Grand Pacific Tours Travel Brochure Grand Pacific Tours 2019-2020 - Page 9

DAY 7: Rotorua - Wellington (B,D) Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the spectacular Huka Falls and lakeside town of Taupo. Travel via the Tongariro National Park to the Wellington Tramway Museum to view a display of tramway history and enjoy a nostalgic trip on one of the original trams that served Wellington city. Hotel InterContinental Wellington (Deluxe Room. 2 nights) DAY 13: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown with many options available. 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 at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano on your return cruise. DAY 8: 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 at leisure. DAY 14: Queenstown - Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise (B,L,D) Today travel via Te Anau to Manapouri. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you cruise across this glacial lake. A short ride over the Wilmot Pass brings you to the boarding point to join the Fiordland Navigator for an amazing overnight experience. As you cruise through the pristine beauty of Doubtful Sound, naturalist guides will provide commentary and point out the resident wildlife. When evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet prepared freshly by the onboard chef. Overnight Fiordland Navigator DAY 9: Wellington - Kaikoura - Christchurch (B,D) This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross the Cook Strait and enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific, a truly spectacular rail journey that follows a thin wedge of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges. Meet your Ultimate Coach in the fishing village of Kaikoura for the journey to the garden city of Christchurch. Hotel The George (2 nights) DAY 10: Christchurch (B) Today visit the International Antarctic Centre designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This is followed by an introductory city tour of Christchurch. This afternoon includes a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at your leisure. This evening is also free to enjoy one of the many eateries near your hotel. DAY 11: Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Fox Glacier (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 Ultimate Coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing via Franz Josef to the township of Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. Hotel Distinction Fox Glacier DAY 12: Fox Glacier - 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 Arrowtown to visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to 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 Heritage Queenstown (2 nights) or similar DAY 15: Doubtful Sound - Te Anau (B,D) Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri. Return to the wharf and meet your Ultimate Coach for the journey to Te Anau where you will enjoy an afternoon at leisure. You may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas >> TOUR HIGH LIGHT Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise Escape to the peace & tranquillity of Doubtful Sound for an overnight cruise on the Fiordland Navigator. Your overnight experience includes: • Cruise on a traditionally designed vessel • Cabins with private ensuite • Superb evening carvery buffet prepared freshly by an onboard chef • Cooked breakfast • Tender craft and kayaking activities • Knowledgeable nature guide • Relaxation time allowing you to view the fiords spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife DAY 16: Te Anau - Dunedin (B,D) Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Pukerangi to board The Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail. On arrival at Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station your coach will transfer you to the hotel. Hotel Distinction Dunedin (2 nights) DAY 17: Dunedin (B,D) Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour with time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Return to the city for an informative city tour followed by some free time. You might be interested in the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat (optional). DAY 18: Dunedin - Christchurch (B,L,SD) This morning travel to the city of Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue north to Pleasant Point Museum & Railway for a short rail experience followed by lunch and time to explore the preserved heritage of the South Canterbury railway. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with selected beverages and your new friends. Hotel The George 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. See spectacular scenery on the Taieri Gorge Limited Rail Journey. >> DEPARTS 18 DEC 2019 FESTIVE SEASON departure Witness the spectacular scenery of NZ during the Festive Season. On Christmas Day in Wellington enjoy a sumptuous dinner with all the trimmings. Celebrate an unforgettable New Year’s Eve on your overnight cruise through the pristine beauty of Doubtful Sound. See in the New Year with new friends creating lifelong memories. NOTE: The Wellington Tramway Museum is not available on this departure. 9