14 Day New Zealand Panorama

14 Day New Zealand Panorama

Join the affordable New Zealand Panorama coach tour with Grand Pacific and discover the delights of the South Island such as Dunedin, Milford Sound and Queenstown. Head north across the Cook Strait and spend two nights in Wellington, and another two visting cultural Rotorua before finishing your trip to New Zealand in Auckland, the City of Sails.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Low Cost Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Auckland
Departures: Sep 2018 to May 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $3984 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Pace: Comfortable
Duration: 14 Days
Tour Code: GPNZ14

Inclusions

13 nights quality hotel accommodation
13 cooked breakfasts & 11 dinners
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
Haggis Ceremony & Gift
Guided tour of Larnach Castle
Milford Sound Cruise
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 Rotorua
Agrodome
Guided tour of the thermal mud pools and geysers
Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
Auckland Explorer Bus Pass
City sights tour of Wellington, Dunedin & Christchurch
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

Fly from your homeport to Christchurch where you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel (flight not included).

Stay: Heartland Hotel Cotswold (D)

Day 2
Christchurch - Omarama

After a city 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)

Day 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)

Day 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, 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)

Day 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: Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights) (B, L)

Day 6
Queenstown at leisure

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)

Day 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 (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Stay: Heartland Hotel Glacier Country (B, D)

Day 8
Fox Glacier - Arthurs Pass - Christchurch

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as 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)

Day 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: Ibis Wellington (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 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. (Exhibition will run until April 2018, Departures in May will receive a Guided Tour as alternative). Other 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)

Day 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: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 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)

Day 13
Rotorua - Auckland

This morning depart Rotorua and travel north to Auckland. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel. Your transfer arrangements will be confirmed with you (if applicable).

Stay: Rydges Auckland (B, D)

Day 14
Depart Auckland

Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. Or you might want to consider the 16 Day Highlights of New Zealand Tour which continues onto the Bay of Islands for the final two nights. There is no facility once on tour to extend for the extra two days. (B)

4.6/5.0

There are 19 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.6 out of 5.

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5
22/03/2018
We experience a lot of New Zealand in just 15 days. The long bus rides were tiring but unavoidable. Loved the country! Want to go back and take a more leisurely pace.
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5
07/03/2018
We both had a great time. Our driver/guides (Warren and Greg) were both very friendly and informative, going out of their way to make sure everyone got the most out of the tour. All our hotels were lovely and the food was terrific. The included extras were fabulous and we saw much more than we would have done if we took a drive ourselves trip. The optional extras were a bit expensive for our pockets but those we took were good. The only extra I would like to see would be an "optional extra" tour to Hobbiton from Rotorua during the free afternoon we spent there - we would not have liked to miss the morning activities. We did the trip to Hobbiton by ourselves from Auckland but it was a very long day - 3 hrs in a bus each way. The one hour trip from Rotorua would have been much better. We did notice that the standard of accommodation on our second night - the free extra night - in Auckland dropped suddenly e.g. internet access changed, wet bathmat not replaced, missing clock not replaced. The Ibis Hotel had bad security when one of our tour members was given access to a room (not his own) without any ID required. However, overall, had a great time!
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04/03/2018
Both our driver guides were very informative and good drivers. (The two Steves.) Would have appreciated longer time at the stops.
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23/02/2018
Overall the tour was extremely good, I guess I did not realise the distances we were covering so many of the days were very long. An extra two night stay would help on the South Island although some places where you stay would not have been suitable for an extra night. Many people on the bus were very tired by the end of the 8 days in the south.
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13/03/2017
Loved the South Island. There was always lots to do and see. Peter our guide was great - very knowledgeable.
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18/02/2017
Sights were amazing, accommodation very good, meals excellent. Pace was okay, a bit long in bus a few occasions (especially Christchurch to Picton). Felt coach captain was good but he had a very large group of 48, too much for one person - I would have like an escort to assist us.
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23/11/2016
I would have rated it excellent except for the miscommunication between Grand Pacific Tours and the operator of the Milford Sound cruise. Our cruise was cancelled and we missed seeing Milford Sound.
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05/11/2016
Got back from an incredible, lovely, fascinating, awesome journey of New Zealand. What a beautiful country. In-spite of the strong earthquake we felt in Wellington, nothing could stop us from a wonderful trip. We are full in capacity 42 I think, everybody is on time, get along and takes good care of one another, that is what made your trip worthwhile. We commended and applaud from Marie (tour consultant) to Riki - South Island coach guide and driver, Kevin - North Island coach guide and driver and the two lovely ladies from Christchurch and Auckland who attended our needs, thank you all so very much.
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14/11/2015
Marie was on top of everything and very prompt in her responses. Great customer service! While both tour driver/directors were excellent, Andrew (South Island) was superb. Food in each hotel were excellent. The dinner at Walter Peak station (Queensland ) was wonderful. Christchurch hotel is dated and accommodation could be improved. 46 people in a coach tour is somewhat larger than we are used to. Overall very happy with the tour and would recommend Grand Pacific to friends.
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03/11/2015
The tour was very well organised and everything ran smoothly. I lost my luggage at the airport and Johnette was very helpful in assisting with the recovery. It was great to have someone to speak to get it resolved.
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27/10/2015
The tour was well organised, we didn't need to worry about our luggage , practically all meals were catered for, a few adds on were included. Drivers were all good, very thorough. However, some days were unnecessary long , eg the trip to Mt.Cook, visiting two lakes which are almost the same. Some of the activities were not very appealing to Australians eg the Agrodome and the visit to the wild life farm which hadn't got wild animals. I would have like some more walks in the rain forest or the National parks, or places where NZ was famous for as we can see in movies!
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05/10/2015
Excellent tour. Drivers very informative and entertaining. Got to see a lot in the time on tour. Would use this tour company again.
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18/04/2015
Congratulations to Tour consultants Mani and Toni - their pre tour prompt communications and attention to detail with bookings were exceptional! Both Steves (Nth and Sth Islands' Coach drivers) were also exceptional and very knowledgeable and friendly. Coaches were always spotless. Both exceeded my expectations in their service and communications. I would bring to Grand Pacific's attention that the South Island coach blew very cold air down over the cold windows. Everyone had to wear coats to keep warm. Secondly the Nth Island coach's rear steps were often too steep for some seniors! The tour itself was very good up until Wellington and Auckland where the accommodations were disappointing and not up to the standard of everywhere else. Attractions included in the tour were enjoyable as well as optional extras. Sadly we were not able to take a helicopter ride over Franz Josef glacier due to arriving too late one day and leaving too early the next! Biggest disappointment - being dumped off the coach in Auckland! Some sightseeing with the group in Auckland and a farewell dinner together that night would have rounded off the trip nicely. It would also have given us a chance to contribute to a collection (tip) for our Driver Steve who deserved it.
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18/02/2015
Both tour guides/coach drivers were excellent and provided great commentary on the country and sights. Hotels also were very good. The sights of New Zealand are fantastic!
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05/02/2015
Our Tour Consultant Leanne was very helpful during the planning stage. Tour was well organized. The Coach Captains were knowledgeable, responsible and professional. Selection of hotels, food service and included site seeing were of superior value. Will recommend to friends. Thank you.
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17/11/2014
Tour was lovely saw the wonderful scenery of New Zealand and the lovely and helpful people. From Leanne at Relaxing Journeys booking it up for us with no hassle, to the two drivers Paul in the South Island a man so knowledgeable about the South Island he makes it come alive for his coach party, and Linda in the North Island again so knowledgeable and nice to have a lady driver (good at finding things lost on the coach) . Our coach party were a nice crowd we all got on very well. A trip of a lifetime.
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05/11/2014
This tour was excellent in nearly all respects, although we initially reacted with some dismay to find out there were 47 people on the tour (the most we have ever toured with), all were very respective of their tour mates and virtually never late, which we have found rare on tours such as this. The coaches were first rate as were their drivers. Grand Pacific's attention to detail and organization was commendable. However, they dropped the ball with their hotel choice in Auckland. The Auckland City Copthorne is not convenient to restaurants or anything else a traveler staying more than one day might want. The hotel is at the edge of the University of Auckland Campus on one side and a somewhat blighted industry/business area on the other. Grand Pacific apparently got a bargain rate from the hotel for the warehousing of its passengers overnight before transferring them to the airport the following morning. The Copthorne Harbour would have been a good choice if Grand Pacific cared about its passengers as much as its bottom line since it is across the street from the ferry terminal and very near restaurants, stores and other amenities. Also, the 44 pound weight limit for each passenger's checked bag is ridiculous in light of the fact that all of the airlines that we flew on: United to Sydney, Virgin Australia to and from Cannes, Air New Zealand to Christchurch, and Air New Zealand from Auckland to Los Angeles have a 50 pound (23 kilo) weight limit. This is a comment we heard from other people on our tour.
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13/04/2014
Was indeed a great experience. Loved the beautiful landscapes that NZ has to offer. Tour was planned well and executed. Food was good, and accommodation was good in most places. Tour guides were knowledgeable and experienced. Lovely bunch of people in the tour.
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05/02/2014
Had a fantastic time, from start to finish. Had a lovely group, lots of laughs and banter. Steve our driver was brilliant, so kind and helpful and his knowledge is amazing. He never stopped trying to make our trip the best ever and he succeeded. Great ambassador for Grand Pacific. Hotels excellent with the exception of the Fox Glacier hotel. This one lets Grand Pacific down badly. The walk to the glacier is nonsense as it is about an hour's walk so this whole day should be removed from the itinerary. North Island was different, hotels and visits very good. Although Steve is a very good Driver and was helpful, he had a hard act to follow from Steve in the South Island. Again we had a great time and thank you for your help in getting the two single rooms for me and my brother. I would certainly recommend your tours to anyone in the UK. I work as a tourist guide in and around Birmingham, Stratford Upon Avon, Oxford and the Cotswolds and have done a lot of tour managing with Titan and Travelsphere, so I will certainly recommend you to everyone. Thank you again.
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14 Day New Zealand Panorama
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Departures: Sep 2018 to May 2019
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