14 Day Affordable Panorama

14 Day Affordable 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 2021 to May 2022
Price: From (NZD) $4714 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Duration: 14 Days
Tour Code: GPNZ14

Inclusions

13 nights 3.5 star accommodation
13 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
11 sumptuous dinners* including 3 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Mãori Hãngi and Concert, Rotorua
1 picnic lunch: Milford Sound Cruise
1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle
Haggis Ceremony and Gift
Larnach Castle guided tour
Milford Sound Cruise and Lunch
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
City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch, you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions.

Stay: Quality Hotel Elms (D)

Day 2
Christchurch - Ōmarama

After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, The Church of the Good Shepherd and 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
Ōmarama - 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: Hotel Dunedin Leisure Lodge – A Distinction Hotel (B, SD)

Day 4
Dunedin - Te Anau

This morning travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you 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 and your overnight stay. Today 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 which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. This evening is free, you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront (2 nights) (B, L)

Day 6
Queenstown at Leisure

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader are available to assist with the many optional activities available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or to 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)

Day 7
Queenstown - Arrowtown - Fox Glacier

Travel to Arrowtown 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 north to the township of 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 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. On arrival into the elegant city of Christchurch, your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Stay: Quality Hotel Elms (B, D)

Day 9
Christchurch - Picton - Wellington

Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikōura. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you travel through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine. Continue to Picton, where you will 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. 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 - Taupō - 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 Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is 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 awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Mãori Hãngi and Concert. (B, SD)

Day 13
Rotorua - Auckland

Depart Rotorua and travel north to Auckland to enjoy an afternoon at leisure to discover the ‘City of Sails’. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Rydges Auckland or similar (B, D)

Day 14
Depart Auckland

Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. (B)

4.6/5.0

There are 22 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.6 out of 5.

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5
02/03/2019
Set of words can never explain how wonderful tour I had with your agency - tied up with Grand Pacific Tour. What an amazing service I received. The best thing was, I did not have to pick my luggage anywhere. All the hotels were good. Coach at South Island - Rod was full of information and what expertise in driving! Incredible. All arrangements were very smooth. Special thanks to Kris who took care of me like my own family person. She was so caring and active person. I also would like to say that the cost you charged me was "commendable" honestly. At this cost, such tour is truly impossible for anyone else. Even though I was a solo person on tour, all my arrangements were incredible. Marie, you are simply an angel and I sincerely wish you and your organisation a great success ahead. I have shared your agency details on Instagram and FB, in case anyone plans to travel to NZ :) Thanks a million and God bless you loads.
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23/02/2019
This was a wonderful way to be introduced to New Zealand. Our driver and guide were friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. The hotels were sometimes basic, but they were always clean and met our needs.
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08/02/2019
Excellent tour with great captains Jeff and Murray. New Zealand is amazing and tour was very well organized except of small hiccup with airport transfer in Auckland
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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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14 Day Affordable Panorama
Low Cost Coach Tour
Tour Code: GPNZ14
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Departures: Sep 2021 to May 2022
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22 reviews (4.6/5)

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