17 days | Departing 18 february 2020
Do you want to escape the ordinary? Join us to experience a truly breathtakingly beautiful place, where spectacular fiords wait to be explored and towering mountains cloak wide open spaces of untouched wilderness. A mystical place of rolling hills, boiling mud pools, ancient rainforests, picturesque lakes, myths and legends. It’s majestic scenery is both captivating and awe inspiring. From the moment arrive in New Zealand a friendly smile awaits. Let us take you there!
With us you will experience all the iconic attractions of the North and South islands, see the “must do” icons without breaking the budget. Relax in the knowledge that everything is taken care of, leaving you to get on with creating incredible holiday memories.
Kia ora, today join your included transfer to your departure airport and board your group flight to Christchurch. On arrival you will be met by a Grand Pacific Representative and transferred to your hotel.
Hotel: Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch (2 nights)
Today is a free day to explore Christchurch at leisure. You may like to take advantage of the discount coupons in your Optional Tours Directory.
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 (additional cost) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.
Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel (1 night)
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, Dunedin (1 night)
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 (additional cost).
Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau (1 night)
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)
Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain & Tour Guide are 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.
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 the township of Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (additional cost) over the spectacular glaciers.
Hotel: Heartland Hotel Glacier Country, Fox Glacier (1 night)
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: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport (1 night)
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: Ibis Wellington (2 nights)
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 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.
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)
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.
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 at the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.
Hotel: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Bay of Islands (2 nights)
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 to Paihia for a free afternoon. A range of optional activities are available (additional cost) 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 (additional cost).
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 with your new found
Hotel: Rydges Auckland (1 night)
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home to Australia after a memorable New Zealand holiday. On arrival into Australia your included transfer awaits.
The following terms and conditions are an agreement between you, our company and tour operator Grand Pacific Touring. When you make a deposit payment you thereby agree to accept the terms and conditions of this contract.
This agreement should be read in conjunction with the full Grand Pacific Touring booking conditions. Please refer to www.gptnz.com for full conditions.
Prices listed are in Australian Dollars and are inclusive of all prepayable taxes and charges. Tour prices are subject to minimum numbers being met. We reserve the right to adjust pricing in the event of exchange rate fluctuations, excessive increases in fuel costs and other operating costs on which prices are based. Should this occur we will notify you in writing of your options.
Deposit / Final balance:
A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $750 per person is required within 7 days of confirmation. If deposit is not received by the due date, the booking will be cancelled without notification. Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.
For cancellations received within 70 days prior to departure 100% of your tour payment will be forfeited.
A minimum number of passengers are required to operate this tour. Should minimum passenger numbers not be met we will review the operation of this tour, and additional costs may apply. Host attendance is subject to minimum numbers.
All tour prices include airfares and taxes from / to the Australian cities specified on the itinerary pages. Airfares are in economy class with Air New Zealand, Qantas or Virgin Australia and are on specific group flights only. Flight details will be confirmed at time of booking and once schedules are within date range and available. For our November and February tours, flight taxes of up to $185 per person are included for Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne; $245 per person for Canberra; $190 per person for Hobart and Launceston; and $175 for Perth. For our April tour, flight taxes of up to $185 per person are included for Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne; $225 per person for Canberra; and $175 per person for Perth, Hobart and Launceston. Airport taxes are subject to change and will be confirmed at time of booking.
Please note that with flights departing from any port with the exception of Sydney. Further to the required tour deposit an additional non-refundable payment to cover return airfare and taxes will be required at time of booking. Any domestic sectors required are subject to availability and tour price could increase respectively.
Airport transfers in New Zealand are included. They will not be included if passengers have pre/post tour accommodation booked outside the tour hotels. Included airport transfers in Australia to departure airport, and return on arrival back into Australia, are valid to meet group flights only and subject to availability, proximity to airport and transport of Signature Journeys choosing. Further terms and conditions apply, please enquire for details.
Tour itinerary adjustments:
We reserve the right to alter the itinerary including sightseeing, schedules, hotels, and other tour inclusions to accommodate unforeseen circumstances or events beyond our control.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all Signature Journeys. Please ensure you arrange this prior to departure. Travel insurance is not included in the tour cost and is at an additional expense.
Tipping and gratuities:
Tipping and gratuities for tour guide, local guides, drivers and porterage are NOT included and are payable on tour at your discretion.
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© 2019 Signature Journeys, a division of Hunter Travel Group Pty LTD ABN 86 089 025 696. A11468