Duration
19 Days
Fitness
Relaxed
Travel
Departure Dates in 2018 & 2019
Destination
New Zealand
Experience the best of New Zealand on an escorted tour with a mix of land and sea exploration. As well as luxury coach transport throughout, you’ll enjoy epic rail journeys and an overnight cruise giving you the chance to see the beauty of New Zealand from every angle. The Bay of Islands, Franz Joseph and Milford Sound are among the highlights.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Flights included departing from Australia 
  • Accompanied by an experienced tour guide & lots of sightseeing and paid attractions included
  • Experience the romance of 4 rail journeys, the majesty of 5 scenic cruises and the luxury of coach travel

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
Return flights from Australia
Return airport transfers in New Zealand
Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide
17 nights accommodation in 4-star hotel
Milford Sound overnight cruise
4 rail journeys
5 cruises
18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
14 sumptuous dinners including 4 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Farewell Dinner, Christchurch
1 picnic lunch
2 delicious morning teas
All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax)
Comprehensive documentation pack
Prepaided Attractions 
Kauri Museum* Waitangi Treaty Grounds* Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise Glenbrook Vintage Railway Paradise Valley Springs* Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride Agrodome Thermal mud pools & geysers* Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi & Concert Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum Cruise on the Interislander Ferry Coastal Paci c Rail Journey International Antarctic Centre Christchurch Tram TranzAlpine Rail Journey Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw Lakes District Museum HIGHLIGHT Milford Sound Overnight Cruise Cruise Lake Te Anau, visit Glow Worm Caves Silver Fern Seasider Rail Journey Haggis Ceremony & Gift Larnach Castle* Olveston Historic Home* City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin *Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.
Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

TRAVEL DATES Departures in 2019: 
  • Sep: 7*, 21*
  • Oct: 10, 12
  • Nov: 14, 20, 28
  • Dec: 18
Departures in 2020
  • Jan: 6, 11, 26
  • Feb: 10, 17
  • Mar: 8, 15, 28
  • Apr: 2, 15
  • May: 3*
*Save $300pp on 10, 19 & 26 Sep 2019, 21 Apr & 04 May 2020 departure. Departure on 18 Dec 2019 will have a $100pp surcharge because of festive season.
ITINERARY
  • Day 1 Arrive Auckland
  • Day 2 Auckland – Bay of Islands
  • Day 3  Bay of Islands
  • Day 4 Bay of Islands – Auckland
  • Day 5 Auckland – Rotorua
  • Day 6 Rotorua
  • Day 7 Rotorua – Wellington
  • Day 8 Wellington
  • Day 9 Wellington – kaikoura – Christchurch
  • Day 10 Christchurch
  • Day 11 Christchurch – Arthur’s Pass – Franz Josef
  • Day 12 Franz Josef – queenstown
  • Day 13 Queenstown
  • Day 14 Queenstown – Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Day 15 Milford Sound – Te Anau
  • Day 16 Te Anau – Dunedin
  • Day 17 Dunedin
  • Day 18 Dunedin – Christchurch
  • Day 19 Depart Christchurch
For Full Itinerary CLICK HERE
MAP  
HOTELS
  • Auckland: Grand Millennium Hotel
  • Bay of Islands: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
  • Auckland: Spencer on Byron
  • Rotorua: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
  • Wellington: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
  • Christchurch: Distinction Christchurch
  • Franz Josef: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
  • Queenstown: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront
  • Milford Sound: Overnight Cruise
  • Te Anau: Distinction Luxmore (Deluxe Room)
  • Dunedin: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
  • Christchurch: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

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
  • Valid for travel: Multiple departure dates in 2019 & 2020
  • Advertised price may vary and is subject to availability at time of booking.
  • 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. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee. We recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you have booked your travel dates so you have protection against emergency cancellations that might be needed.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Once your MyDiscoveries Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by the MyDiscoveries Reservations team will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements (e.g. vegetarian etc)
  • The MyDiscoveries team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.
  • Excludes: travel insurance, items of a personal nature, meals not mentioned

VISA INFORMATION Visas for Australians travelling overseas A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country. We do not issue visas for overseas travel and cannot provide definitive information on visas. Only the countries you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their visa requirements. For all countries, contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit well in advance of travel. Not all countries have representation in Australia. For a list of all countries visa requirements Click Here
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1

Arrive Auckland

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Paci c Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.
HOTEL: Grand Millennium Hotel MEALS: Dinner
2

Auckland - Bay of Islands

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 Maori tribes and the British. HOTEL: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights) MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
3

Bay of Islands (Free Day)

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 ight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). MEALS: Breakfast
4

Bay of Islands - Auckland

This morning travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning to Paihia. Enjoy a picnic lunch before travelling south via Whangarei, call into the Parry Kauri Park to see a magni cent example of a Kauri Tree before arriving into to Auckland’s north shore. You will see stunning views of Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. HOTEL: Spencer on Byron MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
5

Auckland - Rotorua

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 magni cent 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 Room. 2 nights) MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
6

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. 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 Maori Hangi and Concert.
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
7

Rotorua - Wellington

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 the capital city of Wellington. HOTEL: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor(2 nights)
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
8

Wellington

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. 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.
MEALS: Breakfast
9

Wellington - kaikoura- Christchurch

This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross Cook Strait and travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Paci c, a truly spectacular rail journey that showcases the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side and the rugged scenic coastline on the other. Travel through numerous tunnels and across several bridges before departing the train in Kaikoura. Travel south by coach through some of the nest farmland area’s to the garden city of Christchurch. HOTEL: Distinction Christchurch (2 nights)
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
10

Wellington - kaikoura- Christchurch

Today visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This is followed by an introductory city tour of Christchurch. This afternoon includes a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at your leisure, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions. This evening is free to explore the local cuisine.
MEALS: Breakfast
11

Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Franz Josef

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 Fight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. HOTEL: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
12

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 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 ne restaurants. HOTEL: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront MEALS: Breakfast
13

Queenstown

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. MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
14

Queenstown - Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

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 ord’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 MEALS: Breakfast
15

Queenstown - Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the ord. Return back to the wharf to meet your coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Te Anau. This afternoon enjoy a cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Glow Worm Caves where you will admire the incredible limestone caverns, waterfalls and mystery of the Glow Worm Grotto. HOTEL: Distinction Luxmore (Deluxe Room) MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
16

Te Anau - Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin. After time for lunch board the Silver Fern railcar for a journey along spectacular clifftops overlooking the Paci c Ocean and Blueskin Bay. On return to Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station, board the coach for an informative city tour. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift. HOTEL: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (2 nights)
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
17

Dunedin

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 Signi cance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Return to the city for some free time. You might choose to board The Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail (optional).
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
18

Dunedin - Christchurch

This morning visit Olveston Historic Home, containing treasures from a bygone era before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends. HOTELS: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
19

Depart Christchurch

Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your ight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.
MEALS: 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 19-day journey takes you to all corners of New Zealand on Rail, Coach and Cruise. Travel New Zealand on one of Grand Pacific tours Signature range, which offers best overall value for money based on what is included. Signature tours utilised 4-star rating hotels and all properties are centrally located, offer high-quality service and facilities. This tour travels at a steady pace meaning you can relax in armchair comfort on a modern coach as you visit all the iconic attractions plus enjoy an array of distinctive experiences.
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 1300 404 100 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.