Classic Showcase

  Avg. Trip Rating 4.7 Based on 34 Reviews. No Booking FeesDedicated Consultant
Fully Guided Coach Group Scenic / Sightseeing
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 Trip Length
19 Days
 Trip Starts
Auckland
 Trip Finishes
Christchurch
19 Day Classic Showcase Itinerary (Grand Pacific)
Countries Explored: New Zealand
Accommodation
4 Star
Max. Group Size
48
Trip Style
Classic
Trip Code
CGPS19

Overview

Read 34 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Grand Pacific's 19 Day Classic Showcase. This tour offers luxury travel at a relaxed pace. There is no better way to see New Zealand! Formerly named the 'Grand New Zealand', this year it's be renamed to 'New Zealand Showcase' but remains a comprehensive holiday through both the North and South Islands, incorporating visits to some of the lesser-known regions of New Zealand such as the Art Deco city of Napier and the wine-producing region of Wairarapa. The tour also features superior hotel accommodation...read more with a number of two night stays, making this a very comfortable and relaxed holiday.

Itinerary

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Stay: Skycity Hotel (D)

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 Maori tribes and the British. Stay Two Nights: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (B/D)

Today is at leisure for you to explore an array of exciting activities available in the beautiful Bay of Islands (own expense). Perhaps you would enjoy a day tour to the very top of New Zealand including a drive along the sands of Ninety Mile Beach before visiting the lighthouse at Cape Reinga. You may prefer an interesting tour of Russell to gain an insight into New Zealand's earliest European history, or visit the Kerikeri basin to browse through its fine arts and crafts. There are also many water activities. Swim with dolphins, sail on a Tall Ship, or try your hand at fishing. The choice is yours and your Coach Captain will be available to assist. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). (B)

This morning you will explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran. Cruise to Cape Brett and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’, keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life. Return to Paihia and travel south via Whangarei to Auckland. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. This evening is also free to explore the many eateries surrounding your hotel. Stay: Skycity Hotel (B)

Today enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for 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. Stay Two Nights: Distinction Rotorua (B/L/D)

Today begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Travel to the 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 Maori Hangi and Concert. (B/SD)

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 a city tour will showcase an impressive collection of art deco buildings. Enjoy some free time to explore the fascinating architecture before travelling through the Wairarapa, an emerging cool-climate wine region. Stay: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park Wairarapa (B/D)

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Greytown to see the most complete example of original Victorian wooden architecture. Drive through the scenic Rimutaka Mountain Range into Wellington, enjoy a city tour of the nation's capital which highlights the history and culture on show here. Stay: James Cook Grand Chancellor (Executive Room) (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. This afternoon board the Interislander Ferry, cross Cook Strait and travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton where you board your coach for the short journey to Blenheim. Stay: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (B/D)

Tour through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine, then travel to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Continue onto the garden city of Christchurch for an introductory city sights tour. Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (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 Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) (B/D)

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast to Fox Glacier. 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 free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants. Stay Two Nights: Mercure Queenstown Resort (Lake View Rooms) (B)

Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain and Tour Leader are available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the 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. (B/SD)

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. This evening you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Stay Two Nights: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe 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 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). (B/L/D)

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ and enjoy a city tour. 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 a delicious Devonshire Tea. Tonight, a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift. Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (B/SD)

Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. 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 Twizel for your overnight stay. Stay: MacKenzie Country Hotel (B/D)

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 for a city tour. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends. Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (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

  • Kauri Museum
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds Guided tour
  • Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Sky Tower
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour & Lunch
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Guided tour of the geothermal mud pools & geysers
  • Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Te Papa, NZ's National Museum
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift
  • Guided tour of the Larnach Castle
  • City sights tour of Auckland, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin

  • 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
  • 18 nights 4 star accommodation
  • 4 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 rail journey
  • 4 cruises
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack

  • 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast at Stratosfare Restaurant - Rotorua
  • 15 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin
  • 2 lunches including a Shire's buffet lunch: Hobbiton
  • 1 delicious morning tea at Glenfalloch Restaurant - Dunedin

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • 12th Sep, 5th & 14th 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
  • Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm

Trip Reviews (34) View All Most Recent 'Classic Showcase' Reviews

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Well organized tour of North Island. 0 , ACT, Australia, Oct 2022
We travelled with Grand Pacific around the North Island on a Classic Tour. I would recommend this tour as it was good value for money. The hotels were excellent, our luggage taken care of, coach comfortable. Every day was packed and we were taken to all important sites/activities. To do this on one's own would be extremely difficult. Would recommend ...read more the Ultimate Tour if money is not a consideration as did find the number of people on our trip rather overwhelming! However everyone was very friendly and the tour guide and driver could not be faulted.
19 Day New Zealand Showcase   2 , NSW, Australia, Mar 2020
Very well organised tour. Everything was attended to in a professional manner, from getting our luggage to and from our rooms, to comfort stops and moving us from place to place. The hotels were of a high standard, and the meals provided were delicious and had lots of variety. The tour was in my opinion, of excellent value. We didn’t have a lot of free ...read more time, however that meant we were covering a lot of territory, giving us the best travel experience.
A trip of two halves, I dont mean the Islands 4 , NSW, Australia, Nov 2019
Kauri Museum, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, optional trip to Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach, Lord of the Rings Movie set and dinner at Walter Peak Station would be the highlights. We missed going to Milford Sound the road was closed due to snow fall and possible avalanche. The drivers provided information about New Zealand which was different. Kev our North ...read more Island driver did a great job, he enjoyed a chat. The South Island driver was informative but lacked a bit of the personal touch. He didn’t mix with us much at all, he handled the coach OK. The coach was not cleaned while travelling in the South Island. Some stops were very rushed, others were longer than needed. We did not have much opportunity to appreciate some of the beautiful scenery i.e. no photo stops.

The accommodation was great, although a couple of the places were a bit tired and some up to three kilometres from town e.g. Queenstown. Showers over the bath make it difficult for people with limited mobility. The quality of meals generally were of a good standard although a little repetitive, being a roast meal most nights, everyone really looked forward to the nights we had a-la-carte menus. The coach was not equipped with Wi-Fi. Would suggest future travellers to New Zealand thoroughly research other operators before signing with Grand Pacific. Thanks to Yvonne for professionally organising our travel yet again with Global Journeys.
Grand pacific New Zealand 19 day 0 , QLD, Australia, Oct 2019
Very happy with booking the trip with Global Journeys. No hitches at all. Too easy... We enjoyed the New Zealand trip very much. Very professional tour company. Comfortable coach, good crew. Accommodation super and food very well catered. Plenty of sightseeing options and much included in package.
New Zealand at its best 0 , ACT, Australia, Sep 2019
The North Island delighted and informed us with visits to Auckland, the Geysers near Rotorua, the Maori cultural centre there, the site of the signing of the Waitangi Treaty, the Bay of Isles, Napier and Wellington. Driving through varied and beautiful countryside, all interesting. The South Island was impressive with its snow peaked mountains, the ...read more difference between west and east coasts, Queenstown, a cruise on Milford Sound in the rain, snow leaving the mountains near Mt Cook, a jet boat tour of Haast River. Wonderful memories. We had packed warm clothing and wet weather gear and needed it. We were early in the season, a month later might have been better. But then we would not have seen all those spring lambs and calves.
19 Day Tour of New Zealand   0 , WA, Australia, Feb 2019
Very enjoyable holiday, plenty to see and do. All hotels were exceedingly good as were the meals, a mixture of buffet style and table service. Would recommend this tour to my friends.
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