Grand Pacific Tours Travel Brochure Grand Pacific Tours 2019-2020 - Page 23

>> TOUR HIGH LIGHT LEFT TO RIGHT: Enjoy a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set; Waitangi Treaty Grounds; cruise the spectacular Milford Sound. Enjoy some free time to explore the fascinating architecture before travelling through the Wairarapa, an emerging cool-climate wine region. Hotel Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park DAY 8: Masterton - Greytown - Wellington (B,D) Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Greytown where you see the most complete example of original Victorian wooden architecture. Drive through the scenic Rimutaka Mountain Range into Wellington, where you will enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here. Hotel James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Lambton Room) DAY 9: Wellington - Picton - Blenheim (B,D) 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. This afternoon board the Interislander Ferry, cross Cook Strait and travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton where you board your coach for the short journey to Blenheim. Hotel Scenic Hotel Marlborough DAY 10: Blenheim - Kaikoura - Christchurch (B,D) Tour through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine, then travel to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Continue onto the garden city of Christchurch. Hotel Distinction Christchurch DAY 11: Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Franz Josef (B,D) This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges as you ascend to Arthur’s Pass located in the centre of the Southern Alps. Board your coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing to the township of Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) MUST DO OPTION VOLCANIC AIR During your time in Rotorua, experience a flight in either a floatplane or helicopter to experience the stunning lakes district, vibrant geothermal reserves and remarkable volcanoes. Volcanic Air have an option for everyone! DAY 12: Franz Josef - Queenstown (B) See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast. Continue via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants. Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (Lakeview Room. 2 nights) DAY 13: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain and Tour Guide are available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic 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 14: Queenstown - Te Anau (B,D) Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Rooms. 2 nights) DAY 15: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau (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 onboard. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. You might like to cap off your Fiordland experience by watching the breathtaking film, Ata Whenua - Shadowland, which screens at the Fiordland Cinema (optional). DAY 16: Te Anau - Dunedin (B,SD) Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ and enjoy an informative city tour. 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 a delicious Devonshire Tea. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift. Hotel Scenic Hotel Dunedin City DAY 17: Dunedin - Mt Cook - Twizel (B,D) Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you continue to marvel at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Travel to Twizel for your overnight stay. Hotel MacKenzie Country Hotel DAY 18: Twizel - Christchurch (B,SD) Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and see the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch for an informative city tour. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends. Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport DAY 19: Depart Christchurch (B) Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. 23