15 Day Treasures of New Zealand Tour
15 Day Treasures of New Zealand Tour
An exclusive tour of the South and North Islands at an affordable price.
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|Tour Type:||Low Cost Coach Tour|
|From:||Christchurch to Auckland|
|Departures:||Nov 2018 to Mar 2019|
|Price:||From (NZD) $4874 per person|
|Tour Operator:||Grand Pacific Tours|
|14 nights quality hotel accommodation|
|14 cooked breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), and 12 dinners (D) including 3 specialty dinners (SD)|
|Modern coach travel with 2-door access, restroom, reclining seats, and panoramic windows|
|Professional Coach Captain and Tour Guide|
|Personalised meet and greet on arrival and return airport transfers in New Zealand|
|Haggis Ceremony and gift|
|Milford Sound and lunch|
|Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw|
|Lakes District Museum|
|TranzAlpine rail journey|
|Cruise on the Interislander ferry|
|Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand|
|Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge|
|Thermal mud pools and geysers|
|Traditional Māori hāngī and concert|
|Hobbiton Movie Set tour and lunch|
|City sights tours of Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington|
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Day by Day Tour Itinerary
On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.
Stay: Heartland Hotel Cotswold (2 nights) (D)
Today is a free day to explore Christchurch. We have included a day pass on the historic Christchurch Tram for a journey in style through the changing face of the Christchurch city centre. You can also take advantage of the discount coupons in your Optional Tours Directory. (B, D)
After an introductory city sights 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 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 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 comprising 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 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 (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 and Tour Guide are available to assist with the many sightseeing options available including 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. 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 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)
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 along the east coast to the seaside village of Kaikōura. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you travel through the Marlborough region, 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)
A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa Museum of New Zealand with exhibits that embrace both Māori and European views. 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 Mt Ruapehu and Mt 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. There is also time for a 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 Māori hāngī and concert. (B, SD)
Depart Rotorua and travel to Hobbiton for a guided tour of the movie set from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies and buffet lunch. Your guide will recount details of how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Auckland. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. This evening enjoy dinner with your new friends.
Stay: Rydges Auckland (B, L, D)
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.
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