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16 Day New Zealand Ultimate Highlights & Flights

Christchurch - Auckland - Rotorua - Dunedin - Wellington - Milford Sound - Bay of Islands - Lake Tekapo - Queenstown - Franz Josef

Experience 'Business Class on Wheels'

4 amazing Cruises & 1 Rail Journey included 

Enjoy 15 Nights in 4.5 star Accommodation

Milford Sound Nature Cruise, TranzAlpine Rail Journey & much more

2024 and 2025 departure dates available

From $9,959 Typically $10,499 Include flight pp twin share

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Get ready for your amazing 16 Day Ultimate Highlights tour to explore New Zealand! Discover the natural highlights of New Zealand, including  Milford Sound Nature Cruise & Lunch, Skyline Rotorua Gondola & much more! This 16 Day small group tour includes 15 nights in a 4.5 star accommodation, 1 rail journey, 4 cruises, business class 20-seat coach travel, sightseeing and a range of VIP extras.

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You'll start your adventure in Christchurch where you will explore the southern Canterbury Plains, city sight tour & much more. The group will then make its way to Queenstown where you can explore the beauty of the town at your own pace. Concluding in Auckland for final night stays you may want to enjoy a city sight tour and visit the Kauri Museum. Book your 16 Day Ultimate Highlight tour to New Zealand now, before it sells out!  



Itinerary Downloadable Itinerary

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16

Day 1


On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink as you meet your travelling companions.

Hotel: The George
Meals included: Dinner

Day 2


After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, The Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the Southern Alps.

Hotel: The Hermitage Hotel (Aoraki Wing)
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3


Depart Mt Cook, see Lake Benmore and follow the Waitaki River to Oamaru. Continue south to Dunedin, enjoy a city tour followed by free time. You might be interested in a tour to see local wildlife in their natural habitat (optional).

Hotel: Distinction Dunedin Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4


This morning 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 an Ultimate High Tea in the Grand Ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).

Hotel: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5


Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a nature 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 at leisure, you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6


Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown with many optional activities available. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

Day 7


Travel to Arrowtown, an old goldmining village and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to the township of Fox Glacier. Next you visit Franz Josef, where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers before arriving at your hotel.

Hotel: Distinction Fox Glacier
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8


Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to 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. On arrival into the elegant city of Christchurch, your Ultimate Coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Hotel: The George
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9


Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikōura. 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 and experience the comfort and intimate setting of the Premium Lounge. Enjoy complimentary refreshments as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Wellington.

Hotel: InterContinental Wellington (Premium Room) (2 nights) 

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10


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. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour which showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements.

Meals included: Breakfast 

Day 11


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: Regent of Rotorua (2 nights)
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 12


Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua where spectacular views are on offer. 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. Some free time is available 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner 

Day 13


This morning depart Rotorua and travel north through Whangarei to the Bay of Islands. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Māori tribes and the British.

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

Day 14


Today you will explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran. Cruise to Cape Brett and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’, keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life. On return to Paihia, enjoy a free afternoon where a range of optional activities are available, or you may choose to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the waterfront. This evening is also at leisure, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 15


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 enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

Hotel: The Grand by SkyCity
Meals included: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

Day 16


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

Meals included: Breakfast



Inclusions & Exclusions


Tour includes transfers in New Zealand, Business Class 20 seat coach travel, 4.5 star accommodation, most meals, sightseeing, attractions and a range of VIP extras.

  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Flights with Air New Zealand Economy Class from Melbourne
  • Travelling from another city or from regional Australia? Contact as for a quote!
  • 15 nights in 4.5 star accommodation (4 two night stays), Hotel porterage
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 1 x Rail journey
  • 4 cruises
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Extensive Optional Activities
  • Ultimate Documentation Pack


  • 15 cooked breakfasts, incl. specialty breakfast Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 12 dinners 
  • 1 picnic lunch: Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • 1 Ultimate High Tea: Larnach Castle

 Pre-paid Tours:

  • Larnach Castle*
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Lunch
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry, Premium Lounge
  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools and geysers*
  • Te Puia traditional Mãori Hãngi and Concert
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
  • Kauri Museum
  • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland



  • Meals not mentioned
  • Any additional requests
  • Travel Insurance 
  • Tipping/Gratuities

Child Policy: 
Children under 16 years are not permitted.


Add ons:
Pre/ Post Accommodation: (per night)
Auckland: $160 pp twin share / $320 Single Room
Christchurch: $205 pp twin share / $410 Single Room


Payment Terms: 
Deposit on booking
Final payment 100 days prior 

Room Types and max occupancy:
Twin or double, maximum occupancy of 2


Passport and Visa Requirements: 
All visitors require a passport to enter New Zealand. Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date that you intend to leave New Zealand. For Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport, you do not need a visa or permit to visit New Zealand. Visitors from visa-waiver countries must request an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to travelling to New Zealand. For visitors from non-visa waiver countries it is recommended you contact your Travel Agent or NZ Immigration for full entry requirements. If you are not an Australian Citizen or permanent resident, you may also have to pay for an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). Please check with your Travel Agent for up to date immigration requirements.

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Departure Dates

SEP 2024
04 th
Wednesday 04 Sep 2024  ‐  Thursday 19 Sep 2024
SEP 2024
27 th
Friday 27 Sep 2024  ‐  Saturday 12 Oct 2024
OCT 2024
10 th
Thursday 10 Oct 2024  ‐  Friday 25 Oct 2024
+ $300 p.p
OCT 2024
28 th
Monday 28 Oct 2024  ‐  Tuesday 12 Nov 2024
+ $300 p.p
NOV 2024
12 th
Tuesday 12 Nov 2024  ‐  Wednesday 27 Nov 2024
+ $300 p.p

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