Ultimate Discovery

from £5297
excluding flights *
18 nights Sep, Nov, Jan, Mar-Apr

Overview

Experience all the iconic attractions of the North and South islands including the breathtaking Milford Sound on this luxury escorted holiday. Enjoy the stunning views on one of the world’s great scenic train journeys, The TranzAlpine. Experience the beautiful Bay of Islands where you will board a luxury catamaran to the famous Hole in the Rock. Includes two night stays in Queenstown, Wellington, Rotorua and the Bay of Islands.

Highlights

  • Cape Brett & Hole in the Rock cruise in the Bay of Islands
  • Hobbition movie set tour
  • Traditional Maori hangi and concert in Rotorua
  • Spectacular TranzAlpine train journey
  • Cruise on vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw
  • Milford Sound cruise and lunch
  • City sights tour of Auckland, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin

What's Included

  • Accommodation in premium hotels for 18 nights
  • All breakfasts, 15 dinners, 2 lunches, 1 high tea
  • Luxury transportation in specially configured coach
  • 4 cruises
  • All attractions (unless specified as optional)
  • Meet and Greet on arrival

Full description

Experience the north and south islands of New Zealand on this luxury small group tour from our partner, Grand Pacific Tours, who specialise in New Zealand. Travel in comfort and style on board the deluxe Ultimate Coach with only 20 luxury leather seats.

LUXURY COACHES

One of the key features of this itinerary is the transportation used by Grand Pacific Tours. Purpose built, the Ultimate Coach is in a class of its own. Travel on a full size coach (13.5 metres long) which would normally house 48 seats and has been reconfigured with only 20 luxury leather seats. Experience surroundings akin to the 'pointy end' of an aeroplane as you enjoy the extensive on board features which include:

  • 20 luxury leather fully reclining seats adjustable headrest & calf support
  • Panoramic viewing, air-conditioning and seat belts
  • Wood grain timber tray table with built in cup holder
  • Seat side personal storage area providing easy access to your travel bag
  • Personal audio control unit with multiple music channels & set of headphones
  • Individual USB point for charging your camera, mobile phone and iPod
  • Stylish centre galley area equipped with refrigerated drinking fountain and fridge
  • Complimentary daily on board Wi-Fi allowance
  • Onboard restroom

ULTIMATE TOUR EXTRAS

As part of the Ultimate Small Group Tours experience you will receive a number of exclusive extras:

  • A deluxe Travel Set including Travel Bag & Ticket Wallet
  • Complimentary pre dinner drink at the welcome dinner
  • Cloth bag including boxed mints & complimentary bottle of water
  • Access to daily newspaper and a range of glossy magazines
  • An intimate farewell dinner including selected beverages
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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)
11 Sep 2018 18 nights £5,297
26 Sep 2018 18 nights £5,297
16 Nov 2018 18 nights £5,297
28 Jan 2019 18 nights £5,297
08 Feb 2019 18 nights £5,297
01 Mar 2019 18 nights £5,297
17 Apr 2019 18 nights £5,297
22 Apr 2019 18 nights £5,297

What's Included

  • Accommodation in premium hotels for 18 nights
  • All breakfasts, 15 dinners, 2 lunches, 1 high tea
  • Meals include speciality breakfast & 3 speciality dinners
  • Luxury transportation in specially configured coach
  • 4 cruises
  • All attractions (unless specified as optional)
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Ultimate Tour Extras (see under 'Overview')
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Auckland

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre-dinner drink.
Overnight: Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands

Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach, depart Auckland 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: Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 3: Bay of Islands (Free Day)

Today is a free day. 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: Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland

This morning 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.
Overnight: Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 5: Auckland - Rotorua

This morning you will enjoy a Total Tower Experience at the iconic Sky Tower in Auckland before continuing through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a buffet lunch. This is followed by a guided tour of the Movie Set from Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Your guide will recount details of how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth.
Overnight: Hotel Regent of Rotorua

Day 6: Rotorua

Today begins with a Gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast with spectacular views over Lake Rotorua and also time for a thrilling Luge ride! Travel to the Agrodome where you see performing sheep, 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 an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.
Overnight: Hotel Regent of Rotorua

Day 7: Rotorua - Napier

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. Board the Hawke's Bay Express and hear informative commentary on the city's fascinating history. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore city or to take a guided walk at your leisure (optional).
Overnight: Hotel Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Day 8: Napier - Wellington

Travel south this morning into Wellington for a city tour of the nation's capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here.
Overnight: Hotel InterContinental Wellington

Day 9: Wellington - Picton - Blenheim

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s fabulous National Museum that embraces both Maori and European themes. This afternoon board the Interislander Ferry and enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton where you board your coach for the short journey to Blenheim. This evening sample some of the local wines from the Marlborough region.
Overnight: Marlborough Vintners Hotel Blenheim

Day 10: Blenheim - Christchurch

Depart early this morning and travel via the scenic inland route and the Lewis Pass (approx. 7.5 hours drive time including comfort stops and lunch stop). Arrive in the garden city of Christchurch and enjoy an introductory city sights tour.
Overnight: The George

Day 11: Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Fox Glacier

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

Day 12: Fox Glacier - Queenstown

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 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 local restaurants.
Overnight: Heritage Queenstown

Day 13: Queenstown (Free Day)

Today is a free day. 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 get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise cross Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. On arrival sit back and relax, as you are treated to the best of New Zealand's high country cuisine in 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: Heritage Queenstown

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: Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 15: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to 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 on board. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available.
Overnight: Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 16: Te Anau - Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the "Edinburgh of the South". Enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure.
Overnight: Distinction Dunedin

Day 17: Dunedin - Mt Cook

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. Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you travel to Mt Cook.
Overnight: Hotel The Hermitage Hotel

Day 18: Mt Cook - Christchurch

This morning marvel at Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and see the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.
Overnight: Hotel The George

Day 19: depart Christchurch

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

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