Duration
16 Days
Fitness
Relaxed
Travel
Multiple departure dates in 2018 & 2019
Destination
New Zealand
Experience the magnificence of New Zealand as you explore it by rail, cruise and modern coach on this enthralling tour. The journey starts in Christchurch in the South Island and makes its way up to the beautiful coastlines of the Bay of Islands in the upper North Island. From the major cities of Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland, to the remote and untouched landscapes of Milford Sound and Fox Glacier, you will experience the country’s natural and cultural gems firsthand in this carefully curated itinerary. With return flights, airport transfers and an experienced coach at your fingertips, travelling has never been easier.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • FLY FREE with Flights included departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast 
  • Travel on board the TranzAlpine! A once in a lifetime opportunity
  • Plenty of sightseeing,  paid attractions and accompanied by an experienced coach captain

  HOLIDAY INCLUDES
Flight included, departing from Australia. Select airports at an additional cost
Modern coach travel
Professional coach captain
Personalised meet & greet on arrival
Return airport transfers in New Zealand
15 nights 3 – 3.5 star hotel accommodation
Hotel porterage
4 cruises
All sightseeing and prepaid attractions listed below
14 cooked breakfasts
1 speciality breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
9 sumptuous dinners
4 speciality dinners
1 picnic lunch
1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle
GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax)
Comprehensive documentation pack
Haggis Ceremony & Gift
Larnach Castle*
Milford Sound Cruise & 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 & Luge Ride
Agrodome
Thermal mud pools & geysers*
Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise
Kauri Museum*
City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland
Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for guests arriving later than 8pm.
*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers

TRAVEL DATE 2019
  • Mar: 02, 04, 06, 07, 13, 16, 22, 24, 26
  • Apr: 06, 09, 13, 25
  • May: 02, 04
  • Sep: 10, 19, 26
  • Oct: 7, 14, 18, 27
  • Nov: 3, 8, 13, 18
2020
  • Jan: 8, 18
  • Feb: 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 14, 19, 23
  • Mar: 2, 4, 7, 11, 16, 22, 24, 26
  • Apr: 6, 8, 14, 25
  • May: 2
*Airport transfers are available from select regional towns on select departure dates! *Save $300pp on 25 Apr, 02 & 04 May Departures and save $100pp on all other departures.
ITINERARY 
  • Day 1: Arrive Christchurch
  • Day 2: Christchurch – Omarama 
  • Day 3: Omarama – Dunedin
  • Day 4: Dunedin – Te Anau
  • Day 5: Te Anau – Milford Sound – Queenstown
  • Day 6: Queenstown (Free Day)
  • Day 7: Queenstown – Arrowtown – Franz Josef 
  • Day 8: Franz Josef – Arthur’s Pass – Christchurch
  • Day 9: Christchurch – Picton – Wellington
  • Day 10: Wellington
  • Day 11: Wellington – Taupo – Rotorua
  • Day 12: Rotorua
  • Day 13: Rotorua – Auckland – Bay of Islands
  • Day 14: Bay of Islands
  • Day 15: Bay of Islands – Auckland
  • Day 16: Depart Auckland
For full itinerary information CLICK HERE
HOTELS
  • Christchurch: Heartland Hotel Cotswold or similar
  • Omarama: Heritage Gateway Hotel
  • Dunedin: Mercure Leisure Lodge
  • Te Anau: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room)
  • Queenstown: Mercure Queenstown Resort
  • Fox Glacier: Heartland Hotel Glacier Country or Similar
  • Christchurch: Quality Hotel Elms
  • Wellington: Ibis Wellington
  • Rotorua: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
  • Auckland: Rydges Auckland

Why Book with MyDiscoveries?
At MyDiscoveries we want to help you make ‘one day’, today. Whether you’re into cruising or glamping, or if you’d prefer to holiday at home or abroad, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for you.
Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 606 and one of our travel consultants can create an incredible package for you.
The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back
Pay over 5 x monthly, interest-free instalments. Credit card holders can spread their payments over 5 months on all MyDiscoveries holidays

FINE PRINT 
  • Multiple Departure Date in 2018 & 2019
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees
  • Please note all our holidays are subject to availability at time of booking. Should your dates not be available please note the My Discoveries Booking Guarantee applies. The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back, no questions asked.
  • Excludes: Flights, Travel insurance, Items of a personal nature, Meals not mentioned
   
TO BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY, PURCHASE ONLINE AT WWW.MYDISCOVERIES.COM.AU or CALL 1300404606
1

Arrive Christchurch

On arrival in Christchurch, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Hotel Heartland Hotel Cotswold Meals: Dinner
2

Christchurch - Omarama

After an introductory city sights tour, depart Queenstown and travel through the southernCanterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view 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 Omarama. Hotel Heritage Gateway Hotel Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
3

Omarama - Dunedin

Depart Omarama 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. Tonight, a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift. Hotel Mercure Leisure Lodge Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
4

Dunedin - Te Anau

This morning, you will travel out to the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of its tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around the 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. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room) Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
5

Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you will board 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 and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants. Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights) Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
6

Queenstown (Free Day)

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain is available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or 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 gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you 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. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
7

Queenstown – Arrowtown - Franz Josef

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 Fox Glacier. Continue to Franz Josef where time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers. Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing) Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
8

Franz Josef - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch

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 to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Hotel Heartland Hotel Cotswold Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
9

Christchurch - Picton - Wellington

Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikoura. 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 Ibis Wellington (2 nights) Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
10

Wellington

A highlight this morning will be exploring Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. This amazing story is told through a collection of images, letters and videos taken from New Zealanders who were there. This is followed by an extensive city tour which explains the history and culture on show in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. Enjoy some free time to explore at leisure this afternoon. This evening is also free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants. Meals: Breakfast
11

Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua

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 Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights) Meals:Breakfast and Dinner
12

Rotorua

Today begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s 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 Maori Hangi and Concert. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
13

Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands

This morning, depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland. Continue 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 Maori tribes and the British. Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights) Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
14

Bay of Islands

This morning, cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands on board a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning via Russell 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. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
15

Bay of Islands - Auckland

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 you will be treated to a farewell dinner with your new found friends. Hotel Copthorne Auckland City or similar Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
16

Depart Auckland

Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. Meal Breakfast
Why is this tour good for MyDiscoveries Customers? Touring New Zealand with Grand Pacific Tours meaning touring with the New Zealand experts. They offer five comprehensive styles of coach touring to suit all budgets and interests. By specialising in one destination they are able to get exclusive benefits such as discounts, wine time specials and hotel porterage for customers. Grand Pacific Tours only offers fully all-inclusive tours meaning your flights, accommodation, most attractions and select meals are included. Forget self-driving holidays as your Tour Guide & Coach Caption ensures you are well taken care of and coach touring allows you to meet like-minded travellers. You can enjoy this 16-day journey takes you to all corners of New Zealand without the hassle of having to plan it out yourself. Travelling on one of Grand Pacific tours Affordable range doesn’t mean skimping on amazing extras. You will stay in modest 3.5 star accommodation, relax on a modern 48 seater coach with panoramic windows and enjoy much more. Experience all the iconic attractions of the North and South islands including the breathtaking Milford Sound and world famous rail journey, The TranzAlpine. Includes two night stays in Queenstown, Wellington, Rotorua and the Bay of Islands.
Flights Flights are included from select airports in Australia. Upgrade to Emirates Business Class from Sydney valued at $2660**. If you are interested in this tour but come from another departure city MyDiscoveries can organise flights for you from your nearest airport. NEED FLIGHTS? CALL US ON 1300404606
FREE return airport transfers from selected regional towns Grand Pacific Tours has taken the hassle and added expense out of getting to and from the airport with this EXCLUSIVE service offering FREE Return Airport Transfers from selected regional towns to SYDNEY, MELBOURNE and BRISBANE airports. Sit back, relax on our modern Kiwi ConnectioNZ Coach, meet new friends before you arrive in New Zealand + enjoy a range of BONUS tour extras! Return coach transfers from your hometown to the airport
  • EXTRA night’s accommodation in New Zealand and free day at leisure to unwind
  • professional and friendly coach captain to answer your questions and safely transfer you to and from the airport
  • meet your fellow travellers before the tour begins
  • selection of glossy magazines on-board
  • welcome home pack
  • FREE 400 page NZ Travel Guide (per household)

Weather Weather in New Zealand can change unexpectedly. The north island has subtropical weather during summer, and inland areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C  in winter, As most of the major cities are close to the coastline they remain quite warm.  The average temperature decreases as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year.
Travel Insurance  We recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. Call MyDiscoveries on 1300404100 to get a personalised quote on travel insurance 
What is included in The Deal? Please refer to the ‘Includes’ section in The Deal for details of what’s included. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 606 for more information.
Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that I need? We recommend you see your doctor at least six weeks prior to travel to get their advice and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.
Can I arrange my flights with MyDiscoveries? MyDiscoveries is a full-service travel agency and we can arrange flights to any destination. Call us on 1300 404 606 to get a personalised quote.
Do I need travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you – call us on 1300 404 606
Can MyDiscoveries organise my travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote at competitive rates for you – call us on 1300 404 606
When will my booking be confirmed? Once your MyDiscoveries holiday voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by a member of the MyDiscoveries Reservations team. MyDiscoveries will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates and will send you an email to confirm your booking information. If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy. When booking in to your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements.
What is the cancellation procedure? / Can I cancel or make changes to my booking? If for any reason you need to cancel your booking, contact the MyDiscoveries Reservations team on 1300 404 606. Once we have received your verbal request for cancellation we will ask you to confirm the request in writing (email or post is fine) so that we can accurately start processing the cancellation. Make sure you include your travel voucher number and traveller names when requesting and confirming the cancellation. Please be aware that the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee for cancellations outside our 30 Day Booking Guarantee period.
I haven’t received my MyDiscoveries voucher yet. What do I do? If you have not received your voucher contact MyDiscoveries on 1300 404 606 and we will resend your voucher by email or post.
How fit do I need to be? We have graded all MyDiscoveries products with a fitness level. Relaxed, Moderate & Active. For more information on the MyDiscoveries Fitness Levels CLICK HERE
How do I take advantage of the 5 monthly payments plan? At time of booking online, you should be able to select our 5 monthly instalment plan as a payment option. If booking over the phone, please mention you wish to pay in 5 monthly payments and our team will ensure this is set up. This is a free of charge service that allows you to pay off your holiday in 5 equal payments. How does it work? Pay only 1/5th of the total of your Holiday at time of booking. Your remaining 4 payments will be taken automatically from the same credit card on the same day of the next 4 months. Easy!
Where can I find the full terms and conditions for MyDiscoveries? Specific terms and conditions for each holiday can be found in the Fine Print section of every holiday. Full terms and condition for My Discoveries can be found HERE
When will I receive my tour documentation? Grand Pacific Tours documentations including any merchandise will be forwarded to MyDiscoveries two weeks prior to departure. We will then forward all information via post to you.
What type of clothes should I bring? Whilst on tour, dress is informal and relaxed on most occasions. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants. In summer, a jacket and sweater should be included in your luggage should the weather turn cooler or you visit higher altitudes. If visiting during the months of May 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
I’m I able to bring a walker or wheelchair with me on tour? You are able to bring collapsible wheelchairs and collapsible walkers on tour. Please let your MyDiscoveries travel agent know and Include this in your booking form. We are also able to request ground floor rooms throughout touring
Can I make dietary requirements requests? Room and dietary requests are limited and cannot be guaranteed. Dietary requests are limited to Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Lactose Intolerant & Diabetic. They need listed on booking form at time of booking to ensure that these requirements are accommodated.  Religious dietary requests (i.e. Hindu Vegetarian, Kosher, Halal) cannot be accommodated. Any further intolerances needing to be managed are the responsibility of the traveller.
Will I need to manage my own bags?  Grand Pacific tours Coach Caption get all luggage on and off the coach.