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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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Enquire about departure dates and cost

 

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
  • 18 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

  • Kauri Museum*
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds*
  • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Zealong Tea Estate*
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour & Lunch
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools & geysers*
  • Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Hawke’s Bay Express Napier
  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Marlborough Wine Tasting
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise & Lunch
  • Larnach Castle*
  • City sights tour of Auckland, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin

MEALS

  • 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 15 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch
  • 2 lunches including a Shire's buffet lunch: Hobbiton
  • 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 AUCKLAND (D)
On arrival into Auckland 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 - Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 4 - AUCKLAND - BAY OF ISLANDS (B,D)
Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach, 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 - Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands - Deluxe Room.

Day 5 - BAY OF ISLANDS (FREE DAY) (B)
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 - Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands - Deluxe Room.

Day 6 - BAY OF ISLANDS - AUCKLAND (B,D)
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.

Accommodation - Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 7 - AUCKLAND - ROTORUA (B,L,D)
This morning enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland before travelling to the Zealong Tea Estate, New Zealand’s only tea plantation for a tour & tasting. 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 - Hotel Regent of Rotorua

Day 8 - 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. 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 Maori Hangi and Concert.

Accommodation - Hotel Regent of Rotorua

Day 9 - ROTORUA - NAPIER (B,D)
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 the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world. Board the Hawke’s Bay Express and hear informative commentary on the city’s fascinating history. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the city or you might choose to do a guided walk (optional).

Accommodation - Hotel Scenic Hotel Te Pania

DAY 10 - NAPIER - WELLINGTON (B,D)
Travel south this morning into Wellington for a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here.

Accommodation - Hotel InterContinental Wellington

DAY 11 - WELLINGTON - PICTON - BLENHEIM (B,D)
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 and enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton where you board your Ultimate Coach for the short journey to Blenheim. This evening sample some of the local wines from the Marlborough region.

Accommodation - Hotel Marlborough Vintners Hotel

DAY 12 - BLENHEIM - CHRISTCHURCH (B)
Today’s travel takes you through the alpine village of St Arnaud, the enchanting beech Maruia Forest and the scenic Lewis Pass. Continue South to the garden city of Christchurch for an introductory city sights tour.

Accommodation - Hotel The George

DAY 13 - CHRISTCHURCH - ARTHUR’S PASS - FOX GLACIER (B,D)
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 Ultimate coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing via Franz Josef to Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Accommodation -Hotel Distinction Fox Glacier

DAY 14 - FOX GLACIER - QUEENSTOWN (B)
See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast. 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 and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Accommodation - Hotel Millennium Hotel Queenstown

DAY 15 - QUEENSTOWN (FREE DAY) (B,SD)
Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Grand Pacific Local Host is available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic 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 16 - QUEENSTOWN - TE ANAU (B,D)
Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Tonight after dinner you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

DAY 17 - TE ANAU - MILFORD SOUND - TE ANAU (B,L,D)
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 onboard. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. You might like to cap off your Fiordland experience by watching the breathtaking film, Ata Whenua - Shadowland, which screens at the Fiordland Cinema (optional).

Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

DAY 18 - TE ANAU - DUNEDIN (B,D)
Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the “Edinburgh of the South”. Enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time at leisure.

Accommodation - Hotel Distinction Dunedin

DAY 19 - DUNEDIN - MT COOK (B,D)
Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour with time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you travel to Mt Cook.

Accommodation - Hotel The Hermitage Hotel

DAY 20 - MT COOK - CHRISTCHURCH (B,SD)
This morning 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. Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and see the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

Accommodation - Hotel The George

DAY 21 - DEPART CHRISTCHURCH (B)
Time to say goodbye. You will 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

 

Enquire about 2017/18 departure dates and cost

 

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.