The festive season is one of the best times of year to visit the ‘land of the long white cloud'. Explore this beautiful land with like-minded over-60s, celebrate Christmas with new friends in Queenstown, and ring in 2022 in Christchurch!
Celebrate the festive season 'Kiwi-style' on this fully escorted tour travelling around New Zealand's south island. We've included 2 extra nights after the tour, so that you can celebrate New Year's eve and welcome in 2022 in Christchurch!
Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.
*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.
Your holiday package includes 11 nights accommodation at the following hotels:
Please note prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change without notice.Flight Schedules and Airlines are subject to change, Additional deposit for airfares may be required once confirmed.Package pricing including airfares subject to change.Tour itineraries may change, and the NZ tours are subject to reaching minimum numbers to operate.
Departures from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne:
Departures from Adelaide, Launceston & Hobart:
Departures from Perth:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no airfares will be confirmed until New Zealand's borders have opened to Australian travellers. Please note tour pricing is subject to airline availability and as such the package price is subject to change until flights are confirmed. Air Taxes are subject to change.
Call our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to secure your seat on this popular tour!
21 Dec 2021: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH
On arrival into Christchurch, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink when you meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions for dinner.
22 Dec 2021: CHRISTCHURCH (FREE DAY)
Today is a free day to explore Christchurch. Enjoy a leisurely self-paced hop-on / hop-off journey onboard the beautifully restored heritage Christchurch Trams, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions.
23 Dec 2021: 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 to Franz Josef, where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.
24 Dec 2021: FRANZ JOSEF - QUEENSTOWN
See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty. At Arrowtown, an old gold mining village, visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to picturesque Queenstown, situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year-round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions.
25 Dec 2021: QUEENSTOWN - CHRISTMAS DAY
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Today board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Enjoy a gourmet Christmas lunch and the best of NZ’s high-country cuisine in the Colonel’s Homestead. Reboard the TSS Earnslaw and enjoy a sing along by the piano on your return cruise to Queenstown. This evening is free to dine at leisure.
26 Dec 2021: QUEENSTOWN - MILFORD SOUND - TE ANAU
This morning travel to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Enjoy 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 onboard. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. You might like to cap off your Fiordland experience by watching the breathtaking film, Ata Whenua - Shadowland, which screens at the Fiordland Cinema (optional).
27 Dec 2021: TE ANAU - DUNEDIN
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. Enjoy a free afternoon at leisure.
28 Dec 2021: DUNEDIN - MT COOK - TWIZEL
Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone, then follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you continue to 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. Travel to Twizel for your overnight stay.
29 Dec 2021: TWIZEL - CHRISTCHURCH
Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water. You will also view the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue, iconic landmarks of the Mackenzie region. Arrive in the elegant city of Christchurch for a city tour. This evening enjoy a pre-dinner drink and reminisce on memories shared with your new friends at the farewell dinner.
30 Dec 2021: CHRISTCHURCH (FREE DAY)
Today is a free day to explore Christchurch.
31 Dec 2021 : CHRISTCHURCH (FREE DAY)
Today is a free day to explore Christchurch.
01 Jan 2022: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
All visitors require a passport to enter New Zealand. Your passport must be valid for at least three months past the date that you intend to leave New Zealand. For Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport, you do not need a visa or permit to visit New Zealand. Visitors from visa-waiver countries must request an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to travelling to New Zealand. For visitors from non-visa waiver countries, it is recommended you visit customs.govt.nz for full entry requirements.
Due to limited space onboard the coach, please ensure carry-on bags do not exceed 6kg. Each traveller is entitled to travel with ONE suitcase on tour measuring (length + width + depth) no more than 140cm (55”).The maximum suitcase weight allowed is 23kg.
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 from May to 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 of New 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. Please note minimum numbers are required for this group to operate.
Flights - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no airfares will be confirmed until New Zealand's borders have opened to Australian travellers. Please note tour pricing is subject to airline availability and as such the package price is subject to change until flights are confirmed. Air Taxes are also subject to change.
Deposit/Final Payment - A non-refundable deposit of $250 pp is due within 3 days of booking, and an additional deposit will be required (TBA) once your flights are confirmed with the balance due no later than Friday 01 October 2021 . Due to the different airfares, this amount will vary between cities and your consultant will advise the amount required once the flights are confirmed.