NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand Showcase

Scenic flight, Mt Cook, Aoraki
from £3823 18 nights | Sep - May Exc. flights See price details
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  • Sep - May

Overview

As the name would suggest this luxury escorted holiday around New Zealand takes in most of the country's iconic sights from the stunning beaches of the Bay of Islands to the epic scenery of the Southern Alps and Fiordland. Travel in comfort and style as you take in a host of attractions including Rotorua's geysers, a journey on the famed TranzAlpine railway and a cruise on Milford Sound. Enjoy fine dining and top quality accommodation throughout.

Highlights

  • Cruise in the beautiful Bay of Islands(included)
  • Join a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (included)
  • See Rotorua's thermal mud pools & geysers (included)
  • Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi & Concert (included)
  • Journey on the spectacular TranzAlpine Rail (included)
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw (included)
  • Take in the stunning Milford Sound by boat (included)

This epic journey starts in Auckland, the City of Sails and heads north to the picturesque Bay of Islands, New Zealand's only sub-tropical region. Stay in the geothermal hotspot of Rotorua and the beautiful art deco town of Napier before reaching Wellington. Cross the Cook Strait by ferry to the South Island and head to Marlborough country, renowned for its excellent food and wine.

In Christchurch board the TranzAlpine train for one of the great train journeys of the world to Arthur's Pass in the centre of the Southern Alps. Travel back on board your coach via the rugged West Coast to the stunning town of Queenstown and onto Dunedin, fondly known as the 'Edinburgh of the South'. Heading north, your journey finishes at Christchurch.


LUXURY COACHES

One of the key features of this itinerary is the transportation used. GPT make use of full size coaches specifically designed with only 48 seats providing unsurpassed comfort and features. This is 'first class' coach travel in the truest sense of the word.

Maximum group size: 48

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1 Arrive Auckland (D)
On arrival in Auckland you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Skycity Hotel
Day 2 Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D)
Depart Auckland today and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe, then travel via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Day 3 Bay of Islands (Free Day) (B)
At leisure. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional)..
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Day 4 Bay of Islands - Auckland (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 to Paihia. Travel south via Whangarei to Auckland. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand's most spectacular attractions.
Overnight: Skycity Hotel or similar
Day 5 Auckland - Rotorua (B,L,D)
Enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a buffet lunch. This is followed by a guided tour of the Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel
Day 6 Rotorua (B,SD)
Today begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Gondola. There is also time for a Luge ride! Travel to the Agrodome where you see a shearing display and sheep dog trial. Enjoy some free time this afternoon 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.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel
Day 7 Rotorua - Napier - Masterton (B,D)
Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Continue to Napier known as “The Art Deco Capital”, where a city tour will showcase the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world. Enjoy some free time to explore the fascinating architecture before travelling through the Wairarapa, an emerging cool-climate wine region.
Overnight: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park
Day 8 Masterton - Greytown - Wellington (B,D)
Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Greytown where you will see the most complete example of original Victorian wooden architecture. Drive through the scenic Rimutaka Mountain Range into Wellington, then enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here.
Overnight: Hotel James Cook Grand Chancellor
Day 9 Wellington - Picton - Blenheim (B,D)
A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s impressive National Museum. Enjoy early bird entry to the Gallipoli Exhibition. This afternoon board the Interislander Ferry, cross the Cook Strait and enjoy the magnificent views as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Board your coach here for the short journey to Blenheim.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Marlborough
Day 10 Blenheim - Christchurch (B,D)
We depart early today and travel along the inland route, via the scenic Lewis Pass to the garden city of Christchurch.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport
Day 11 Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Franz Josef (B,D)
This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges as you ascend to Arthur’s Pass located in the centre of the Southern Alps. Board your coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing to Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. .
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Day 12 Franz Josef - Queenstown (B)
See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast to Fox Glacier. Continue via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.
Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort
Day 13 Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD)
At leisure. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain is available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon or the helicopter ride of a lifetime. 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 are treated to a gourmet barbeque 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 14 Queenstown - Te Anau (B,D)
Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Tonight after dinner you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).
Overnight: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
Day 15 Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau (B,L,D)
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 onboard. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available.
Overnight: Distinction Luxmore Hotel
Day 16 Te Anau - Dunedin (B,SD)
Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the “Edinburgh of the South” and enjoy an informative city tour. Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnarch Castle where you will hear of its tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City
Day 17 Dunedin - Mt Cook - Twizel (B,D)
Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you continue to marvel at Mt Cook, New Zealands highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Travel to Twizel for your overnight stay.
Overnight: MacKenzie Country Hotel
Day 18 Twizel - Christchurch (B,SD)
Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the charming Church of the Good Shepherd and see the Sheep Dog Statue. Arrive in Christchurch this afternoon where there is a city sightseeing tour.This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport or similar.
Day 19 depart Christchurch (B)
Time to say goodbye today. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.
Notes

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


 2018/19 Itinerary Changes (Valid from 01 September 2018)

Day 10: Blenheim - Christchurch (B, D)
We depart early today and travel along the east coast of the south island through the whale watching town of Kaikoura to the garden city of Christchurch. 
Overnight: Distinction Christchurch

Accommodation Options

Mercure Hotel Dunedin

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

Found near Dunedin's centre, this is a newly decorated b…

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…

Skycity Hotel, Auckland

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

One of New Zealand's most popular hotels, the 325 room S…

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 
 £3,823 £1,206

Guaranteed Departures*
2017 18 & 27 Oct; 05, 08, 14 & 17 Nov
2018 22, 28 Jan; 03, 06, 09, 14, 16, 19 & 24 Feb; 04, 11, 14, 17 & 20 Mar; 09, 19 & 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 coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows ● Professional Coach Captain ● Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival ● return airport transfers in New Zealand ● 18 nights superior hotel accommodation ● 4 two-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
18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast at Cableway Restaurant - Rotorua ● 16 sumptuous dinners including 4 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi and Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Farewell Dinner, Christchurch ● 2 lunches including a buffet lunch at Hobbiton

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

Price Excludes
International and domestic flights 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
 £4,058  £1,294

 Guaranteed Departures*
2018 12, 15 & 30 Sep; 07, 14 & 25 Oct; 03, 13 & 26 Nov
2019 22 Jan; 06, 09, 14, 19 & 21 Feb; 04, 11, 14, 20, 24 March; 09, 14, 25 April; 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 coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows ● Professional Coach Captain ● Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival ● return airport transfers in New Zealand ● 18 nights superior hotel accommodation ● 4 two-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
18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast at Cableway Restaurant - Rotorua ● 16 sumptuous dinners including 4 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi and Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Farewell Dinner, Christchurch ● 2 lunches including a buffet lunch at Hobbiton

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

Price Excludes
International and domestic flights 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.

We pride ourselves on our ability to tailor make holidays for our clients. Please let us know if you have any specific requests.

 

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