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Grand Pacific 19 Day New Zealand Showcase

One of the most popular and comprehensive Nationwide tours. Encompassing the major locations and attractions plus much more. Inclusions range from a Bay of Islands cruise to a visit to a working dairy farm to the historic Arrowtown. This itinerary presents a wonderful slice of New Zealand's spectacular scenery, history and its way of life.

 Escorted coach tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch
 19 days/ 18 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Interislander Ferry, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand

At a glance - Grand Pacific 19 Day New Zealand Showcase

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland, transfer to your hotel and rest of day at leisure. Accommodation: SkyCity Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Auckland to the spectacular Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 3: Explore Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 4: Bay of Islands cruise then to Auckland. Accommodation: SkyCity Hotel Auckland

Day 5: Auckland to Rotorua. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 6: Rotorua. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 7: Rotorua to Taupo to Napier to Masterton. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park Wairarapa

Day 8: Masterton to Greytown to Wellington. Accommodation: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Day 9: Wellington to Picton to Blenheim. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Day 10: Blenhiem to Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch Airport

Day 11: Christchurch to Arthurs Pass by Tranz Alpine Train then onto Franz Josef Glacier. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 12: Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown. Accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown

Day 13: Free day in Queenstown. Accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown

Day 14: Queenstown to Te Anau. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 15: Te Anau to Milford Sound. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 16: Te Anau to Dunedin. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 17: Dunedin to Oamaru to Mt. Cook to Twizel. Accommodation: MacKenzie Country Hotel, Twizel

Day 18: Twizel to Mt. Cook to Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch Airport

Day 19: Depart Christchurch.

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Grand Pacific 19 Day New Zealand Showcase - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland, transfer to your hotel and rest of day at leisure

Arrive into Auckland

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore. 

Your Accommodation: SkyCity Hotel Auckland

With over 323 recently refurbished rooms, this modern and spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying the world-class casino, more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all right on your doorstep!

Meals included: Dinner

SkyCity Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Auckland to the spectacular Bay of Islands

Auckland to the Bay of Islands

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.

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 3: Explore Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands free day

Commonly known as the ‘winterless north’ New Zealand’s Bay of Islands is made up of over 140 subtropical atolls. Renowned for its untouched beaches, abundant marine life and idyllic climate, this tropical paradise ticks all the boxes. Spend some time on a remote stretch of beach, or cool off during a ‘swim with dolphins’ ocean safari. If diving is your thing, take the morning to descend the Rainbow Warrior - The Greenpeace flagship sunk by French saboteurs in 1985. Wander around Russell, a whaling port founded in 1843. Learn about our culture in historic Waitangi, the site where The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the Maori and European settlers dictating the terms by which New Zealand would become a British colony. Take a travel day to Cape Reinga, the very top of the North Island.

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 4: Bay of Islands cruise then to Auckland

Bay of Islands to Auckland

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. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions.

Your Accommodation: SkyCity Hotel Auckland

With over 323 recently refurbished rooms, this modern and spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying the world-class casino, more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all right on your doorstep!

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

SkyCity Hotel Auckland

Day 5: Auckland to Rotorua

Auckland to Rotorua

Today enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Longlands Farm. Then onto Hobbiton for lunch and atour of the Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings film trilogy on a fascinating guided tour.

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, Lunch, Dinner

Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 6: Rotorua

Rotorua

Today begins with a Gondola ride to Cableway Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. Travel to the Agrodome where you see performing sheep, a shearing display and sheep dog trial. 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.

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 7: Rotorua to Taupo to Napier to Masterton

Rotorua to Taupo to Napier to Masterton

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. Enjoy some free time to explore the fascinating architecture before travelling through the Wairarapa, an emerging cool-climate wine region.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park Wairarapa

Nestled in the lush Wairarapa valley, framed by the towering Tararua Ranges, Copthorne Resort Solway Park is set in 24 acres of landscaped grounds on the southern outskirts of Masterton.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park Wairarapa

Day 8: Masterton to Greytown to Wellington

Masterton to Greytown to Wellington

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Greytown where you see the most complete example of original Victorian wooden architecture. Drive through the scenic Rimutaka Mountain Range into Wellington, then enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here.

Your Accommodation: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

At the heart of Wellingtons commercial and retail districts the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor has 260 well appointed rooms and suites.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Day 9: Wellington to Picton to Blenheim

Wellington to Picton to Blenheim

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. This afternoon board the Interislander Ferry and enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton where you board your coach for the short journey to Blenheim.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Scenic Hotel Marlborough is centrally located in Blenheim, in the heart of Marlborough's wine growing region. Just minutes walk from the city centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Day 10: Blenhiem to Christchurch

Blenheim to Christchurch

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.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch Airport

Located 2 minutes from the Christchurch International Airport the Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport is just 15 minutes from Christchurch City Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Sudima Christchurch Airport

Day 11: Christchurch to Arthurs Pass by Tranz Alpine Train then onto Franz Josef Glacier

Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier

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 coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing to Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

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

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 12: Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown

Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown

See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south 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 at 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

Mercure Resort Queenstown

Day 13: Free day in Queenstown

Queenstown free day

Although celebrated as New Zealand's ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown offers far more than a fast paced action-packed holiday. Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath a soaring panorama of the Remarkables Mountain Range, this alpine town is surrounded by a plethora of historic, gastronomic and scenic wonders. Head down the Gibbston valley wine trail to sample some of the region’s best Pinot or catch a ride on the 100 year old Steamship - the TSS Earnslaw -  to Walter Peak Station for dinner and a farm tour. Browse the waterfront cafes and have lunch at Michelin star chef Josh Emett's ‘Rata.’ Check out nearby historic Arrowtown and enhance your experience with a four wheel drive trip to Macetown. Take a leisurely lakeside stroll or ride the gondola for breathtaking views. Venture further afield into the Fiordland National Park or head over the Crown Range to Wanaka. Drive through Lord Of The Rings country - or for the really fanatic, jump aboard one of many dedicated LOTR tours. And after all of that - if you do really want the adrenaline rush Queenstown is known for, take your pick from the Shotover Jet, Nevis Bungy, Canyon Swing, Zipline, Luge or Heli-ski.
 

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, Speciality Dinner

Mercure Resort Queenstown

Day 14: Queenstown to Te Anau

Queenstown to Te Anau

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).

Your Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

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

Day 15: Te Anau to Milford Sound

Te Anau to Milford Sound to Te Anau

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 return to Te Anau where some free time is available.  This evening you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Your Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 16: Te Anau to Dunedin

Te Anau to Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the "Edinburgh of the South" and enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Just two blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is close to shops, parks and the best city attractions and services. The hotel provides excellent 4-star accommodation to Dunedin's visitors.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 17: Dunedin to Oamaru to Mt. Cook to Twizel

Dunedin to Mt. Cook to Twizel

Head north to the historic township of Oamaru for morning tea. Then follow the Waitaki Valley and the incredible Hydro system into the Mackenzie Country and Mt. Cook National Park. Following lunch and time for scenic flights (optional) you head to Twizel for your overnight stay.

Your Accommodation: MacKenzie Country Hotel, Twizel

Located in the heart of the Mackenzie region the hotel's natural stone architecture compliments the mountains and rivers of New Zealand's Southern Alps. With 108 well equipped rooms the hotel can offer every facility needed for a comfortable stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

MacKenzie Country Hotel, Twizel

Day 18: Twizel to Mt. Cook to Christchurch

Twizel to Lake Tekapo to Christchurch

This morning  we 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. A tour of the city and some free time to explore before a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch Airport

Located 2 minutes from the Christchurch International Airport the Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport is just 15 minutes from Christchurch City Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Sudima Christchurch Airport

Day 19: Depart Christchurch

Depart Christchurch

Your tour concludes this morning. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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