Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season
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Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season

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 the Maori culture with a traditional hangi and entertainment.

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Escorted coach tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$6,045 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Auckland

17 days/16 nights

Hotel 3 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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Tour Inclusions

Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
City sights tours
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Te Papa, NZ's National Museum
Huka Falls
Agrodome Show and Farm Tour
Rotorua Skyline Gondola and Luge Ride
Te Puia Maori Hangi & Concert
Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
Auckland City Tour
Kauri Museum
Christchurch Grand Tour
Haggis Ceremony
Milford Sound Cruise
TSS Earnslaw cruise and Walter Peak high country farm tour, Queenstown
Lakes District Museum
Visit to Jade Factory
16 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 11 dinners, 2 special dinners
Tour at a glance

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold (or similar)

Day 2: Free day to explore Christchurch
Accommodation: Quality Hotel Elms Christchurch (or similar)

Day 3: From the Canterbury Plains to the mountains surrounding Mt Cook
Accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: Omarama to Dunedin with an exciting Haggis Ceremony to end your day
Accommodation: Dunedin Leisure Lodge – A Distinction Hotel (or similar)

Day 5: Cut inland to the gateway of Fiordland
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Lake Te Anau (or similar)

Day 6: Cruise the spectacular Milford Sound and end the day in Queenstown
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Day 7: Merry Christmas - celebrations in Queenstown
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Day 8: Queenstown to Arrowtown to Fox Glacier
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (or similar)

Day 9: The west coast, greenstone factory and train to Christchurch
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold (or similar)

Day 10: Reach the top of the South Island before you cruise north to Wellington
Accommodation: Ibis Wellington (or similar)

Day 11: Explore Wellington visit the incredible museum and more
Accommodation: Ibis Wellington (or similar)

Day 12: Wellington through the Thermal Explorer Highway to Rotorua
Accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

Day 13: Rotorua - New Year’s Eve
Accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

Day 14: See where the Waitangi treaty was signed
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (or similar)

Day 15: Bay of Islands
Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (or similar)

Day 16: Bay of Islands to Auckland
Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland (or similar)

Day 17: Depart Auckland

Tour full itinerary

Detailed itinerary: 17 day tour starting in Christchurch

Day 1 - Arrive into Christchurch
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 1
Arrive into Christchurch

Arrive into Christchurch where you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your tour leader and travelling companions for dinner.

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Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold (or similar)

The Heartland Hotel Cotswold is just minutes walk to boutique shopping at Merivale and beautiful Hagley Park. The distinctive traditional Tudor-style architecture of the Heartland Hotel Cotswold reflects Christchurch's image as the most English of cities outside of England.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2 - Free day to explore Christchurch
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - 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 Hotel Elms Christchurch (or similar)

The Quality Hotel Elms 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
Day 3 - From the Canterbury Plains to the mountains surrounding Mt Cook
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 3
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, The Church of the Good Shepherd and 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.

Your accommodation: Heritage Gateway Hotel (or similar)

Positioned at the crossroads linking north, south, east and west, the Heritage Gateway Hotel features a full restaurant and cocktail bar with views of the Southern Alps, and everything you need to rest and refresh.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Omarama to Dunedin with an exciting Haggis Ceremony to end your day
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 4
Omarama to Dunedin

Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. 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.

Your accommodation: Dunedin Leisure Lodge – A Distinction Hotel (or similar)

Nestled in landscaped Gardens, the Dunedin Leisure Lodge is just a short drive from the central city and adjacent to the Botanical Gardens.
Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner
Day 5 - Cut inland to the gateway of Fiordland
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 5
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. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Your accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Lake 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 6 - Cruise the spectacular Milford Sound and end the day in Queenstown
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 6
Te Anau to Milford Sound to Queenstown

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. 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 enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Your accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Merry Christmas - celebrations in Queenstown
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 7
Queenstown - Christmas Day

Merry Christmas! Today board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Enjoy a gourmet Christmas lunch 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 one of the many fine restaurants.

Your accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 - Queenstown to Arrowtown to Fox Glacier
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 8
Queenstown to Arrowtown 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.

Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (or similar)

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
Day 9 - The west coast, greenstone factory and train to Christchurch
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 9
Fox Glacier to Arthur's Pass, TranzAlpine train 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.
*Please be aware, there are some departure dates where the train may not be available due to covid-related schedule changes outside of Grand Pacific's control. If this occurs, your journey through the incredible Arthur's Pass will continue onboard your coach. Chat to a consultant to check the current schedule for your preferred departure.

Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold (or similar)

The Heartland Hotel Cotswold is just minutes walk to boutique shopping at Merivale and beautiful Hagley Park. The distinctive traditional Tudor-style architecture of the Heartland Hotel Cotswold reflects Christchurch's image as the most English of cities outside of England.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - Reach the top of the South Island before you cruise north to Wellington
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - 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: Ibis Wellington (or similar)

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
Day 11 - Explore Wellington visit the incredible museum and more
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 11
Full day in Wellington

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand's National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour which showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements.

Your accommodation: Ibis Wellington (or similar)

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
Day 12 - Wellington through the Thermal Explorer Highway to Rotorua
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - 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: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

Distinction Rotorua Hotel is located in a beautiful garden setting, with relaxing outdoor heated swimming pool. Just a short drive to the city centre and across the road from the great mountain bike trails of Whakarewarewa Forest.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13 - Rotorua - New Year’s Eve
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - Day 13
Rotorua New Year's Eve

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 and see in the New Year.

Your accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

Distinction Rotorua Hotel is located in a beautiful garden setting, with relaxing outdoor heated swimming pool. Just a short drive to the city centre and across the road from the great mountain bike trails of Whakarewarewa Forest.
Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner
Day 14 - See where the Waitangi treaty was signed
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - 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 (or similar)

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 a restaurant, swimming pool, spa pool and sauna.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15 - Bay of Islands
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - 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 (or similar)

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 a restaurant, swimming pool, spa pool and sauna.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 16 - Bay of Islands to Auckland
Grand Pacific Tours 17 Day Affordable Festive Season - 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 (or similar)

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
Day 17 - Depart Auckland
Depart Auckland

After breakfast (included) 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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