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Grand Pacific ToursGrand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour

With 17 days to explore the country, enjoy the ultimate festive season holiday in New Zealand with Christmas in the adventure capital of Queenstown and New Year's Eve in the cultural capital of Rotorua! See the best of the North and South Island with this incredible Grand Pacific escorted coach tour and enjoy an endless string of outstanding activities and destinations, including a visit to Larnach Castle, a cruise through Milford Sound, a ride on the TranzAlpine train, and much much more!

Join New Zealand Coach Tours and Grand Pacific this festive season on this special one off tour of New Zealand!
 

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Auckland
 17 days/ 16 nights
 Hotel 3 star
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Included in this tour package

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Larnach Castle, Dunedin
Interislander Ferry, Cook Strait

At a glance - Grand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 2: Free day to explore Christchurch . Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 3: Christchurch to Omarama . Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 4: Omarama to Dunedin . Accommodation: Mercure Leisure Lodge Dunedin

Day 5: Dunedin to Te Anau . Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

Day 6: Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown . Accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown

Day 7: Merry Christmas - celebrations in Queenstown. Accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown

Day 8: Queenstown to Arrowtown to Fox Glacier. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Glacier Country

Day 9: Fox Glacier to Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 10: Christchurch to Picton to Wellington . Accommodation: Hotel Ibis Wellington

Day 11: Explore Wellington. Accommodation: Hotel Ibis Wellington

Day 12: Wellington to Taupo to Rotorua . Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 13: Rotorua - New Year’s Eve . Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 14: Rotorua to Auckland to Bay of Islands . Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 15: Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 16: Bay of Islands to Auckland. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland

Day 17: Depart Auckland .

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Grand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch

Grand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour - Day 1

Arrive into Christchurch

Arrive into Christchurch where you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

Your Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

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

Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 2: Free day to explore Christchurch

Grand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour - 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: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

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: Breakfast, Dinner

Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 3: Christchurch to Omarama

Grand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour - 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, 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 (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.

Your Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Positioned at the crossroads linking north, south, east and west, the Gateway Hotel features a full restaurant and cocktail bar with views of the Southern Alps, the Heritage Gateway Hotel has everything you need to rest and refresh.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 4: Omarama to Dunedin

Grand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour - 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: Mercure Leisure Lodge Dunedin

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Mercure Leisure Lodge Dunedin

Day 5: Dunedin to Te Anau

Grand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour - 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. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Your Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

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

Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

Day 6: Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown

Grand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour - 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: Mercure Resort Queenstown

Mercure Resort Queenstown is located near the shores of Lake Wakatipu, only 3 minutes drive from the centre of town. The hotel boasts spectacular views over the lake and the Remarkables Mountain Range.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Mercure Resort Queenstown

Day 7: Merry Christmas - celebrations in Queenstown

Grand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour - 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 traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings 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 of one of the many fine restaurants.

Your Accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown

Mercure Resort Queenstown is located near the shores of Lake Wakatipu, only 3 minutes drive from the centre of town. The hotel boasts spectacular views over the lake and the Remarkables Mountain Range.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Mercure Resort Queenstown

Day 8: Queenstown to Arrowtown to Fox Glacier

Grand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour - 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 Glacier Country

Heartland Hotel Glacier Country is located right in the centre of Fox township putting you in easy reach of the unique experiences available within Westland National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Heartland Hotel Glacier Country

Day 9: Fox Glacier to Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch

Grand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour - 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.

Your Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

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: Breakfast, Dinner

Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 10: Christchurch to Picton to Wellington

Grand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour - Day 10

Christchurch to Picton to Wellington

Travel through the Lewis Pass and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you continue to the Marlborough Country, famous for it's 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: Hotel Ibis Wellington

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

Hotel Ibis Wellington

Day 11: Explore Wellington

Grand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour - 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: Hotel Ibis Wellington

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

Hotel Ibis Wellington

Day 12: Wellington to Taupo to Rotorua

Grand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour - 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 Lake Rotorua

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

Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 13: Rotorua - New Year’s Eve

Grand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour - 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 Lake Rotorua

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

Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 14: Rotorua to Auckland to Bay of Islands

Grand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour - 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, Paihia

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 restaurant, swimming pool, spa pool and sauna.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 15: Bay of Islands

Grand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour - 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, Paihia

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 restaurant, swimming pool, spa pool and sauna.

Meals included: Breakfast

Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 16: Bay of Islands to Auckland

Grand Pacific 17 Day Festive Season Tour - 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

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

Rydges Hotel Auckland

Day 17: 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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