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Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season

17 days 16 nights
Christchurch to Auckland
from NZD$6,045pp
was NZD$6,619pp
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Imagine spending the festive season in New Zealand this year? Christmas will be in stunning Queenstown, where you will cruise across Lake Wakatipu for lunch at a high country sheep station.  New Year’s Eve will be one to remember as you experience the Maori culture with a traditional hangi and entertainment.

This Tour Also Features

  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • City sights tours
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Te Papa, NZ's National Museum
  • Huka Falls
  • Agrodome Show and Farm Tour
  • Rotorua Skyline Gondola and Luge Ride
  • Te Puia Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
  • Auckland City Tour
  • Kauri Museum
  • Christchurch Grand Tour
  • Haggis Ceremony
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • TSS Earnslaw cruise and Walter Peak high country farm tour, Queenstown
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Visit to Jade Factory
  • Meals included: 16 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 11 dinners, 2 special dinners
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Itinerary
Day One - Arrive into Christchurch
Tour day 1
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 1
Arrive into Christchurch

Arrive into Christchurch where you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. 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: Heartland Hotel Cotswold (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
Meals included: Dinner
The Heartland Hotel Cotswold is just minutes walk to boutique shopping at Merivale and beautiful Hagley Park. The distinctive traditional Tudor-style architecture of the Heartland Hotel Cotswold reflects Christchurch's image as the most English of cities outside of England.

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Day Two - Free day to explore Christchurch
Tour day 2
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 2
Christchurch

Today is a free day to explore Christchurch. Enjoy a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at leisure, one of Christchurch's leading attractions.

Accommodation: Quality Hotel Elms Christchurch (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
The Quality Hotel Elms in Christchurch, is located 5 minutes from the city and is the closest hotel to the largest enclosed Shopping Mall in New Zealand. Renowned for its professional and friendly staff you are guaranteed a pleasant stay.

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Day Three - From the Canterbury Plains to the mountains surrounding Mt Cook
Tour day 3
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 3
Christchurch to Omarama

After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, The Church of the Good Shepherd and 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.

Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Positioned at the crossroads linking north, south, east and west, the Heritage Gateway Hotel features a full restaurant and cocktail bar with views of the Southern Alps, and everything you need to rest and refresh.

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Day Four - Omarama to Dunedin with an exciting Haggis Ceremony to end your day
Tour day 4
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Omarama to 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.

Accommodation: Dunedin Leisure Lodge – A Distinction Hotel (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner
Nestled in landscaped Gardens, the Dunedin Leisure Lodge is just a short drive from the central city and adjacent to the Botanical Gardens.

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Day Five - Cut inland to the gateway of Fiordland
Tour day 5
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Dunedin to 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).

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 Six - Cruise the spectacular Milford Sound and end the day in Queenstown
Tour day 6
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 6
Te Anau to Milford Sound to 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. 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 enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
The Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.

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Day Seven - Merry Christmas - celebrations in Queenstown
Tour day 7
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 7
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 New Zealand’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.

Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
The Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.

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Day Eight - Queenstown to Arrowtown to Fox Glacier
Tour day 8
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 8
Queenstown to Arrowtown to 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 to Fox Glacier. Time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
The Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier is nestled at the base of the majestic Southern Alps in the Westland World Heritage Park. Originally built in 1928 it has been refurbished to retain its charming atmosphere.

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Day Nine - The west coast, greenstone factory and train to Christchurch
Tour day 9
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 9
Fox Glacier to Arthur's Pass, TranzAlpine train to 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.
*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: Heartland Hotel Cotswold (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
The Heartland Hotel Cotswold is just minutes walk to boutique shopping at Merivale and beautiful Hagley Park. The distinctive traditional Tudor-style architecture of the Heartland Hotel Cotswold reflects Christchurch's image as the most English of cities outside of England.

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Day Ten - Reach the top of the South Island before you cruise north to Wellington
Tour day 10
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 10
Christchurch to Picton to 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 the Cook Strait.

Accommodation: Ibis Wellington (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel Ibis Wellington is ideally located in Featherston Street in the heart of Wellington City and easy walking distance to Wellington's famous cafe lifestyle.

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Day Eleven - Explore Wellington visit the incredible museum and more
Tour day 11
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Full day in Wellington

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. 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.

Accommodation: Ibis Wellington (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
Meals included: Breakfast
Hotel Ibis Wellington is ideally located in Featherston Street in the heart of Wellington City and easy walking distance to Wellington's famous cafe lifestyle.

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Day Twelve - Wellington through the Thermal Explorer Highway to Rotorua
Tour day 12
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 12
Wellington to Taupo to 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.

Accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
Meals included: Breakfast, 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 Thirteen - Rotorua - New Year’s Eve
Tour day 13
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 13
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 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.

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 Fourteen - See where the Waitangi treaty was signed
Tour day 14
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Rotorua to Auckland to the 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.

Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
The Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia is located on the waterfront only 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township. All rooms are air-conditioned and hotel facilities include a restaurant, swimming pool, spa pool and sauna.

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Day Fifteen - Bay of Islands
Tour day 15
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 15
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).

Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast
The Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia is located on the waterfront only 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township. All rooms are air-conditioned and hotel facilities include a restaurant, swimming pool, spa pool and sauna.

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Day Sixteen - Bay of Islands to Auckland
Tour day 16
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 16
Bay of Islands to 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 you will be treated to a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Nestled in the heart of Auckland's CBD, Rydges Auckland offers an ideal location. The hotel is a short stroll from business and retail districts, the Casino, the America's Cup Viaduct Village and superb waterfront restaurants.

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Day Seventeen - Depart Auckland
Tour day 17
Depart Auckland

After breakfast (included) it's time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

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