Grand Pacific Tours Travel Brochure Grand Pacific Tours 2019-2020 - Page 13

>> TOUR HIGH LIGHT MUST DO OPTION UNFORGETTABLE SKIPPERS CANYON Take an excursion into Queenstown’s backcountry to the historic Skippers Canyon. Your guide will recount the history of the goldmining era as well as show you dramatic landscapes only accessible by 4WD. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Cruise aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak; Agrodome, an educational hands on experience; the patchwork plains of the Canterbury region; Waitangi Treaty Grounds. DAY 6: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) 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 (B,D) 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 DAY 8: Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,D) 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 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 will board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington. Hotel InterContinental Wellington (Deluxe Room. 2 nights) DAY 10: Wellington (B) 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 (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 Regent of Rotorua or similar (2 nights) DAY 12: Rotorua (B,SD) 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 the Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Continue to the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, home to the world’s largest kiwi hatchery for a unique behind-the-scenes tour where over 1800 kiwi chicks have been hatched to date. Enjoy free time before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert. DAY 13: Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D) Depart Rotorua and travel north to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Continue to the Bay of Islands and 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 (B) 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 where a range of optional activities are available. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). DAY 15: Bay of Islands - Auckland (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 enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends. Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland DAY 16: Depart Auckland (B) Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. 13