17 Day Festive Season Tour

17 Day Festive Season Tour

Enjoy the festive season in New Zealand as you travel through this spectacular country. Celebrate in true Kiwi style on Christmas Day with a sumptuous traditional lunch and celebrate New Year's Eve in Rotorua, a geothermal wonderland.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Low Cost Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Auckland
Departures: Dec 2019 to Dec 2020
Price: From (NZD) $6049 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Duration: 17 Days
Tour Code: GPNZ17X


16 nights quality hotel accommodation
16 cooked breakfasts (B) including a specialty breakfast at Stratosfare Restaurant in Rotorua
13 sumptuous dinners (D) including 2 specialty dinners (SD): Māori hāngī and concert in Rotorua, and Haggis Ceremony in Dunedin
Haggis Ceremony and gift
Guided tour of Larnach Castle
Milford Sound cruise and lunch
Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
Lakes District Museum
Coast-to-coast TranzAlpine train journey through the Southern Alps
Skyline Gondola and Luge
Guided tour of the thermal mud pools and geysers
Dolphin and Hole in the Rock Cruise
Kauri Museum
City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington & 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 Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your travelling companions.

Stay: Quality Hotel Elms (2 nights) (D)

Day 2
Christchurch (Free Day)

Today is a free day to explore Christchurch. Enjoy a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at your leisure, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions. (B, D)

Day 3
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, 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 4
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 5
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 6
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.

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

Day 7
Queenstown - Christmas Day

Merry Christmas! Today board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Enjoy a gourmet Christmas lunch and the best of New Zealand’s high country cuisine in the Colonel’s Homestead. Re-board the TSS Earnslaw and enjoy a sing-along by the piano on your return cruise to Queenstown. This evening is free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants. (B, L)

Day 8
Queenstown - Arrowntown - 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: Hearland Hotel Glacier Country (B, D)

Day 9
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 10
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 11

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand. 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 12
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 13
Rotorua - New Year's Eve

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 an entertaining Māori hāngī and concert and see in the New Year. (B, SD)

Day 14
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 Māori and the British.

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

Day 15
Bay of Islands

This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands on board a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning via Russell to Paihia for a free afternoon. 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 and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). (B)

Day 16
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 you will be treated to a special farewell dinner with your new friends.

Stay: Rydges Auckland (B, SD)

Day 17
Depart Auckland

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

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17 Day Festive Season Tour
Low Cost Coach Tour
Tour Code: GPNZ17X
From (NZD) $6049 per person
Save (NZD) $320 per person
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Departures: Dec 2019 to Dec 2020

Enjoy the festive season in New Zealand as you travel through this spectacular country. Celebrate in true Kiwi style on Christmas Day with a sumptuous... Read More

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