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19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase

19 days 18 nights
Auckland to Christchurch
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Explore New Zealand's major locations and attractions plus much more. Inclusions range from a Bay of Islands cruise, the TranzAlpine Rail Journey and the Thermal mud pools and geysers of Rotorua. Experience spectacular scenery and history.

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This Tour Also Features

  • Auckland City Tour
  • Christchurch City Tour
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Dunedin City Tour
  • Haggis Ceremony
  • Larnach Castle
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Visit to Parry Kauri Park
  • Kauri Museum
  • Entry to Auckland Sky Tower
  • Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, Matamata
  • Napier City Tour
  • Huka Falls
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Te Papa, NZ's National Museum
  • Wellington City Tour
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Meals included: 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 12 dinners, 3 special dinners
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Itinerary
Day One - Welcome to Auckland, transfer to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure
Tour day 1
19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase - Day 1
Arrive into Auckland

On arrival into Auckland, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore. This evening meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions for dinner.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Grand Pacific Merchandise

Quality merchandise is great value for money and will provide a special memento of your holiday for years to come. Tour jackets and tour caps are available for purchase. Merchandise items must be ordered at the time of booking and are not available for purchase in New Zealand

Accommodation: Skycity Hotel Auckland (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Dinner
This modern and spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying the world-class casino, more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all right on your doorstep!

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Day Two - Auckland to the spectacular Bay of Islands
Tour day 2
19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase - Day 2
Auckland to the 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 the Maori tribes and the British.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands expansive sub-tropical gardens and extensive guest facilities, enhances the welcoming atmosphere of this resort-style hotel. It's the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful and historic Bay of Islands.

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Day Three - Explore Bay of Islands
Tour day 3
19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase - Day 3
Bay of Islands free day

Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands expansive sub-tropical gardens and extensive guest facilities, enhances the welcoming atmosphere of this resort-style hotel. It's the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful and historic Bay of Islands.

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Day Four - Bay of Islands cruise then to Auckland
Tour day 4
19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase - Day 4
Bay of Islands to 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 Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions.

Accommodation: Skycity Hotel Auckland (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast
This modern and spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying the world-class casino, more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all right on your doorstep!

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Day Five - South to thermal Rotorua
Tour day 5
19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase - Day 5
Auckland to 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 Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Your guide will recount details of how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth.

Accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distinction Rotorua Hotel is located in a beautiful garden setting, with relaxing outdoor heated swimming pool. Just a short drive to the city centre and across the road from the great mountain bike trails of Whakarewarewa Forest.

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Day Six - Start with breakfast overlooking the city before a day to enjoy
Tour day 6
19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase - Day 6
Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua where spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that is 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 Mãori Hãngi and Concert.

Accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner
Distinction Rotorua Hotel is located in a beautiful garden setting, with relaxing outdoor heated swimming pool. Just a short drive to the city centre and across the road from the great mountain bike trails of Whakarewarewa Forest.

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Day Seven - Drive through lush pastures on the way to Masterton
Tour day 7
19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase - Day 7
Rotorua to Taupo to Napier to Masterton

Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. 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.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park Wairarapa (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Nestled in the lush Wairarapa valley, framed by the towering Tararua Ranges, Copthorne Resort Solway Park is set in 24 acres of landscaped grounds on the southern outskirts of Masterton.

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Day Eight - Reach the Capital of Cool, Wellington
Tour day 8
19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase - Day 8
Masterton to Greytown to 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 Rimutaka Mountain Range into Wellington, then enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here.

Accommodation: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
At the heart of Wellington's commercial and retail districts, the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor has 260 well-appointed rooms and suites.

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Day Nine - Travel through fine wine country
Tour day 9
19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase - Day 9
Wellington to Picton to Blenheim

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances.  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.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Scenic Hotel Marlborough is centrally located in Blenheim, in the heart of Marlborough's wine growing region. Just minutes walk from the city centre.

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Day Ten - Travel along the spectacular coastline to Christchurch
Tour day 10
19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase - Day 10
Blenheim to Kaikoura to Christchurch

Tour through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine then travel to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Keep an eye out for whales and seals as you continue along the coastline to the garden city of Christchurch.

Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
This 4 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square. Ideally positioned, only a few minutes walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.

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Day Eleven - Christchurch to Arthur's Pass by TranzAlpine then onto Franz Josef Glacier
Tour day 11
19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase - Day 11
Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier

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 Greenstone before arriving to Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.
*Please be aware, there are some departure dates where the train may not be available due to covid-related schedule changes outside of Grand Pacific's control. If this occurs, your journey through the incredible Arthur's Pass will continue onboard your coach. Chat to a consultant to check the current schedule for your preferred departure.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Located in the heart of Franz Josef Village the hotel offers all the amenities you would expect and is close to the shops, restaurants and activities on offer.

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Day Twelve - Heading down the wild coast to the southern mountains
Tour day 12
19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase - Day 12
Franz Josef Glacier to 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 to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants

Accommodation: Mercure Queenstown Resort (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast
Mercure Resort Queenstown is located near the shores of Lake Wakatipu, only 3 minutes drive from the centre of town. The hotel boasts spectacular views over the lake and the Remarkables Mountain Range.

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Day Thirteen - Explore Queenstown
Tour day 13
19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase - Day 13
Queenstown free day with TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Dinner

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown with many optional activities available. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride or a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious gourmet barbecue dinner featuring a menu of seasonal, fresh and locally sourced food 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.

Accommodation: Mercure Queenstown Resort (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner
Mercure Resort Queenstown is located near the shores of Lake Wakatipu, only 3 minutes drive from the centre of town. The hotel boasts spectacular views over the lake and the Remarkables Mountain Range.

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Day Fourteen - Head into the Fiordland National Park
Tour day 14
19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase - Day 14
Queenstown to Te Anau

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. This innovative museum is heavily involved in the protection of the historic buildings scattered around town. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Lake Te Anau (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
The perfect base for all your Fiordland travel, Distinction Luxmore Hotel provides comfortable accommodation right in the heart of Te Anau.

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Day Fifteen - A world renowned cruise on Milford Sound
Tour day 15
19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase - Day 15
Te Anau to Milford Sound to 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. This evening you may like to visit the Fiordland Cinema, specially constructed to screen the locally filmed movie Ata Whenua - Shadowland which will take you on an unforgettable journey (optional).

Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Lake Te Anau (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The perfect base for all your Fiordland travel, Distinction Luxmore Hotel provides comfortable accommodation right in the heart of Te Anau.

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Day Sixteen - Across to the East Coast and the Otago Peninsula
Tour day 16
19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase - Day 16
Te Anau to Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the "Edinburgh of the South" and enjoy a city tour. Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnarch 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. Tonight, a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift. 

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner
Just two blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is close to shops, parks and the best city attractions and services. The hotel provides excellent 4-star accommodation to Dunedin's visitors.

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Day Seventeen - Dunedin to Oamaru to Mt. Cook to Twizel
Tour day 17
19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase - Day 17
Dunedin to Mt. Cook to Twizel

Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you continue to marvel at 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.

Accommodation: MacKenzie Country Hotel (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Located in the heart of the Mackenzie region the hotel's natural stone architecture complements the mountains and rivers of New Zealand's Southern Alps.

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Day Eighteen - Reach your final destination, Christchurch
Tour day 18
19 Day Grand Pacific Classic Showcase - Day 18
Twizel to Lake Tekapo to Christchurch

This morning continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, the Church of the Good Shepherd and see the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch for a city tour. This evening, reminisce on memories shared with your new friends at the farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square and ideally positioned only a few minutes' walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.

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Day Nineteen - Depart Christchurch
Tour 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.

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