Enjoy the Festive Season Kiwi style on this fully escorted tour

17 Day Festive Season Tour (21 Dec)

TOUR CODE: GPNX17-R

Inclusions

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Christchurch Tram
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift
  • Larnach Castle*
  • 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
  • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Kauri Museum*
  • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington & Auckland

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

TOURING

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

MEALS

  • 16 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 13 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua
  • Christmas Day Lunch: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 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. This evening meet your travelling companions.

Hotel Quality Hotel Elms (2 nights)

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

Today is a free day to explore Christchurch. Enjoy a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at your leisure, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions.

DAY 3: Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass  - Fox Glacier (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 Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

DAY 4: Fox Glacier - Queenstown (B,D)

See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty. At Arrowtown, an old gold mining village, visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to picturesque Queenstown, situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions.

Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights)

DAY 5: Queenstown - Christmas Day  (B,L) 

Merry Christmas! Today board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Enjoy a gourmet Christmas lunch and the best of NZ’s high country cuisine in the Colonel’s Homestead. Reboard the TSS Earnslaw and enjoy a sing along by the piano on your return cruise to Queenstown. This evening is free to dine at leisure.

DAY 6: Queenstown - Te Anau (B,L,D)

This morning travel to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Enjoy 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. You might like to cap off your Fiordland experience by watching the breathtaking film, Ata Whenua - Shadowland, which screens at the Fiordland Cinema (optional). 

Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)

DAY 7: 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. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Hotel Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge (formally Mercure Leisure Lodge)

DAY 8: Dunedin - Mt Cook - Omarama (B,D)

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone, then follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you continue to marvel at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Travel to Omarama for your overnight stay.  

Hotel Heritage Gateway 

DAY 9: Omarama - Christchurch (B,D) 

Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and see the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch for an informative city tour.

Hotel Quality Hotel Elms

DAY 10: Christchurch - Picton  - Wellington (B)

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 - New Year’s Eve (B,D)

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 before enjoying dinner at the hotel. You may wish to walk down to the waterfront at leisure to see in the New Year.

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 - Bay of Islands (B,D)

This morning depart Rotorua 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.

Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights)

DAY 15: Bay of Islands (B)

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 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. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

DAY 16: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D)

Depart the Bay of Islands 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 tour. This evening enjoy a final dinner with your new found friends.

Hotel Rydges Auckland

DAY 17: 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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2019

Dec 21

 

 

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

$5939

$5939

$5939

$5939

$6169

$6219

$6239

$6239

$6239

$6489

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$185

$185

$185

$185

$245

$230

$190

$190

$190

$175

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$6124

$6124

$6124

$6124

$6414

$6449

$6429

$6429

$6429

$6664

Land Only

Single Supplement

$5639

$1640

Prices are in Australian Dollars. **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 tour 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

$110

$135

$220

$270

Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Subject to availability.

 

17 Day Festive Season Tour (21 Dec)

Overall Experience Rating 8.59

Have wanted to come to NZ for years and it is just as I imagined it. The people are so friendly, a beautiful country, will treasure it along with the Maori culture.

A.T. (NSW)

We have had the best time ever. So well organised, interesting and fun. It has exceeded our expectations. Thank you so much.

D.G. (UK)

Whole trip was a wonderful experience with a great variety of scenery, meals and experiences.

N&A.S (SA)

Very enjoyable tour. This was our first ever Christmas tour (we have travelled on many coach tours all over the world – this one rates with the best).

A.B. (VIC)