Grand Pacific Tours Travel Brochure Grand Pacific Tours 2019-2020 - Page 31

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Enjoy a Haggis Ceremony in Dunedin; Rotorua, the geothermal wonderland of New Zealand; Skyline Rotorua offers spectacular panoramic views; cruise on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak. DAY 6: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) 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. 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 MUST DO OPTION SHOTOVER JET Enjoy a jet boat ride in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons, carved out over the ages by a vast volume of fast flowing water. Hold on tight and take a spin in the iconic Big Red for wall to wall action from start to finish. 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 (B,D) Depart Rotorua and travel north to Auckland to enjoy an afternoon at leisure to discover the ‘City of Sails’. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel. Hotel Rydges Auckland DAY 14: Depart Auckland (B) Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. >> BEST VALUE Bay of Islands inclusion Stay an extra 2 nights and take in the Bay of Islands. Upgrade to the 16 Day Highlights of NZ Tour. Refer to pages 28 - 29 for full itinerary. 31