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16 Day Highlights of New Zealand Tour

Grand Pacific Tours is a New Zealand Coach Holiday Specialist offering a range of holidays aimed primarily at the mature age traveller. Here is an affordable 16 Day Highlights of New Zealand Tour with guaranteed departures and the highest quality standard of product. 

16 Day Highlights of New Zealand Tour

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch

On arrival into you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: Quality Hotel Elms or similar

Day 2 Christchurch – Omarama After a city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.

Hotel: Heritage Gateway Hotel


Day 3 Omarama – Dunedin Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Scottish themed dinner in the evening.

Hotel: Mercure Leisure Lodge


Day 4 Dunedin – Te Anau This morning visit Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. After a delicious Devonshire Tea travel to Te Anau for your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)


Day 5 Te Anau – Milford Sound – Queenstown Depart Te Anau for 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. This afternoon travel to Queenstown, overlooking Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. Evening at leisure

Hotel: Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights)


Day 6 Queenstown A free day for you to explore Queenstown. Your Coach Captain & Tour Guide can assist with sightseeing options. This evening board the TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner followed by a short farm tour before your cruise back to Queenstown.


Day 7 Queenstown – Arrowtown – Fox Glacier Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty 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.

Hotel: Heartland Hotel Glacier Country or Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier


Day 8 Fox Glacier – Arthur’s Pass – Christchurch 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.

Hotel: Quality Hotel Elms or similar


Day 9 Christchurch – Picton – Wellington Travel along the East Coast to 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 A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening.


Day 11 Wellington – Taupo – Rotorua 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 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 This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland. Continue via Whangarei to Paihia. 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 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 and evening.


Day 15 Bay of Islands – Auckland 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 Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.


Itinerary is subject to amendments. The latest itinerary and a full list of guaranteed departure dates is available on request.

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