New Zealand Showcase - New Zealand Tours

PREMIUM ESCORTED TOUR
 
AUCKLAND | BAY OF ISLANDS | ROTORUA | NAPIER | MASTERTON | WELLINGTON | BLENHEIM | CHRISTCHURCH | TRANZALPINE TRAIN | FRANZ JOSEF | QUEENSTOWN | TE ANAU | MILFORD SOUND DUNEDIN | TWIZEL | LAKE TEKAPO
 
This comprehensive tour showcases all New Zealand’s charm and highlights, encompassing the major locations and attractions plus much more. From the tropical beauty of the Bay of Islands to the Hobbiton and geothermal Rotorua; Art Deco Napier to the capital Wellington. The wine areas of Marlborough, the unrelenting stunning majesty of the Southern Alps and Franz Josef glacier to the eerie silence and marine life of Milford Sound, the all action feel of Queenstown and the brilliant beauty of Lake Tekapo. This itinerary presents a wonderful slice of New Zealand’s spectacular scenery, history and its way of life.
 
DAY 
1


ARRIVE AUCKLAND
On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. (D)

Hotel: SkyCity Hotel
Please note that dinner on day 1 is not included if arriving later than 8pm




 
DAY 
2


AUCKLAND - 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.
Hotel for 2 nights: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or similar




 
DAY 
3 


BAY OF ISLANDS
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. Or maybe you’ll embark on a voyage of discovery and enjoy the beauty of this area by sailing aboard the iconic R. Tucker Thompson Tall Ship. The waters here are a playground for penguins, dolphins and gannets. This evening is also free, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).




 
DAY
 4


BAY OF ISLANDS - 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. We’ve included admission to the Sky Tower, where you’ll have panoramic views of key landmarks, volcanoes and other historical locations within the greater Auckland area.
Hotel: Skycity Hotel




 
DAY
 5

 AUCKLAND - ROTORUA
 Today enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a 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.
Hotel for 2 nights: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua




 
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.
 




 
DAY 
7


ROTORUA - NAPIER - 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 an impressive collection of art deco buildings. Enjoy some free time to explore the fascinating architecture before travelling through the Wairarapa, an emerging cool-climate wine region.
Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park




 
DAY
8


MASTERTON - GREYTOWN - WELLINGTON
 Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Greytown, where you’ll see the most complete example of original Victorian wooden architecture. Drive through the scenic Rimutaka Mountain Range into Wellington. Enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here.
Hotel: James Cook Grand Chancellor




 
DAY 
9


WELLINGTON - PICTON - 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.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Marlborough




 
DAY
10


BLENHEIM - KAIKOURA - 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.
Hotel: Distinction Christchurch




 
DAY 
11


CHRISTCHURCH - FRANZ JOSEF
 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 to Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier




 
DAY
12


FRANZ JOSEF - 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 before arriving into Queenstown, a year round resort on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu.
Hotel for 2 nights: Mercure Queenstown Resort




 
DAY
13


QUEENSTOWN 
Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station before enjoying dinner in the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner, enjoy a farm tour then cruise back to Queenstown.




 
DAY
 14


QUEENSTOWN - 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. This afternoon you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).
Hotel for 2 nights: Distinction Luxmore Hotel




 
DAY
 15


TE ANAU - MILFORD SOUND - 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 on-board. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available.




 
DAY
16


TE ANAU - 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 Larnach 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.
Hotel: Scenic Dunedin City




 
DAY
17


DUNEDIN - 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.
Hotel: MacKenzie Country Hotel




 
DAY
18

 TWIZEL - MOUNT COOK - CHRISTCHURCH
Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water. On the shores of the lake you’ll see the beautiful Church of the Good Shepherd, where the altar window frames a perfect view of the Southern Alps beyond the lake. The church was built in 1935 for the pioneer families of the Mackenzie district, and it’s a popular photo spot for visitors, so popular in fact, that it is one of the most photographed places in New Zealand! Make sure to see the Sheep Dog Statue. Continue your journey
to Christchurch for an informative city tour. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.
Hotel: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport,




 
DAY
 19


DEPART CHRISTCHURCH
 Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
 
 
All tours are subject to change. Please call for detals 

 
Holiday Name : New Zealand Showcase  
Reference : 1CH


Inclusions 
  • Flight to/from New Zealand
  • 18 nights accommodation
  • 34 meals including 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Admission to the Auckland Sky Tower
  • Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge ride
  • Interislander ferry across the Cook Strait and Marlborough Sound
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise Lake Wakitipu
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Visit Lanarch Castle, Dunedin
  • City sights tours in Auckland, Napier, Wellington, Dunedin & Christchurch
  • Baggage handling – 1 bag per person
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Airport transfers in New Zealand on arrival and departure

Not Included 

  • Gratuities for Coach Captain & Tour Director
  • Meals, excursions & attractions not shown as included, or shown as optional
Guide price per person,
All prices and details are subject to change and availability.
Prices start from £4,733