New Zealand Showcase

from £3538
excluding flights *
18 nights Nov, Jan-May, Sep-Oct

Overview

As the name would suggest this luxury escorted holiday around New Zealand takes in most of the country's iconic sights from the stunning beaches of the Bay of Islands to the epic scenery of the Southern Alps and Fiordland. Travel in comfort and style as you take in a host of attractions including Rotorua's geysers, a journey on the famed TranzAlpine railway and a cruise on Milford Sound. Enjoy fine dining and top quality accommodation throughout.

Highlights

  • Cruise in the beautiful Bay of Islands
  • Join a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • See Rotorua's thermal mud pools & geysers
  • Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Journey on the spectacular TranzAlpine Rail
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Take in the stunning Milford Sound by boat

What's Included

  • Accommodation in superior hotels for 18 nights
  • All breakfasts, 16 dinners, 2 lunches
  • 4 cruises
  • All attractions (unless specified as optional)
  • Meet and Greet on arrival

Full description

This epic journey starts in Auckland, the City of Sails and heads north to the picturesque Bay of Islands, New Zealand's only sub-tropical region. Stay in the geothermal hotspot of Rotorua and the beautiful art deco town of Napier before reaching Wellington. Cross the Cook Strait by ferry to the South Island and head to Marlborough country, renowned for its excellent food and wine.

In Christchurch board the TranzAlpine train for one of the great train journeys of the world to Arthur's Pass in the centre of the Southern Alps. Travel back on board your coach via the rugged West Coast to the stunning town of Queenstown and onto Dunedin, fondly known as the 'Edinburgh of the South'. Heading north, your journey finishes at Christchurch.

LUXURY COACHES

One of the key features of this itinerary is the transportation used. GPT make use of full size coaches specifically designed with only 48 seats providing unsurpassed comfort and features. This is 'first class' coach travel in the truest sense of the word.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £825 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Duration Twin Price (pp)
12, 15, 30 Sep 2018 18 nights £3,729
07, 14, 25 Oct 2018 18 nights £3,729
03, 08, 13, 26 Nov 2018 18 nights £3,729
22 Jan 2019 18 nights £3,729
03, 06, 09, 14, 19, 21 Feb 2019 18 nights £3,729
04, 08, 11, 14, 20, 24 Mar 2019 18 nights £3,729
09, 14, 25 Apr 2019 18 nights £3,729
02 May 2019 18 nights £3,729
12, 15, 30 Sep 2019 18 nights £3,538
12, 18, 27 Oct 2019 18 nights £3,692
05, 14, 18 Nov 2019 18 nights £3,692
22 Jan 2020 18 nights £3,692
06, 09, 14, 19, 21 Feb 2020 18 nights £3,692
04, 11, 14, 20, 24 Mar 2020 18 nights £3,692
09, 14 Apr 2020 18 nights £3,692
25 Apr 2020 18 nights £3,538
02 May 2020 18 nights £3,538

What's Included

  • Accommodation in superior hotels for 18 nights
  • All breakfasts, 16 dinners, 2 lunches, 1 High Tea
  • Meals include 1 speciality breakfast & 4 speciality dinners
  • 4 cruises
  • All attractions (unless specified as optional)
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Comprehensive documentation pack
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Group Size:

Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 48

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Arrive Auckland

On arrival in Auckland you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Skycity Hotel

Day 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland today and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe, then travel via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between Maori tribes and the British.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 3: Bay of Islands (Free Day)

At leisure. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland

Travel aboard 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. Travel south via Whangarei to Auckland. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand's most spectacular attractions.
Overnight: Skycity Hotel or similar

Day 5: Auckland - Rotorua

Enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a buffet lunch. This is followed by a guided tour of the Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel

Day 6: Rotorua

Today begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Gondola. There is also time for a Luge ride! Travel to the Agrodome where you will see a shearing display and sheep dog trial. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel

Day 7: Rotorua - Napier - Masterton

Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Continue to Napier known as “The Art Deco Capital”, where a city tour will showcase the most comprehensive collection of Art Deco buildings in the world. Enjoy some free time to explore the fascinating architecture before travelling through the Wairarapa, an emerging cool-climate wine region.
Overnight: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park

Day 8: Masterton - Greytown - Wellington

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Greytown where you will see the most complete example of original Victorian wooden architecture. Drive through the scenic Rimutaka Mountain Range into Wellington, then enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here.
Overnight: Hotel James Cook Grand Chancellor

Day 9: Wellington - Picton - Blenheim

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s impressive National Museum. Enjoy early bird entry to the Gallipoli Exhibition. This afternoon board the Interislander Ferry, cross the Cook Strait and enjoy the magnificent views as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Board your coach here for the short journey to Blenheim.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Day 10: Blenheim - Christchurch

We depart early today and travel along the east coast of the south island through the whale watching town of Kaikoura to the garden city of Christchurch.
Overnight: Distinction Christchurch

Day 11: Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Franz Josef

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 onto Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 12: Franz Josef - Queenstown

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast to Fox Glacier. 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.
Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort

Day 13: Queenstown (Free Day)

At leisure. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain is available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon or the helicopter ride of a lifetime. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. On arrival sit back and relax, as you are treated to a gourmet barbeque prepared 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.
Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort

Day 14: Queenstown - Te Anau

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. Tonight after dinner you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).
Overnight: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 15: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch on board. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available.
Overnight: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 16: Te Anau - Dunedin

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 its tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour with Devonshire tea to follow. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 17: Dunedin - Mt Cook - Twizel

Farewell Dunedin today and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and admire the stunning Lake Benmore as you approach majestic 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.
Overnight: MacKenzie Country Hotel

Day 18: Twizel - Christchurch

Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the charming Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Arrive in Christchurch this afternoon where there is a city sightseeing tour. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport or similar.

Day 19: depart Christchurch

Time to say goodbye today. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

Mercure Hotel Dunedin

New Zealand

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

Found near Dunedin's centre, this is a newly decorated boutique hotel with 50 spacious rooms.

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Mercure Resort, Queenstown

New Zealand

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

This 148-room hotel has all the benefits of sitting near a big city while offering the serenity of rural accommodation.

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Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau

New Zealand

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

A 180-room hotel offering an extensive range of amenities in the majestic Fiordland, this is a marvellous base to use while exploring this well-known natural wonder.

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Skycity Hotel, Auckland

New Zealand

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

One of New Zealand's most popular hotels, the 325 room Skycity Hotel offers a wonderful…

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