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Ultimate Showcase

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Fully Guided Coach Small Group Scenic / Sightseeing
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 Trip Length
19 Days
 Trip Starts
Auckland
 Trip Finishes
Christchurch
19 Day Ultimate Showcase Itinerary (Grand Pacific)
Countries Explored: New Zealand
Accommodation
4 - 4.5 Star
Max. Group Size
20
Trip Style
Ultimate
Trip Code
UGPS19

Overview

Read 4 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Grand Pacific's 19 Day Ultimate Showcase. Discover the best of New Zealand's North and South Islands on this all inclusive small group holiday. You will experience a blend of culture and cosmopolitan living in the North Island and then be overwhelmed by the awe inspiring beauty of the South Island. This tour will also visit some lesser know regions such as the Art Deco city of Napier and the wine producing region of the Wairarapa. Enjoy 36 sumptuous meals including a range of specialty evenings,...read more 18 nights of premium accommodation including 4 two night stays and an endless range of pre paid attractions. All the iconic experiences are included - a Maori Hangi and Concert, the Tranz Alpine Rail Journey and the Milford Sound Cruise.

Itinerary

On arrival in Auckland you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre-dinner drink. Stay: Crowne Plaza Auckland (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 Maori tribes and the British. Stay Two Nights: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (B/D)

Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach, a day trip to Kerikeri or a spectacular scenic flight. The choice is yours and your Coach Captain will be available to assist. This evening is also at leisure, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). (B)

This morning you will explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands including an island visit 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. On return to Paihia travel south via Whangarei before returning to Auckland. Stay: Crowne Plaza Auckland (B/D)

This morning enjoy the Total Tower Experience at the Sky Tower. At 328 metres, the Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and offers breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction. Glass-fronted elevators take visitors up to the observation levels in only 40 seconds. The main observation level provides a 360 degree view of Auckland. Travel 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: Regent of Rotorua (B/L/D)

Today begins with a Gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast with spectacular views and 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 the awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening you will 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 the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world can be found. Hear informative commentary of the city’s fascinating history. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the city, you might choose to do a guided walk (optional). Stay: Scenic Hotel Te Pania (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. Stay: InterContinental Wellington (Premium Room) (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, where you will experience a unique wine and cheese tasting at Cloudy Bay Estate, one of the original winemakers in the Marlborough region. Continue south to Kaikõura. Stay: Sudima Kaikoura (Ocean View Room) (B/D)

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. Stay: The George (B)

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 Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. Stay: Distinction Fox Glacier or similar (B/D)

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you 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. Stay Two Nights: Heritage Queenstown (B)

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. (B/SD)

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. This evening you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Stay Two Nights: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas (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 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". Enjoy a city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. The sweet tooth might like to tour Cadbury World (optional) whilst others might be interested in a tour of the Speight's Brewery (optional). Stay: Distinction Dunedin (B/D)

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 to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you travel to Mt Cook for your overnight stay. Stay: The Hermitage Hotel (B/D)

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 newfound friends. Stay: The George (B/SD)

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
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour & Lunch
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Thermal Mud Pools & Geysers
  • Te Papa, New Zealand's National Museum
  • Interislander Ferry
  • Cloudy Bay Estate Wine Tasting
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Milford Sound Cruise and Lunch
  • Larnach Castle Guided Tour
  • City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin

  • 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

  • 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast at Stratosfare Restaurant in Rotorua
  • 15 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Farewell Dinner with selected beverages, Christchurch
  • 2 lunches: Hobbiton, Shire’s buffet; Milford Sound Cruise
  • 1 Ultimate High Tea at Larnach Castle

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • 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 (4) Most Recent 'Ultimate Showcase' Reviews

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Grand Pacific Ultimate Journey of New Zealand   0 , QLD, Australia, Sep 2019
An excellent way to see New Zealand in business class comfort. Grand Pacific Tours 20 seat touring coach was very easy to use and provided excellent viewing of the passing countryside. Their seat rotation policy worked very well. Be aware that some time was taken visiting sites that were a waste of time such as Fox Glacier. There was nothing to see ...read more as the glacier itself has retreated so far that you need a high power telescope to see it. However, the overall mix of activities suited the majority of the 20 people on this tour. We travelled 4120 km and saw both the North and South Islands of NZ.
Grand Pacific Ultimate Tour of New Zealand... Definitely! 1 , NSW, Australia, Mar 2019
Would definitely travel with this operator (Grand Pacific) again if they were available in the country that we wished to travel. We were impressed with the accommodation, food and journey... definitely "ultimate"...

Our travel consultant (Hannah) was excellent in every way and we will definitely stick with Global Journeys.
New Zealand Traveller   3 , WA, Australia, Nov 2018
Our recent tour of New Zealand's North and South Islands on a Grand Pacific small group tour exceeded our expectations. A significant highlight was a better understanding of the Maori culture and the history of the early settlers on North Island. Our visit and tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the treaty between the Maori tribes and ...read more the British in the Bay of Islands was a memorable experience. The overall tour itinerary was well balanced and the scenery throughout both North and South Islands was stunning and ever changing.

Travelling in style in an Ultimate New Zealand small group coach made for comfortable travel throughout the tour. The overnight hotel accommodation and service provided was excellent without exception. The itinerary balanced travel, excursions and free-time to enjoy additional optional activities really well. Having good weather for most of our 19-day trip added to the enjoyment which included a pleasant transfer by sea through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton.

For those planning to tour New Zealand we recommend viewing the video "Shadowland" to wet your appetite with stunning views of Fiordland. My wife and I rated our New Zealand Holiday better than our trip to Canada a few years ago.
Great Holiday. Outstanding coach and driver/tour leader. 2 , NSW, Australia, Apr 2018
Took us from Auckland to the top of North Island then down through the rest of the North Island, across the Cook Straight and a comprehensive adventure through the South Island ending back in Christchurch.

Highlights were The Hole in the Rock (Bay of Islands), Geysers (Rotorua), Art Deco buildings (Napier) and Te Papa Museum. Crossing the Cook Straight ...read more to South Island then experiencing the recovery work from earthquakes at Kaikoura coast through Christchurch. The Mountains, with Arthurs Pass and Haast Pass. Queenstown , Milford Sound (with waterfalls) and beautiful Dunedin. Capped off with Mount Cook scenery and a great farewell in Christchurch.

Small group concept in "Ultimate" coach works very well. Our group developed into a virtual "family" over the 19 days.
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