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20 Day Signature Showcase

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace

This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted

Often regarded as one of the world's great train journeys for the mountian scenery, as it travels over massive viaducts, river valleys & spectacular gorges.

Rail
TranzAlpine
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✓ Travel with Grand Pacific Tours
✓ BONUS OFFER - Includes Savings of up to $375pp off RRP
✓ BONUS OFFER - Includes Free Night in Auckland, pre tour
✓ 
Professional Coach Captain
✓ Tour Leader
✓ 32 Premium Economy Comfort seats on a full-size coach
✓ 
Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
✓ 
Return airport transfers in New Zealand
✓ 19 nights 4 star accommodation
✓ 5 two night stays
✓ 1 rail journey
✓ 4 cruises
✓ All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
✓ Extensive Optional Activities
✓ Signature Documentation Pack
✓ 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
15 sumptuous dinners including complimentary pre-dinner drink at the Welcome Dinner and 3 specialty dinners: Māori Hāngi and Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Farewell Dinner including pre-dinner drink, Christchurch
✓ 2 lunches including a Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton™
✓ 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle
✓ Enjoy GPT Hotel Wine Time (discounted drinks)

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Itinerary

Hotel
SkyCity Hotel or Similar

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. 

Hotel
SkyCity Hotel or Similar
Meals
Dinner

Today is a free day to explore Auckland. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink when you meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions for dinner.

Hotel
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Depart Auckland and travel to Matakohe for 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 Māori tribes and the British Government in 1840.

Hotel
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

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 flight. This evening is also free, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Hotel
SkyCity Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning 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. Return to Paihia and travel south via Whangarei to Auckland where you will enjoy a city sights tour. This evening is free to explore the many eateries surrounding your hotel.

Hotel
Pullman Rotorua (City View Room) or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely start before visiting Sky Tower, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. Depart Auckland and travel through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for a buffet lunch. This is followed by a guided tour of the Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Your guide will recount details of how this beautiful piece of farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth.

Hotel
Pullman Rotorua (City View Room) or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that is 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 Mãori Hãngi and Concert.

Hotel
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park Wairarapa (Superior Room) or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Continue to Napier known as ‘The Art Deco Capital’, where a city tour will showcase an impressive collection of art deco buildings. Enjoy some free time to explore the fascinating architecture before travelling through the Wairarapa, an emerging cool-climate wine region.

Hotel
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Executive Room) or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to quaint Greytown. Drive through the scenic Rimutaka Mountain Range into Wellington. Enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital followed by a visit to 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.

Hotel
Scenic Hotel Marlborough or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

This morning board the Interislander Ferry where you can relax in comfort in the Queen Charlotte Lounge. Enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Board your coach for the short journey to Blenheim, where you will experience a personalised wine tasting at an iconic Marlborough Winery. You will taste award-winning wines and enjoy exploring the beautiful Marlborough vineyards.

Hotel
Distinction Christchurch Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Tour through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine, then travel to the seaside village of Kaikōura. Continue onto the garden city of Christchurch for a city sights tour.

Hotel
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

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 the township of Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel
Millennium Hotel Queenstown or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast to Fox Glacier. Continue 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 out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel
Millennium Hotel Queenstown or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Today is a free day to explore Queenstown. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic 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 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.

Hotel
Distinction Luxmore Hotel Lake Te Anau (Deluxe Room) or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).

Hotel
Distinction Luxmore Hotel Lake Te Anau (Deluxe Room) or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 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).

Hotel
Scenic Hotel Southern Cross or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ and enjoy a city tour. 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 a delicious Devonshire Tea. 

Hotel
Distinction Mackenzie Country or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. 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.

Hotel
Distinction Christchurch Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving in Christchurch. This evening enjoy a pre-dinner drink and reminisce on memories shared with your new friends at the farewell dinner.

Meals
Breakfast

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

Inclusions

  • Travel with Grand Pacific Tours
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Tour Leader
  • 32 Premium Economy Comfort seats on a full-size coach
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 19 nights 4 star accommodation
  • 5 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 rail journey
  • 4 cruises
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Extensive Optional Activities
  • Signature Documentation Pack
  • 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 15 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Mãori Hãngi and Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Farewell Dinner including pre-dinner drink, Christchurch  
  • 2 lunches including a Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton™
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle
  • Enjoy GPT Hotel Wine Time (discounted drinks)

  • Kauri Museum
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
  • Sky Tower
  • Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour and Lunch*
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools and geysers*
  • Te Puia traditional Mãori Hãngi and Concert
  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry, Queen Charlotte Lounge
  • Marlborough Winery and Tasting
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Milford Sound Cruise and Lunch
  • Larnach Castle*
  • City sights tour of Auckland, Napier, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch
    *denotes guided tour

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $200.00 per person within 7 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $2,945.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $2,700.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Triple Share
Not Available

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

We have partnered with nib to offer our customers competitive rates for their travel insurance. You can book Comprehensive or Essentials cover for your domestic, international or multi-trip journeys simply by clicking HERE.

Note that Inspiring Vacations cannot provide advice with regards to any insurance product.

Visa & Passport information
It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return.

Visas may be required.

Please note that these details are subject to change without notice. We recommend visiting https://smartraveller.gov.au for up to date information in terms of entry requirements.
Group Size
Signature Mid-Size Group Tour itineraries are for a maximum of 32 travellers.

Children

On Ultimate Small Group Touring and Signature Mid-Size Group Touring, children under 16 years are not permitted. 

  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activities
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

*Conditions apply. Prices are land only. **Travel on selected seasonal departures in Sep 2024 and May 2025 and save up to $750 per couple ($375 pp). All other departure dates save $175 per person off the brochure price. Maximum savings are reflected in the advertised prices. Bonus Night is a pre tour night in Auckland, at the nominated tour 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. Special Offer Valid on new bookings only until 12 April 2024 for travel Sep 2024 - May 2025. Not to be used in conjunction with any other special offer; not applicable on group departures; can be withdrawn at any time without notice. 

Please note that your tour is operated by Grand Pacific Tours and documentation is provided via delivery to your residential address approximately 14 days prior to departure.

In order to ensure a smooth process for delivery of your documents, you will receive a phone call directly from Grand Pacific Tours leading up to the delivery dispatch date to confirm your delivery address details.

Please ensure you answer this call and provide accurate details to the supplier. In the event that an incorrect address is provided there may be additional costs to redirect the delivery to the correct address.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above please do not hesitate to contact us.

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