Travel 2 Touring 18/19




16 day Ultimate Explorer Christchurch • Mt Cook • Dunedin • Te Anau • Milford Sound • Queenstown • Fox Glacier • Wellington • Rotorua • Bay of Islands • Auckland

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch On arrival into Christchurch, 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. (D) The George Day 2: Christchurch - Mt Cook Take a sightseeing tour of elegant Christchurch, after which you’ll travel the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo for a visit to The Church of the Good Shepherd. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Perhaps enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. (BD) The Hermitage Hotel (Aoraki Wing) Day 3: Mt Cook - Dunedin Depart Mt Cook and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. Optional experiences are available including a tour of Speight’s Brewery or to see Albatross in their natural habitat (both optional at own expense). (BD) Distinction Dunedin Day 4: Dunedin - Te Anau 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 around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. Travel to Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland where you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). (BD) Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas Day 5 & 6: Te Anau – Milford Sound – Queenstown Drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise past spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak. Your next stop, Queenstown, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, is renowned for its wide range of activities and attractions. Your final night here features a cruise aboard the vintage steamship, TSS Earnslaw as you cruise across the lake to Walter Peak Station for a gourmet barbeque dinner. (BL,BSD) Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)

Day 7: Queenstown - Fox Glacier Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village en route to the Haast Pass, gateway to the West Coast. See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers. (BD) Distinction Fox Glacier Day 8: Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch After a visit to the Greenstone Factory in Hokitika, continue to Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains back to Christchurch. (BD) The George Day 9: Christchurch – Picton - Wellington Travel to the seaside village of Kaikoura and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine. Continue to Picton, where you board the Interislander Ferry for your journey across Cook Strait to Wellington. (BD) InterContinental Wellington (2 nights) Day 10: Wellington A highlight of the morning will be time spent at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. An extensive city tour explains the history and culture on show in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. Enjoy free time in the afternoon including a free evening to dine at one of the many fine restaurants. (B) Days 11 & 12: Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua See the spectacular Lake Taupo and Huka Falls as you travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Next day begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua, including time for a luge ride. At Agrodome, enjoy farming entertainment followed by a visit to Rainbow Springs and the Kiwi Encounter experience for a behind-the-scenes tour of a working nursery and hatchery. Visit Te Puia to see awesome geysers and this evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert. (BD,BSD) Regent of Rotorua (2 nights)


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