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18 day/15 nights: Best value for money including the beautiful sub-tropical region of the Bay of Islands. Experience all the iconic attractions of the North and South islands including the breathtaking Milford Sound and world famous rail journey, The TranzAlpine. Includes two night stays in Queenstown, Wellington, Rotorua and the Bay of Islands.

 

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NO HIDDEN EXTRAS PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift
  • Larnach Castle
  • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools & geysers
  • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Kauri Museum
  • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin & Wellington

TOURING

  • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 15 nights 3 – 3.5 star hotel accommodation
  • 4 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 4 cruises
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax)
  • Comprehensive documentation pack

MEALS

  • 15 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 13 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle

 

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ITINERARY
(B) Breakfast. (L) Lunch. (D) Dinner. (SD) Specialty Dinner.

DAY 1 - Depart US
Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.

DAY 2 - Cross International Date Line

DAY 3 - Arrive Christchurch (D)
On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation - Hotel Heartland Hotel Cotswold

DAY 4 - Christchurch - Omarama (B,D)
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.

Accommodation - Hotel Heritage Gateway Hotel

DAY 5 -  Omarama - Dunedin (B,S,D)
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 - Hotel Mercure Leisure Lodge

DAY 6 - Dunedin - Te Anau (B,D)
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. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Accommodation - Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)

DAY 7 - Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (B,L)
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 - Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort

DAY 8 - Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD)
Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain is 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 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 as you cruise back to Queenstown.

Accommodation - Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort

DAY 9 - Queenstown – Arrowtown – Fox Glacier (B,D)
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 Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Accommodation - Hotel Heartland Hotel Glacier Country

DAY 10 - Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,D)
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.

Accommodation - Hotel Heartland Hotel Cotswold

DAY 11 - Christchurch – Picton - Wellington (B,D)
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 - Hotel Ibis Wellington

DAY 12 - Wellington (B)
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 - Hotel Ibis Wellington

DAY 13 - Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua (B,D)
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 - Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

DAY 14 - Rotorua (B,SD)
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 - Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

DAY 15 - Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D)
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 - Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge 

DAY 16 - Bay of Islands (B,D)
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 - Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge 

DAY 17 - Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,SD)
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 - Hotel Copthorne Auckland City or similar

DAY 18 - Depart Auckland (B)
Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

 

Aspire Tip: Grand Pacific Tours home base is in Australia and as such is very popular with the Australian traveler. So when you travel on a Grand Pacific Tour, your traveling companions are most likely to be Australian which usually means for a fun time with a friendly group of like-minded travelers!

 

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Additional departure gateways & pricing

  • Add on airfare is available from most major airports - ask an Aspire consultant for a quote from your local airport.
  • Houston - $220 additional
  • Seattle - $300 additional
  • Denver - $300 additional
  • Portland, OR - $300 additionall
  • Dallas - $350 additional
  • Chicago - $400 additional
  • New York - $450 additional
  • Boston - $450 additional
  • Washington, DC - $450 additional

Optional Activities, Extensions or Add-Ons & pricing:

  • Upgrade to premium economy from $750 per person each way
  • Upgrade to business class from $1,950 per person each way
  • Can take the upgrade one way or round trip and combine premium/business classes on same ticket

All upgrades are subject to availability, upgrade cost may be higher depending on availability

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT - Please ask as Aspire expert

 

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Conditions

Package pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) from Los Angeles for purchase by 31 March 2018. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Tour is subject to availability. All prices reflect a discount for purchases made by cash/wire transfer/check, please see terms and conditions for credit card payments. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.