Discover the best of New Zealand’s iconic regions and attractions in a small group

19 Day Ultimate Discovery

TOUR CODE: UGPDY19

Inclusions

PREPAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Kauri Museum
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds*
  • Hole in the Rock Cruise including Island Stopover
  • Sky Tower
  • Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour and Lunch
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools and geysers*
  • Te Puia traditional Mãori Hãngi and Concert
  • Hawke’s Bay Express Napier
  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Cloudy Bay Estate Wine Tasting
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Lunch
  • Larnach Castle*
  • City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington,
    Christchurch and Dunedin

*Guided tour.

ULTIMATE SMALL GROUP TOURING

  • Return airfares from your homeport
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full-size vehicle, 2 door access and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • 18 nights 4.5 star accommodation
  • 4 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 rail journey
  • 4 cruises
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack
  • Souvenir group photo

MEALS

  • 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 15 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Mãori Hãngi and Concert, Rotorua; Walter
    Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch
  • 2 lunches including a Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton
  • 1 Ultimate High 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 Auckland (D)

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. This evening, meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre-dinner drink.

Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

DAY 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D)

Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach, depart Auckland 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 Mãori tribes and the British.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights)

DAY 3: Bay of Islands (Free Day) (B)

Today is a free day. 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 at leisure, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

DAY 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D)

This morning you will explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran.
Spend some time at Otehei Bay on Urapukapuka Island before you cruise to Cape Brett and the
famous Hole in the Rock. On return to Paihia travel south via Whangarei to Auckland.

Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

DAY 5: Auckland - Rotorua (B,L,D)

This morning enjoy a city sights tour including a visit to Sky Tower, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. 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. Your guide will recount details of how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.

Hotel Regent of Rotorua or similar (2 nights)

DAY 6: Rotorua (B,SD)

Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast, spectacular views and time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. 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 Mãori Hãngi and Concert.

DAY 7: Rotorua - Napier (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 the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world can be found. Board the Hawke’s Bay Express and hear informative commentary on the city’s fascinating history. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the city, you might choose to do a guided walk (optional).

Hotel Scenic Hotel Te Pania

DAY 8: Napier - Wellington (B,D)

Travel south this morning into Wellington for a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here. At Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, there is time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances.

Hotel InterContinental Wellington (Deluxe Room)

DAY 9: Wellington - Picton - Blenheim (B,D)

This morning board the Interislander Ferry and enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Board your Ultimate Coach for the short journey to Blenheim. This afternoon you will be treated to a unique wine and cheese tasting experience, set amongst the wine barrels at Cloudy Bay Estate, one of the original wine makers in the Marlborough region.

Hotel Marlborough Vintners Hotel

DAY 10: Blenheim - Kaikoura - Christchurch (B)

Tour through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine. At the seaside village of Kaikoura, where the mountains meet the sea, Sperm Whales and other marine mammals are often seen. Continue onto the garden city of Christchurch.

Hotel The George or similar

DAY 11: 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 Ultimate Coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing via Franz Josef to the township of Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel Distinction Fox Glacier or similar

DAY 12: Fox Glacier - Queenstown (B)

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast. 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 at leisure, you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel Heritage Queenstown (2 nights)

DAY 13: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD)

Today is a free day and there are plenty of optional activities available. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of scenic Skippers Canyon or get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious gourmet barbecue dinner featuring a menu of seasonal, fresh and locally sourced food 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 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. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).

Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas (2 nights)

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. You might like to cap off your Fiordland experience by watching the breathtaking film, Ata Whenua - Shadowland, which screens at the Fiordland Cinema (optional).

DAY 16: Te Anau - Dunedin (B,D)

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. Enjoy a city tour followed by some free time at leisure.

Hotel Distinction Dunedin Hotel

DAY 17: Dunedin - Mt Cook (B,D)

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour with time to wander around this Garden of International Significance. This is followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you travel to Mt Cook.

Hotel The Hermitage Hotel (Aoraki Wing)

DAY 18: Mt Cook - Christchurch (B,SD)

This morning 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. Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

Hotel The George

DAY 19: Depart Christchurch (B)

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

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2020

Sep 11, 26

Oct 26

Nov 16, 26

2021

Jan 14

Feb 4

Mar 1, 31

Apr 17, 22

May 7

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Pricing

tour price including airfares

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

Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

Gold Coast

Canberra

Cairns

Adelaide

Hobart

Launceston

Perth

$9319

$9319

$9319

$9319

$9549

$9599

$9619

$9619

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$9514

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$9794

$9844

$9814

$9799

$9799

$10,039

Land Only

Single Supplement

$9019

$2790

Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Airline taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

The above pricing is in Australian dollars and relevant to traveller’s ex Australia only. International travellers will be quoted in local currency by a travel provider based on New Zealand dollar pricing.


ALL INCLUSIVE TOUR PRICE

Tour includes airfares, taxes, transfers in NZ, Ultimate 20 seat coach travel, 4.5 star accommodation, most meals, sightseeing and attractions.

pre/ post stays

City Twin Share Single

Auckland

Christchurch

$160

$205

$320

$410

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

 

19 Day Ultimate Discovery

Overall Experience Rating 9.07

Ultimate is your name and Ultimate is certainly was! Small details make the difference an you are achieving this.

S.H. (UK)

Without doubt, this tour has been the best holiday experience we have ever had. From Day 1 the organisation and comfort have been first class. Chris Hannah (Coach Captain) a brilliant, witty and informative tour leader. The coach was amazing and took us to places we would probably have missed if we’d done fly-drive (which was our original intention). We would have no hesitation in recommending Grand Pacific to anyone!

UNKNOWN

Touring in a small group is a wonderful way to see New Zealand. With a great group of people and Coach Captain – we’ll be telling our travel agent how impressed we have been as we are the first people that they have booked on an Ultimate Discovery Tour.

D.S. (UK)

Cannot speak highly enough of my touring experience. I have really enjoyed NZ. The tour was made by our Coach Captain and his above and beyond manner. He made my holiday the best. Thanks.

C.L. (NSW)

A great tour. Loved it all. I have learned a lot about New Zealand and its history mainly due to our Coach Captain’s extensive knowledge and good presentations skills.

J.B. (SA)

Loving the 'solo' tour in N Z. A great group, leader and driver. Oh to see God's creation first hand! At the base of Mount Cook. 3724 mtr.

JC ( SA)

Very pleased with the experience as I had not been to NZ before and I found this G.P. tour was a relaxing way to do it - appropriately spaced comfort stops. Loved the fact that in most places – tables, seats etc were reserved for G.P. tour group.

GU (UK)

We were attracted to the small group tour, the itinerary and the included attractions – plus a little bit of luxury!!!

D.M & C.A (SA)

This is the first coach tour I have ever done – I really enjoyed it. It took any stress out of travelling and we were able to benefit from ‘local knowledge’. It was lovely just being able to sit back and enjoy the countryside. The hotels were of a very good standard and the service was good.

C.H (UK)