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 Info

Tour Type: Low Cost Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Auckland
Departures: Sep 2018 to May 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $3929 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Duration: 14 Days
Tour Code: GPNZ14

Inclusions

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
Agrodome
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
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation and 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 - Ōmarama

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)

Day 3
Ōmarama - Dunedin

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)

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, for your overnight stay. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm 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 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)

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 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)

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 - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch

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: 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 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)

Day 10
Wellington

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)

Day 11
Wellington - Taupō - Rotorua

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)

Day 12
Rotorua

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)

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. (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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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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14 Day New Zealand Panorama
Low Cost Coach Tour
Tour Code: GPNZ14
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Departures: Sep 2018 to May 2019
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