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Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season

Imagine spending the festive season in New Zealand this year? Christmas will be in stunning Queenstown, where you will cruise across Lake Wakatipu for lunch at a high country sheep station.  New Year’s Eve will be one to remember as you experience the Maori culture with a traditional hangi and entertainment.

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New Zealand escorted tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$5,950 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Auckland

17 days/16 nights

Hotel 3 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

 Viewed 12 times in the last 7 days

This tour also includes

Interislander ferry crossing

Introducing Te Papa museum tour

Huka Falls

Te Puia Maori Hangi & Concert

Rotorua Skyline Gondola and luge ride

Agrodome Show and Farm Tour

Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock Cruise

Matakohe Kauri Museum

Auckland City Tour

Christchurch Grand Tour

Haggis Ceremony

Larnach Castle

Milford Sound Cruise

TSS Earnslaw cruise and Walter Peak high country farm tour, Queenstown

Lakes District Museum

TranzAlpine Train from Arthur's Pass to Christchurch

Visit to Jade Factory

16 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 11 dinners, 2 special dinners

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Brief itinerary - Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch. Accommodation: Quality Hotel Elms Christchurch (or similar)

Day 2: Free day to explore Christchurch . Accommodation: Quality Hotel Elms Christchurch (or similar)

Day 3: From the Canterbury Plains to the mountains surrounding Mt Cook. Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: Omarama to Dunedin with an exciting Haggis Ceremony to end your day. Accommodation: Dunedin Leisure Lodge – A Distinction Hotel (or similar)

Day 5: Cut inland to the gateway of Fiordland. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore (or similar)

Day 6: Cruise the spectacular Milford Sound and end the day in Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Day 7: Merry Christmas - celebrations in Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Day 8: Queenstown to Arrowtown to Fox Glacier. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (or similar)

Day 9: The west coast, greenstone factory and train to Christchurch. Accommodation: Quality Hotel Elms Christchurch (or similar)

Day 10: Reach the top of the South Island before you cruise north to Wellington. Accommodation: Ibis Wellington (or similar)

Day 11: Explore Wellington visit the incredible museum and more. Accommodation: Ibis Wellington (or similar)

Day 12: Wellington through the Thermal Explorer Highway to Rotorua. Accommodation: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (or similar)

Day 13: Rotorua - New Year’s Eve . Accommodation: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (or similar)

Day 14: See where the Waitangi treaty was signed. Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (or similar)

Day 15: Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (or similar)

Day 16: Bay of Islands to Auckland. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland (or similar)

Day 17: Depart Auckland .

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Day 1 - Arrive into Christchurch

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - 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. Merchandise items must be ordered at the time of booking and are not available for purchase in New Zealand. Tour jackets and tour caps are available for purchase.

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: Dinner

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Day 2 - Free day to explore Christchurch

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 2
Christchurch

Today is a free day to explore Christchurch. Enjoy a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at leisure, one of Christchurch's leading attractions.

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 3 - From the Canterbury Plains to the mountains surrounding Mt Cook

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 3
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 4 - Omarama to Dunedin with an exciting Haggis Ceremony to end your day

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 4
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 5 - Cut inland to the gateway of Fiordland

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 5
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 6 - Cruise the spectacular Milford Sound and end the day in Queenstown

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 6
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. 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 enjoy dinner at your hotel.

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, Dinner

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Day 7 - Merry Christmas - celebrations in Queenstown

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 7
Queenstown - Christmas Day

Merry Christmas! Today board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Enjoy a gourmet Christmas lunch and the best of New Zealand’s high country cuisine in the Colonel’s Homestead. Reboard the TSS Earnslaw and enjoy a sing-along by the piano on your return cruise to Queenstown. 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 8 - Queenstown to Arrowtown to Fox Glacier

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 8
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: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (or similar)

The Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier is nestled at the base of the majestic Southern Alps in the Westland World Heritage Park. Originally built in 1928 it has been refurbished to retain its charming atmosphere.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 9 - The west coast, greenstone factory and train to Christchurch

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 9
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 10 - Reach the top of the South Island before you cruise north to Wellington

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 10
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 will board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across the Cook Strait.

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 11 - Explore Wellington visit the incredible museum and more

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 11
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 12 - Wellington through the Thermal Explorer Highway to Rotorua

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 12
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: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (or similar)

The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua enjoys a location that is second-to-none on the very shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa complex and just a short stroll to all the attractions in Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 13 - Rotorua - New Year’s Eve

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 13
Rotorua New Year's Eve

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 and see in the New Year.

Your accommodation: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (or similar)

The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua enjoys a location that is second-to-none on the very shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa complex and just a short stroll to all the attractions in Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

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Day 14 - See where the Waitangi treaty was signed

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 14
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.

Your accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (or similar)

The Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia is located on the waterfront only 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township. All rooms are air-conditioned and hotel facilities include a restaurant, swimming pool, spa pool and sauna.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 15 - Bay of Islands

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 15
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. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Your accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (or similar)

The Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia is located on the waterfront only 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township. All rooms are air-conditioned and hotel facilities include a restaurant, swimming pool, spa pool and sauna.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 16 - Bay of Islands to Auckland

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 16
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 you will be treated to a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

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 17 - Depart Auckland

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 17
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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