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Affordable Panorama

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Fully Guided Group Coach Scenic / Sightseeing
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 Trip Length
14 Days
 Trip Starts
Christchurch
 Trip Finishes
Auckland
14 Day Affordable Panorama Itinerary (Grand Pacific)
Countries Explored: New Zealand
Accommodation
3 - 3.5 Star
Max. Group Size
48
Trip Style
Classic Affordable
Trip Code
CGPN14

Overview

Read 11 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Grand Pacific's 14 Day Affordable Panorama. 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 of the South Island such as Dunedin, Milford Sound and Queenstown. Spend 5 nights touring the North Island, with two night stays in Wellington, and NZ's cultural centre Rotorua and finishing your tour in Auckland - the 'City of Sails'.

Itinerary

On arrival into Christchurch, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Stay: Heartland Hotel Cotswold or similar (D)

After a city tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, the Church of the Good Shepherd and 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)

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: Dunedin Leisure Lodge – A Distinction Hotel (B/SD)

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, gateway to Fiordland your overnight stay. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Rooms) (B/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. 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: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown Lakefront (B/L)

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader are 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 to 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. (B/SD)

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: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier– Graham Wing (B/D)

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

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: Distinction Rotorua (B/D)

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)

This morning depart Rotorua and travel north to Auckland. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure, then dinner at your hotel this evening. Stay: Rydges Auckland (B/D)

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

Trip Inclusions

  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift
  • Guided tour of Larnach Castle
  • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Te Papa, New Zealand's National Museum
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge
  • Agrodome
  • Guided tour of the thermal mud pools and geysers
  • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • City sights tour of Wellington, Dunedin & Christchurch

  • Personalised Meet and 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 and Tour Leader
  • 13 nights 3.5 star accommodation
  • 3 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 rail journey
  • 3 cruises
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack

  • 13 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 11 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Mãori Hãngi and Concert, Rotorua
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • 18th Oct, 3rd Nov 2022 - The TranzAlpine rail journey is not operating on these departures.
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
  • This tour is the first 14 days of the 16 Day Highlights of New Zealand Tour which heads onto the Bay of Islands for the final two nights. There is no facility once on tour to extend for the extra two days.
  • Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm
  • 22 January 2023 - On Day 9, you will now travel from Christchurch to Blenheim and overnight there instead of Wellington, then catch the ferry across to Wellington on Day 10

Trip Reviews (11) View All Most Recent 'Affordable Panorama' Reviews

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New Zealand tour of both Islands 2 , NSW, Australia, Nov 2019
Lovely 2 week tour of North and South Island. Very good accommodations. Our twin rooms could very easily accommodate 4. Very punctual transport to and from airport. A good mix of travellers from different countries.
New Zealand Panorama 1 , WA, Australia, Mar 2018
Thanks to Madeline at Global Journeys for arranging our travel. All went very smoothly. The tour with Grand Pacific was very enjoyable with knowledgeable and informative coach drivers. I was happy they were driving on some of the roads and not myself.
14 day Coach tour through South and North Island of NZ 11 , VIC, Australia, Mar 2017
The booking process through Global Journeys was smooth/easy and problem free. The accommodation was very good to excellent for all places. My only gripe: the bathrooms in some places should provide more hooks or towel rails to hang towels etc. (Also at one place the toilet seat would not stay up which made it awkward for me (male). The staff were friendly ...read more and knowledgeable, the coaches were clean and comfortable. There was a good bunch of people in the group (mostly elderly, all friendly) and as time went on we got to know each other well and had interesting conversations.

As for New Zealand, it is an amazing place and it impressed everyone of us. It's natural beauty is abundant both on the South and North Islands. We saw many mountains which still had snow, amazing fiords, many lakes and rivers with crystal clear water, large agricultural enterprises and a number of historic towns and cities. I think the places covered by the tour were all of interest and we covered a lot of things in the time available. I'd love to go back with kayaks or canoes and spend weeks to travel some of those rivers/lakes. We were impressed at how clean the towns/cities and country side were kept (no rubbish, no graffiti) which is a real complement to New Zealanders and tourists alike. I think NZ can be an example to many other countries (including Australia) in this respect.

Even the weather played its part and we had perfect sunny days with max temps in the low 20's on all days except one (when in Wellington it rained much of the day). All in all, our coach tour of NZ left us with many happy memories and I can highly recommend it to any other traveler. Just prey for some good weather (similar to what we had) in order to get the most out of it.
NZ Panorama - Grand Pacific 14 Day Tour 5 , QLD, Australia, Mar 2016
Great itinerary. My only suggestion would be to stay in Tongariro National Park (as I did on a previous trip), rather than two nights in boring old Wellington - typical of any big city world-wide. Had very good weather in the South Island but mainly wet conditions in the North Island. I cannot recommend the optional day trip in the Dart River wilderness ...read more of Mt. Aspiring N.P. (ex Queenstown) too highly - simply superb! The South Island hotels (esp. in Christchurch - Heartland Hotel, Cotswold) were generally better than those in the North Island where rooms & bathrooms tended to be small, but were very good otherwise. Having a second access door on the coaches was very beneficial. Both driver/guides, Peter & Linda, were very knowledgeable and pleasant, but were overworked, not having a tour guide with them.

Those who had been to NZ previously were a little bit "Maoried-out" with our itinerary, especially if adding the Bay of Islands, but we expected that to be the case. Five of us hired a people-mover in Auckland to travel the length of Northland. The highlight here was Harrison's Cape Runner from Kaitaia - a 7 hour trip to both sides of the peninsula in a 4WD bus for only $NZ 50 incl. a picnic lunch. We visited Houhora Heads, Rarawa Beach, Tapotupotu Bay, Cape Regina, 4Wdriving through Te Paki Stream, sand tobogganing, and driving along 90 Mile Beach. Very, very worthwhile! As usual, the organisation at this end by Global Journeys from Georgie Walpole was superb - as we have come to expect! All in all a great trip (my 4th to NZ, the previous being a North Is;and Rugby trip(!!!); calling in on a cruise; and the South Island with the superb 6-day hike through the Greenstone and Routeburn Tracks (when I was much younger (58) and had a pair of knees that still worked!!) Many thanks to all concerned!
14 Day New Zealand Panorama Tour 2 , QLD, Australia, Mar 2016
I was very impressed with the overall selection of the places we visited and the accommodation. However, I would like to add that, even though I rated our last hotel (Copthorne Hotel, Auckland) highly as we had been impressed with all other places and needed to hand in our report, I feel that I rated this place too soon as we were very unimpressed with ...read more this hotel and feel that it was not deserving of all Grand Pacific's other accommodation. It was definitely out-dated and tired but I would question the cleanliness of our room (eg we stayed 3 nights) and the house keeping didn't give us clean glasses, cups etc, we had to ask for more tea bags and even our bath seemed unclean as the bath mat had not been taken out of the bath which other hotels had done for cleaning. I could not recommend this hotel, but Grand Pacific's other selections were spot on. I would also like to give a high recommendation to our last driver 'Linda' whose service, attitude and friendliness plus exceptional knowledge of the area should be applauded.
Unable to fault any part of my holiday 0 , NSW, Australia, Oct 2015
I enjoyed my holiday and made new friends, am keeping in contact with one in particular. The accommodation and assistance due to my limited eyesight was fantastic and am unable to fault any part of my holiday including flights and help at both Sydney, Auckland and Christchurch airports. Thank you.
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