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16 Day Highlights of New Zealand Tour

Grand Pacific Tour starting in Christchurch and finishing in Auckland

Read 17 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Grand Pacific's 16 Day Highlights of New Zealand Tour. This fully inclusive tour offers unbeatable value and provides an excellent coverage of both the North and South Islands. Beginning in Christchurch, discover the delights...read more

Overview

Operator: Grand Pacific
Type: Tour (Affordable)
Style: Affordable
Max Group Size: 48
Duration: 16 Days
From: Christchurch to Auckland
Tour Code: GPNZ16
Visits: New Zealand
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$ 4,002
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day

1

Arrive Christchurch

Fly from your homeport to Christchurch where you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Stay: Heartland Hotel Cotswold or Quality Hotel Elms (D)
2

Christchurch - Omarama

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. Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel (B/D)
3

Omarama - Dunedin

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. Stay: Mercure Leisure Lodge (B/SD)
4

Dunedin - Te Anau

This morning travel out 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 a delicious Devonshire Tea. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, your overnight stay. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Rooms) (B/D)
5

Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown

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. Stay Two Nights: Mercure Queenstown Resort (B/L)
6

Queenstown (Free Day)

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain is available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, whether it be the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or getting up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. On arrival 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. (B/SD)
7

Queenstown - Arrowtown - Fox Glacier

Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village 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 to Fox Glacier. Time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. Stay: Heartland Hotel Glacier Country (B/D)
8

Fox Glacier - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to Arthur's Pass and 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 to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Stay: Heartland Hotel Cotswold (B/D)
9

Christchurch - Picton - Wellington

Travel through the Lewis Pass and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you continue to the Marlborough Country, famous for its food & wine. Continue to Picton, where you board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington. Stay Two Nights: Ibis Wellington (B/D)
10

Wellington

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 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. (B)
11

Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua

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. Stay Two Nights: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (B/D)
12

Rotorua

Today begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua where spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a luge ride! Travel to the 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 the awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon, then this evening you will experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert. (B/SD)
13

Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands

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. Stay Two Nights: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (B/D)
14

Bay of Islands

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 via Russell 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. (B/D)
15

Bay of Islands - Auckland

Depart the Bay of Islands this morning 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 sights tour. This evening you will be treated to a special farewell dinner with your new friends. Stay: Copthorne Hotel Auckland City (B/SD)
16

Depart Auckland

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

Day By Day

1

Arrive Christchurch

Fly from your homeport to Christchurch where you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Stay: Heartland Hotel Cotswold or Quality Hotel Elms (D)
2

Christchurch - Omarama

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. Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel (B/D)
3

Omarama - Dunedin

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. Stay: Mercure Leisure Lodge (B/SD)
4

Dunedin - Te Anau

This morning travel out 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 a delicious Devonshire Tea. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, your overnight stay. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Rooms) (B/D)
5

Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown

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. Stay Two Nights: Mercure Queenstown Resort (B/L)
6

Queenstown (Free Day)

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain is available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, whether it be the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or getting up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. On arrival 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. (B/SD)
7

Queenstown - Arrowtown - Fox Glacier

Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village 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 to Fox Glacier. Time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. Stay: Heartland Hotel Glacier Country (B/D)
8

Fox Glacier - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to Arthur's Pass and 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 to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Stay: Quality Elms (B/D)
9

Christchurch - Picton - Wellington

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 board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington. Stay Two Nights: Ibis Wellington (B/D)
10

Wellington

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 (Gallipoli Exhibition will run until end April. May tours will receive a Guided Tour). 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. (B/D)
11

Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua

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. Stay Two Nights: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (B/D)
12

Rotorua

Today begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua where spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a luge ride! Travel to the 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 the awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon, then this evening you will experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert. (B/SD)
13

Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands

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. Stay Two Nights: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (B/D)
14

Bay of Islands

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 via Russell 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. (B)
15

Bay of Islands - Auckland

Depart the Bay of Islands this morning 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 sights tour. This evening you will be treated to a special farewell dinner with your new friends. Stay: Rydges Auckland (B/SD)
16

Depart Auckland

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

Trip Inclusions

Pre Paid Attractions

Touring

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

Meals

  • 15 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast at Stratosfare Restaurant - Rotorua
  • 13 sumptuous dinners including 4 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony - Dunedin, Walter Peak Homestead - Queenstown, Maori Hangi & Concert - Rotorua, Farewell Dinner - Auckland (Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm)
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea at Larnach Castle

 

Trip Inclusions

Pre Paid Attractions

Touring

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

Meals

  • 15 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast at Stratosfare Restaurant - Rotorua
  • 13 sumptuous dinners including 4 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony - Dunedin, Walter Peak Homestead - Queenstown, Maori Hangi & Concert - Rotorua, Farewell Dinner - Auckland (Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm)
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea at Larnach Castle

 

Operator Details

Grand Pacific Reviews: (87)
Tours on Sale: 24
Accommodation: 3.5-4.5 Star
Average Age: 55+ years
Types: Coach Tours & Small Group Tours
Max Group Size(s): 48 & 20
Budget: Premium & Low Cost
Destinations: New Zealand

Reviews (17)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Highlights of New Zealand Tour with Grand Pacific.
NSW, Australia
Sep 2017
2 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“Fabulous New Zealand”
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We thoroughly enjoyed our 16-day trip to New Zealand with Grand Pacific. The organisation was excellent, the hotels were excellent and so was the food! The coaches were comfortable and the drivers took every opportunity to tell us about the sights and local history. They were good-humoured and made sure we knew what was happening each day and sorted out any queries. The trip included many extras and took us to places we may not have explored had we been on our own. Highly recommended.
NSW, Australia
Apr 2017
1 Helpful Vote
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“Wonderful trip to NZ”
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What a wonderful trip so far! We are really enjoying this tour from South to North islands with Grand Pacific. Well organised and worth of money. Thank you Ritcky and Chris, drivers and director for this beautiful journey! Thanks Hannah of Global Journey. Without you we would not make this dream come true.
QLD, Australia
Apr 2017
5 Helpful Votes
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Global Journeys made the online booking/payment step by step process very easy and I will definitely be booking travel with them again. We could not fault Grand Pacific. The travel pack they sent was very useful. Drivers/hosts on both Islands were very informative, very approachable and lots of fun. The quality of the accommodation and food was on the whole of a high standard. We liked that our luggage was delivered to and picked up from our rooms at each hotel. Our fellow travellers were great. Everyone mixed and got on very well and there were lots of laughs. It was a full on tour, packed with interesting places and sights. We enjoyed all aspects of trip but the highlights for us were Milford Sound and the Bay of Islands (including Russell) - just beautiful. Loved the sights of Rotorua and the included Hangi and Maori Concert in the evening was wonderful. TSS Earnshaw cruise and dinner was very nice but... a standard glass of wine costs $14.50!! I would thoroughly recommend Grand Pacific for those thinking of touring New Zealand.
Reply from Grand Pacific:
Kia Ora Margaret & Mary, thank you for your valuable feedback. We are thrilled to read about your lovely time in New Zealand including visiting the many included sites and attractions. Grand Pacific Tours run an extensive Quality Assurance Program which involves regular communication with our suppliers based on feedback from our travellers. Your comments regarding the cost of a standard glass of wine at Walter Peak has been addressed directly by our South Island Operations Manager with our TSS Earnslaw representative. We hope they will review our comments favourably. Once again, we appreciate your feedback.


NSW, Australia
Mar 2017
1 Trip
“Worry free holiday”
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Accommodation was great, The coach was comfortable and always clean the coach driver was very informative, safe and caring. I will definitely book with Global Journeys again for my next holiday and I recommend grand pacific.
May be take a neck rest pillow for travelling on the coach to get some rest. The food was very appetising - watch out if you are on a diet as it is very easy to put on weight.
NSW, Australia
Mar 2017
1 Trip
“Overall a good trip. Good flights with Air NZ.”
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Be prepared for lots of early mornings. We had a good mix of people. Our coach driver on South Island said we were the best group ever. We would definitely book again with Global Journeys. Very professional nothing to much trouble.
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