Treasures of New Zealand
Featured Holiday of the Week
CHRISTCHURCH | OMARAMA | DUNEDIN | TE ANAU | MILFORD SOUND | QUEENSTOWN | ARROWTOWN | FOX GLACIER | ARTHUR'S PASS | PICTON | WELLINGTON | TAUPO | ROTORUA | AUCKLAND
Discover the true essence of New Zealand as you traverse both the North and South islands on this exclusive escorted tour. There’s quiet villages, bustling cities, history, culture and a friendly population who are passionate about their country. Throw in stunning natural landscapes, fabulous excursions and culinary delights, and you've got a holiday of a lifetime, not forgetting 16 incredible pre-paid attractions.
- Explore both the North and South islands
- Discover New Zealand's history as you explore some of the country's best museums
- Take a ride through Christchurch on the traditional Christchurch tramway
- Visit Rotorua, a geothermal wonderland
- Take a journey of a lifetime on the TranzAlpine Rail, considered to be one of the world's greatest rail journeys
- Cruise on the world-famous Milford Sound
- Discover Dunedin's Scottish heritage and enjoy a fabulous Haggis Ceremony dinner
- Tuck into a delicious afternoon tea at Larnach Castle, Dunedin
- Enjoy an traditional Maori Hangi & Concert; an authentic insight into the Maori culture
- Venture into the world of the Lord of the Rings with a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing and subject to availability. Valid for travel on 18 Nov 2018 from London Gatwick.
* Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.
Treasures of New Zealand
Day 1-4 : UK - Christchurch
On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.
Hotel for 2 nights: Heartland Hotel Cotswold
Day 5 : Christchurch (Free Day)
Today is a free day to explore Christchurch. We have included a day pass on the historic Christchurch Tram for a journey in style through the changing face of the Christchurch city centre. You can also take advantage of the discount coupons in your Optional Tours Directory.
Day 6 : 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.
Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel
Day 7 : 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 bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.
Hotel: Mercure Leisure Lodge
Day 8 : 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 Glow Worm Caves (optional).
Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)
Day 9 : 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 and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.
Hotel for 2 nights: Mercure Queenstown Resort
Day 10 : Queenstown (Free Day)
Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain & Tour Guide are available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintagesteamship 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 as you cruise back to Queenstown.
Day 11 : Queenstown - Arrowtown - 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.
Hotel: Heartland Hotel Glacier Country
Day 12 : 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.
Hotel: Quality Hotel Elms
Day 10-11 : 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 will board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington.
Hotel for 2 nights: Ibis Wellington
Day 12 : Wellington
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.
Day 13-14 : 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.
Hotel for 2 nights: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
Day 15 : Rotorua
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 awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.
Day 16 : Rotorua - Auckland
Depart Rotorua and travel to Hobbiton for a guided tour of the Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and buffet lunch. Your guide will recount details of how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Auckland. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. This evening enjoy dinner with your new friends.
Hotel: Rydges Auckland
Day 17-18 : Auckland - UK
Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.