Grand New Zealand Tour
Day 1 Auckland
On arrival in Auckland you will be met and transferred to the hotel in time to meet the rest of your tour group for dinner this evening. Overnight at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland. Meals included: dinner.*
Day 2 Auckland to Bay of Islands
Depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Visit the Matakohe Kauri Museum then continue through Whangarei to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, location of the ‘signing of the treaty’ between the Maori and the British. Overnight: Scenic Circle Bay of Islands Hotel, Paihia. Meals included: breakfast, dinner.
Day 3 Bay of Islands
Today is a free day. Choose from one of many activities available (costs payable locally), including Cape Reinga Coach Trip via Ninety Mile Beach, a relaxing cruise or scenic flight, the choice is yours and your coach captain will assist. Overnight at Scenic Circle Bay of Islands Hotel Paihia. Meals included: breakfast & dinner.
Day 4 Bay of Islands to Auckland
This morning cruise aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole-in-the-Rock. Travel south via Whangarei to Auckland. Overnight at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel, Auckland. Meals included: breakfast, dinner.
Day 5 Auckland to Rotorua
This morning enjoy a city sights tour including a visit to the Sky Tower, Auckland’s top attraction. Continue via Cambridge to Matamata and Longlands Dairy Farm for a delicious home cooked lunch. This afternoon travel to Hobbiton and discover the real Middle-earth where you visit the movie set from the Lord of the Rings on a guided tour. Overnight at Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Superior room). Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Day 6 Rotorua
Today begins with a Gondola Ride to Cableway Restaurant for a buffet breakfast with spectacular views. Travel to the Agrodome where you see performing sheep, a shearing display & sheep dog trial. This afternoon travel to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers. This evening you will experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert. Overnight at the Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua. Meals included: breakfast, dinner.
Day 7 Rotorua to Masterton
Travel the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo, and on to Napier, (The Art Deco Capital of the World) for a guided tour of this city, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1931. Free time then before travelling through the Wairarapa, an emerging cool climate wine region, to Masterton. Overnight at the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park. Meals included: breakfast & dinner.
Day 8 Masterton to Wellington
Today travel through the quaint township of Greytown. Enjoy time exploring this delightful village where the streets have been laid out in the shape of a Union Jack. Continue through the picturesque Rimutaka Mountain Range to New Zealand's capital, Wellington. An included tour will highlight the history and culture of the city. Overnight at the James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel. Meals included: breakfast, dinner.
Day 9 Wellington to Blenheim
Enjoy some free time this morning in Wellington. This afternoon cross Cook Strait and cruise through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton where you board your coach for the short journey to Blenheim. Overnight at the Scenic Hotel Marlborough. Meals included: breakfast, dinner.
Day 10 Blenheim to Christchurch
Tour through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine, to the fishing village of Kaikoura. Continue to the Garden City of Christchurch, where a tour will introduce you to the city. Overnight at the Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport. Meals included: breakfast, dinner.
Day 11 Christchurch to Franz Josef
Board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world, and 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. Overnight at the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier. Meals included: breakfast & dinner.
Day 12 Franz Josef to Queenstown
See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the west coast to Fox Glacier. Continue via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty to picturesque Queenstown, a year round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free for you to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants. Overnight at the Mercure Queenstown Resort. Meal included: breakfast.
Day 13 Queenstown (Free Day)
A free day, there are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain is available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon or the helicopter ride of a lifetime. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. On arrival sit back and relax, as you are treated to the best of New Zealand's high country cuisine in 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. Overnight at the Mercure Queenstown Resort. Meals included: breakfast & dinner.
Day 14 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). Overnight at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel. Meals included: breakfast & dinner.
Day 15 Milford Sound Excursion
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 onboard. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. Overnight at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel. Meals included: breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Day 16 Te Anau to Dunedin
Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin, the "Edinburgh of the South", where an informative city tour is 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. Overnight at the Mercure Leisure Lodge. Meals included: breakfast & dinner.
Day 17 Dunedin to Twizel
Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Visit Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens and view the superb collection of flowers followed by a delightful morning tea. Continue to Oamaru famous for its limestone. After a true Victorian welcome, enjoy an informative update on this unique precinct where several amazing buildings and shops are on show. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you travel to Twizel for your overnight stay. Overnight at the MacKenzie Country Inn. Meals included: breakfast & dinner.
Day 18 Twizel to Mt Cook & Christchurch
This morning marvel at Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest peak and perhaps enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Continue to the brilliant turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and see the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving in Christchurch. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends. Overnight at the Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport. Meals included: breakfast & dinner.
Day 19 End of Tour
Time to say goodbye. Your tour concludes with the check-out from your hotel and a transfer to the airport. Meals included: breakfast.
*Dinner on day 1 is not included for passengers arriving later than 8pm. This tour is operated by Grand Pacific Tours,.