An exclusive tour of the North and South Islands at an affordable price

15 Day Treasures of New Zealand

TOUR CODE: GPET15

Inclusions

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Christchurch Tram
  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift
  • Larnach Castle*
  • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools & geysers*
  • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour & Lunch
  • Sky Tower
  • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin & Wellington

*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

BONUS INCLUSIONS

  • Tour Jacket
  • Tour Cap
  • 400 page Eyewitness Travel Guide**

**One guide per household

TOURING

  • Return airfares from your homeport
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide
  • 14 nights 3.5 star hotel accommodation
  • 4 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 3 cruises
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack

MEALS

  • 14 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 12 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua
  • 2 lunches including a Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle

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

Itinerary

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

DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch (D)

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel Heartland Hotel Cotswold (2 nights)

DAY 2: Christchurch (Free Day) (B,D)

Today is a free day to explore Christchurch. We have included a day pass on the historic Christchurch Tram for a journey in style through the changing face of the Christchurch city centre. You can also take advantage of the discount coupons in your Optional Tours Directory.

DAY 3: 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. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.

Hotel Heritage Gateway Hotel

DAY 4: 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 a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Hotel Mercure Leisure Lodge

DAY 5: Dunedin - Te Anau (B,D)

This morning travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)

DAY 6: 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 at this year round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. This evening is free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights)

DAY 7: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD)

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain & Tour Guide are available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintagesteamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare 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.

DAY 8: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Fox Glacier (B,D)

Travel to Arrowtown 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 north to the township of Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel Heartland Hotel Glacier Country or Similar

DAY 9: Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,D)

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. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Hotel Quality Hotel Elms

DAY 10: Christchurch - Picton - Wellington (B,D)

Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you travel through 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 Cook Strait to Wellington.

Hotel Ibis Wellington (2 nights)

DAY 11: 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. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour which showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements.

DAY 12: 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.

Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights)

DAY 13: Rotorua (B,SD)

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. 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.

DAY 14: Rotorua - Auckland (B,L,D)

Depart Rotorua and travel to Hobbiton for a guided tour of the Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and buffet lunch. Your guide will recount details of how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Auckland. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. This evening enjoy dinner with your new friends.

Hotel Rydges Auckland

DAY 15: Depart Auckland (B)

Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

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Special Departure

2018

20 November - 4 December

 

   

Pricing

AUSTRALIAN TOUR PRICES

Departure
Point
Tour
Including
Airfare
  Pre
Paid
Taxes**
  Total
Per Person
Twin Share

Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

Gold Coast

Canberra

Cairns

Adelaide

Hobart

Launceston

Perth

$4999

$4999

$4999

$4999

$5229

$5279

$5299

$5299

$5299

$5549

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$185

$185

$185

$185 

$225

$215

$185

$175

$175

$175

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$5184

$5184

$5184

$5184

$5454

$5494

$5484

$5474

$5474

$5724

Land Only

Single Supplement

$4699

$1340

**Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

ALL INCLUSIVE TOUR PRICE

Fully escorted includes airfares, taxes, modern coach travel, 3.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions.

Stay a little longer

City Twin Share Single

Christchurch

Auckland

$100

$125

$200

$250

Extra night rates are per person in Australian Dollars, and based on room only.

If you are outside of Australia please contact us for Travel Agent recommendations. They will advise pricing in your local currency.