Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase
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Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic 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 visiting a working dairy farm, and a visit to historic Arrowtown. This itinerary presents a wonderful slice of New Zealand's spectacular scenery, history and its way of life.

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Escorted coach tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$6,814 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch

19 days/18 nights

Hotel 4 star

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At a glance - Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland, transfer to your hotel and rest of day at leisure. Accommodation: Skycity Hotel Auckland (or similar)

Day 2: Auckland to the spectacular Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (or similar)

Day 3: Explore Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (or similar)

Day 4: Bay of Islands cruise then to Auckland. Accommodation: Skycity Hotel Auckland (or similar)

Day 5: South to thermal Rotorua. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua (or similar)

Day 6: Start with breakfast overlooking the city before a day to enjoy. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua (or similar)

Day 7: Drive through lush pastures on the way to Masterton. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park Wairarapa (or similar)

Day 8: Reach the Capital of cool, Wellington. Accommodation: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (or similar)

Day 9: Travel through fine wine country. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)

Day 10: Along the ocean road keep aware you may see a beautiful whale. Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)

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

Day 12: Heading down the wild coast to the southern mountains. Accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown (or similar)

Day 13: Explore beneath the mountains. Accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown (or similar)

Day 14: Head into the Fiordland National Park. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau (or similar)

Day 15: A world renowned cruise on Milford Sound. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau (or similar)

Day 16: Across to the East coast and the Otago Peninsula. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (or similar)

Day 17: Dunedin to Oamaru to Mt. Cook to Twizel. Accommodation: MacKenzie Country Hotel (or similar)

Day 18: Reach your final destination, Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch Airport (or similar)

Day 19: Depart Christchurch.

Tour full itinerary

Detailed itinerary: 19 day tour starting in Auckland

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

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - Day 1
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 (or similar)

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

Day 2 - Auckland to the spectacular Bay of Islands

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - Day 2
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 (or similar)

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

Day 3 - Explore Bay of Islands

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - Day 3
Bay of Islands free day

Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (or similar)

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

Day 4 - Bay of Islands cruise then to Auckland

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - Day 4
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 (or similar)

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

Day 5 - South to thermal Rotorua

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - Day 5
Auckland to Rotorua

Today enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for buffet lunch. This is followed by a guided tour of the Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Your guide will recount details of how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth.

Your accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua (or similar)

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

Day 6 - Start with breakfast overlooking the city before a day to enjoy

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - Day 6
Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that's unlike anything you've seen before. 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 (or similar)

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

Day 7 - Drive through lush pastures on the way to Masterton

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - Day 7
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 (or similar)

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

Day 8 - Reach the Capital of cool, Wellington

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - Day 8
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 (or similar)

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

Day 9 - Travel through fine wine country

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - Day 9
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, cross Cook Strait and travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton where you board your coach for the short journey to Blenheim.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)

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

Day 10 - Along the ocean road keep aware you may see a beautiful whale

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - Day 10
Blenheim to Kaikoura to Christchurch

Tour through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine then travel to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Continue onto the garden city of Christchurch for an introductory city sights tour.

Your accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)

This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square. Ideally positioned, only a few minutes walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - Day 11
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 arriving 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 (or similar)

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

Day 12 - Heading down the wild coast to the southern mountains

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - Day 12
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.

Your accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown (or similar)

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

Day 13 - Explore beneath the mountains

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - Day 13
Queenstown free day with TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Dinner

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown with many optional activities available. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious gourmet barbecue dinner featuring a menu of seasonal, fresh and locally sourced food at 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.

Your accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown (or similar)

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

Day 14 - Head into the Fiordland National Park

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - 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. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Your accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau (or similar)

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

Day 15 - A world renowned cruise on Milford Sound

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - Day 15
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 Fiordland Cinema, specially constructed to screen the locally filmed movie Ata Whenua - Shadowland which will take you on an unforgettable journey. (optional).

Your accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau (or similar)

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

Day 16 - Across to the East coast and the Otago Peninsula

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - Day 16
Te Anau to Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the "Edinburgh of the South" and enjoy an informative city tour. Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnarch Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (or similar)

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

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

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - Day 17
Dunedin to Mt. Cook to Twizel

Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake 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 Twizel for your overnight stay.

Your accommodation: MacKenzie Country Hotel (or similar)

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

Day 18 - Reach your final destination, Christchurch

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - Day 18
Twizel to Lake Tekapo to Christchurch

This morning you 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 (or similar)

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

Day 19 - Depart Christchurch

Grand Pacific 19 Day Classic Showcase - Day 19
Depart Christchurch

After breakfast (included) your tour concludes this morning. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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