• Luxury coach travel with restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
• Professional Coach Captain
• Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
• Return airport transfers in New Zealand
• 15 nights’ quality hotel accommodation
• 4 two night stays
• Hotel porterage
• 4 cruises
• All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
• GST (NZ Goods and Services Tax)
• Comprehensive documentation pack
• 15 breakfasts including one speciality
• 13 dinners including 4 speciality
• 1 picnic lunch
• Sightseeing as shown
Day 1: Arrive Christchurch
On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Hotel: Heartland Hotel Cotswold.
Day 2: Christchurch - Omarama
After a city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water and visit The Church of the Good Shepherd. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available (time/weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama. Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel.
Day 3: Omarama - Dunedin
Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Scottish themed dinner in the evening. Hotel: Mercure Leisure Lodge.
Day 4: Dunedin - Te Anau
This morning visit Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. After a delightful morning tea travel to Te Anau for your overnight stay. Te Anau Glow Worm Caves evening visit (optional). Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room).
Day 5: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown
Depart Te Anau for Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon travel to Queenstown, overlooking magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. Evening at leisure. Hotel: Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights).
Day 6: Queenstown
Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain is available to assist with the many sightseeing options available.
Day 7: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Franz Josef
Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel to Fox Glacier. Time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers before continuing to Franz Josef. Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing).
Day 8: Franz Josef - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch
Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur’s Pass and board The TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to the elegant city of Christchurch. Hotel: Heartland Hotel Cotswold.
Day 9: Christchurch – Picton - Wellington
Travel along the East Coast to Kaikoura. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you travel through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine. Continue to Picton, where you board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across the Cook Strait to Wellington. Hotel: Ibis Wellington (2 nights).
Day 10: Wellington
Today explore this exciting region and enjoy an extensive city tour which explains the history and culture on show in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. Explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views of the land, environment and people. Afternoon and evening at leisure.
Day 11: Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua
Depart Wellington and view the snow capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro as you travel to Lake Taupo. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls then travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Hotel: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights).
Day 12: Rotorua
Today begins with a Gondola ride to Cableway Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. Travel to the Agrodome where you see performing sheep, a shearing display and sheep dog trial. Next visit Paradise Valley Springs, a superb wildlife park where you can hand feed rainbow trout. Some free time is available before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome Geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.
Day 13: Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands
This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland. Continue to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights).
Day 14: Bay of Islands
This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands on board a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning via Russell to Paihia for a free afternoon.
Day 15: Bay of Islands - Auckland
Travel via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum before continuing to Auckland for a city sights tour. This evening you will be treated to a farewell dinner with your new found friends. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel Auckland City.
Day 16: Depart Auckland
Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.
Itinerary is subject to amendments. The latest itinerary is available, on request. A full list of guaranteed departure dates can be provided.
Prices per person from £2429, based on twin share.
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