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Grand Pacific Tours 14 Day Affordable Panorama

The Grand Pacific 14 day New Zealand Panorama 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 Tranz Alpine 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 before finishing in Auckland, the City of Sails.

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New Zealand escorted tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$4,715 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Auckland

14 days/13 nights

Hotel 3 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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This tour also includes
Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
Wellington City Tour
Huka Falls
Rotorua Skyline Gondola and Luge Ride
Te Puia Maori Hangi & Concert
Christchurch Grand Tour
Haggis Ceremony
Larnach Castle
Milford Sound Cruise
TSS Earnslaw cruise & dinner at Walter Peak high country farm, Queenstown
TranzAlpine Train from Arthur's Pass to Christchurch
Visit to Jade Factory
Interislander ferry crossing
13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners, 3 special dinners
Tour at a glance

Brief itinerary - Grand Pacific Tours 14 Day Affordable Panorama

Day 1: Welcome to the South Island
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold (or similar)

Day 2: Travel south via the Aqua waters of Lake Tekapo
Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel (or similar)

Day 3: Venture South to Dunedin
Accommodation: Dunedin Leisure Lodge – A Distinction Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: Enter into the Fiordland National Park
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore (or similar)

Day 5: Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Day 6: Free day to enjoy Queenstown then cruise on Lake Wakatipu
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Day 7: Venture up the Wild West Coast
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (or similar)

Day 8: Catch the Train to the Canterbury Plains
Accommodation: Quality Hotel Elms Christchurch (or similar)

Day 9: Bid the South Island a fond farewell
Accommodation: Ibis Wellington (or similar)

Day 10: Wellington Exploration
Accommodation: Ibis Wellington (or similar)

Day 11: Weave your way through the lush pastures of North Island New Zealand
Accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

Day 12: Thermal Rotorua
Accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

Day 13: Last stop Auckland
Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland (or similar)

Day 14: All good things must end

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Day 1 - Welcome to the South Island

Grand Pacific Tours 14 Day Affordable Panorama - 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

Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold (or similar)

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.

Meals included: Dinner

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Day 2 - Travel south via the Aqua waters of Lake Tekapo

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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.

Your accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel (or similar)

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 3 - Venture South to Dunedin

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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.

Your accommodation: Dunedin Leisure Lodge – A Distinction Hotel (or similar)

Nestled in landscaped Gardens, the Dunedin Leisure Lodge is just a short drive from the central city and adjacent to the Botanical Gardens.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

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Day 4 - Enter into the Fiordland National Park

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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).

Your accommodation: Distinction Luxmore (or similar)

The perfect base for all your Fiordland travel, Distinction Luxmore Hotel provides comfortable accommodation right in the heart of Te Anau.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 5 - Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown

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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.

Your accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 6 - Free day to enjoy Queenstown then cruise on Lake Wakatipu

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Queenstown free day with TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Dinner

Today is a free day to explore Queenstown. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader will assist with the many optional activities available. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon or to 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 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.

Your accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

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Day 7 - Venture up the Wild West Coast

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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.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (or similar)

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 8 - Catch the Train to the Canterbury Plains

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Fox Glacier to Arthur's Pass, Tranz Alpine 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.

Your accommodation: Quality Hotel Elms Christchurch (or similar)

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 9 - Bid the South Island a fond farewell

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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.

Your accommodation: Ibis Wellington (or similar)

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 10 - Wellington Exploration

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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.

Your accommodation: Ibis Wellington (or similar)

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.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 11 - Weave your way through the lush pastures of North Island New Zealand

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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.

Your accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 12 - Thermal Rotorua

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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.

Your accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

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Day 13 - Last stop Auckland

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Rotorua to Auckland

Depart Rotorua and travel north to Auckland to enjoy an afternoon at leisure to discover the 'City of Sails'. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Your accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland (or similar)

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 14 - All good things must end

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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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