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Grand Pacific UltimateGrand Pacific 16 Day Ultimate Explorer

Travel in small group luxury as you explore the top destinations and attractions of the North and South Island's. Starting in Christchurch, visit the deep south and the stunning Fiordland National Park, stay in the adventure capital of Queenstown and head to the West Coast glaciers before crossing the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine scenic train. Head north across the Cook Strait to the capital city of Wellington before staying 2 nights in the cultural and thermal wonderland of Rotorua. Another 2 nights in the tropical Bay of Islands before returning to Auckland.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Auckland
 16 days/ 15 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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At a glance - Grand Pacific 16 Day Ultimate Explorer

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch. Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch to Mt Cook. Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel

Day 3: Mt Cook to Dunedin. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 4: Dunedin to Te Anau. Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 5: Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 6: Free day to enjoy Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 7: Queenstown to Arrowtown to Fox Glacier. Accommodation: Distinction Fox Glacier

Day 8: Fox Glacier to Arthurs Pass to Christchurch. Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch

Day 9: Christchurch to Picton to Wellington. Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington

Day 10: Wellington. Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington

Day 11: Wellington to Taupo to Rotorua. Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Day 12: Rotorua. Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Day 13: Rotorua to Auckland to Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 14: Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 15: Bay of Islands to Auckland. Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 16: Depart Auckland.

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Grand Pacific 16 Day Ultimate Explorer - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch

Grand Pacific 16 Day Ultimate Explorer - Day 1

Arrive Christchurch City

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel.

Your Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch

The George is the essence of supreme comfort. The award winning 5 star hotel is opposite Hagley Park and just a few minutes stroll from the Botanic Gardens. 2 superb award winning on site restaurants also feature.

Meals included: Dinner

The George Hotel, Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch to Mt Cook

Grand Pacific 16 Day Ultimate Explorer - Day 2

Christchurch to Mt. Cook

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.

Your Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel

The Hermitage Hotel ringed by magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, is a world-renowned tourist destination and has been an icon of superior accommodation and dining since 1884.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hermitage Hotel

Day 3: Mt Cook to Dunedin

Grand Pacific 16 Day Ultimate Explorer - Day 3

Mt Cook to Dunedin via Oamaru

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 Speigh's Brewery (optional) or to see Albatross in their natural habitat (optional).

Your Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Distinction Dunedin Hotel occupies the grand Chief Post Office built in the 1930’s. This art deco inspired building has recently been transformed into a 4 star hotel with elegant décor, set in the heart of the city.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 4: Dunedin to Te Anau

Grand Pacific 16 Day Ultimate Explorer - Day 4

Dunedin to Te Anau

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).

Your Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

The Te Anau Hotel and Villas offers a range of accommodation from hotel rooms and suites to villas. Ideally located on the lake front the hotel is just a few minutes stroll for the shops. cafes and activities on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 5: Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown

Grand Pacific 16 Day Ultimate Explorer - Day 5

Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown

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.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 6: Free day to enjoy Queenstown

Grand Pacific 16 Day Ultimate Explorer - Day 6

Queenstown free day with TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Dinner

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist with the many sightseeing options available. 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.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 7: Queenstown to Arrowtown to Fox Glacier

Grand Pacific 16 Day Ultimate Explorer - Day 7

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: Distinction Fox Glacier

A modern, purpose built boutique Fox Glacier hotel. Distinction Te Weheka Boutique Hotel provides a balance of luxury, privacy and location, while being only a short stroll to Fox Glacier village.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Fox Glacier

Day 8: Fox Glacier to Arthurs Pass to Christchurch

Grand Pacific 16 Day Ultimate Explorer - Day 8

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.

Your Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch

The George is the essence of supreme comfort. The award winning 5 star hotel is opposite Hagley Park and just a few minutes stroll from the Botanic Gardens. 2 superb award winning on site restaurants also feature.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

The George Hotel, Christchurch

Day 9: Christchurch to Picton to Wellington

Grand Pacific 16 Day Ultimate Explorer - Day 9

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: InterContinental Wellington

Stay in modern luxury in the heart of New Zealand’s capital city and adjacent to the scenic harbour. This famous Wellington hotel offers contemporary New Zealand cuisine at three restaurants, including the award-winning Chameleon. The hotel is the ideal base to explore the business, shopping and cultural centres of Wellington.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

InterContinental Wellington

Day 10: Wellington

Grand Pacific 16 Day Ultimate Explorer - Day 10

Full day in Wellington

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. 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: InterContinental Wellington

Stay in modern luxury in the heart of New Zealand’s capital city and adjacent to the scenic harbour. This famous Wellington hotel offers contemporary New Zealand cuisine at three restaurants, including the award-winning Chameleon. The hotel is the ideal base to explore the business, shopping and cultural centres of Wellington.

Meals included: Breakfast

InterContinental Wellington

Day 11: Wellington to Taupo to Rotorua

Grand Pacific 16 Day Ultimate Explorer - Day 11

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: Regent of Rotorua

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa occupies a great location within walking distance of the lakefront, the government gardens and the city centres shops and restaurants. Luxury rooms are well equipped and on site facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant and bar and spa treatments.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Regent of Rotorua

Day 12: Rotorua

Grand Pacific 16 Day Ultimate Explorer - Day 12

Rotorua

Today begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a 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.

Your Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa occupies a great location within walking distance of the lakefront, the government gardens and the city centres shops and restaurants. Luxury rooms are well equipped and on site facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant and bar and spa treatments.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Regent of Rotorua

Day 13: Rotorua to Auckland to Bay of Islands

Grand Pacific 16 Day Ultimate Explorer - Day 13

Rotorua to Auckland to the Bay of Islands

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.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands expansive sub-tropical gardens and extensive guest facilities, enhances the welcoming atmosphere of this resort-style hotel. It's the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful and historic Bay of Islands.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 14: Bay of Islands

Grand Pacific 16 Day Ultimate Explorer - Day 14

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: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands expansive sub-tropical gardens and extensive guest facilities, enhances the welcoming atmosphere of this resort-style hotel. It's the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful and historic Bay of Islands.

Meals included: Breakfast

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 15: Bay of Islands to Auckland

Grand Pacific 16 Day Ultimate Explorer - Day 15

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: Crowne Plaza Auckland

Crowne Plaza Auckland is an upscale hotel ideally located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD and entertainment hub. Offering superior comfort, personal service and contemporary style and an abundance of attractions, entertainment and dining in close proximity.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 16: Depart Auckland

Depart Auckland

After breakfast 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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