Highlights of New Zealand Escorted Tour

Moeraki Boulders, Oamaru
from £3088 15 nights | Sep - May Exc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Sep - May

Overview

Enjoy excellent value on this group tour from Grand Pacific Tours. Departing from Christchurch, highlights include the varied and stunning landscapes of the South Island such as iconic Milford Sound contrasted with the cultural heartland of the North Island - New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, geo-thermal Rotorua, and the glorious Bay of Islands.

This fully inclusive tour offers unbeatable value and provides an excellent coverage of both the North and South Islands.

Highlights

  • Explore spectacular Milford Sound by boat
  • Evening cruise on the steamship TSS Earnslaw
  • Spectacular TranzAlpine rail journey
  • Rotorua's thermal wonders; Maori 'hangi' and concert
  • Bay of Islands cruise - look out for dolphins!

Beginning in Christchurch, discover the delights of the South Island such as Dunedin, Milford Sound and Queenstown. Spend 8 days touring the North Island, visiting cultural Rotorua, the stunning Bay of Islands and finishing the tour in Auckland – the 'City of Sails'.

Maximum group size: 48

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch (D)
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Quality Hotel Elms
Day 2: Christchurch - Omarama (B,D)
After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.
Overnight: Heritage Gateway Hotel
Day 3: Omarama - Dunedin (B,SD)
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. Tonight there will be a Scottish themed evening complete with bagpipes, great food, and a haggis ceremony.
Overnight: Hotel Mercure Leisure Lodge
Day 4: Dunedin - Te Anau (B,D)
This morning travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Farewell Dunedin and head to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).
Overnight: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
Day 5: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (B,L)
Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to 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 in this resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. The evening is free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.
Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort
Day 6: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD)
Enjoy a full day at leisure. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your coach captain and tour escort will be happy to help. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. On arrival sit back and relax as you enjoy a gourmet barbeque dinner prepared in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown.
Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort
Day 7: Queenstown – Arrowtown - Franz Josef (B,D)
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.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Day 8: Franz Josef - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,D)
Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue onto 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. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.
Overnight: Heartland Hotel Cotswold
Day 9: Christchurch - Picton - Wellington (B,D)
Travel through the Lewis Pass and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you continue to the Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine. Continue to Picton where you will board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across the Cook Strait to Wellington.
Overnight: Hotel Ibis Wellington
Day 10: Wellington (B)
A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views of the land, environment and people. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour which showcases the history and culture of the city. Enjoy some free time to explore at leisure this afternoon. This evening is also free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.
Overnight: Hotel Ibis Wellington
Day 11: Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua (B,D)
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.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
Day 12 Rotorua (B,SD)
Today begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a Luge ride! Travel to the Agrodome where you see a shearing display and sheep dog trial. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome Geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
Day 13 Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D)
Depart Rotorua this morning and travel north via Auckland. Continue via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of 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.
Overnight: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge
Day 14: Bay of Islands (B,D)
Travel aboard 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. A range of optional activities are available or you may choose to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront.
Overnight: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge
Day 15: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,SD)
Depart the Bay of Islands this morning and 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.
Overnight: Copthorne Hotel Auckland City
Day 16: Auckland depart (B)
Time to say goodbye today. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.
Notes

KEY: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner

Accommodation Options

Mercure Resort, Queenstown

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

Located just outside Queenstown yet still within walking…

Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

A 180-room hotel offering an extensive range of amenitie…

Hotel Ibis, Wellington

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

A comfortable hotel in the heart of the country's capita…

Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Found in central Auckland, this modern hotel has 110 rec…

Accommodation

A variety of accommodation options are included in this holiday, some of which are listed above. For further details, please contact us.

Prices & Dates

2017/2018 season (1 Sep 2017 to 31 Aug 2018)
Prices from £ per person

Twin Share  Single Supplement
 £3,088  £912

Guaranteed Departure Dates*
2017 18 & 27 Oct; 03, 05, 08, 14 & 21 Nov
2018 18, & 22 Jan; 02, 05, 08, 09, 12, 14, 19 & 23 Feb; 03, 04, 07, 10, 13, 16, 22, 24 & 26 Mar; 06, 13 & 18, 25 Apr; 02 May

*Departure dates are based on the start date in New Zealand. Please note that it takes 2 calendar days to travel to New Zealand from the UK.

Price Includes
Luxury touring coach with 48 reclining leather trim seats, 2 door access, restroom, and panoramic windows ● Professional Coach Captain* ● Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival ● Return airport transfers in New Zealand ● 15 nights quality hotel accommodation ●  Four 2 night stays ● Hotel porterage ● 4 cruises ● All sightseeing and pre paid attractions ● GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) ● Comprehensive documentation pack (includes a durable travel bag, ticket wallet, toiletry wet pack, laundry bag, luggage label, personal name badge, personalised itinerary, Optional Tours Directory, postcard, customs required resealable plastic bag and touring map)

Meals
15 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast at Cableway Restaurant - Rotorua ● 13 sumptuous dinners including 4 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert - Rotorua, Haggis Ceremony - Dunedin, Walter Peak Homestead - Queenstown, Farewell Dinner – Auckland ● 1 picnic lunch ● 1 delicious morning tea

Note dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm

Price Excludes
International and domestic airfares and airport taxes ● Tips and gratuities ● Travel insurance


 2018/2019 season (1 Sep 2018 to 31 Aug 2019)
Prices from £ per person

 Twin Share  Single Supplement
 £3,323 £971

2018 10, 19 & 26 Sep, 05, 07, 18, 27 Oct; 03, 05, 13 &17 Nov
2019 18, 22 Jan; 02, 05, 08, 09, 12, 14, 19, 23 Feb; 02, 04, 07, 13, 16, 22, 24, 26 March; 06, 09, 13, 25 April; 02 May

Price Includes
Luxury touring coach with 48 reclining leather trim seats, 2 door access, restroom, and panoramic windows ● Professional Coach Captain● Professional Tour Guide ●  Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival ● Return airport transfers in New Zealand ● 15 nights quality hotel accommodation ●  Four 2 night stays ● Hotel porterage ● 4 cruises ● All sightseeing and pre paid attractions ● GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) ● Comprehensive documentation pack (includes a durable travel bag, ticket wallet, toiletry wet pack, laundry bag, luggage label, personal name badge, personalised itinerary, Optional Tours Directory, postcard, customs required resealable plastic bag and touring map)

Meals
15 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast at Cableway Restaurant - Rotorua ● 13 sumptuous dinners including 4 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert - Rotorua, Haggis Ceremony - Dunedin, Walter Peak Homestead - Queenstown, Farewell Dinner – Auckland ● 1 picnic lunch ● 1 delicious morning tea

Note dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm

Price Excludes
International and domestic airfares and airport taxes ● Tips and gratuities ● Travel insurance

 

Please note:
●The average age for travellers on this tour is approximately 60-80 years

● Luggage Limits on coach -  All travellers are supplied with a Grand Pacific Tours Travel Bag for personal and small items which can be carried on the coach when travelling. In addition, each traveller is entitled to travel with ONE suitcase on tour measuring (length + width + depth) no more than 140cm. Weight limits also apply to luggage due to Occupational Health and Safety issues. Approximately, the maximum weight allowed is 20kg (44lbs). Please be aware that oversized or overweight luggage may be refused to be carried by coach companies. All luggage is entirely at the ‘owners risk’ whilst on tour and we strongly recommend that travel insurance be taken out by each traveller to cover accidental damage or loss.

Solo Travellers
Smoking and special requests are not permitted in Single to Twin share rooms. If someone is not compatible with the person they have been matched up with, any additional costs incurred to assist with changing their room type will be at the traveller's expense and will be subject to availability. Acceptance of Single to Twin share basis is subject to the individual's medical condition being suitable for this type of arrangement.

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