Experience the best of New Zealand on this fully escorted value for money tour by luxury coach. Marvel at the romance of 3 rail journeys including the world-renowned TranzAlpine and the majesty of 4 scenic cruises including an overnight on Miford Sound.
*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.
Your tour includes:
Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8:00pm.
PLUS - Travel at 60 travellers receive the following:
During your tour you will stay at the following properties:
Properties used in the tour is subject to change without notice.
Please note prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change without notice.
Book by 30 September 2021 to secure these special Travel at 60 fares!
Other departures are available if the above don't suit.
Call our Australian based travel team on 1300 414 198 to book your preferred departure.
Please note the following itinerary is subject to change without notice.
(B) Breakfast. (L) Lunch. (D) Dinner. (SD) Specialty Dinner.
DAY 1: ARRIVE AUCKLAND (D)
On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions for dinner.
Hotel Grand Millennium Auckland
DAY 2: AUCKLAND - BAY OF ISLANDS (B,D)
Enjoy a city tour of Auckland, dubbed the ‘City of Sails’, before travelling to Matakohe to enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum. 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 the Mãori tribes and the British.
Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights)
DAY 3: BAY OF ISLANDS (FREE DAY) (B)
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).
DAY 4: BAY OF ISLANDS - AUCKLAND (B,D)
This morning you will explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran. Cruise to Cape Brett and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’, keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life. Upon return to Paihia, travel south via Whangarei, call into the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree before returning to Auckland.
Hotel Grand Millennium Auckland
DAY 5: AUCKLAND - ROTORUA (B,D)
This morning travel to Glenbrook Vintage Railway for a nostalgic 15 kilometre trip back in time on a beautifully restored vintage steam train. Visit the restoration workshop and on return to Glenbrook Station, morning tea will be served. Depart Glenbrook and travel through magnificent countryside of rolling hills and green pastures famous for dairying. Continue to Rotorua to visit Paradise Valley Springs, a superb wildlife park where you can hand-feed rainbow trout.
Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Superior Plus Room. 2 nights)
DAY 6: ROTORUA (B,SD)
Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that is unlike anything you’ve seen before. 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 Mãori Hãngi and Concert.
DAY 7: ROTORUA - WELLINGTON (B,D)
Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the spectacular Huka Falls. Continue to Lake Taupo for some free time to enjoy this scenic lakeside town. Travel via the Tongariro National Park and then continue south to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington.
Hotel James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Executive Room. 2 nights)
DAY 8: WELLINGTON (B)
A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon and this evening is also free to explore Wellington’s lively food scene.
DAY 9: WELLINGTON - CHRISTCHURCH (B,D)
This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross Cook Strait and travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific, a truly spectacular rail journey that showcases the Kaikōura mountain ranges on one side and the rugged scenic coastline on the other travelling through numerous tunnels and across several bridges. Enjoy a two-night stay in the garden city of Christchurch.
Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel (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 a city tour of Christchurch. This afternoon includes a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at leisure, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions. This evening is free to explore the local cuisine.
DAY 11: CHRISTCHURCH - ARTHUR’S PASS - FRANZ JOSEF (B,D)
This morning board the TranzAlpine, 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 arriving at the township of Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.
Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)
DAY 12: FRANZ JOSEF - QUEENSTOWN (B)
See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south 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 to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.
Hotel Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)
DAY 13: QUEENSTOWN (FREE DAY) (B,SD)
Today is a free day to explore Queenstown. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader will assist with the many optional activities available. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious gourmet barbecue dinner featuring a menu of seasonal, fresh and locally sourced food 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 14: QUEENSTOWN - MILFORD SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISE (B,D)
This morning travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via Te Anau to Milford Sound and board the Milford Mariner for your amazing overnight cruise. There is plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife - you’re bound to encounter seals and if you’re lucky maybe dolphins and penguins. As evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet prepared freshly by the onboard chef.
Overnight Milford Mariner
DAY 15: MILFORD SOUND - TE ANAU (B,D)
Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord. Return to the wharf to meet your coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Te Anau where you will enjoy an afternoon at leisure. You may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).
Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Room)
DAY 16: TE ANAU - DUNEDIN (B,D)
Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin, famous for its stunning Edwardian and Victorian architecture dating back to the gold rush of the 1800’s. Today Dunedin is New Zealand’s oldest university city.
Hotel Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (2 nights)
DAY 17: DUNEDIN (B,SD)
This morning travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Return to Dunedin for a city tour followed by some free time. Optional activities you might be interested in including a tour of Speights Brewery or the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat. Tonight, a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift.
DAY 18: DUNEDIN - CHRISTCHURCH (B,SD)
This morning visit Olveston Historic Home, a prosperous merchants’ home from the turn of the century before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.
Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport
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.
NZeTA - New Zealand Immigration Visa Changes
From 01 October 2019 the New Zealand Government is introducing a new travel requirement for some visitors and transit passengers. It is called the NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) and travellers need to request this via the official mobile app or website. Costs apply. For further details and to check if you are required to obtain an NZeTA refer to immigration.govt.nz/nzeta
Whilst on tour, dress is informal and relaxed on most occasions. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants. The seasons are more pronounced and the weather is more changeable. In summer, a jacket and sweater should be included in your luggage should the weather turn cooler or you visit higher altitudes. You can expect some rain, so also include a light rainproof jacket or coat. If visiting during the months ofMay and September, pack warm winter garments and layer your clothing.You may have the option to relax and unwind in thermal hot pools so don’t forget to pack your swimwear.
New Zealand’s unit of currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). All major international credit cards are accepted and provided they are encoded with a PIN, may be used to obtain cash from Automatic Teller Machines throughout New Zealand. Check with your bank whether this facility is available to you. It is highly recommended you obtain a small amount ofNew Zealand currency prior to your arrival in New Zealand.Cash Passports or Travel Money Cards are popular and are a safe and convenient way to allow you to access cash at Automatic Teller Machines throughout New Zealand.
These are average minimum/maximum temperatures in Celsius only during Spring (Sep to Nov). They could vary by up to 4-6 degrees.
New Zealanders do not depend on tips for their income, however tipping in appreciation for extra-special service is at the discretion of the individual traveller.Some tours may organise an envelope to be circulated for a group presentation to the Coach Captain and/or Tour Guide but any contribution is based on individual appreciation and is not mandatory.
We suggest you allow a minimum of NZ $40 - $50 per day per person for incidental cash expenses such as lunch, morning and afternoon tea.
ROLE OF YOUR COACH CAPTAIN & TOUR GUIDE
Your Coach Captain is responsible for driving and maintaining the coach and for providing commentary throughout the tour. Your Tour Guide is responsible for your wellbeing and for co-ordinating all the accommodation and activities. It is important whilst travelling on tour that you follow all Crew instructions.
COACH SEAT ROTATION
For the enjoyment of all travellers a daily seat rotation operates which all travellers must participate in as a condition of booking. The coach seat plan is displayed on the coach for your reference.
Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply. Valid for new bookings only.
Prices advertised are per person, land only, based on twin share. Contact Travel at 60 to obtain an airfare quotation. **Prices are based on advertised Seasonal departure dates where travellers will save $700 per couple ($350 per person). All other departures will save $150 per person off the brochure price. Maximum savings are reflected in the advertised price. The published itinerary is based on the 2021/22 Season. The itinerary may differ for the 2022/23 season.
Bonus Night is a pre tour night in Auckland. Bonus night is at the nominated hotel where the tour will begin (room only), applicable for dates immediately prior to the tour commencing and is subject to availability upon request. Only if a hotel is not available at time of booking receive $100 per person, twin share discount instead.
Free Entry to the All Blacks Experience will be provided as a voucher in your documentation pack. You will need to book and present this voucher upon arrival at the All Blacks Experience to receive free entry. Ticket is one per person, cannot be refunded/exchanged for cash or used by any other traveller.
Tour Prices do not include the fee for a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority for any Australian Residents not holding an Australian passport. Refer to www.immigration.govt.nz/nzeta for further information. Health & Safety Policy is available at www.gptnz.com.
GPT Covid Disclaimer: GPT has compiled the content of all tour itineraries based on the knowledge that all accommodation and attraction suppliers will be fully operational by commencement of the 2021/22 touring season. If for any reason the component of a tour is not available at the time of touring, a replacement or refund will be provided. Any refund amount is based on GPT’s negotiated pricing and not retail prices. GUARANTEED DEPARTURES: GPT has been highly regarded for the promotion of ‘guaranteed departure dates’ for 25 years. In the current COVID-19 travel climate, circumstances beyond our control could still affect the running of individual tours, including border closures and their impact on required minimum numbers to operate.
Special Offer Not applicable on group departures. No further discounts apply, not to be used in conjunction with any other special offer. For new bookings only until 30 September 2021, for travel on advertised departures, unless sold out prior and can be withdrawn at any time without notice