19 Day New Zealand Showcase Tour

19 Day New Zealand Showcase Tour

A comprehensive holiday through both the North and South Islands, incorporating visits to some of the lesser-known regions of New Zealand such as the Art Deco city of Napier and the wine-producing region of Marlborough. The tour also features deluxe hotel accommodation with a number of two-night stays.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departures: Sep 2018 to May 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $6174 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Pace: Relaxing
Duration: 19 Days
Tour Code: GPNZ19

Inclusions

18 nights superior superior hotel accommodation
18 cooked breakfasts (B) including a specialty breakfast at Stratosfare Restaurant in Rotorua
16 sumptuous dinners (D) including four specialty dinners (SD): Māori Hāngī and Concert - Rotorua, Walter Peak Homestead - Queenstown, Haggis Ceremony - Dunedin, Farewell Dinner - Christchurch
Guided tour of Kauri Museum
Waitangi Treaty Grounds guided tour
Dolphin and Hole in the Rock Cruise
Sky Tower
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Skyline Gondola and Luge
Guided tour of the geothermal mud pools and geysers
Te Papa, NZ's National Museum
Coast to coast TranzAlpine train journey through the Southern Alps
Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
Lakes District Museum
Milford Sound Cruise and Lunch
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation and activity vouchers, and local travel guides

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Auckland

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Skycity Hotel (D)

Day 2
Auckland - Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a kauri tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe, then travel via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between Māori and the British.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 3
Bay of Islands (Free Day)

Today is at leisure for you to explore an array of exciting activities available in the beautiful Bay of Islands (own expense). Perhaps you would enjoy a day tour to the very top of New Zealand, with a drive along the sands of Ninety Mile Beach before visiting the lighthouse at Cape Reinga. You may prefer an interesting tour of Russell to gain an insight into New Zealand’s early European history, or visit Kerikeri to browse fine arts and crafts. There are also many water activities. Swim with dolphins, sail on a tall ship, or try your hand at fishing. The choice is yours and your Coach Captain will be available to assist. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). (B)

Day 4
Bay of Islands - Auckland

This morning travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning to Paihia. Travel south via Whangarei to Auckland. This afternoon includes a visit to the Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions.

Stay: Skycity Hotel (B, D)

Day 5
Auckland - Rotorua

Today enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a buffet lunch. This is followed by a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Your guide will recount details of how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.

Stay: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Superior Rooms) (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 6
Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. 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. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Māori hāngī and concert. (B, SD)

Day 7
Rotorua - Napier - Masterton

Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupō. Continue to Napier, known as the ‘Art Deco Capital’, where a city tour will showcase an impressive collection of Art Deco buildings. Enjoy some free time to explore the fascinating architecture before travelling through the Wairarapa, an emerging cool-climate wine region.

Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park (B, D)

Day 8
Masterton - Greytown - Wellington

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Greytown, where you see the most complete example of original Victorian wooden architecture. Drive through the scenic Remutaka Mountain Range into Wellington, then enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here.

Stay: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (B, D)

Day 9
Wellington - Picton - Blenheim

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, with exhibits that embrace both Māori and European views. This afternoon board the Interislander ferry, cross Cook Strait, and travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton where you board your coach for the short journey to Blenheim.

Day 10
Blenheim - Christchurch

Tour through Marlborough, famous for its food and wine, then travel to the seaside village of Kaikōura. Continue on to the garden city of Christchurch.

Stay: Distinction Hotel Christchurch (B, D)

Day 11
Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Franz Josef

This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges as you ascend to Arthur’s Pass located in the centre of the Southern Alps. Board your coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its pounamu (greenstone), before continuing to Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) (B, D)

Day 12
Franz Josef - Queenstown

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast to Fox Glacier. Continue via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty, before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year-round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Stay: Mercure Queenstown Resort (Lakeview Rooms) (2 nights) (B)

Day 13
Queenstown (Free Day)

Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain and Tour Guide are available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon, or get up close to a kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. On arrival 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 singalong by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown. (B, SD)

Day 14
Queenstown - Te Anau

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village, and visiting the Lakes District Museum. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. This evening you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).

Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Rooms) (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 15
Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau

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 return to Te Anau where some free time is available. (B, L, D)

Day 16
Te Anau - Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin, known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’, and enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (B, SD)

Day 17
Dunedin - Aoraki Mt Cook - Twizel

Farewell Dunedin and travel to Ōamaru, famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you continue to marvel at Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Travel to Twizel for your overnight stay.

Stay: MacKenzie Country Hotel (B, D)

Day 18
Twizel - Christchurch

Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and the sheepdog memorial, before arriving into Christchurch for an informative city tour. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your newfound friends.

Stay: Sudima Christchurch (B, SD)

Day 19
Depart Christchurch

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 99 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.

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04/03/2018
This trip was amazing. I will definitely recommend it to family and friends. We saw all of New Zealand and what a beautiful country.
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04/03/2018
This tour was perfect! I can't imagine a better way to visit New Zealand for the first time. The itinerary and the included excursions were very well done; the majority of the optional excursions that I participated in were well worth the additional money spent. Our coach driver on the North Island, Steve Mahon, was so nice and such a pleasure that we wanted to take him to the South Island with us. However, Steve Roskilly, our coach driver on the South Island, was just as wonderful. I'm still amazed at the knowledge that these men shared with us on their respective tours. I loved them both. Now, our tour guide, Gary Deutscher, was absolutely astounding. His personality was great, and he was always available to help with any questions or problems that anyone may have needed. He worked very hard to make sure that everyone on this tour had the best experience possible. However, he worked in such a way that most people on the tour probably weren't aware of how much time he spent making sure that this our tour was the best it could be. I don't believe that anyone could have done a better job than Gary!
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04/03/2018
In general a tight program, but that has to be expected when you want to see and experience as much as possible.
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04/03/2018
I thought everything was very good, I really liked the hotels that had complementary bottled waters.
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19/02/2018
Couple of ups and downs but overall we had a great time.
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19/02/2018
Very well organised, North Island. Was better in that there were less people and allowed a bit longer at stops. Hotels all good except for Te Anau, at which the bathroom was not too good for seniors.
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28/01/2018
A very enjoyable tour with a great tour guide and excellent and knowledgeable drivers. The effort of our tour consultant Mani was excellent.
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22/01/2018
Toni was great as well as the drivers Kevin & Riki. Learned a lot about New Zealand and also about the Maori.
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22/01/2018
Really enjoyed the north island tour, but the in the south we spent to much time on the coach and not enough time at destinations, arriving at hotels with not enough time to prepare for dinner and socialising.
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05/11/2017
Excellent tour.
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19 Day New Zealand Showcase Tour
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Tour Code: GPNZ19
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Departures: Sep 2018 to May 2019
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19 Day New Zealand Showcase Tour
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