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11 Day Ultimate New Year

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The ultimate getaway featuring New Year’s Eve in Wellington


DURATION: 11 days

STARTS: Wellington

FINISHES: Christchurch

STYLE: Ultimate Small Group Tours

COACH: 20 seat Business Class







No hidden extras

Prepaid Attractions

  • Te Papa, NZ's National Museum i
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry, Premium Lounge i
  • Marlborough Winery and Tasting i
  • Larnach Castle and Ultimate High Tea i
  • Milford Sound Cruise and Lunch i
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw i
  • Lakes District Museum i
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey i
  • Wellington City Sights Tour i
  • Christchurch City Sights Tour i
  • Dunedin City Sights Tour i

Coach Features

  • 20 Business Class seats on a full-size coach
  • 2 door access; dedicated seat side storage with tray table; cup holder
  • Restroom; daily onboard Wi-Fi allowance


  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • 10 nights 4.5 star accommodation
  • 2 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 rail journey
  • 3 cruises
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Extensive Optional Activities
  • Ultimate Documentation Pack


  • 10 cooked breakfasts
  • 8 sumptuous dinners including complimentary pre-dinner drink at the Welcome Dinner and 2 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Intimate Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch
  • 1 lunch: Milford Sound Cruise
  • 1 Ultimate High Tea: Larnach Castle
  • Enjoy GPT Hotel Wine Time (discounted drinks) 
Day 1: Dinner not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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


Arrive Wellington (D)

On arrival into Wellington you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink as you meet your travelling companions.

Hotel InterContinental Wellington (Premium Room) (2 nights) i


Wellington - New Year’s Eve (B,D)

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Reboard your Ultimate Coach for an extensive city tour which showcases the history and culture on show. This afternoon is at leisure. This evening enjoy a pre-dinner drink to toast the New Year with your fellow travellers.

Hotel InterContinental Wellington (Premium Room) i


Wellington - Picton - Kaikōura (B,D)

This morning board the Interislander Ferry and experience the comfort and intimate setting of the Premium Lounge. Enjoy breakfast as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Board your Ultimate Coach for the short journey to Blenheim, where you will experience a personalised wine tasting at an iconic Marlborough Winery. You will taste award-winning wines and enjoy exploring the beautiful Marlborough vineyards before continuing south to Kaikōura.

Hotel Sudima Kaikōura i


Kaikōura - Christchurch (B)

This morning enjoy a leisurely start in this seaside village, where the mountains meet the sea. Kaikōura is renowned as one of the best places to see Sperm whales and other marine mammals. There is an opportunity to take a scenic flight to view the year-round population of Sperm whales (optional, weather permitting). Continue onto the garden city of Christchurch.

Hotel Sudima Christchurch City i


Christchurch - Dunedin (B,D)

Depart Christchurch and travel south through Oamaru, famous for its limestone. In Dunedin enjoy a city tour followed by some free time. You might be interested in a wildlife excursion to observe animals in their natural habitat (optional).

Hotel Distinction Dunedin Hotel i


Dunedin - Te Anau (B,D)

This morning 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 around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).

Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas i


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 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 at leisure, you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel Heritage Queenstown (2 nights) i


Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD)

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown with many optional activities available. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride or a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon. 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.

Hotel Heritage Queenstown i


Queenstown - Franz Josef (B,D)

Travel to Arrowtown, an old goldmining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the 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. Next you visit Franz Josef, where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers before arriving at your hotel for your overnight stay.

Hotel Te Waonui Forest Retreat i


Franz Josef - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,SD)

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory before arriving at Arthur’s Pass where you board the TranzAlpine, 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. On arrival into the elegant city of Christchurch, your Ultimate Coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. This evening reminisce on the memories shared with your new friends at the farewell dinner which includes selected beverages.

Hotel Sudima Christchurch City i


Depart Christchurch (B)

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

Pricing and Departure Dates

All Fare Types
pp, twin share
  - $8259
pp, twin share

Pre & Post Stays

Wellington$240 pp, twin share$480 single
Christchurch$215 pp, twin share$430 single

Optional Activities

Whilst your tour package includes an extensive range of pre-paid attractions and sightseeing, the Optional Activities outlined are available to enjoy during your free time. They will provide the ‘icing on the cake’ experience that will hold memories for a lifetime. Optional Activities will be booked with your Crew once on tour.

> VIEW ALL   Optional Activities for this tour.

Traveller Reviews > VIEW ALL

January 2023

This was an excellent tour, one of the best we have been on, we were very happy and would tour with GPT again. 

The meals were first class, excellent in taste and presentation, we did not see a bad dish the whole tour! We enjoyed all of the attractions and the accommodation was also first class. 

The Ultimate coach was spot on! It was as good as the travel agent said. And the driver was excellent, a very friendly manner, always helpful and he made the tour more enjoyable. 

G.F & C.F. Australia

January 2023

We found this trip to be wonderful and more personal being a small group. Very good value for money as well. 

The meals were outstanding and delicious, we both enjoyed all of the activities and attractions very much. We had an excellent welcome and super friendly service at every hotel we stayed at which was awesome. 

The driver was very friendly and made us feel very safe and welcome. We really enjoyed the commentary along the trip and found it very informative. The Ultimate coach was amazing! 

J.P. & K.P. Australia

January 2023

This tour was very scenic and a great experience overall. I will come back again and also recommend to friends. 

We had a good assortment of meals and excellent service at restaurants. I highly recommend all of the attractions on this tour. 

The driver was very professional, provided great commentary, very knowledgable, I highly recommend him. The Ultimate coach was very comfortable, and a great idea about the seat rotation. 

G.N. Australia

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