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Grand Pacific ToursGrand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B]

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 it in the coolest little capital, Wellington. Perhaps you'll take a walk down the waterfront to see the firework display.

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 4 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Included in this tour package

Tour map
Raod to teh West Coast
Queenstown farm visit

At a glance - Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B]

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch meet your rep and settle in. Accommodation: Quality Elms Hotel Christchurch

Day 2: Relax and explore the beautifully rebuilt Christchurch. Accommodation: Quality Elms Hotel Christchurch

Day 3: Enjoy a morning on the famous TranzAlpine Train. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Day 4: See the snow capped mountains and drama of the west coast. Accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown

Day 5: Merry Christmas - celebrations in Queenstown. Accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown

Day 6: Travel to the gateway of Fiordland. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

Day 7: A Haggis celebration rounds up todays adventures. Accommodation: Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge

Day 8: Visit Larnach Castle before heading inland. Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 9: Back to Christchurch past the glistening waters of Lake Tekapo. Accommodation: Quality Elms Hotel Christchurch

Day 10: Reach the top of the South Island before you cruise north to Wellington. Accommodation: Hotel Ibis Wellington

Day 11: HAPPY NEW YEAR in Wellington. Accommodation: Hotel Ibis Wellington

Day 12: Wellington through the Thermal Explorer Highway to Rotorua. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 13: Learn about the Maori culture in Rotorua. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 14: See where the Waitangi treaty was signed. Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 15: Cruise in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 16: Bay of Islands to your final destination, Auckland. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland

Day 17: Depart Auckland .

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Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B] - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch meet your rep and settle in

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B] - 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: Quality Elms Hotel Christchurch

The Elms Hotel 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

Quality Elms Hotel Christchurch

Day 2: Relax and explore the beautifully rebuilt Christchurch

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B] - 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 Elms Hotel Christchurch

The Elms Hotel 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

Quality Elms Hotel Christchurch

Day 3: Enjoy a morning on the famous TranzAlpine Train

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B] - Day 3

Christchurch to Arthur's Pass on the TranzAlpine, then by coach to Fox 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 via Franz Josef to Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Your Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

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

Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Day 4: See the snow capped mountains and drama of the west coast

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B] - Day 4

Fox 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. At Arrowtown, an old gold mining village, visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to picturesque Queenstown, situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year-round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions.

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 5: Merry Christmas - celebrations in Queenstown

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B] - Day 5

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 6: Travel to the gateway of Fiordland

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B] - Day 6

Queenstown to Te Anau

This morning travel to Te Anau the gateway to Fiordland. Enjoy 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 onboard. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. You might like to cap off your Fiordland experience by watching the breathtaking film Ata Whenua - Shadowland,  which screens at the Fiordland cinema (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, Lunch, Dinner

Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

Day 7: A Haggis celebration rounds up todays adventures

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B] - Day 7

Te Anau to Dunedin

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

Your Accommodation: Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge

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, Dinner

Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge

Day 8: Visit Larnach Castle before heading inland

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B] - Day 8

Dunedin to Omarama via Mt Cook

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of its tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone, then follow the Waitaki River and see Lake N=Benmore as you continue to marvel at Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional weather permitting) over the Southern Alps, travel to Omarama for your overnight stay. 

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 9: Back to Christchurch past the glistening waters of Lake Tekapo

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B] - Day 9

Omarama to Christchurch

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 for an informative city tour.

Your Accommodation: Quality Elms Hotel Christchurch

The Elms Hotel 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

Quality Elms Hotel Christchurch

Day 10: Reach the top of the South Island before you cruise north to Wellington

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B] - 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: 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 11: HAPPY NEW YEAR in Wellington

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B] - Day 11

New Year's Eve 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 before enjoying dinner at the hotel. You may wish to walk down to the waterfront at leisure and see in the New Year.

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 12: Wellington through the Thermal Explorer Highway to Rotorua

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B] - 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: Learn about the Maori culture in Rotorua

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B] - Day 13

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: 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: See where the Waitangi treaty was signed

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B] - 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: Cruise in the beautiful Bay of Islands

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B] - 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 your final destination, Auckland

Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Festive Season Tour [B] - 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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