Grand Pacific Tours Travel Brochure Grand Pacific Tours 2019-2020 - Page 29

>> TOUR HIGH LIGHT CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Cruise through the Cook Strait on the Interislander Ferry; experience Maori culture in Rotorua; Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city; the TranzAlpine rail journey. 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 - Arrowtown - Fox Glacier (B,D) Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast. 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. Hotel Heartland Hotel Glacier Country or Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier DAY 8: Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (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 Quality Hotel Elms or similar 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 Ibis Wellington (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 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 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 Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights) DAY 12: Rotorua (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. DAY 13: Rotorua - Auckland - Bay 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 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 MUST DO OPTION ROTORUA CITY AND LAKES TOUR Discover Rotorua’s natural native scenery and pristine lakes onboard an Amphibious WWII Landing Craft. Your tour includes a visit to three lakes with a ‘Splashdown’ entry into Lake Tikitapu and Okareka. out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning 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 (B,D) 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 final dinner with your new found friends. Hotel Rydges Auckland DAY 16: Depart Auckland (B) Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. >> GO SOLO 16 Day SOLO Travellers Highlights Tour Fully escorted and includes GUARANTEED single room hotel accommodation. Refer to page 40 for more details. 29