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Relax and enjoy the stunning regions and intriguing history of New Zealand on this 19 day tour with Grand Pacific Tours.
One of Grand Pacific Tour's most popular itineraries, this tour is fully escorted featuring 4 breathtaking rail journeys and Milford Sound overnight cruise. Read on for more information.
- 18 nights' 4 star accommodation throughout New Zealand
- Number of pre-paid attractions
- Return economy flights from Perth with Air New Zealand
- Most meals included
- TranzAlpine Rail Journey
- Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
- Cruise Lake Te Anau, visit Glow Worm Caves
- Taieri Gorge Limited Rail Journey
- Larnach Castle*
- Glenfalloch Resturant
- Haggis Ceremony & Gift
- Olveston House*
- City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin
- Plus much more!
Day 1: Arrive Auckland
On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. You may have some free time in the afternoon to explore the city or the waterfront before you meet up with your fellow travellers.
Hotel: Grand Millennium (B,D)
Day 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands
Today enjoy an Auckland city sights tour before travelling to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Continue through Whangarei to the Bay of Islands. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (B,D)
Day 3: Bay of Islands
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. The remainder of today is at leisure to choose from the many optional activities available, including a tall sailing ship experience or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (B)
Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland
Farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe where you will enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum. Continue to Auckland’s north shore for some time at leisure. Why not take a stroll to the nearby beach for views of Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.
Hotel: Spencer on Byron (B,D)
Day 5: Auckland - Rotorua
Depart Auckland and travel to Glenbrook Vintage Railway for a nostalgic 15 kilometre trip back in time on a beautifully restored vintage steam train. Visit the restoration workshop and on return to Glenbrook Station, morning tea will be served. Depart Glenbrook and travel through magnificent countryside to Longlands Farm & Restaurant. Enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch hosted by a rural New Zealand family. Continue to Rotorua and visit Paradise Valley Springs, a superb wildlife park where you can hand feed rainbow trout.
Hotel: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (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! Next stop is 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 Maori Hangi and Concert.
Hotel: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (B,D)
Day 7: Rotorua - Wellington
Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the spectacular Huka Falls. Continue to Lake Taupo for some free time to enjoy this scenic lakeside town. Travel via the Tongariro National Park and then continue south along the Kapiti Coast to the capital city of Wellington for an extensive city tour.
Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (B,D)
Day 8: Wellington
A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. This amazing story is told through a collection of images, letters and videos taken from New Zealanders who were there. This is followed by an extensive city tour which explains the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free.
Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (B)
Day 9: Wellington - Christchurch
This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross Cook Strait and travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific, a truly spectacular rail journey that showcases the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side and the rugged scenic coastline on the other. Travel through numerous tunnels and across several bridges before departing the train in Kaikoura. Travel via coach south through some of the finest farmland areas to the garden city of Christchurch.
Hotel: Quality Hotel Elms (B,D)
Day 10: Christchurch
Today visit the International Antarctic Centre designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This is followed by an introductory city tour of Christchurch. This afternoon includes a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at your leisure, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions.
Hotel: Quality Hotel Elms (B,D)
Day 11: Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Franz Josef
This morning board the TranzAlpine, 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 Greenstone before arriving at Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.
Hotel: 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 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 to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.
Hotel: Mercure Queenstown Resort (B)
Day 13: Queenstown (Free day)
Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. Your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist with the many options available. 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 reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano on your return cruise.
Hotel: Mercure Queenstown Resort (B,D)
Day 14: Queenstown - Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
This morning travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via Te Anau to Milford Sound and board the Milford Mariner for your amazing overnight cruise. There is plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife - you’re bound to encounter seals and if you’re lucky maybe dolphins and penguins. As evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet prepared freshly by the onboard chef.
Overnight: Milford Mariner (B,D)
Day 15: Milford Sound - Te Anau
Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord. Return back to the wharf to meet your coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Te Anau. This afternoon enjoy a cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Glow Worm Caves where you will admire the incredible limestone caverns, waterfalls and mystery of the Glow Worm Grotto.
Hotel: Distinction Luxmore (Deluxe Room) (B,D)
Day 16: Te Anau - Dunedin
Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin for an informative city tour followed by some free time. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (B,D)
Day 17: Dunedin
Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour. Next visit Glenfalloch Restaurant for a delightful morning tea. Return to the city for some free time before boarding The Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail. On return to Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station your coach will transfer you to your hotel.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (B,D)
Day 18: Dunedin - Christchurch
Travel to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Explore the Victorian Precinct including the Loan and Merc restaurant, the Woolstore complex, auto museum, galleries and the penny farthing shop. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.
Hotel: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport (B,D)
Day 19: Christchurch - Perth (B)
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Perth after a memorable New Zealand holiday.
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