Christchurch’s landmarks, including the Canterbury Museum and the adjacent Botanical Gardens. Don’t miss the magnificent herbaceous border or the Central Rose Garden, the largest and finest in Australasia when it was planted in 1909. Entry to the museum is free, and includes NZ’s greatest collection of moa remains and the lounge from Fred & Myrtle’s Paua Shell House - a slice of kiwiana faithfully reproduced from its original home in Bluff. Lunch today is at your own choice and cost, with a number of options available in the Museum/Gardens or in the Arts Centre Precinct nearby.

This afternoon we visit the Transitional Cathedral, affectionately known as the “Cardboard Cathedral”. The Cathedral makes use of varied construction materials from cardboard tubes to timber beams, structural steel and concrete, and its feature triangular window design incorporates images from the original Cathedral's rose window. We then make our way back to our hotel for a little relaxation, and a chance to freshen up for dinner before we take you out for a special dining experience on the Christchurch tram. Combining colonial style fine dining with an inner-city sightseeing tour, this is a must do Christchurch experience.

Day 5

Friday 26 March - Amazing Akaroa

Today our travels take us to Akaroa. Akaroa Harbour is an extinct volcanic crater and is one of the world’s most fascinating geological and marine environments, so our first activity for the day is to join a harbour cruise aboard the Black Cat. This award-winning cruise is packed with highlights including the rare NZ native Hector’s Dolphin, as well as penguins and other sea birds. We’ll see giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa's fascinating past. Lunch today is at Josie Martin’s amazing Giant’s House. After lunch we explore Josie’s colourful and joyful mosaic sculpture garden surrounding the historic house and her art gallery. Finally we join a guided walking tour to uncover Akaroa’s fascinating French and British heritage. Returning to Christchurch to our by now familiar hotel, we dine in again this evening.

Day 6

Saturday 27 March - Back to Blenheim

Departing Christchurch today, we make our way back to Blenheim with regular refreshment and comfort stops along the way to break up our day. Lunch today is at the historic Pier Hotel in Kaikoura, no better place to enjoy fish and chips (included) than this place of bountiful kai moana. We head north along the rugged Pacific coastline to Blenheim where we check in to our hotel for our last night together, dining in tonight after a big day on the road.

Day 7

Sunday 28 March - Homeward Bound

We have a leisurely start this morning, with time to head to the Blenheim Farmers Market to enjoy browsing the fresh locally grown produce and a cup of locally roasted coffee. We then make our way through to Picton, allowing time for lunch (own choice and expense), a browse of the shops, or a walk along the shore front, prior to departing on our afternoon sailing to Wellington. Finally we bid our fellow travellers goodbye before being transferred to our home locations.

The cost of the tour includes

  • • All coach travel
  • • Interisland Ferry transfers
  • • Good quality hotel accommodation
  • • 2 course or buffet evening meals
  • • All breakfasts
  • • Morning tea on most travelling days
  • • Entry to Hortensia House Garden, Blenheim
  • • Christchurch City Sights tour
  • • Lunch at Governors Bay Hotel
  • • Entry to Ohinetahi Garden, Governors Bay plus afternoon tea
  • • Breakfast with the Huskies and entry to Antarctic Centre
  • • Christchurch Tramway Dinner
  • • Akaroa Harbour Cruise
  • • The Giant’s House – lunch, garden, house & gallery visit
  • • Akaroa Walking tour
  • • Lunch at Pier Hotel, Kaikoura

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Thank you Ali for your professionalism as our tour guide, Steve and I both enjoyed the tour very much. - Pearl, Travel Club Member