New Zealand Panorama
Day 1 Arrive Christchurch
On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at the Heartland Hotel Cotswold. Meal included: dinner*.
Day 2 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. Overnight at the Heritage Gateway Hotel. Meals included: breakfast & dinner.
Day 3 Omarama to Dunedin
Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River 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. 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. Overnight at the Hotel Mercure Leisure Lodge. Meals included: breakfast & dinner.
Day 4 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. Visit Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens and view the superb collection of flowers, followed by a delightful morning 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, not included). Overnight at the Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room). Meals included: breakfast, dinner.
Day 5 Te Anau to Queenstown via Milford Sound
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 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. Overnight at the Mercure Queenstown Resort. Meals included: breakfast & lunch.
Day 6 Queenstown
Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain is available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, whether it be the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to 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 your cruise back to Queenstown. Overnight at the Mercure Queenstown Resort. Meals included: breakfast & dinner.
Day 7 Queenstown 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. Overnight at the Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier. Meals included: breakfast & dinner
Day 8 Fox Glacier 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. Overnight at the Heartland Hotel Cotswold. Meals included: breakfast & dinner.
Day 9 Christchurch 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. Overnight at the Hotel Ibis. Meals included: breakfast & dinner.
Day 10 Wellington
Today explore this exciting region and enjoy an extensive city tour which explains the history and culture on show in New Zealand's capital, Wellington. A highlight will be a guided tour of Te Papa, New Zealand's National Museum, with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views of the land, environment and people. Enjoy some free time to explore at leisure this afternoon. This evening is also free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants. Overnight at the Hotel Ibis. Meal included: breakfast.
Day 11 Wellington 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. Overnight at the Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua. Meals included: breakfast & dinner.
Day 12 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. Next visit Paradise Valley Springs, a superb wildlife park where you can hand feed rainbow trout. 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. Overnight at the Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua. Meals included: breakfast & dinner.
Day 13 Rotorua to Auckland
This morning depart Rotorua and travel north to Auckland. Enjoy a free afternoon in the City of Sails. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel. Overnight at the Copthorne Hotel Auckland City. Meals included: breakfast & dinner.
Day 14 Depart Auckland
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight after a memorable New Zealand holiday. Meal included: breakfast.
*Dinner on day 1 is not included for passengers arriving later than 8pm. This tour is operated by Grand Pacific Tours.