20 DAYS, 18 NIGHTS

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Inclusive Signature New Zealand Vacation

Experience the Best of New Zealand from Auckland to Christchurch on an Unforgettable Adventure in the North and South Islands

Booking Code: AA-31108-SGPR19

This classic Inclusive Signature New Zealand Vacation is perfect for travelers seeking an immersive and unforgettable journey from Auckland to Christchurch. Designed for adventurers, nature enthusiasts, and culture lovers alike, this itinerary offers a well-rounded experience of New Zealand’s most iconic destinations.

Discover the charm of bustling Auckland, the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, the breathtaking landscapes of Queenstown, and the historical significance of Wellington. As you travel through picturesque towns and scenic routes, enjoy included accommodations, meals, and guided tours, ensuring a hassle-free and enriching experience.

Inclusive Signature New Zealand Vacation

Inclusive Signature New Zealand Vacation Trip Map

Day 1: International Flight to Auckland
Days 2 – 20: Inclusive Signature New Zealand Vacation
Day 20: International Flight from Christchurch

Inclusive Signature New Zealand Vacation Trip Map
Inclusive Signature New Zealand Vacation

What’s included in your
Inclusive Signature New Zealand Vacation

Accommodation

Auckland (1 Night), Bay of Islands (2), Auckland (1), Rotorua (2), Masterton (1), Wellington (1), Blenheim (1), Christchurch (1), Franz Josef (1), Queenstown (2), Te Anau (2), Dunedin (1), Twizel (1), Christchurch (1)

Flights

International – Los Angeles to Auckland, Christchurch to Los Angeles

Transfers

Shuttle – Auckland Airport to Accommodation, Christchurch Accommodation to Airport

Day Tours

Auckland – Auckland City Sights Tour
Waitangi – Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Bay of Islands – Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
Northland – Kauri Museum
Glenbrook – Glenbrook Vintage Railway
Rotorua – Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride, Agrodome, Thermal mud pools and geysers, Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi and Concert
Wellington – Cruise on the Interislander Ferry, Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum, Wellington City Sights Tour
Christchurch – International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch Tram, TranzAlpine Rail Journey, Christchurch City Sights Tour
Arrowtown – Lakes District Museum
Queenstown – Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
Milford Sound – Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
Dunedin – Speights Brewery Tour and Tasting, Larnach Castle and Devonshire Tea, Olveston Historic Home

Meals

18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast; 14 sumptuous dinners including complimentary pre-dinner drink at the Welcome Dinner and 4 specialty dinners; 2 delicious morning teas; Hotel Wine Time (discounted drinks)

All Taxes and
Fuel Levies

(Except where noted)

Guided

Fully Guided
Tour

With fixed departure dates and itinerary

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your itinerary details

DAY 1

International Flight, Los Angeles to Auckland

The estimated cost for this package includes the average international airfare from Los Angeles. Request a quote for your preferred routing and travel dates. Your flight will cross the international date line overnight, putting you 1 day ahead in New Zealand. So according to a calendar it will take you 2 days to get to New Zealand, but really, it’s just an overnight flight!

DAY 2

Arrive Auckland

Auckland Bridge

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On arrival into 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
Dinner included

Auckland Bridge

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Bay of Islands Trees

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DAY 3

Auckland – Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands Trees

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Enjoy a city tour of Auckland, dubbed the ‘City of Sails’, before traveling 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 Mãori tribes and the British.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 4

Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands Boat

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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 and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Meals: Breakfast

Bay of Islands Boat

Photo Credit : Panyakyanun Photos

Auckland Kauri Tree

Photo Credit : Kamchatka

DAY 5

Bay of Islands – Auckland

Auckland Kauri Tree

Photo Credit : Kamchatka

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’. Upon return to Paihia, travel south via Whangarei, call into the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree before returning to Auckland.

Hotel: Sudima Auckland City
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 6

Auckland – Rotorua

Rotorua Redwoods

Photo Credits : Rod Hill Getty Images

This morning travel to Glenbrook Vintage Railway for a nostalgic 15 kilometer 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 magnificent countryside of rolling hills and green pastures famous for dairying. Continuing to Rotorua renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture.

Hotel: Pullman Rotorua (City View Room) (2 nights)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Rotorua Redwoods

Photo Credits : Rod Hill Getty Images

Rotorua

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DAY 7

Rotorua

Rotorua

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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’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before traveling 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.

Meals: Breakfast & Specialty Dinner

DAY 8

Rotorua – Napier – Masterton

Taupo New Zealand

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Begin your journey in Rotorua, heading along the Thermal Explorer Highway towards Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Continue to Napier, renowned as the “Art Deco Capital,” where you’ll enjoy a city tour highlighting its remarkable art deco buildings. After some free time to explore the architecture, travel through the Wairarapa, a region known for its emerging cool-climate wines.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel Solway Park Wairarapa (Superior Room) (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Taupo New Zealand

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Wellington

Photo Credit : Daboost

DAY 9

Masterton – Greytown – Wellington

Wellington

Photo Credit : Daboost

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: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Executive Room) (1 Night)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 10

Wellington – Picton – Blenheim

Wellington

Photo Credit : Tourism New Zealand

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.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (1 nights)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Wellington

Photo Credit : Tourism New Zealand

Christchurch

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DAY 11

Blenheim – Kaikoura – Christchurch

Christchurch

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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: Distinction Christchurch
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12

Christchurch – Arthur’s Pass – Franz Josef

Arthur's Pass

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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 center of the Southern Alps. Board your coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing via Franz Josef to the township of Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Arthur's Pass

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Franz Josef

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DAY 13

Franz Josef – Queenstown

Franz Josef

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See the snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast. 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 and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14

Queenstown

Queenstown by the water

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Today is a free day and there are plenty of sightseeing options available. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic 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 & Specialty Dinner

Queenstown by the water

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DAY 15

Queenstown – Te Anau

Milford Sound New Zealand

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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) (2 Nights)
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 16

Te Anau – Milford Sound – Te Anau

Milford Sound

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Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord. Return to the wharf to meet your coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Te Anau where you will enjoy an afternoon at leisure. You may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Milford Sound

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Te Anau

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DAY 17

Te Anau – Dunedin

Te Anau

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Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin, famous for its stunning Edwardian and Victorian architecture dating back to the gold rush of the 1800s. Today Dunedin is New Zealand’s oldest university city. This afternoon visit Speight’s Brewery, a Dunedin icon, for an informative and interactive tour through this working brewery. The tasting session will be followed by a delicious dinner at the Ale House restaurant.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (1 night)
Meals: Breakfast & Specialty Dinner

DAY 18

Dunedin – Mt Cook – Twizel

Dunedin Clocktower

Photo Credit : Dmitry Naumov

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 Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Return to Dunedin for a city tour followed by some free time. Optional activities you might be interested in, include the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat.

Hotel: Distinction Mackenzie Country
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Dunedin Clocktower

Photo Credit : Dmitry Naumov

Twizel

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DAY 19

Twizel – Christchurch

Twizel

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This morning visit Olveston Historic Home, a prosperous merchants’ home from the turn of the century before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a pre-dinner drink and reminisce on memories shared with your new friends at the farewell dinner.

Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Specialty Dinner

DAY 20

Depart Christchurch

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

Meals: Breakfast

Christchurch

Photo Credit : Nick Fox

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