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    Ultimate Explorer
    16 days | 15 nights
    From $7,744* pp
    Free return flights to New Zealand^
    Explore the majestic South Island and diverse North Island in ultimate style. Be treated as a VIP and enjoy being embraced as whanau throughout your journey in New Zealand, with a friendly welcome from the moment your tour starts.
    Your package includes: Your package highlights:

    Your package includes:

    Your package highlights:

    Your package includes:

    Your package includes:

    • Return airfares departing Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and the Gold Coast, or $300 off¹
    • 15 nights hotel accommodation
    • 29 meals including breakfast daily and 3 speciality dinners
    • Transportation in a modern coach with panoramic windows
    • 4 cruises including Milford Sound and Hole in the Rock Cruise in the Bay of Islands
    • Professional coach captain and tour guide
    • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland
    • World-renowned TranzAlpine Rail Journey
    • Sightseeing and attractions
    • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
    Your package highlights:

    Your package highlights:

    • Receive a 400-page New Zealand travel guide
    • 3 speciality dinners including a traditional Maori hangi and concert and High tea at Larnach Castle
    • Business class on wheels’ in deluxe full-size coaches, boasting only 20 luxury leather recliner seats
    • Small group touring – only 20 passengers
    • Highlights include Milford Sound Cruise and lunch, Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise in the Bay of Islands, TranzAlphine Rail Journey, Larnach Castle and more

    Ultimate Explorer tour from:

    • $8,049*pp departing Adelaide – save $300* pp
    • $8,284*pp departing Perth – save $300*pp
    Valid for travel
    13, 28 Oct; 12 Nov; 5 Dec 2019 and 11, 26 Jan; 13 Feb; 1, 10, 29 Mar 2020 departures, subject to availability.
    Offer expires
    31 Mar 2019 unless sold prior

    Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Arrive in Christchurch

    On arrival into Christchurch, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre-dinner drink.

    Day 2

    Christchurch - Mt Cook

    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 to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps.

    Hotel The Hermitage Hotel (Aoraki Wing)

    Day 3

    Mt Cook - Dunedin

    Depart Mt Cook and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. You might be interested in a tour of the Speight’s Brewery (optional) or to see Albatross in their natural habitat (optional).

    Hotel Distinction Dunedin

    Day 4

    Dunedin - Te Anau

    Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

    Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas

    Day 5

    Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown

    Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a nature 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 Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)

    Day 6

    Queenstown

    Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. There are 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 - Fox Glacier

    Travel to Arrowtown, an old goldmining village and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to the township of Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers before arriving at your hotel.

    Hotel Distinction Fox Glacier or similar

    Day 8

    Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch

    Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to 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 Ultimate Coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

    Hotel The George or similar

    Day 9

    Christchurch - Picton - 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 Cook Strait to Wellington.

    Hotel InterContinental Wellington (2 nights)

    Day 10

    Wellington

    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. Reboard your coach for a city tour. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements.

    Day 11

    Wellington - Taupo - 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.

    Hotel Regent of Rotorua (2 nights)

    Day 12

    Rotorua

    Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast, with spectacular views and time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Continue to Rainbow Springs, spanning 22 acres of native trees. A highlight will be the Kiwi Encounter experience which offers a unique behind-the-scenes tour of a working Kiwi nursery and hatchery. 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.

    Day 13

    Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands

    This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Continue through Whangarei to the Bay of Islands. This afternoon 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 Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (Deluxe Room. 2 nights)

    Day 14

    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).

    Day 15

    Bay of Islands - 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 enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

    Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

    Day 16

    Depart Auckland

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

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    * Conditions

    Advertised prices are per person, twin share, tour only, correct at time of publication and are subject to availability, withdrawal and change at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges and currency. Offer valid on new booking only. ^Fly Free: Valid on selected departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast and includes prepaid taxes (subject to change). Flights are with Air New Zealand in economy class (the Works Fare), on direct Trans-Tasman services only, booked up to W class (subject to flight schedules and availability). ¹If you are departing from other cities or do not require flights, the free flights aren’t included and you receive a monetary discount of $300 per person off the land only price. Receive a 400-page New Zealand travel guide per household. Other conditions apply. Please contact your personal travel manager for full terms and conditions.

     

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