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, then another two visiting cultural Rotorua, before finishing your trip to New Zealand in Auckland, the 'City of Sails'.
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|Tour Type:||Low Cost Coach Tour|
|From:||Christchurch to Auckland|
|Departures:||Sep 2019 to May 2020|
|Price:||From (NZD) $4524 per person|
|Tour Operator:||Grand Pacific Tours|
|13 nights quality hotel accommodation|
|13 cooked breakfasts (B) and 11 dinners (D)|
|Modern coach travel with 2-door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows|
|Professional Coach Captain|
|Personalised 'meet and greet' on arrival and return airport transfers in New Zealand|
|Haggis Ceremony and 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, Museum of New Zealand|
|Skyline Gondola and Luge, Rotorua|
|Guided tour of thermal mud pools and geysers|
|Traditional Māori hāngī and concert|
|Auckland Explorer bus pass|
|City sights tours of Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch|
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Fly from your homeport to Christchurch where you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel (flight not included).
Stay: Quality Hotel Elms (D)
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 sheepdog memorial. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Aoraki Mount 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 Ōmarama.
Stay: Heritage Gateway Hotel (B, D)
Depart Ōmarama and see Lake Benmore before following the Waitaki River to Ōamaru, 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 comprised of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.
Stay: Mercure Leisure Lodge (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, for your overnight stay. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm 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 town 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)
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 jetboat 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 re-board 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 (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.
Stay: Heartland Hotel Glacier Country (B, D)
Travel to Hokitika and visit a pounamu (jade) studio. 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: Quality Hotel Elms (B, D)
Travel through the Lewis Pass and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you continue to the Marlborough region, 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: Ibis Wellington (2 nights) (B, D)
A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand. (Exhibition will run until April 2019, departures in May will receive a Guided Tour as alternative.) Cutting-edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Re-board 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 Mount Ruapehu and Mount Tongariro as you travel to Lake Taupō. 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)
Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at 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 a Māori hāngī and concert. (B, SD)
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)
Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. (B)
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