16 Day Affordable Highlights

16 Day Affordable Highlights

Beginning in Christchurch, discover the delights of the South Island such as Dunedin, Milford Sound and Queenstown. Spend 8 days touring the North Island, visiting cultural Rotorua and the stunning Bay of Islands, then finishing the tour 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) $5404 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Duration: 16 Days
Tour Code: GPNZ16

Inclusions

15 nights 3.5 star accommodation
15 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
12 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
Lakes District Museum
TranzAlpine Rail Journey
Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
Agrodome
Thermal mud pools and geysers guided tour
Traditional Mãori Hãngi and Concert
Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
Kauri Museum
City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland

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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: Hotal 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 - Arrowntown - 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 Fox Glacier (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 is 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 - Bay of Islands

This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland. Continue via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Mãori tribes and the British.

Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 14
Bay of Islands

Today you will explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran. Cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock, keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life. Return to Paihia for a free afternoon where a range of optional activities are available or you may choose to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront. This evening is also free, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). (B)

Day 15
Bay of Islands - Auckland

Depart the Bay of Islands this morning and travel via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum before continuing to Auckland for a city sights tour. This evening enjoy a final dinner with your new found friends.

Stay: Rydges Auckland or similar (B, D)

Day 16
Depart Auckland

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

4.7/5.0

There are 52 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.

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5
19/09/2019
Lovely! This was undoubtedly one of the best tours I have taken and I had a great time. Professional and prompt pre-tour service from the agencies, experienced and friendly tour director and coach captains who provided excellent commentaries with lots of humour, and stunning views of the North and South Islands.
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5
24/02/2019
The tour with Grand Pacific Tours totally exceeded our expectations. Coach Captains Rikki and Chris with tour guide Marita ensured that the tour went without a hitch. Their company along with a great deal of information and some good humour was appreciated by us as a couple and I think by all of the tour group. The hotels with excellent food were well chosen in some dificult areas of the country. The places of interest chosen to visit were varied and intersting. Chelsea at Relaxing Journeys kept us fully informed before the trip which was greatly appreciated. Well done to all concened for providing an excellent holiday.
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4
12/02/2019
Excellent tour good value for money.
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4
03/11/2018
A fabulous way to explore New Zealand. We were well looked after by Lorraine our tour guide and felt safe with the driving expertise of our coach captains Geoff and Murray. All three were very knowlegeable and knew fascinating facts about the islands, coupled with the brilliant itinary this made the tour very interesting. The standard of the food and accommodation exceeded expectation.
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5
07/03/2018
Overall the tour, drivers,accommodation and food, all exceeded my expectations
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12/02/2018
We very much enjoyed the tour. The glow worm caves, Mt. Cook, barbeque and sheep shearing, Kuari forest museum, Agrodome, Maori concert, Bay of Islands, to name a few, were all excellent choices. Train ride was an excellent choice even though our day was somewhat foggy. I do not like city tours. Only half the people on the bus get to see anything at any one time, i.e. I did not see the cardboard cathedral. And these city tours are mostly looking at buildings i.e. universities, town halls etc. So I would eliminate them. If something is worth seeing stop the bus and let people off. Also, this is the first time in our travels where the tour guide and bus driver were the same person. I realize it is a cost saving measure but we had no opportunity to ask questions as it was not safe to distract the driver with questions while we were en route and when we arrived we either forgot or the driver was busy with unloading and getting us our rooms. Overall a great tour. I will certainly recommend it to anyone who asks.
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02/02/2018
Wonderful trip. Excellent value. So much included. Highly recommend this trip.
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13/04/2017
The tour is wonderful. I enjoyed it very much. Both of our drivers (Steve) are great. It would be better if some of the accommodations can be improved, such as the Heritage Gateway Hotel.
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31/03/2017
We enjoyed the tour but would have liked a smaller group, say about 24, as it was in the last part. Did not think too much of the hotel in Christchurch, large but empty rooms. Liked the availability of laundry facilities at most to the places we stayed. Impressed with the IBIS in Wellington.
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01/01/2017
Drivers were excellent. Accommodation averaged very good. Meals averaged very good.
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16 Day Affordable Highlights
Low Cost Coach Tour
Tour Code: GPNZ16
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Departures: Sep 2021 to May 2022
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52 reviews (4.7/5)

Beginning in Christchurch, discover the delights of the South Island such as Dunedin, Milford Sound and Queenstown. Spend 8 days touring the North Isl... Read More

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