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NEW YEAR SALE: Tour the Highlights of New Zealand (Oct 2022 - Mar 2023)

Save up to $700 per couple + bonus night + more!

Experience the best of New Zealand’s North and South Islands on this fully escorted tour by Premium Economy comfort coach. Along the way you'll enjoy two-night stays in the popular cities of Queenstown, Wellington, Rotorua, as well as the sub-tropical region of the Bay of Islands. Book through Travel at 60 by 19 Jan 2022 for up to $1,100 exclusive extra value per couple!

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DURATION
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16 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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About this holiday

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Your tour at a glance

PRE-PAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Larnach Castle*
  • Milford Sound Cruise and Lunch
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools and geysers*
  • Te Puia traditional Mãori Hãngi and Concert 
  • Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
  • Kauri Museum
  • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland

*Guided tour

Inclusions

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Your tour includes:

TOURING

  • Premium Economy Comfort seat on a 32-seat coach
  • Professional Coach Captain & Tour Leader
  • Personalised meet and greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 15 nights 4 star accommodation
  • 4 two night stays
  • 1 rail journey
  • 4 cruises
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Extensive Optional Tours Programme

MEALS

  • 15 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 12 sumptuous dinners including Complimentary pre-dinner drink at the Welcome Dinner and 3 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Mãori Hãngi and Concert, Rotorua; Farewell Dinner including pre-dinner drink, Auckland
  • 1 picnic lunch: Milford Sound Cruise
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle
  • Enjoy GPT Hotel Wine Time (discounted drinks)

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8:00pm.

PLUS - Travel at 60 travellers receive the following:

  • Save up to $700 per couple
  • Bonus night in Auckland
  • Free Entry to the All Blacks Experience
  • TOTAL VALUE UP TO $1100 PER COUPLE

Accommodation

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During your tour you will stay at the following properties:

  • Christchurch City Hotel or similar
  • MacKenzie Country Hotel
  • Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
  • Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Room)
  • Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)
  • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)
  • Christchurch City Hotel or similar
  • James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Executive Room, 2 nights)
  • Pullman Rotorua (City View Room, 2 nights)
  • Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights)
  • Sudima Auckland City

Properties used in the tour is subject to change without notice.

Travel dates

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Please note prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change without notice.

Book by 19 January 2022 to secure your Exclusive Travel at 60 savings.

Departure Dates:

  • 21 April 2023
  • Twin Room WAS $6,429 Exclusive Travel at 60 NOW from $6,079 per person
  • Single Traveller WAS $8,329 Exclusive Travel at 60 NOW from $7,979 per person

Departure Dates:

  • 9 October 2022
  • 8 November 2022
  • 31 January 2023
  • 5 February 2023
  • 14 March 2023
  • Twin Room WAS $6,429 Exclusive Travel at 60 NOW from $6,279 per person
  • Single Traveller WAS $8,329 Exclusive Travel at 60 NOW from $8,179 per person

Call our friendly Aussie travel team on 1300 414 198 to learn more or book your preferred departure.

Itinerary

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(B) Breakfast. (L) Lunch. (D) Dinner. (SD) Specialty Dinner.

DAY 1: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH (D)

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.

Hotel Christchurch City Hotel

DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH - TWIZEL (B,D)

After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, The Church of the Good Shepherd and 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 Twizel.

Hotel MacKenzie Country Hotel

DAY 3: TWIZEL - DUNEDIN (B,D)

Depart Twizel 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.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

DAY 4: DUNEDIN - TE ANAU (B,D)

This morning travel out 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. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).

Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Room)

DAY 5: TE ANAU - MILFORD SOUND - QUEENSTOWN (B,L)

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. This afternoon travel to Queenstown, overlooking magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year-round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. This evening is free, you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)

DAY 6: QUEENSTOWN (FREE DAY) (B,SD)

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader are available to assist with the many optional activities available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or to get up close to a Kiwi bird. 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 7: QUEENSTOWN - ARROWTOWN – FRANZ JOSEF (B,D)

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 Franz Josef. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

DAY 8: FRANZ JOSEF - ARTHUR’S PASS - CHRISTCHURCH (B,D)

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. On arrival into the elegant city of Christchurch, your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Hotel Christchurch City Hotel

DAY 9: CHRISTCHURCH - PICTON - WELLINGTON (B,D)

Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikōura. 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 James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Executive Room. 2 nights)

DAY 10: 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 which showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements.

DAY 11: WELLINGTON - TAUPO - ROTORUA (B,D)

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 Pullman Rotorua (City View Room. 2 nights)

DAY 12: 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 Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that is 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 Mãori Hãngi and Concert.

DAY 13: ROTORUA - AUCKLAND - BAY OF ISLANDS (B,D)

This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Mãori tribes and the British.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights)

DAY 14: BAY OF ISLANDS (B)

Today you will cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over Piercy Island, or as it is popularly known, the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life before returning to Paihia for a free afternoon. A range of optional activities are available, or you may choose to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront. This evening is also free, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

DAY 15: BAY OF ISLANDS - AUCKLAND (B,SD)

Depart the Bay of Islands this morning and 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 pre-dinner drink and reminisce on memories shared with your new friends at the farewell dinner.

Hotel Sudima Auckland City

DAY 16: DEPART AUCKLAND (B)

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

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change. Call our Australian based travel team on 1300 414 198 to book your flights, travel insurance and any additional accommodation or touring.

Questions

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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 

CLOTHING

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.

MONEY MATTERS

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.

WEATHER

These are average minimum/maximum temperatures in Celsius only during Spring (Sep to Nov). They could vary by up to 4-6 degrees.

  • Auckland 11 - 18
  • Rotorua 07 - 17
  • Wellington 09 - 15

TIPPING

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.

INCIDENTALS

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.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply. Valid for new bookings only.

A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person is required within 7 days of booking. The balance of payment, including any merchandise, is due 60 days prior to departure.

*Conditions apply. Prices are land only, valid for new bookings only until 19 Jan 2022 for travel from Oct 2022 to Apr 2023. All savings amounts are already included in the advertised prices. Bonus Night is a post tour night in Auckland, at the nominated hotel, subject to availability upon request. Only if a hotel is not available at the 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. Not to be used in conjunction with any other special offer; not applicable on group departures; can be withdrawn at any time without notice.

COVID-19 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 2022 / 23 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.