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Grand Pacific Tours 16 Day Signature Highlights

16 days 15 nights
Christchurch to Auckland
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The Grand Pacific 16 day Signature Highlights tour explores the top locations and attractions on both the North and South Islands. Starting in Christchurch visit the deep south and Fiordland National Park, Queenstown, the West Coast Glaciers before crossing the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train. Head north crossing the Cook Strait to the capital city of Wellington before 2 nights in the cultural and thermal wonderland of Rotorua. Another 2 nights in the tropical Bay of Islands before returning to Auckland, the City of Sails. A true highlights of New Zealand tour.

This Tour Also Features

  • Complimentary pre-dinner welcome drink
  • Wellington City Tour
  • Huka Falls
  • Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
  • Auckland City Tour
  • Kauri Museum
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Lakes District Museum
  • TranzAlpine Train from Arthur's Pass to Christchurch
  • Meals included: 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 9 dinners, 3 special dinners
Tour full itinerary
Itinerary
Day One - Welcome to the South Island
Tour day 1
Grand Pacific Tours 16 Day Signature Highlights - Day 1
Arrive into Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink as you 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: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: 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 Two - Travel south via the Aqua waters of Lake Tekapo
Tour day 2
Grand Pacific Tours 16 Day Signature Highlights - Day 2
Christchurch to Twizel

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 Twizel.

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 Three - Twizel to Dunedin
Tour day 3
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Twizel to Dunedin

Depart Twizel 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.

Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner
The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation and is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Just a short walk to the Octagon, Railway Station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago University.

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Day Four - Enter into Fiordland National Park
Tour day 4
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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 Five - Visit one of the nations favourites, Milford Sound
Tour day 5
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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 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.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
The 4 star deluxe Millennium Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

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Day Six - A free day and a cruise across the lake
Tour day 6
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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: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner
The 4 star deluxe Millennium Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

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Day Seven - See why they call it the wild west coast
Tour day 7
Grand Pacific Tours 16 Day Signature Highlights - Day 7
Queenstown to Arrowtown to Franz Josef Glacier

Travel to Arrowtown, an old goldmining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to the township of Franz Josef, where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers before arriving at your hotel for your overnight stay.

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 Eight - Enjoy the world famous TranzAlpine Scenic Railway
Tour day 8
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Franz Josef 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: 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 Nine - Say goodbye to the South Island
Tour day 9
Grand Pacific Tours 16 Day Signature Highlights - Day 9
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 board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington.

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 Ten - The Capital of Wellington
Tour day 10
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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 Ultimate coach for an extensive city tour that showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also at leisure.

Accommodation: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast
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 Eleven - Venture up the Thermal Explorer Highway
Tour day 11
Grand Pacific Tours 16 Day Signature Highlights - Day 11
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: Pullman Rotorua
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Pullman Rotorua is surrounded by surreal scenery and iconic attractions. Discover shooting geysers, bubbling mud, natural hot springs and magical forests.

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Day Twelve - Are you adventurous enough to enjoy a thrilling luge ride
Tour day 12
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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.

Accommodation: Pullman Rotorua
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner
Pullman Rotorua is surrounded by surreal scenery and iconic attractions. Discover shooting geysers, bubbling mud, natural hot springs and magical forests.

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Day Thirteen - Bypass Auckland on the way to the Bay of Islands
Tour day 13
Grand Pacific Tours 16 Day Signature Highlights - Day 13
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: 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 Fourteen - Enjoy a Catamaran Cruise
Tour day 14
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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.

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 Fifteen - Bay of Islands to Auckland
Tour day 15
Grand Pacific Tours 16 Day Signature Highlights - Day 15
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 enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new friends.

Accommodation: Sudima Auckland City
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Conveniently located within easy walking distance of Auckland’s bustling shopping, arts, dining and entertainment precincts and opposite the New Zealand International Convention Centre.

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Day Sixteen - Farewell to your new travel companions
Tour day 16
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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