Coast and Alps Explorer ( 7 days)

Start your 7-day adventure with an overnight in Christchurch. Depart Christchurch on the Tranz Alpine train for a scenic rail journey through the splendour of the Southern Alps to the West Coast. 
On arrival to Greymouth, collect your rental car and spend the next 5 days tasting wine, cruising the Marlborough Sounds, and spotting Whales off the coast of Kaikoura. See the best of the best with plenty of time to spare.

Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki

Standard Package Features:

  • 1 night accommodation at Quality Hotel Elms in a Standard Room – or similar
  • Christchurch – Greymouth admission on the TranzAlpine Train
  • 6 x 24 hours hire of a Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar intermediate vehicle
  • 1 night accommodation at Punakaiki Resort in a Standard Room – or similar
  • Wine tasting at a local Blenheim Winery
  • 2 nights accommodation at Quality Hotel Marlborough in a Superior Studio – or similar
  • Mailboat Cruise on the Marlborough Sounds with Beachcomber Cruises
  • 1 night accommodation at The White Morph in a Garden Studio – or similar
  • 1 night accommodation at Quality Hotel Elms in a Standard Room – or similar
  • Breakfast Daily

Superior Package Features:

  • 1 night accommodation at Crowne Plaza Christchurch in a Superior Room – or similar
  • Christchurch – Greymouth admission on the TranzAlpine Train
  • 6 x 24 hours hire of a Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar intermediate vehicle
  • 1 night accommodation at Punakaiki Resort in a Standard Room – or similar
  • Wine tasting at a local Blenheim Winery
  • 2 nights accommodation at Chateau Marlborough in a Superior Studio – or similar
  • Mailboat Cruise on the Marlborough Sounds with Beachcomber Cruises
  • 1 night accommodation at The White Morph in a Premium Studio – or similar
  • 1 night accommodation at Crowne Plaza Christchurch in a Superior Room – or similar
  • Breakfast Daily

Premium Package Features:

  • 1 night accommodation at The George Hotel in a Junior Suite – or similar
  • Christchurch – Greymouth admission on the TranzAlpine Train
  • 6 x 24 hours hire of a Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar intermediate vehicle
  • 1 night accommodation at Punakaiki Resort in a Eco Suite – or similar
  • Wine tasting at a local Blenheim Winery
  • 2 nights accommodation at Vintners Retreat in a Stables Villa – or similar
  • Mailboat Cruise on the Marlborough Sounds with Beachcomber Cruises
  • 1 night accommodation at Kaikoura Boutique Hotel in a Historic Waterfront Room – or similar
  • 1 night accommodation at The George Hotel in a Junior Suite – or similar
  • Breakfast Daily

Standard Accommodation

Quality Hotel Elms Christchurch

The Quality Hotel Elms is situated in a quiet suburban area yet accessible to many of the attractions and activities the area has to offer, surrounded by award-winning gardens and is ideally situated midway between the airport and central city. All 97 guest rooms are well appointed and equipped with all the amenities a guest could need, offering luxurious accommodation in an ideal location for those wanting to explore the area.

Punakaiki Resort

Punakaiki Resort is a modern accommodation complex located on Punakaiki Beach near the world famous Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes on the West Coast of the South Island.  The resort has been designed to maximize the surrounding environment with beautiful ocean and rainforest views of the Paporoa National Park.  Punakaiki Resort provides the perfect accommodation for local and international visitors whether you are planning a weekend escape or a full wedding event.

Quality Hotel Marlborough

The Quality Hotel Marlborough, is located in the heart of the Marlborough wine capital - Blenheim, New Zealand.   This premier Blenheim Hotel features the laidback atmosphere of the Pacific, from its metal nikau palm trees lining the entrance, to its Poolside Bistro and bar, the peaceful and relaxed Pacific-style comfort of its well-appointed hotel rooms and the lush subtropical landscaping of its quiet courtyard. Enjoy the convenience of being within an easy five-minute riverside walk from Blenheim's town centre and an easy drive from the myriad of fine vineyards and wineries

The White Morph

Set on the Esplanade in Kaikoura, The White Morph Kaikoura enjoys views of the ocean and mountains and is only a 10 minute walk to the Kaikoura town centre. 

Superior Accommodation

Crowne Plaza Christchurch

Located in Central Christchurch just minutes from CBD dining, shopping and entertainment, Crowne Plaza Christchurch offers modern accommodation and dining options for the business or leisure traveller. Overlooking historic Victoria Square and the iconic Avon River, you’ll be in the perfect spot to connect with the Christchurch, or meet with colleagues, clients or friends in Market Place Restaurant and Bar, Café 1851 or The Social Cafe & Bar.

Punakaiki Resort

Punakaiki Resort is a modern accommodation complex located on Punakaiki Beach near the world famous Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes on the West Coast of the South Island.  The resort has been designed to maximize the surrounding environment with beautiful ocean and rainforest views of the Paporoa National Park.  Punakaiki Resort provides the perfect accommodation for local and international visitors whether you are planning a weekend escape or a full wedding event.  

Chateau Marlborough

Chateau Marlborough is a European style hotel, is befitting of the Marlborough Wine Region, and offers  luxury boutique accommodation.  The hotel overlooks Seymour Square Gardens, and is just a two minute easy walk from Blenheim's town centre.  Offering 80 well-appointed Suites and Apartments, Chateau Marlborough provides guests with a high level of comfort along with modern amenities.  Quench Cafe and Wine Bar boasts a delicious menu with something to suit everyone.

The White Morph

Set on the Esplanade in Kaikoura, The White Morph Kaikoura enjoys views of the ocean and mountains and is only a 10 minute walk to the Kaikoura town centre. 

Premium Accommodation

The George Hotel Christchurch

The George is a Boutique Hotel nestled beside Hagley Park and Avon River in the heart of Christchurch's cultural precinct. Hotel facilities include two award-winning restaurants, cocktail bar, bike hire, gift shop, spa facilities and more, guests have access to all the hotel's facilities as well as all the in-room amenities they could need. All 53 stylish guest rooms provide luxury and tranquillity with most rooms offering views across the park or into their own private gardens.

Punakaiki Resort

Punakaiki Resort is a modern accommodation complex located on Punakaiki Beach near the world famous Pancake Rocks and Blow Holes on the West Coast of the South Island.  The resort has been designed to maximize the surrounding environment with beautiful ocean and rainforest views of the Paporoa National Park.  Punakaiki Resort provides the perfect accommodation for local and international visitors whether you are planning a weekend escape or a full wedding event. 

The Vintners Retreat

Located in sunny Marlborough at the top of the South Island. Vintners Retreat offers 5* accommodation among the Marlborough vines in park-like grounds. 12 Villas accommodating 1-4 persons or up to 6 persons in the 3 bedroom lodge. All with spacious lving areas and self-contained kitchens, full laundry facilitiues, DVD/Satellite TV,  CD, DVD, WIFI and own garage with internal access. BBQ and outdoor patio seating. Spa bath, separate shower,  Split King beds. Tennis courts, petanque, solar heated outdoor pool, mountain bikes for hire - cycle round the vineyards and explore the lovely countryside.

Kaikoura Boutique Hotel

Enchanting hotel on Kaikoura's waterfront - think elegantly out-there interiors and fabulous service. Stylish and comfortable rooms, licensed a la carte cafe open 8am - 6pm and exclusive guest lounge-bar with an excellent Champagne list! Popular with honeymooners and discerning travelers. Courtyard rooms are cheap-and-cheerful - the waterfronts 5-star luxe.

Coast and Alps Explorer

Based on two travellers sharing one room - per person/share twin basis

 

Standard

Superior

Premium

01 June 2020 – 31 October 2020

from NZ$1640.00

from NZ$1780.00

from NZ$2755.00

01 November 2020 – 31 March 2021

from NZ$1725.00

from NZ$1875.00

from NZ$2900.00

01 April 2021 – 31 May 2021

from NZ$1640.00

from NZ$1780.00

from NZ$2755.00

Prices are in New Zealand dollars based on cash or cheque payment only.  

QUOTE ONLY

  • No reservations are held.   Deposit required to proceed with making reservations
  • All pricing is subject to availability of the services specified in the itinerary at time of reservation
  • Prices may vary due to a number of factors including tax and surcharge increases, availability of services - we retain the right to adjust prices up or down based on services actually confirmed
  • All touring is subject to favourable weather, road, flying and sea conditions
  • Cancellation/amendment fees apply

INCLUDES:

  • Items and services as specified in the itinerary only
  • NZ GST at 15% (government imposed tax and subject to change without notice)

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfares are not included
  • Any meals unless otherwise specified within the itinerary
  • Use of rooms before/after normal check in/out times
  • Any services not mentioned within the itinerary
  • Special event surcharges – surcharges and closeouts may apply
  • Items of a personal nature eg. laundry, internet access, phonecalls, excess luggage etc
  • Any credit card or bank fees
  • Travel insurance is not included, but highly recommended
  • Any further Government taxes or duties that may be introduced
  • When renting a vehicle (if applicable)
    • Petrol/oil/CDW insurance for rental vehicle (airport/ferry terminal collection/return fee / bond / excess applies - pay direct)
    • Rental vehicle additional Fees - pay direct
    • GPS Navigational System
    • Car parking fees

All bookings are subject to our normal terms and conditions

Booking Terms and Passenger Information

 
BOOKING TERMS

QUOTE ONLY.  NO RESERVATIONS ARE HELD.  Subject to availability of the services specified in the itinerary when travel dates are set.  Additional surcharges may be applicable during Special Events and/or statutory public holidays, e.g. Christmas, Easter etc.  Occasionally due to special event surcharges or supplier requirements etc, deposits or full payment will be required – you will be advised of this at the time of booking.

ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

If you book a holiday with us and pay your deposit, you are deemed to have accepted these terms.

TOUR PAYMENTS AND BOOKING TERMS:

  • Costs are based on the Travel Date selected and are subject to the availability of the accommodation and other services specified.
  • Until we have a confirmed booking from the requested services, we retain the right to adjust prices up or down based on services confirmed.
  • Once we have finalised all costs based on your confirmed itinerary you will be asked for a non-refundable deposit of no less than $200.00 per person.
  • Full pre-payment is due not later than 35 days prior to arrival in New Zealand.  Bank account details and swift code for international telegraphic transfers will be on the invoice.  Payment by Visa or Mastercard is also accepted at a 3% surcharge.  Credit card payments may only be made in New Zealand Dollars.

BOOKING AMENDMENTS/CANCELLATION SCHEDULE:  

Amendments: The first amendment made to a confirmed booking is free of charge.  Any subsequent amendments made to the same booking will incur a NZ$50.00 fee per service already confirmed.

Cancellation Fees:  

In the event of passengers cancelling their booking, the following cancellation fees will apply on a per person basis (not per booking).

  • 31+ days prior to the client’s arrival, loss of non-refundable deposit plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees
  • 15 to 30 days prior to arrival: 40% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (60% refund)
  • 8 to 14 days prior to arrival: 60% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (40% refund)
  • 2 to 7 days prior to arrival: 80% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (20% refund)
  • 0 to 1 days or less prior to arrival: 100% cancellation fee

Please note that any applicable airline content does not apply to the above refunds – see your airline for their specific cancellation/refund policies.

No refunds on any unused portions of any itinerary.  The exception is if a sightseeing service is cancelled by operator due to weather conditions/safety concerns etc and the operator authorises a refund.  Any such refunds will be processed through agent.  Comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers. 

COVID19 CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY:

Covid19 has created uncertainty for us all, therefore for cancellations directly related to Covid19, we have negotiated special terms with our suppliers which would override ‘normal cancellation’ terms as outlined above;

If the New Zealand Government imposes travel restrictions that would impact our ability to deliver your travel package prior to commencing travel, passengers will receive a full credit, less any applicable airline cancellation fees.  If travel restrictions are imposed while on tour, we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers.  Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required.  Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.

If a passenger has been tested positive for Covid19 directly prior to travel or while on holiday with us, then with supporting documentation provided to us (a positive Covid19 test), we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers.  Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required.  Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.

CUSTOMS, IMMIGRATION AND NEW ZEALAND LAW

It is your responsibility to comply with any New Zealand immigration, customs and/or quarantine regulations when entering New Zealand and to comply with New Zealand laws when in the country.  We will not, under any circumstances, have any liability or responsibility to you if you do not comply with any customs and immigration rules and regulations or if you fail to comply with any laws during your holiday.

ACCOMMODATION

Check in time at most hotels is 2pm or 3pm.  If you are arriving earlier, the hotel will store your luggage until your room is ready.  Alternatively, you may wish to pre-register your hotel room for immediate check in – an extra nights’ charge will apply.  Upon check in, most hotels will request an imprint of your credit card to cover any personal extras.  If you do not have a credit card, they may ask for a cash deposit.

ITINERARIES

The itinerary was correct at the time of printing, but it is subject to change without notice.  Your itinerary could change due to road or weather conditions, changes imposed by other tour operators or a range of other factors outside our control.  You agree that we have no liability to you for changes to your itinerary. 

FORCE MAJEURE

You agree that we have no liability to you and will not pay any compensation to you where the performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by circumstances amounting to “force majeure”. In these terms, ‘force majeure’ means any event that has an impact on your Packaged Tour which we or the other operator (where relevant) could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid.  Such events may include war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, pilferage, epidemics, pandemics, forced quarantine, medical or customs regulations, riot, fire, storm, flood, explosion, compliance with any law or government restraint order, rule regulation, strikes, lock outs, or any other cause not reasonably within the control of our control.  We reserve the right to cancel, amend or reschedule your Packaged Tour during or following any force majeure and if we do so you agree that we will have no liability to you for any direct or indirect consequences of the cancellation, amendment or rescheduling.

 

ADDITIONAL TERMS WHEN APPLICABLE:

GREAT JOURNEYS OF NEW ZEALAND – LUGGAGE ALLOWANCES FOR RAIL SERVICES

(Northern Explorer; Coastal Pacific; Tranz Alpine)

  • One item of check-in baggage per person
  • Maximum weight for a single bag is 32kgs
  • Bags weighing over 23kgs will require two crew members to lift onto the train – assistance from the passenger may be required
  • Wheeled cabin bags and backpacks are classed as check-in luggage
  • Two additional items of baggage can be purchased for $20.00NZD including GST per piece – pay direct at the station
  • Repack bags available to buy at the station for $10.00NZD – pay direct at the station

BUDGET RENTAL CARS:

Additional fees:

The following fees apply – they are extra and payable direct each time a vehicle is collected in a non-continuous hire. (Non-continuous hires mean hires with more than 24 hours break between them).

NZ$51.75 Airport/Ferry Terminal Collection/Return Fee

NZ$57.50 One Way Fee

Budget Protection Plan - Excess Reduction  Applicable  1st April 2019 – 31st March 2020

Compact, Intermediate and full sized sedans: Budget Rentals have a standard excess of NZ$4025.00 for which the hirer is responsible for vehicle damage regardless of who is at fault. This excess liability can be reduced to NZ$258.75 by payment of an additional NZ$28.75 of hire a day direct to Budget Rentals on collection.

SUV, People Movers & Hybrid Sedan:  Budget Rentals have a standard excess of NZ$4887.50 for which the hirer is responsible for vehicle damage regardless of who is at fault.  This excess liability can be reduced to NZ$258.75 by payment of an additional NZ$33.35 of hire a day direct to Budget Rentals on collection.

 

$1610.00 incl GST will be charged if a windscreen (front or back) is cracked or broken that require replacement.

Chip on windscreen will cost $69.00 incl GST

 “RSN” (Roadside Assistance Package)

This is an optional product on top of BPP. It can only be paid directly at the counter costing NZ$6.90 per day.   Roadside Assistance when purchased provides the customer with a ‘no call out fee’ adding peace of mind to common issues that the customer may cause that are not included in the rental.

Roadside Assistance covers:

  • Out of fuel (Up to $10 fuel delivery)
  • Key replacement for lost keys/keys locked in vehicle
  • Flat Tyre Assistance
  • Tyre Replacement (just the tyre – the rubber) excludes the spare wheel/wheel cover/hubcap
  • Flat Battery

Roadside Assistance PLUS Package (available from April 2019)

This is an optional product on top of BPP. It can only be paid directly at the counter costing NZ$11.50 incl GST per day.   Roadside Assistance when purchased provides the customer with a ‘no call out fee’ adding peace of mind to common issues that the customer may cause that are not included in the rental.

  • Covers Roadside Assistance include the benefits as above plus 1 Windscreen replacement free of charge

Credit card

At the time of vehicle collection, clients are required to present a bank issued credit card issued in their name (card must have embossed numbers on front of card).  A preauthorisation will be taken as security and for any additional products and services.  This is payable direct.  The preauthorisation balance will vary, with a minimum of NZ$100.00 and any further amount calculated on estimated payable direct charges (for optional extras such as additional insurance coverage, airport/ferry terminal fees, one-way fees, or accessories such as baby seat, GPS unit etc).  After return of the vehicle, the preauthorisation will be released (approximately 3-days after return of vehicle), and any actual charges will be processed.

The preauthorisation can be made by any major international credit cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard or Diners Club).  Budget does not accept electronic or prepaid or preloaded or reloaded debit cards or cash payments for excess, bond etc.

Any additional charges over what has been included in the nett rate will be collected direct from the client – eg. fuel, additional coverages, additional hours, accessories, fees etc.

A card transaction may apply.  This fee is general between 2-3% of the total payable direct charges.

Driver Licence/ Minimum Age

All drivers must be 21 years old or over and hold a current non-probationary drivers licence (with a full and accurate English translation shown on the licence) from their home county.  An international driver’s permit must be accompanied by a home country licence.  The international driver’s licence or permit must be in English, or an accurate English translation of the licence or permit must be given.  An accurate English translation means that the translation must be given by a diplomatic representative at a high commission, embassy or consulate, or an overseas issuing authority or a translation service acceptable to the New Zealand Transport Authority.

There is no maximum age to hire a vehicle.  There is no charge for additional authorised drivers, however they must meet the criteria of the Driver’s Licence requirements.  Additional drivers must be registered on the Budget Rental Agreement, and prior to driving they must visit a Budget branch in New Zealand to show their full and valid driver’s licence.

Driver’s licence must be carried whenever driving in New Zealand.

GPS units are available with rental vehicles at extra cost.  These GPS units can be reserved in advance if requested, but the customer must pay for the unit hire direct to Budget Rentals at the time of collection.  Costs are NZ$11.45 per day, or NZ$57.45 per week, or NZ$114.95 per month incl GST.  In the event of the unit being lost, damaged or stolen while on rent to client, the client will be charged NZ$230.00 incl GST.