Christmas tours to New Zealand 2017 - Photo
Christmas tours to New Zealand 2017 - Photo
Holidays to NZ for Xmas, Christmas - Photo
Christmas Holidays 2017 - Photo

itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH (D)

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your travelling companions. Hotel Heartland Hotel Cotswold (2 nights)

DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH (FREE DAY) (B,D)

Today is a free day to explore Christchurch. Enjoy a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at your leisure, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions.

DAY 3: CHRISTCHURCHOMARAMA (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 4: OMARAMADUNEDIN (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 5: 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. 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. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)

DAY 6: TE ANAUMILFORD SOUNDQUEENSTOWN (B,L,D)

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. Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights)

DAY 7: QUEENSTOWNCHRISTMAS DAY (B,L)

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 NZ’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.

DAY 8: QUEENSTOWNARROWTOWNFOX GLACIER (B,D)

Travel to Arrowtown 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 north to Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers. Hotel Heartland Hotel Glacier Country

DAY 9: FOX GLACIER – ARTHUR’S PASSCHRISTCHURCH (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 10: CHRISTCHURCHPICTONWELLINGTON (B,D)

Travel through the Lewis Pass and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you continue to the Marlborough Country, famous for it’s food & 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 11: WELLINGTON (B)

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.

DAY 12: WELLINGTONTAUPOROTORUA (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 13: ROTORUANEW YEAR’S EVE (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 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.

DAY 14: ROTORUAAUCKLANDBAY OF ISLANDS (B,D)

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. Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights)

DAY 15: BAY OF ISLANDS (B,D)

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.

DAY 16: BAY OF ISLANDSAUCKLAND (B,SD)

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. Hotel Copthorne Auckland City

DAY 17: DEPART AUCKLAND (B)

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

(B) Breakfast. (L) Lunch. (D) Dinner. (SD) Specialty Dinner.

dates & pricing

From Twinshare Total Departs 2017
Sydney $5299 + $175 air taxes $5474 Dec 19 – SOLD OUT
Melbourne $5299 + $175 air taxes $5474
Brisbane $5299 + $175 air taxes $5474
Gold Coast $5229 + $175 air taxes $5474
Canberra $5529 + $195 air taxes $5724
Cairns $5579 + $215 air taxes $5794
Adelaide $5599 + $175 air taxes $5774
Hobart $5599 + $175 air taxes $5769
Launceston $5599 + $175 air taxes $5769
Perth $5849 + $170 air taxes $6019
  • REEF N OUTBACK SPECIALSAVE $100 PER PERSON ON ADVERTISED PRICE
  • Prices per person twinshare
  • All dates guaranteed departures
  • Land only $4999pp
  • Sole Use +$1410
  • Escort provided on arrival into New Zealand
  • Airline taxes are approximate and are subject to change

Highlights & inclusions

  • Christchurch Tram
  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift
  • Larnach Castle*
  • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Paradise Valley Springs
  • Thermal mud pools & geysers*
  • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Kauri Museum*
  • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington & Auckland
  • Return airfares from your homeport
  • Luxury coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Experience Tour Guide
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 16 nights 3 – 3.5 star hotel accommodation
  • 5 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 4 cruises
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax)
  • Comprehensive documentation pack
  • 16 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 14 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Farewell Dinner, Auckland
  • Christmas Day Lunch: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle
  • Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

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