GRAND PACIFIC TOURS – Signature Premium Economy Coach Comfort New Zealand

Enjoy New Zealand in Premium Economy Comfort

There’s just something magical about New Zealand. From the white-topped peaks of fiords, to the spectacular glaciers, and incredible culture; New Zealand is a destination that will simply take your breath away. So why not experience it in Premium Economy Comfort on a mid-size coach tour. 

New Zealand Coach Holiday Specialist, Grand Pacific Tours, provide a comprehensive range of value for money holidays offering a highly professional and personalised service to thousands of travellers every year. 

A new addition to their styles of coach travel this year is Signature Mid-Size Group Touring. Travellers will experience the beauty of New Zealand in the Premium Economy comfort of a full-size coach, touring with a mid-size group of up to 32 travellers, fully escorted. 

The Signature coaches

The Signature coaches are beautifully crafted offering an array of onboard features including 32 Premium Economy Comfort seats, 2 door access, seat back tray table, cup holder, restroom, daily onboard Wi-Fi allowance plus more! 

The configuration of the coach seating is two seats on the left side of the aisle and an individual seat on the right side, all with panoramic viewing. All travellers will rotate and enjoy the variety of armchair comfort in the dual seats but also will experience the same Premium Economy Comfort on other days in a spacious individual window seat. For two people travelling together, the individual seats will flow in front and behind each other.

4 Star Accommodation

The hotels used are stylish, centrally located and offer deluxe service. These hotels have a large range of facilities available and many offer swimming pools, gyms and a choice of dining options. All the service standards are aimed towards looking after your every need.

Professional Coach Captains

Handpicked for their expert knowledge and extensive driving experience, the Coach Captain will be on hand to assist you with every aspect of the tour. Enjoy the professional commentary including numerous facts and figures, myths, legends and many laughs along the way.

Fully Escorted

An experienced Grand Pacific Tour Leader will accompany you throughout the tour. Not only will they make you feel welcome and relaxed, but they will also ensure you enjoy a memorable Kiwi experience.

There are 7 Signature Mid-Size Group Touring itinerariesto choose from, ranging from 9 – 19 days. 

A new itinerary featured in the Signature range is the 11 Day Top of the South Island. This product was constructed after two years of development with the local tourism experts and has a circular touring route from Christchurch that will visit several iconic regions in the top part of New Zealand’s South Island – each offering something different, and not offered by any other tour company. 

Contact Glenn at The Travellers Hut for details on 43 63 1699 or email Glenn@thetravellershut.com.au


19 DAY SIGNATURE SHOWCASE

Experience the iconic attractions of New Zealand in the comfort of a mid-size group 

STYLE Signature Mid-Size Group

COACH 32 seat Premium EconomyACCOMMODATION 4 star

STARTS Auckland FINISHES Christchurch

NO HIDDEN EXTRAS – PREPAID ATTRACTIONS 

 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 – 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 

*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

COACH FEATURES

32 Premium Economy Comfort seats on a full-size coach- 2 door access – seat back tray table – cup holder Restroom – daily onboard Wi-Fi allowance

EXPERIENCE

Professional Coach Captain and Tour Leader- Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival 

Return airport transfers in New Zealand – 18 nights 4 star accommodation 

4 two night stays – Hotel porterage – 1 rail journey – 4 cruises 

All sightseeing and prepaid attractions – Extensive Optional Tours Programme

Classic Documentation Pack 

MEALS 

• 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua

• 15 sumptuous dinners including Complimentary pre-dinner drink at the Welcome Dinner and 3specialty dinners: Mãori Hãngi and Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, QueenstownFarewell 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)

ITINERARY AND HOTELS

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

DAY 1: Arrive Auckland (D)

On arrival in Auckland, 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 Sudima Auckland City

DAY 2: Auckland – Bay of Islands (B,D) 

Depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe, then 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 Mãori tribes and the British. 

Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights)

DAY 3: Bay of Islands (Free Day) (B) 

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). 

DAY 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland (B) 

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. This evening is also free to explore the many eateries surrounding your hotel. 

Hotel Sudima Auckland City

DAY 5: Auckland – Rotorua (B,L,D) 

This morning enjoy a city sights tour including a visit to Sky Tower, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. Continue 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. 2 nights) 

DAY 6: 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 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.

DAY 7: Rotorua – Napier – Masterton (B,D) 

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 Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park (Superior Room)

DAY 8: Masterton – Greytown – Wellington (B,D) 

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Greytown to see the most complete example of original Victorian wooden architecture. Drive through the scenic Rimutaka Mountain Range into Wellington. Enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here. 

Hotel James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Executive Room) 

DAY 9: Wellington – Picton – Blenheim (B,D) 

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. This afternoon board the Interislander Ferry, cross Cook Strait and travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton where you board your coach for the short journey to Blenheim. 

Hotel Scenic Hotel Marlborough 

DAY 10: Blenheim – Kaikōura – Christchurch (B,D) 

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. 

Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel

DAY 11: Christchurch – Arthur’s Pass – Franz Josef (B,D) 

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 Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) 

DAY 12: Franz Josef – Queenstown (B) 

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 (2 nights) 

DAY 13: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) 

Today is a free day to explore Queenstown. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader will assist with the many optional activities available. 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 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 14: Queenstown – Te Anau (B,D)

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 (Deluxe Room. 2 nights)

DAY 15: Te Anau – Milford Sound – Te Anau (B,L,D) 

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 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). 

DAY 16: Te Anau – Dunedin (B,D) 

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 Scenic Hotel Southern Cross 

DAY 17: Dunedin – Mt Cook – Twizel (B,D) 

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 MacKenzie Country Hotel 

DAY 18: Twizel – Christchurch (B,SD) 

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 for a city tour. This evening enjoy a pre-dinner drink and reminisce on memories shared with your new friends at the farewell dinner. 

Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel

DAY 19: Depart Christchurch (B) 

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

Contact Glenn at The Travellers Hut for details on 43 63 1699 or email Glenn@thetravellershut.com.au

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Contact Glenn at The Travellers Hut for details on 43 63 1699 or email Glenn@thetravellershut.com.au