14 Day New Zealand Panorama

New Zealand, known in Maori as ‘The Land of the Long White Cloud’ is a country of breathtaking beauty., it is a land of active volcanoes, rugged coastlines, glacial valleys and alpine lakes, This 14day package tour takes to both the North and South islands visiting all the major cities and the major tourist attractions. Bask in the tranquil of Milford Sound, or enjoy a Haggis Ceremony, take a Gondola ride in Rotorua from the idyllic Queenstown, to the Glaciers of Fanz Josef, and not forgetting the great cities of Auckland and Christchurch…. This truly is an experience you will never forget …..  . 

Day 1 Arrive Christchurch (D)

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 2 Christchurch - Omarama (B,D)

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.

Hotel Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 3 Omarama - Dunedin (B,SD)

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.

Hotel Mercure Leisure Lodge

Day 4 Dunedin - Te Anau (B,D)

This morning travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Next visit Glenfalloch Restaurant for 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).

Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)

Day 5 Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (B,L)

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.

Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights)

Day 6 Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD)

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, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you 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.

Day 7 Queenstown – Arrowtown - Franz Josef (B,D)

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 before continuing to Franz Josef.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)

Day 8 Franz Josef - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,D)

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.

Hotel Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Day 9 Christchurch – Picton - Wellington (B,D)

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.

Hotel Ibis Wellington (2 nights)

Day 10 Wellington (B)

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 time to explore 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.

Day 11 Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua (B,D)

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.

Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights)

Day 12 Rotorua (B,SD)

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 Paradise Valley Springs, a superb wildlife park where you can hand feed rainbow trout. Enjoy some free time 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 13 Rotorua - Auckland (B,D)

This morning depart Rotorua and travel north to Auckland. This afternoon use your Auckland Explorer Bus Pass to see all of Auckland’s highlights. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Hotel Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

Day 14 Depart Auckland (B)

Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift 
  • Larnach Castle*
  • Glenfalloch Restaurant
  • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Introduction to Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum*
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Paradise Valley Springs*
  • Thermal mud pools & geysers*
  • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Auckland Explorer Bus Pass
  • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin & Wellington 

*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers. 

TOURING

 

  • Return airfares from your homeport
  • Luxury coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 13 nights quality hotel accommodation
  • 3 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 3 cruises
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax)
  • Comprehensive documentation pack 

MEALS

  • 13 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 11 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 delicious morning tea

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

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