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17 Day Festive Season Tour

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Grand Pacific Special Interest Tour starting in Christchurch and finishing in Auckland

Tour Description

Enjoy the festive season in New Zealand this year 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
Regions Visited
Attractions Included
Touring Included
  • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • ​Experienced Tour Guide
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
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  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 16 nights quality hotel accommodation
  • 5 two night stays
  • Hotel Porterage
  • 4 cruises
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack
Bon Appétit!
  • 16 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast at Stratosfare Restaurant - Rotorua
  • 13 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert - Rotorua, Haggis Ceremony - Dunedin (Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm)
  • Christmas Day Lunch - Walter Peak Homestead - Queenstown
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions shown apply to departures from September 2018 onwards.

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Tour Itinerary - Day by Day
  • Day1

    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: Heartland Hotel Cotswold (2 nights) (D)

  • Day2

    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)

  • Day3

    Christchurch - Omarama

    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 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)

  • Day4

    Omarama - 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 bagpipe, great food and special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

    Stay: Mercure Leisure Lodge (B, SD)

  • Day5

    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. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

    Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Rooms) (B, D)

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  • Day6

    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.

    Stay: Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights) (B, L, D)

  • Day7

    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 NZ’s high country cuisine in the Colonel’s Homestead. Reboard 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)

  • Day8

    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 north 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)

  • Day9

    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 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)

  • Day10

    Christchurch - Picton - Wellington

    Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Enjoy the spectacular scenery as you travel through Marlborough Country, 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)

  • Day11


    A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. 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)

  • Day12

    Wellington - Taupo - 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)

  • Day13

    Rotorua - New Year’s Eve

    Today begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at the 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 the awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert and see in the New Year. (B, SD)

  • Day14

    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 Maori tribes and the British.

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

  • Day15

    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)

  • Day16

    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 (B, D)

  • Day17

    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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