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Why Grand Pacific Ultimate Touring ?

The Ultimate Coach
Be dazzled by this state of the art full size coach (13.5 metres long) which would normally house 48 seats and has been configured with only 20 luxury leather seats complete with incredible amenities. Three new vehicles have been purpose built for Grand Pacific Tours boasting a cutting edge design with the very latest finishes. Onboard the coach, the luxuries extend through a wide range of features including:

  • 20 luxury leather fully reclining seats with extra-width with adjustable headrest and calf support for added comfort.
  • Panoramic viewing, air conditioning and seat belts.
  • Wood grain timber tray table with built in cup holder.
  • Seat side personal storage area providing easy access to your travel bag.
  • Personal audio control unit with multiple music channels and a complimentary set of headphones.
  • Individual USB point for charging your camera, mobile phone, iPod and iPad.
  • Stylish centre galley area equipped with refrigerated drinking fountain and fridge units.
  • Complimentary daily on board Wi-Fi allowance.
  • Onboard restroom.

Premium Hotel Accommodation (4.5 - 5 Star)
We have carefully handpicked a collection of stylish hotels to be part of the Ultimate Small Group Tours experience. You will be treated to a very high standard in each location. Each of the hotels used offer a premium level of comfort, extensive guest facilities and excellent location.

Ultimate Tour Extras
Travel in style and enjoy a number of extras exclusive to Ultimate Small Group Tours:

  • A deluxe Travel Set including Travel Bag and Ticket Wallet.
  • Complimentary pre dinner drink at the welcome dinner.
  • Cloth bag including boxed mints and complimentary bottle of water.
  • Access to daily newspaper and a range of glossy magazines.
  • An intimate farewell dinner including selected beverages.
  • A BONUS Group Photo

The Ultimate Coach Captain
Your Ultimate Coach Captains are the crme of the crop and have been chosen for their professionalism and attention to detail. They are there from start to finish attending to your needs and ensuring a more personal touring experience. A key part of their role is to ensure that the comfort and cleanliness of the coach is kept at the highest standard at all times.

 

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

INCLUSIONS

  • Round trip coach class air travel from Los Angeles to New Zealand
  • Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full size vehicle, 2 door access and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 15 nights 4.5 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
  • BONUS Group photo

NO HIDDEN EXTRAS PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Larnach Castle*
  • Milford Sound Nature 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
  • Kiwi Encounter*
  • Rainbow Springs*
  • Thermal mud pools & geysers*
  • Te Puia Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds*
  • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Kauri Museum*
  • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington & Aucklandn

MEALS

  • 15 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 12 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Auckland
  • 1 picnic lunch: Milford Sound Cruise
  • 1 Ultimate High Tea: Larnach Castle

 

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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 who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink.

Accommodation - Hotel The George

DAY 4 - CHRISTCHURCH - MT COOK (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 to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps.

Accommodation - Hotel The Hermitage Hotel

DAY 5 - MT COOK - DUNEDIN (B,D)
Depart Mt Cook and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. You might be interested in a tour of the Speight’s Brewery (optional) or a visit to the Royal Albatross Centre to see Albatross in their natural habitat (optional).

Accommodation - Hotel Distinction Dunedin

DAY 6 - DUNEDIN - TE ANAU (B,D)
Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach 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 an Ultimate High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland and your overnight stay. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Accommodation - Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

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 nature 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 Millennium Hotel Queenstown

DAY 8 - QUEENSTOWN (FREE DAY) (B,SD)
Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Grand Pacific Tours Local Host 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 Millennium Hotel Queenstown

DAY 9 - QUEENSTOWN - FOX GLACIER (B,D)
Travel to Arrowtown, an old goldmining village and 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 Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers before arriving at your hotel.

Accommodation - Hotel Distinction Fox Glacier

DAY 10 - FOX GLACIER - ARTHUR’S PASS - CHRISTCHURCH (B,D)
Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to 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 Ultimate Coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Accommodation - Hotel The George

DAY 11 - CHRISTCHURCH - PICTON- WELLINGTON (B,D)
Travel through the Lewis Pass and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you continue to the Marlborough Country, famous for it’s food & wine. Continue to Picton, where you board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Straight to Wellington.

Accommodation - Hotel InterContinental 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 a city tour. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements.

Accommodation - Hotel InterContinental 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 Regent of Rotorua

DAY 14 - ROTORUA (B,SD)
Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast with champagne, spectacular views and also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Continue to Rainbow Springs, spanning 22 acres of native trees. A highlight will be the Kiwi Encounter experience which offers a unique behind-the-scenes tour of a working kiwi nursery and hatchery. Some free time is available before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.

Accommodation - Hotel Regent of Rotorua

DAY 15 - ROTORUA - AUCKLAND - BAY OF ISLANDS (B,D)
This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Continue through Whangarei to the Bay of Islands. This afternoon 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 - Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

DAY 16 - BAY OF ISLANDS (B)
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 - Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

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 enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends. Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

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.

 

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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!

 

Departure Date from US Cost per person
25 Sep 17, 03 Dec 17 & 04 May 18 $6,849
28 Oct 17, 12 Nov 17, 11 Jan 18, 26 Jan 18, 13 Feb 18, 1 Mar 18, 15 Apr 18 $7,099

 

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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 October 2017. 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.