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STYLES OF TOURING

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Contents NEW ZEALAND COACH HOLIDAY SPECIALIST Welcome to New Zealand Q&A 5 styles of touring Attractions Kiwi ConnectionNZ Service / Return coach transfers

2-3 4-5 6 -7 8-9 10 - 11

AFFORDABLE COACH TOURS Unbeatable value. No hidden extras 16 Day Highlights of New Zealand Tour 14 Day New Zealand Panorama 9 Day Taste of the South Island 8 Day Taste of the North Island

12 - 13 14 - 15 16 - 17 18 - 19 20 - 21

SIGNATURE COACH TOURS Experience the difference. Unique attractions 19 Day New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach Holiday 19 Day New Zealand Showcase 10 Day South Island Spectacular 9 Day Northern Spectacular

22 - 23 24 - 27 28 - 29 30 - 31 32 - 33

ULTIMATE SMALL GROUP TOURS Business class on wheels. Maximum 20 travellers 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience 19 Day Ultimate Discovery 16 Day Ultimate Explorer 10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape 9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour 11 Day Ultimate SOLO Travellers Tour

34 - 35 36 - 37 38 - 39 40 - 41 42 - 43 44 - 45 46 47

CRUISE & COACH TOURS Discover New Zealand by sea and land Overview of itineraries 23 Day New Zealand by Cruise & Coach

48 - 49 50 - 51 52 - 53

SPECIAL INTEREST TOURS Let your interests take you on a journey 17 Day Festive Season Tour 11 Day Festive South Island Tour 16 Day SOLO Travellers Highlights Tour

54 - 55 56 - 57 58 - 59 60 - 61

GENERAL INFORMATION AND FACTS Documentation and merchandise Booking terms and conditions

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Kia Ora Welcome to New Zealand

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

As the market leader for New Zealand Coach Holidays, we offer five styles of touring to suit all budgets and interests - Affordable; Signature; Ultimate Small Group; Cruise & Coach and Special Interest, with over 200 GUARANTEED departures per year.

“Taking a coach tour is the best way to make your holiday an unforgettable experience. From the time you arrive in New Zealand a friendly smile awaits.”

Taking a coach tour is the best way to make your holiday an unforgettable experience. From the time you arrive in New Zealand a friendly smile awaits. Our professional crew will provide a high standard of service and have been specially trained to perform Grand Pacific Tour’s itineraries, meaning you can relax in the knowledge that everything is taken care of. As the market leader for New Zealand Coach Holidays, we offer five styles of touring to suit all budgets and interests - Affordable; Signature; Ultimate Small Group; Cruise & Coach and Special Interest, with over 200 GUARANTEED departures per year. Grand Pacific Tours best testimony is the terrific feedback we receive from our past travellers who in turn tell their friends how well they were looked after. We take care of it all leaving you to get on with creating incredible holiday memories!

- Peter Harding Peter Harding Managing Director

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Auckland, dubbed the ‘city of sails’; see snow topped peaks as you drive through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular countryside; New Zealand’s Maori culture is an integral part of the Kiwi life.

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Q&A

> WHY NEW ZEALAND?

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World-renowned natural beauty Untouched, green and peaceful - it is the ultimate escape. Imagine a mix of spectacular scenery and landscapes from mountain ranges and glaciers, picturesque fiords to crystal clear lakes and miles of coastline.

Unique culture and history A young country, but one with a rich heritage including a vibrant arts scene and fascinating Maori Culture - an integral part of Kiwi life.

Friendly locals Kiwis are friendly and down-to-earth people - it will be one of the things you treasure most about your visit. It’s safe Regularly voted one of the safest countries in the world.

Something for everyone A small country packed full of jaw dropping diversity and unique visitor activities and experiences.

Fantastic food and wine Foodies won’t be disappointed. An abundance of different food and wine will be enjoyed such as a Maori hangi feast cooked in the earth ovens!

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> WHY COACH TOURING Sit back & relax Relax in armchair comfort, knowing the hassle of overlooking hidden locations or taking a wrong turn is removed. Comfortable, Modern Coaches Featuring panoramic windows, reclining seats, air conditioning, two door access + more. Take in the breathtaking views from every seat on a daily seat rotation. Experienced Crew The professional and friendly crew will provide fun and informative commentary, showcasing facts and figures, myths and the passion they hold for New Zealand. Iconic inclusions value for money Coach Tours ensure you visit all the must see locations and iconic attractions plus unique hidden gems, neatly packaged up at an unbeatable price. Make new friends Share your holiday experiences with likeminded people and make a network of wonderful new friends.


We treat your holiday like it’s our own, because we’re happy when you’re happy!

> WHY GPT? 100% New Zealand We specialise in one destination with a huge choice of tours to suit all budgets and interests. 200+ guaranteed departures Don’t have your plans turned upside down, every tour is guaranteed to travel!

No hidden extras Pay one price inclusive of airfares & taxes, a personalised meet and greet on arrival into New Zealand with return airport transfers, porterage, coach travel, hotel accommodation, most meals including specialty dining, all sightseeing and attractions!

Exclusive Benefits Enjoy unique Grand Pacific Tours arrangements such as reserved Top Deck on the Milford Sound Cruise and one guide per 24 travellers for any guided tour inclusion.

Travel in style All tours include a stylish array of travel goods plus available for purchase are a range of quality merchandise items. See page 62.

Reserved dining All our groups are provided with priority reserved dining at breakfast and dinner and can enjoy ‘wine time’ offering discounted pre-dinner drinks at the hotels.

No Travel Partner? No Worries! We have dedicated tours for those who travel solo which includes a GUARANTEED single room.

Bonus & SEASONAL offers We offer a number of specials on our tours, including huge savings when travelling over New Zealand’s Spring or Autumn seasons. Make sure to check our website for the latest deals gptnz.com/bonus-offers

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it back and relax in armchair comfort as you travel through each region. See the incredible sights on a modern, 48 seater coaches described by our travellers in one word - “Excellent”.

Features windows, air-conditioning & seat belts • Two door access • Reclining cloth trimmed seats • CD & DVD player, entertainment system • Lowering devices and air bag suspension • Cold water storage • Onboard restroom • Panoramic

Experienced Coach Captains and Tour Guides Handpicked for their expert knowledge and extensive driving experience, your Coach Captain is on hand to assist you with every aspect of the tour. Enjoy their professional commentary and reliable knowledge including numerous facts and figures, myths, legends and many laughs along the way. A Tour Guide will also accompany the tour. They will provide advice and recommendations throughout your journey and be on hand to ensure everyone feels welcome, relaxed and that your holiday is a memorable experience. Hotel Accommodation Signature Coach Tours and Cruise & Coach Tours 4 star hotel accommodation, all properties are centrally located and offer high quality services and facilities. Refer to pages 22 - 33 & 48 - 53. Affordable Coach Tours 3.5 star hotel accommodation which represents value for money, offer clean and comfortable surroundings plus genuine Kiwi hospitality. Refer to pages 12 - 21. Special Interest Tours On these tours the accommodation standard varies from 3 - 4.5 star. Refer to pages 54 - 61. Hotel star ratings are based on an overall average.

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

“An amazing time with great guide & professional drivers, all a wealth of information. Top quality hotels with great food and service. Can’t thank you enough.” K. & H. R. - Past travellers


Business class on wheels The 20 seat Ultimate coach

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e dazzled by this state-of-the art full size coach (13.5 metres long) which would normally house 48 seats and has been configured with only 20 luxury leather seats complete with incredible amenities. Features luxury leather fully reclining seats with adjustable headrest and calf support • Panoramic viewing, air-conditioning and seat belts • Wood grain timber tray table with built-in cup holder • Seat side personal storage area providing easy access to your travel bag • Personal audio control unit with multiple music channels and a complimentary set of headphones • Individual USB port for charging your camera, mobile phone and ipod / ipad • Stylish centre galley area equipped with refrigerated drinking fountain and fridge units • Complimentary daily onboard Wi-Fi allowance • Onboard restroom • 20

“The Ultimate coach is definitely the way to go if you are looking for upscale travel. The coach was the envy of everyone wherever we stopped.” K. R. - Past travellers

You will be treated to a very high standard, each hotel offers a premium level of comfort, extensive guest facilities and excellent location.

Ultimate Coach Captain Ultimate Coach Captains are the best in the business and have been chosen for their professionalism and attention to detail. They are there from start to finish attending to your needs and ensuring a more personal touring experience. Hotel Accommodation We have handpicked a collection of stylish 4.5 star rated hotels to be part of the Ultimate Small Group Tours experience. You will be treated to a very high standard, each of the hotels used offer a premium level of comfort, extensive guest facilities and excellent location. In more remote locations, hotel standards may not be as high due to limited choice. Refer to pages 34 - 47.

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Added attractions We’ve got New Zealand covered

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n a Grand Pacific Tours coach holiday you will visit a vast range of iconic attractions that are INCLUDED in the itinerary. This covers a selection of experiences from the Hole in the Rock Cruise in the beautiful Bay of Islands to the world-renowned TranzAlpine Rail Journey in the South Island.

Being a New Zealand specialist allows us to build solid relationships with our key suppliers and confirm arrangements exclusive to Grand Pacific Tours. A key example of this is on the Milford Sound Cruise where our travellers enjoy reserved seats on the Top Deck for premium viewing. Whilst travelling with a group, it is still important that your holiday is a personalised experience. One guide per 24 travellers has been confirmed for any guided tour inclusion. In some locations we have included specialty dining experiences. In Rotorua enjoy the thrill of Maori song and dance followed by a traditional hangi banquet; celebrate Dunedin’s Scottish heritage as you take part in a Haggis Ceremony complete with bagpipes; and whilst in Queenstown board the vintage steamship, the TSS Earnslaw

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and cruise across to Walter Peak Station to enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which includes an extensive range of NZ local produce. Optional Tours Directory Over 40 exciting choices Throughout your New Zealand holiday you will have the opportunity to enhance your tour with what we call ‘icing on the cake experiences’. Optional Tours provide a unique and unforgettable highlight in each of the regions that you travel through. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat in scenic Queenstown; take a flight over the captivating Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers; experience a scenic helicopter flight over the crystal clear turquoise waters in the Bay of Islands or relax and unwind in the hot mineral pools in the geothermal town of Rotorua, just to name a few. Your Optional Tours Directory features all these experiences and more and will help you to plan ahead. On tour your Grand Pacific Tours crew will be available to assist with making these bookings. Just another reason why there is no better way to see New Zealand than on a Grand Pacific Tours coach holiday.

You will have the opportunity to enhance your tour with what we call ‘icing on the cake experiences’. Optional Tours provide a unique and unforgettable highlight in each of the regions that you travel through. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Experience a powerful cultural performance of song and dance in Rotorua; board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw for your journey across Lake Wakatipu; enjoy the thrill of an optional jet boat ride in Queenstown; the Hobbiton Movie Set is becoming a ‘must do’ stop for all travellers to New Zealand; take an optional scenic flight over the Franz and Fox Glaciers.


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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. 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!

>> FREE return airport transfers

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Return coach transfers from your home town to 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 onboard + welcome home pack. SEASONAL OFFER > SAVE $300 per person > Discover the beauty of Spring or Autumn in New Zealand and SAVE. This is a great time of the year to travel. EXCLUSIVE OFFERS are available on the highlighted departures on the table opposite. ^Coach will pick up passengers from a designated coach stop in each area. Extra night accommodation is room only and included in the above price, a free day is pre tour in Auckland or Christchurch. *Prices (AUD) include tour, airfares and prepaid taxes (subject to change). The exact amount is confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking. Single supplement price available. The seasonal offer on highlighted departures will be deducted from the above tour price. #Pick-up in Newcastle is valid for the 12 Nov 2018 departure only.

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17 Day HIGHLIGHTS Refer to pages 14 - 15 $5524pp, twin share*

20 Day SHOWCASE Refer to pages 28 - 29 $6619pp, twin share*

20 Day RAIL, CRUISE Refer to pages 24 - 27 $7109pp, twin share*

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Coffs Harbour - Nambucca Heads - Kempsey - Port Macquarie - Taree - Tuncurry 8 Feb 2019 - Newcastle# - Wyong - Gosford

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12 Nov 2018

Armidale - Tamworth - Scone - Muswellbrook - Singleton - Maitland - Wyong - Gosford

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Swan Hill - Kerang - Cohuna - Echuca - Rochester - Elmore - Bendigo

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Wagga - Culcairn - Albury - Wodonga - Wangaratta - Benalla - Shepparton - Seymour

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Portland - Port Fairy - Warrnambool - Camperdown - Colac - Waurn Ponds - Torquay - Barwon Heads - Ocean Grove - Geelong - Werribee

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Lakes Entrance - Bairnsdale - Sale - Rosedale - Traralgon - Morwell - Moe - Warragul

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Coffs Harbour - Grafton - Maclean - Lismore - Ballina - Brunswick Heads

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Bundaberg - Hervey Bay - Maryborough - Gympie - Nambour

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Inverell - Glen Innes - Tenterfield - Stanthorpe - Warwick - Toowoomba - Ipswich

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Departure & Pick-up TOWNs Departing Sydney Airport Merimbula - Bega - Narooma - Moruya - Batemans Bay - Ulladulla - Nowra - Kiama - Albion Park - Wollongong

Departing Melbourne Airport

Departing Brisbane Airport

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“Amazing tour, would not have seen as much of this beautiful country doing the trip any other way. Knowledge of New Zealand’s history by our drivers was fantastic and extremely interesting.” L. S. - Past traveller

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Fully escorted 3.5 Star Hotel Accommodation Extensive inclusions

Affordable Coach Tours Unbeatable value No hidden extras

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njoy an unbeatable value for money experience which includes a wide range of attractions that set these tours apart. Travel on a modern, 48 seater coach and visit the ‘must do’ icons of New Zealand without breaking the budget. 16 Day Highlights of New Zealand Tour Experience all the iconic attractions of the North and South islands including the breathtaking Milford Sound and world famous rail journey, the TranzAlpine. Includes two night stays in Queenstown, Wellington, Rotorua and the Bay of Islands. 14 Day New Zealand Panorama Tour Experience the natural beauty and unique culture of both the North and South Islands by modern coach without breaking the budget. Featuring an extensive list of attractions with 3 two night stays including exhilarating Queenstown. 9 Day Taste of the South Island Showcases New Zealand’s breathtaking South Island scenery as you relax on board the comfort of a modern coach. Witness a palette of dramatic landscapes and enjoy a number of iconic attractions. 8 Day Taste of the North Island Designed for the time conscious traveller but still providing a comprehensive tour. Immerse yourself in the wonders of the North Island including Wellington, cultural Rotorua, the beautiful Bay of Islands and cosmopolitan Auckland.

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Unbeatable value including the beautiful sub-tropical region of the Bay of Islands

Tour code: GPN16

16 Day Highlights of New Zealand Tour >> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS

GUARANTEED departures 2018 2019 Sep 10, 19, 26 Jan 18, 22 Oct 5, 7, 18, 27 Feb 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 14, Nov 3, 5, 13, 17 19, 23 Mar 2, 4, 7, 13, 16, 22, 24, 26 Apr 6, 9, 13, 25 May 2

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS • Haggis Ceremony & Gift • Larnach Castle* • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw • Lakes District Museum • TranzAlpine Rail Journey • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride • Agrodome • Thermal mud pools & geysers* • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise • Kauri Museum* • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington & Auckland *Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

TOURING Return airfares from your homeport • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival • Return airport transfers in New Zealand • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows • Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide • 15 nights 3.5 star hotel accommodation • 4 two night stays • Hotel porterage • 4 cruises • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) • Comprehensive documentation pack •

MEALS 15 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua • 12 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua • 1 picnic lunch • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle •

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

SEASONAL OFFER Save $300 per person on highlighted departure dates. ALL INCLUSIVE tour price Fully escorted includes airfares, taxes, modern coach travel, 3.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. Tour including airfare Sydney $5239 + Melbourne $5239 + Brisbane $5239 + Gold Coast $5239 + Canberra $5469 + Cairns $5519 + Adelaide $5539 + Hobart $5539 + Launceston $5539 + Perth $5789 +

Pre Total paid per person taxes** twin share $185 = $5424 $185 = $5424 $185 = $5424 $185 = $5424 $225 = $5694 $215 = $5734 $185 = $5724 $175 = $5714 $175 = $5714 $175 = $5964

Land Only Single Supplement

$4939 $1430

Stay a little longer City Twin share Single Christchurch $100 $200 Auckland $125 $250 Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

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

DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch (D) On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Hotel Heartland Hotel Cotswold or similar DAY 2: Christchurch - Omarama (B,D) After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama. Hotel Heritage Gateway Hotel DAY 3: Omarama - Dunedin (B,SD) Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift. Hotel Mercure Leisure Lodge

DAY 4: Dunedin - Te Anau (B,D) This morning travel out 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. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room) DAY 5: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (B,L) 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. 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 free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants. Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights) DAY 6: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain & Tour Guide are available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to 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.

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DAY 7: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Fox Glacier (B,D) Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to the township of Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers. Hotel Heartland Hotel Glacier Country DAY 8: Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,D) Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into 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 to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Hotel Quality Hotel Elms DAY 9: Christchurch - Picton - Wellington (B,D) Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikoura. 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 for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington. Hotel Ibis Wellington (2 nights) DAY 10: Wellington (B) 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 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. DAY 11: Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua (B,D) 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 Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights) DAY 12: Rotorua (B,SD) 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. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome

geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert. DAY 13: Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D) This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland. Continue via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights) DAY 14: Bay of Islands (B) This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands on board a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning via Russell to Paihia for a free afternoon. 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 free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). DAY 15: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D) 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 final dinner with your new found friends. Hotel Rydges Auckland DAY 16: Depart Auckland (B) Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

>> GO SOLO

16 Day SOLO Travellers Highlights Tour Fully escorted and includes GUARANTEED single room hotel accommodation. Refer to pages 60 - 61 for full itinerary.

TOP TO BOTTOM: The TranzAlpine rail journey; travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock; cruise on the TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak.

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A comprehensive tour of the North and South Islands at an affordable price

Tour code: GPN14

14 Day New Zealand Panorama Tour >> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS

GUARANTEED departures 2018 2019 Sep 10, 19, 26 Jan 18, 22 Oct 5, 7, 18, 27 Feb 2, 5, 8, 12, 14, 19, Nov 3, 5, 13, 17 23 Mar 2, 4, 7, 13, 16, 22, 24, 26 Apr 6, 9, 13, 25 May 2

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS • Haggis Ceremony & Gift • Larnach Castle* • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw • Lakes District Museum • TranzAlpine Rail Journey • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride • Agrodome • Thermal mud pools & geysers* • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin & Wellington *Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

TOURING Return airfares from your homeport • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival • Return airport transfers in New Zealand • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows • Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide • 13 nights 3.5 star hotel accommodation • 3 two night stays • Hotel porterage • 3 cruises • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) • Comprehensive documentation pack •

MEALS 13 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua • 11 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua • 1 picnic lunch • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle •

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

SEASONAL OFFER Save $250 per person on highlighted departure dates. >> ITINERARY ALL INCLUSIVE tour price Fully escorted includes airfares, taxes, modern coach travel, 3.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. Tour including airfare Sydney $4669 + Melbourne $4669 + Brisbane $4669 + Gold Coast $4669 + Canberra $4899 + Cairns $4949 + Adelaide $4969 + Hobart $4969 + Launceston $4969 + Perth $5219 +

Pre Total paid per person taxes** twin share $185 = $4854 $185 = $4854 $185 = $4854 $185 = $4854 $225 = $5124 $215 = $5164 $185 = $5154 $175 = $5144 $175 = $5144 $175 = $5394

Land Only Single Supplement

$4369 $1250

Stay a little longer City Twin share Single Christchurch $100 $200 Auckland $125 $250 Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

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

DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch (D) On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Hotel Heartland Hotel Cotswold or similar DAY 2: Christchurch - Omarama (B,D) After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama. Hotel Heritage Gateway Hotel DAY 3: Omarama - Dunedin (B,SD) Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift. Hotel Mercure Leisure Lodge

DAY 4: Dunedin - Te Anau (B,D) This morning travel out 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. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room) DAY 5: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (B,L) 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. 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 free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants. Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights) DAY 6: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain & Tour Guide are available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage


>> ROTORUA HIGH LIGHTS

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. DAY 7: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Fox Glacier (B,D) Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to the township of Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers. Hotel Heartland Hotel Glacier Country DAY 8: Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,D) Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into 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 to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Hotel Quality Hotel Elms DAY 9: Christchurch - Picton - Wellington (B,D) Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikoura. 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 for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington. Hotel Ibis Wellington (2 nights) DAY 10: Wellington (B) 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 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. DAY 11: Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua (B,D) 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 Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights) DAY 12: Rotorua (B,SD) 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. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert. DAY 13: Rotorua - Auckland (B,D) Depart Rotorua and travel north to Auckland to enjoy an afternoon at leisure to discover the ‘City of Sails’. This evening enjoy dinner with your new friends. Hotel Rydges Auckland DAY 14: Depart Auckland (B) Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

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Bay of Islands inclusion Stay an extra 2 nights and take in the Bay of Islands. Upgrade to the 16 Day Highlights of NZ Tour. Refer to pages 14 - 15 for full itinerary.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Rotorua, the geothermal capital of New Zealand; Skyline Rotorua offers spectacular views; Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak; enjoy a Haggis Ceremony in Dunedin.

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Showcases the breathtaking South Island’s scenic wonders

Tour code: GPN9

9 Day Taste of the South Island >> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS • Haggis Ceremony & Gift • Larnach Castle* • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw • Lakes District Museum • TranzAlpine Rail Journey • City sights tour of Christchurch & Dunedin *Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

MEALS 8 cooked breakfasts • 7 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown • 1 picnic lunch • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle

GUARANTEED departures 2018 2019 Sep 10, 19, 26 Jan 18, 22 Oct 5, 7, 18, 27 Feb 2, 5, 8, 12, 14, 19, Nov 3, 5, 13, 17 23 Mar 2, 4, 7, 13, 16, 22, 24, 26 Apr 6, 9, 13, 25 May 2 SEASONAL OFFER Save $200 per person on highlighted departure dates. ALL INCLUSIVE tour price Fully escorted includes airfares, taxes, modern coach travel, 3.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. Tour including airfare Sydney $3469 + Melbourne $3469 + Brisbane $3469 + Gold Coast $3469 + Canberra $3699 + Cairns $3749 + Adelaide $3769 + Hobart $3769 + Launceston $3769 + Perth $4019 +

Pre Total paid per person taxes** twin share $185 = $3654 $185 = $3654 $185 = $3654 $185 = $3654 $225 = $3924 $215 = $3964 $185 = $3954 $175 = $3944 $175 = $3944 $175 = $4194

Land Only Single Supplement

$3169 $830

Stay a little longer City Twin share Single Christchurch $100 $200 Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

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TOURING Return airfares from your homeport • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival • Return airport transfers in New Zealand • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows • Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide • 8 nights 3.5 star hotel accommodation • 1 two night stay: Queenstown • Hotel porterage • 2 cruises • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) • Comprehensive documentation pack •

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

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

DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch (D) On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Hotel Heartland Hotel Cotswold or similar DAY 2: Christchurch - Omarama (B,D) After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama. Hotel Heritage Gateway Hotel DAY 3: Omarama - Dunedin (B,SD) Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift. Hotel Mercure Leisure Lodge DAY 4: Dunedin - Te Anau (B,D) This morning travel out 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. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room) DAY 5: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (B,L) 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. 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 free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants. Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights) DAY 6: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain and Tour Guide are available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, including 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 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.


DAY 7: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Fox Glacier (B,D) Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you will visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty 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. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers. Hotel Heartland Hotel Glacier Country

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DAY 8: Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,D) Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into 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 to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Hotel Quality Hotel Elms DAY 9: Depart Christchurch (B) Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

TOP TO BOTTOM: Cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Homestead in Queenstown; the Church of the Good Shepherd, a landmark of the MacKenzie region; the Milford Sound Cruise will be a key highlight of your NZ holiday; the TranzAlpine rail journey.

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Explore the North Island’s iconic attractions and geothermal hotspots

Tour code: GPN8

8 Day Taste of the North Island >> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride • Agrodome • Thermal mud pools & geysers* • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise • Kauri Museum* • City sights tour of Wellington & Auckland *Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

GUARANTEED departures 2018 2019 Sep 18, 27 Jan 26, 30 Oct 4, 13, 15, 26 Feb 10, 13, 16, 20, 22, Nov 4, 11, 13, 21 27 25 Mar 3, 10, 12, 15, 21, 24, 30 Apr 1, 3, 14, 17, 21 May 3, 10 SEASONAL OFFER Save $200 per person on highlighted departure dates. ALL INCLUSIVE tour price Fully escorted includes airfares, taxes, modern coach travel, 3.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. Tour including airfare Sydney $2899 + Melbourne $2899 + Brisbane $2899 + Gold Coast $2899 + Canberra $3129 + Cairns $3179 + Adelaide $3199 + Hobart $3199 + Launceston $3199 + Perth $3449 +

Pre Total paid per person taxes** twin share $185 = $3084 $185 = $3084 $185 = $3084 $185 = $3084 $225 = $3354 $215 = $3394 $185 = $3384 $175 = $3374 $175 = $3374 $175 = $3624

Land Only Single Supplement

$2599 $710

Stay a little longer City Twin share Single Wellington $100 $200 Auckland $125 $250 Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

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TOURING Return airfares from your homeport • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival • Return airport transfers in New Zealand • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows • Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide • 7 nights 3.5 star hotel accommodation • 3 two night stays • Hotel porterage • 1 cruise • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) • Comprehensive documentation pack •

MEALS 7 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua • 5 sumptuous dinners including 1 specialty dinner: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua •

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

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

DAY 1: Arrive Wellington (D) On arrival into Wellington you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Hotel Ibis Wellington (2 nights) DAY 2: Wellington (B) 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 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. DAY 3: Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua (B,D) 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 Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights) DAY 4: Rotorua (B,SD) Today begins with a gondola ride and a buffet breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua, offering spectacular views. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.

DAY 5: Rotorua - Auckland - Bay Of Islands (B,D) Depart Rotorua and travel via Auckland. Continue to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights) DAY 6: Bay of Islands (B) This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands on board a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning via Russell to Paihia for a free afternoon. Choose from the many optional activities available, including a tour of historic Russell, a classic sail on a tall ship or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). DAY 7: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D) 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 final dinner with your new found friends. Hotel Rydges Auckland DAY 8: Depart Auckland (B) Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Enjoy a cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands; discover the traditions of the Maori Culture; Wellington, New Zealand’s capital; at the Agrodome you will experience farming entertainment like no other.


>> TOUR HIGH LIGHT

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New Zealand

coach holiday specialist

“We were looked after from start to finish. Grand Pacific is certainly a top company made even more special by our Coach Captain and Tour Guide - both being very passionate about this beautiful country.� T. M. - Past traveller

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Fully Escorted 4 Star Hotel Accommodation Most Popular

Signature Coach Tours Experience the difference Unique attractions

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xplore the stunning regions and intriguing history of New Zealand on your choice of four unique itineraries. Relax in armchair comfort on a modern coach as you visit all the iconic attractions plus enjoy an array of distinctive experiences. 19 Day New Zealand, Rail, Cruise & Coach Holiday Experience the romance of 4 rail journeys, the majesty of 5 scenic cruises including an overnight on Milford Sound and the luxury of coach travel. Visit all the ‘best of’ attractions of the North and South Islands and enjoy 6 two night stays. 19 Day New Zealand Showcase Discover all the ‘must see attractions’ from top to bottom such as the Hobbiton Movie Set tour, cultural Rotorua, Napier’s beautifully preserved art deco architecture, picturesque Queenstown and scenic Milford Sound. 10 Day South Island Spectacular Escape to New Zealand’s majestic South Island. Beginning in Christchurch, discover highlights such as the world-famous TranzAlpine, the rugged West Coast, picturesque Queenstown, scenic Milford Sound and mighty Mt Cook. 9 Day Northern Spectacular Discover the North Island’s history, culture and beautiful scenery. Visit Auckland the ‘City of Sails’, the stunning Bay of Islands, Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua, Napier and the ‘Coolest little Capital’ - Wellington.

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Featuring 4 breathtaking rail journeys and Milford Sound overnight cruise

Tour code: GPR19

19 Day New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach Holiday

Experience the romance of 4 rail journeys, the majesty of 5 scenic cruises including an overnight on Milford Sound and the luxury of coach travel. Visit all the ‘best of’ attractions of the North and South Islands and enjoy 6 two night stays.

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GUARANTEED departures 2018 2019 Sep 10, 19, 26 Jan 18 Oct 7, 14, 25 Feb 5, 8, 18, 23 Nov 3, 13, 26 Mar 2, 7, 13, 16, 22, 26 Apr 6, 10, 13, 21 May 4 SEASONAL OFFER Save $300 per person on highlighted departure dates. ALL INCLUSIVE tour price Fully escorted including airfares, taxes, modern coach travel, 4 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. Tour including airfare Sydney $6779 + Melbourne $6779 + Brisbane $6779 + Gold Coast $6779 + Canberra $7009 + Cairns $7059 + Adelaide $7079 + Hobart $7079 + Launceston $7079 + Perth $7329 +

Pre Total paid per person taxes** twin share $185 = $6964 $185 = $6964 $185 = $6964 $185 = $6964 $225 = $7234 $215 = $7274 $185 = $7264 $175 = $7254 $175 = $7254 $175 = $7504

Land Only Single Supplement

$6479 $2090

Stay a little longer City Twin share Single Auckland $145 $290 Christchurch $120 $240 Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

>> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS PRE PAID 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 Pacific 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.

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TOURING Return airfares from your homeport • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival • Return airport transfers in New Zealand • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows • Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide • 17 nights 4 star hotel accommodation • Milford Sound Overnight Cruise • 6 two night stays • Hotel porterage • 4 rail journeys • 5 cruises • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) • Comprehensive documentation pack •

MEALS 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 •

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.


>> TOUR HIGH LIGHT

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

DAY 1: Arrive Auckland (D) On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Hotel Grand Millennium Hotel DAY 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D) 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) 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 and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

DAY 6: Rotorua (B,SD) 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.

DAY 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,L,D) 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 magnificent 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 DAY 5: Auckland - Rotorua (B,D) 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 magnificent 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)

DAY 7: Rotorua - Wellington (B,D) 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)

TOP TO BOTTOM: Board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station; visit Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour; feel the spirit as you are immersed in Maori culture; explore the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

DAY 8: Wellington (B) 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.

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>> 19 DAY NZ RAIL, CRUISE & COACH HOLIDAY

4 BREATHTAKING RAIL JOURNEYS

Glenbrook Vintage Rail Experience the thrill of travelling by steam train as you meander through beautiful rural countryside on a vintage train hauled by one of the lovingly restored steam locomotives. Settle into the immaculate wood carriages and as you listen to the panting steam engine.

Coastal Pacific Begin your journey from the coastal port of Picton, travel through the picturesque Marlborough Wine Region and the East Coast providing vistas of the Pacific Ocean and the coastal mountains. You may see amazing wildlife including dolphins, seals and penguins before arriving at Kaikoura.

DAY 9: Wellington - Kaikoura - Christchurch (B,D) This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross Cook Strait and travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific, 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 finest farmland area’s to the garden city of Christchurch. Hotel Distinction Christchurch (2 nights) DAY 10: Christchurch (B) 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.

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Silver Fern Seasider Departing from Dunedin’s Historic Edwardian Railway Station travel along the Otago Harbour to climb the cliff tops to emerge from the bush and onto the picture perfect scenery of the Pacific Ocean and the incredible view over the dazzling Blueskin Bay.

DAY 11: Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Franz Josef (B,D) 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 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 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. Hotel Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront (2 nights)

THE TranzAlpine One of the great train journeys of the world. Depart Christchurch and travel through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, view alpine scenery, river valleys and spectacular gorges as you ascend to Arthur’s Pass located in the centre of the Southern Alps.

DAY 13: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. Your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist with the many options available. 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 on your return cruise. DAY 14: Queenstown - Milford Sound Overnight Cruise (B,D) 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 fiord’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


DAY 15: Milford Sound - Te Anau (B,D) Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord. 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)

+ MILFORD SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISE

DAY 16: Te Anau - Dunedin (B,SD) Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin. After time for lunch board the Silver Fern railcar for a journey along spectacular clifftops overlooking the Pacific 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) DAY 17: Dunedin (B,D) 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 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).

THE MILFORD MARINER For a majestic experience, spend the night on board the Milford Mariner. Cruise the full length of Milford Sound with commentary by a specialist nature guide. You will view the fiord’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 by an onboard chef. Relax in the company of your fellow travellers or indulge in some star-gazing before retiring to your private cabin. In the morning, indulge in a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) and exploring more of the breathtaking fiord.

>> RAIL JOURNEY OPTION

THE TAIERI GORGE LIMITED The Taieri Gorge scenic journey will travel through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular and iconic scenery. The train will make its way through ten tunnels and over countless bridges and viaducts. The natural wonders combined with the challenge of man-made engineering will leave you amazed. DAY 18: Dunedin - Christchurch (B,SD) 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. Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport 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.

Enjoy a delicious carvery buffet, prepared by an onboard chef. Relax in the company of your fellow travellers or indulge in some star-gazing before retiring to your private cabin.

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Experience the BEST of NZ on this value for money tour

Tour code: GPS19

19 Day New Zealand Showcase >> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS

GUARANTEED departures 2018 2019 Sep 12, 15, 30 Jan 22 Oct 5, 18, 27 Feb 6, 9, 14, 19, 21 Nov 5, 14, 17 Mar 4, 11, 14, 20, 24 Apr 9, 14, 25 May 2

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS • Kauri Museum* • Waitangi Treaty Grounds* • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise • Sky Tower • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour & Lunch • 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 • TranzAlpine Rail Journey • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw • Lakes District Museum • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch • Larnach Castle* • Haggis Ceremony & Gift • City sights tour of Auckland, Napier, Wellington, Dunedin & Christchurch *Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

SEASONAL OFFER Save $300 per person on highlighted departure dates. ALL INCLUSIVE tour price Fully escorted including airfares, taxes, modern coach travel, 4 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. Tour including airfare Sydney $6299 + Melbourne $6299 + Brisbane $6299 + Gold Coast $6299 + Canberra $6529 + Cairns $6579 + Adelaide $6599 + Hobart $6599 + Launceston $6599 + Perth $6849 +

Pre Total paid per person taxes** twin share $185 = $6484 $185 = $6484 $185 = $6484 $185 = $6484 $225 = $6754 $215 = $6794 $185 = $6784 $175 = $6774 $175 = $6774 $175 = $7024

Land Only Single Supplement

$5999 $1920

Stay a little longer City Twin share Single Auckland $135 $270 Christchurch $120 $240 Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

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TOURING Return airfares from your homeport • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival • Return airport transfers in New Zealand • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows • Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide • 18 nights 4 star hotel accommodation • 4 two night stays • Hotel porterage • 4 cruises • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) • Comprehensive documentation pack •

MEALS 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua • 16 sumptuous dinners including 4 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Farewell Dinner, Christchurch • 2 lunches including a Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton •

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

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

DAY 1: Arrive Auckland (D) On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Hotel Skycity Hotel Auckland 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 Maori tribes and the British. Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or similar (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 and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). DAY 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D) 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. Travel south via Whangarei to Auckland. This afternoon includes

a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. Hotel Skycity Hotel Auckland DAY 5: Auckland - Rotorua (B,L,D) Today enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland. 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 Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Superior Room. 2 nights) DAY 6: Rotorua (B,SD) 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. 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 coolclimate wine region. Hotel Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park DAY 8: Masterton - Greytown - Wellington (B,D) Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Greytown where you see the most complete example of original Victorian wooden architecture. Drive through the scenic Rimutaka Mountain Range into Wellington, where you will 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 DAY 9: Wellington - Picton - Blenheim (B,D) 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. 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 - Kaikoura - Christchurch (B,D) Tour through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine, then travel to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Continue onto the garden city of Christchurch. Hotel Distinction Christchurch 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. 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 Mercure Queenstown Resort (Lakeview Room. 2 nights) DAY 13: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain and Tour Guide are available to assist. 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. 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 Glow Worm Caves (optional). Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Rooms. 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,SD) Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ and enjoy an informative city tour. Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift. Hotel Scenic Hotel Dunedin City 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, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and see the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch for an informative city tour. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends. Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

>> TOUR HIGH LIGHT

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.

TOP TO BOTTOM: Enjoy a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set; Waitangi Treaty Grounds; Napier, Art Deco Capital; cruise the spectacular Milford Sound.

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Showcasing nature’s best in the majestic South Island

Tour code: GPS10

10 Day South Island Spectacular >> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS • TranzAlpine Rail Journey • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw • Lakes District Museum • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch • Larnach Castle* • Haggis Ceremony & Gift • City sights tour of Dunedin & Christchurch *Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

TOURING Return airfares from your homeport • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival • Return airport transfers in New Zealand • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows • Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide • 9 nights 4 star hotel accommodation • 2 two night stays • Hotel porterage • 2 cruises • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) • Comprehensive documentation pack •

MEALS 9 cooked breakfasts • 8 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Farewell Dinner, Christchurch • 1 picnic lunch

GUARANTEED departures 2018 2019 Sep 21, 24 Jan 31 Oct 9, 14, 27 Feb 15, 18, 23, 28 Nov 5, 14, 23, 26 Mar 2, 13, 20, 23, 29 Apr 2, 18, 23 May 4, 11

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

SEASONAL OFFER Save $200 per person on highlighted departure dates. ALL INCLUSIVE tour price Fully escorted including airfares, taxes, modern coach travel, 4 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. Tour including airfare Sydney $3899 + Melbourne $3899 + Brisbane $3899 + Gold Coast $3899 + Canberra $4129 + Cairns $4179 + Adelaide $4199 + Hobart $4199 + Launceston $4199 + Perth $4449 +

Pre Total paid per person taxes** twin share $185 = $4084 $185 = $4084 $185 = $4084 $185 = $4084 $225 = $4354 $215 = $4394 $185 = $4384 $175 = $4374 $175 = $4374 $175 = $4624

Land Only Single Supplement

$3599 $1090

Stay a little longer City Twin share Single Christchurch $120 $240 Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

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

DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch (D) On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Hotel Distinction Christchurch DAY 2: 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 3: Franz Josef - Queenstown (B) See the snow capped 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 Mercure Queenstown Resort (Lakeview Rooms. 2 nights)

DAY 4: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain & Tour Guide are available to assist. 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 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. DAY 5: 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. This innovative museum is heavily involved in the protection of the historic buildings scattered around town. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Rooms. 2 nights) DAY 6: 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


>> TOUR HIGH LIGHT

may like to visit the Fiordland Cinema, specially constructed to screen the locally filmed movie Ata Whenua - Shadowland which will take you on an unforgettable journey (optional). DAY 7: Te Anau - Dunedin (B,SD) Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ and enjoy an informative city tour. Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift. Hotel Scenic Hotel Dunedin City DAY 8: 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 9: Twizel - Christchurch (B,SD) Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and see the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch for an informative city tour. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends. Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport DAY 10: Depart Christchurch (B) Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The Milford Sound Cruise continues to be the highest rated South Island attraction by our travellers; view local wildlife in the Fiordland National Park; the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journey’s of the world; cruise to Walter Peak Station for a delicious gourmet BBQ in the Colonel’s Homestead.

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Presenting the North Island’s history and cultural icons

Tour code: GPS9

9 Day Northern Spectacular >> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS • Kauri Museum* • Waitangi Treaty Grounds* • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise • Sky Tower • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour & lunch • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride • Agrodome • Thermal mud pools & geysers* • Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi & Concert • City sights tour of Auckland, Napier & Wellington *Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

MEALS 8 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua • 7 sumptuous dinners including a specialty dinner: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua • 1 Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton

GUARANTEED departures 2018 2019 Sep 12, 15, 30 Jan 22 Oct 5, 18, 27 Feb 6, 9, 14, 19, 21 Nov 5, 14, 17 Mar 4, 11, 14, 20, 24 Apr 9, 14, 25 May 2 SEASONAL OFFER Save $200 per person on highlighted departure dates. ALL INCLUSIVE tour price Fully escorted including airfares, taxes, modern coach travel, 4 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. Tour including airfare Sydney $3449 + Melbourne $3449 + Brisbane $3449 + Gold Coast $3449 + Canberra $3679 + Cairns $3729 + Adelaide $3749 + Hobart $3749 + Launceston $3749 + Perth $3999 +

Pre Total paid per person taxes** twin share $185 = $3634 $185 = $3634 $185 = $3634 $185 = $3634 $225 = $3904 $215 = $3944 $185 = $3934 $175 = $3924 $175 = $3924 $175 = $4174

Land Only Single Supplement

$3149 $970

Stay a little longer City Twin share Single Auckland $135 $270 Wellington $115 $230 Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

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TOURING Return airfares from your homeport • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival • Return airport transfers in New Zealand • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows • Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide • 8 nights 4 star hotel accommodation • 2 two night stays • Hotel porterage • 1 cruise • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) • Comprehensive documentation pack •

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

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

DAY 1: Arrive Auckland (D) On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Hotel Skycity Hotel Auckland 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 Maori tribes and the British. Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or similar (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, a tour of historic Russell, a classic sail on a tall ship or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). DAY 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D) 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. Travel south via Whangarei to Auckland. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. Hotel Skycity Hotel Auckland

DAY 5: Auckland - Rotorua (B,L,D) Today enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland. 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 Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Superior Room. 2 nights) DAY 6: Rotorua (B,SD) Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a thrilling 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 you will experience an entertaining Maori cultural performance which features the graceful poi dance and ferocious haka. This is followed by a Hangi feast prepared in the traditional way, over hot coals and buried in the ground. 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 the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own or take a guided walk (optional). Travel to the Wairarapa, an emerging cool-climate wine region. Hotel Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park


>> ICONIC ATTRACTION

DAY 8: Masterton - Greytown - Wellington (B,D) Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Greytown where you see the most complete examples of original Victorian wooden architecture. Drive through Featherston and through the Rimutaka Mountain Range before arriving 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 DAY 9: Depart Wellington (B) Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Enjoy a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set; board a luxury catamaran for the Hole in the Rock cruise; view Pohutu Geyser in Rotorua; the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.

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“A brilliant experience and so glad we took the advice of our travel agent and did the Ultimate Tour. We have now been spoilt for any other coach trip as nothing could match the Ultimate experience.� A. A. - Past traveller

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Small group travel 4.5 STAR HOTEL accommodation UNPARALLELED COMFORT

Ultimate Small Group Tours Business class on wheels Maximum 20 travellers

T

he beauty of travelling aboard the Ultimate Coach in a small group is that every aspect of your holiday is personal. Be treated as a VIP and enjoy 4.5 star accommodation combined with a number of exclusive extras. The Best of the Best Be dazzled by the purpose-built Ultimate Coaches featuring 20 luxury leather seats, panoramic viewing and a level of comfort unparalleled by any other vehicle. The design is state of the art and complete with extensive on board features including the latest finishes and technology. The hotels chosen to be part of the Ultimate Small Group Tours experience are a collection of stylish 4.5 star rated hotels. You will be treated to a very high standard, each of the hotels used offer a premium level of comfort, extensive guest facilities and excellent location. In more remote locations, hotel standards may not be as high due to limited choice. Ultimate Tour extras Ultimate Small Group itineraries are specifically tailored to provide the highest level of comfort, service and quality without compromise. Travel in style and enjoy a number of unique extras: A deluxe Travel Set including travel bag and ticket wallet Complimentary pre dinner drink at the welcome dinner • Boxed mints and souvenir water bottle • Complimentary daily on board Wi-Fi allowance • Access to daily newspaper and a range of glossy magazines • An intimate farewell dinner including selected beverages • A BONUS Group Photo • •

For a full list of Ultimate Coach features, refer to page 7.

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Experience the ultimate tour combining rail, coach and magical Doubtful Sound overnight cruise

Tour code: UGPRC19

19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience >> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS

Doubtful Sound

Waitati

GUARANTEED departures 2018 2019 Sep 7, 21 Jan 6, 11, 26 Oct 10, 28 Feb 10, 17 Nov 14, 20 Mar 8, 15, 28 Dec 18 Apr 15 May 3 SEASONAL OFFER Save $300 per person on highlighted departure dates. FESTIVE SEASON departure $100 per person surcharge applies. ALL INCLUSIVE tour price Includes airfares, taxes, Ultimate 20 seat coach travel, 4.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. Tour including airfare Sydney $9469 + Melbourne $9469 + Brisbane $9469 + Gold Coast $9469 + Canberra $9699 + Cairns $9749 + Adelaide $9769 + Hobart $9769 + Launceston $9769 + Perth $10,019 +

Pre Total paid per person taxes** twin share $185 = $9654 $185 = $9654 $185 = $9654 $185 = $9654 $225 = $9924 $215 = $9964 $185 = $9954 $175 = $9944 $175 = $9944 $175 = $10,194

Land Only Single Supplement

$9169 $2670

Stay a little longer City Twin share Single Auckland $145 $290 Christchurch $200 $400 Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

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PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS • Kauri Museum* • Waitangi Treaty Grounds* • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise • Glenbrook Vintage Railway • Rainbow Springs* • Kiwi Encounter* • 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 Pacific Rail Journey • International Antarctic Centre • Christchurch Tram • TranzAlpine Rail Journey • Lakes District Museum • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw • HIGHLIGHT Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise • Cruise Lake Te Anau, visit Glow Worm Caves • Silver Fern Seasider Rail Journey • Larnach Castle* • Olveston Historic Home* • City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin *Guided tour.

ULTIMATE SMALL GROUP TOURING Return airfares from your homeport • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival • Return airport transfers in New Zealand • Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full size vehicle, 2 door access and panoramic windows • Professional Coach Captain • 17 nights 4.5 star hotel accommodation • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise • 6 two night stays • Hotel porterage • 4 rail journeys • 5 cruises • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) • Comprehensive documentation pack • BONUS Group photo •

MEALS 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Skyline Restaurant, Rotorua • 14 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch • 1 picnic lunch • 2 delicious morning teas including an Ultimate High Tea: Larnach Castle •

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

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

DAY 1: Arrive Auckland (D) On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink. Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

DAY 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D) 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. Travel south, call into the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree before arriving in Auckland. Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

DAY 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D) Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach and 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 (Deluxe Room. 2 nights)

DAY 5: Auckland - Rotorua (B,D) 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. Travel through magnificent countryside of green pastures famous for dairying. Continue to Rainbow Springs, spanning 22 acres of native trees. A highlight will be the Kiwi Encounter experience which offers a unique behind-the-scenes tour of a working Kiwi nursery and hatchery. Hotel Regent of Rotorua (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 and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

DAY 6: Rotorua (B,SD) Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a thrilling 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. DAY 7: Rotorua - Wellington (B,D) 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 InterContinental Wellington (2 nights) DAY 8: Wellington (B) 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 which showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also at leisure. DAY 9: Wellington - Kaikoura - Christchurch (B,D) This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross the Cook Strait and enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific, a truly spectacular rail journey that follows a thin wedge of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges. Met your Ultimate Coach in the fishing village of Kaikoura for the journey to the garden city of Christchurch. Hotel The George (2 nights) or similar DAY 10: Christchurch (B) 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. This evening is also free to enjoy one of the many eateries near your hotel. DAY 11: Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Fox Glacier (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 Ultimate 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 Distinction Fox Glacier or similar DAY 12: Fox Glacier - Queenstown (B) See the snow capped 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 Arrowtown to visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to 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 Heritage Queenstown (2 nights) or similar

DAY 13: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown with many options available. 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 at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano on your return cruise. DAY 14: Queenstown - Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise (B,L,D) Today travel via Te Anau to Manapouri. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you cruise across this glacial lake. A short ride over the Wilmot Pass brings you to the boarding point to join the Fiordland Navigator for an amazing overnight experience. As you cruise through the pristine beauty of Doubtful Sound, naturalist guides will provide commentary and point out the resident wildlife. When evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet prepared freshly by the onboard chef. Overnight Fiordland Navigator DAY 15: Doubtful Sound - Te Anau (B,D) Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri. Return back to the wharf and meet your Ultimate Coach for the journey back to Te Anau. This afternoon 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 Te Anau Hotel & Villas

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Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Escape to the peace & tranquillity of Doubtful Sound for an overnight cruise on the Fiordland Navigator. Your overnight experience includes: • Cruise on a traditionally designed vessel • Cabins with private ensuite • Superb evening carvery buffet prepared freshly by an onboard chef • Cooked breakfast • Tender craft and kayaking activities • Knowledgeable nature guide • Relaxation time allowing you to view the fiords spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife

DAY 16: Te Anau - Dunedin (B,D) Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin. After time for lunch board the Silver Fern railcar for a journey along spectacular clifftops overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Blueskin Bay. On return to Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station, board the coach for an informative city tour before arriving at your hotel. Hotel Distinction Dunedin (2 nights) DAY 17: Dunedin (B,D) Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour with time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Return to the city for some free time. You might like to board the Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery (optional). DAY 18: Dunedin - Christchurch (B,SD) This morning visit Olveston Historic Home, containing many treasures of a bygone era before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends. Hotel The George or similar 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.

See spectacular scenery on the Silver Fern railcar.

>> DEPARTS 18 DEC 2018

FESTIVE SEASON departure Witness the spectacular scenery of New Zealand during the Festive Season. On Christmas Day enjoy a sumptuous dinner with all the trimmings in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. Celebrate an unforgettable New Year’s Eve on your overnight cruise through the pristine beauty of Doubtful Sound. See in the New Year with new friends creating lifelong memories.

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Discover the best of New Zealand’s iconic regions and attractions in a small group

Tour code: UGPDY19

19 Day Ultimate Discovery >> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS • Kauri Museum* • Waitangi Treaty Grounds* • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise • Sky Tower • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour & Lunch • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride • Agrodome • Thermal mud pools & geysers* • Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi & Concert • Hawke’s Bay Express Napier • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry • Marlborough Wine Tasting • TranzAlpine Rail Journey • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw • Lakes District Museum • Milford Sound Nature Cruise & Lunch • Larnach Castle* • City sights tour of Auckland, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin

GUARANTEED departures 2018 2019 Sep 11, 26 Jan 28 Nov 16 Feb 8 Mar 1 Apr 22

*Guided tour.

SEASONAL OFFER Save $300 per person on highlighted departure dates. ALL INCLUSIVE tour price Includes airfares, taxes, Ultimate 20 seat coach travel, 4.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. Tour including airfare Sydney $8739 + Melbourne $8739 + Brisbane $8739 + Gold Coast $8739 + Canberra $8969 + Cairns $9019 + Adelaide $9039 + Hobart $9039 + Launceston $9039 + Perth $9289 +

Pre Total paid per person taxes** twin share $185 = $8924 $185 = $8924 $185 = $8924 $185 = $8924 $225 = $9194 $215 = $9234 $185 = $9224 $175 = $9214 $175 = $9214 $175 = $9464

Land Only Single Supplement

$8439 $2490

Stay a little longer City Twin share Single Auckland $145 $290 Christchurch $200 $400 Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

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ULTIMATE SMALL GROUP TOURING Return airfares from your homeport • Personalised meet & greet on arrival • Return airport transfers in New Zealand • Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full size vehicle, 2 door access and panoramic windows • Professional Coach Captain • 18 nights 4.5 star hotel accommodation • 4 two night stays • Hotel porterage • 4 cruises • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) • Comprehensive documentation pack • BONUS Group photo •

MEALS 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua • 15 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch • 2 lunches including a Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton • 1 Ultimate High Tea: Larnach Castle •

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

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

DAY 1: Arrive Auckland (D) On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink. Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland DAY 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D) Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach, 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 Maori tribes and the British. Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (Deluxe Room. 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 and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

DAY 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D) 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. Travel south via Whangarei to Auckland. Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland 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 Regent of Rotorua (2 nights) DAY 6: Rotorua (B,SD) Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast and spectacular views and time for a thrilling 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.


DAY 7: Rotorua - Napier (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 the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world. Board the Hawke’s Bay Express and hear informative commentary on the city’s fascinating history. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the city or you might choose to do a guided walk (optional). Hotel Scenic Hotel Te Pania DAY 8: Napier - Wellington (B,D) Travel south this morning into Wellington for a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here. Hotel InterContinental Wellington DAY 9: Wellington - Picton - Blenheim (B,D) 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. This afternoon board the Interislander Ferry and enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton where you board your Ultimate Coach for the short journey to Blenheim. This evening sample some of the local wines from the Marlborough region. Hotel Marlborough Vintners Hotel DAY 10: Blenheim - Kaikoura - Christchurch (B) Tour through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine, then travel to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Continue onto the garden city of Christchurch. Hotel The George or similar DAY 11: Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Fox Glacier (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 Ultimate 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 Distinction Fox Glacier DAY 12: Fox Glacier - Queenstown (B) See the snow capped 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 Heritage Queenstown (2 nights)

DAY 13: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) 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.

>> TOUR HIGH LIGHT

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 Glow Worm Caves (optional). Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas (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 nature 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”. Enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time at leisure. Hotel Distinction Dunedin DAY 17: Dunedin - Mt Cook (B,D) Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour with time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you travel to Mt Cook. Hotel The Hermitage Hotel (Aoraki Wing) DAY 18: Mt Cook - Christchurch (B,SD) This morning 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. Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and see the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends. Hotel The George or similar 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.

TOP TO BOTTOM: Discover all the magic of the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour; join the Hawke’s Bay Express for a stylishly memorable experience of the Art Deco capital; Explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum; Larnach Castle, sits on the Otago Peninsula.

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Explore the majestic South Island and diverse North Island in ultimate style

Tour code: UGPEX16

16 Day Ultimate Explorer >> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS • Larnach Castle* • Milford Sound Nature Cruise & Lunch • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw • Lakes District Museum • TranzAlpine Rail Journey • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride • Agrodome • Kiwi Encounter* • Rainbow Springs* • Thermal mud pools & geysers* • Te Puia Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert • Waitangi Treaty Grounds* • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise • Kauri Museum* • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington & Auckland

GUARANTEED departures 2018 2019 Sep 27 Jan 11, 26 Oct 13, 28 Feb 13 Nov 12 Mar 1, 29 Dec 5 Apr 15 May 6

*Guided tour.

SEASONAL OFFER Save $300 per person on highlighted departure dates.

ULTIMATE SMALL GROUP TOURING Return airfares from your homeport • Personalised meet & greet on arrival • Return airport transfers in New Zealand • Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full size vehicle, 2 door access and panoramic windows • Professional Coach Captain • 15 nights 4.5 star hotel accommodation • 4 two night stays • Hotel porterage • 4 cruises • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) • Comprehensive documentation pack • BONUS Group photo •

MEALS 15 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua • 12 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Auckland • 1 picnic lunch: Milford Sound Cruise • 1 Ultimate High Tea: Larnach Castle •

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

ALL INCLUSIVE tour price Includes airfares, taxes, Ultimate 20 seat coach travel, 4.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. Tour including airfare Sydney $7539 + Melbourne $7539 + Brisbane $7539 + Gold Coast $7539 + Canberra $7769 + Cairns $7819 + Adelaide $7839 + Hobart $7839 + Launceston $7839 + Perth $8089 +

Pre Total paid per person taxes** twin share $185 = $7724 $185 = $7724 $185 = $7724 $185 = $7724 $225 = $7994 $215 = $8034 $185 = $8024 $175 = $8014 $175 = $8014 $175 = $8264

Land Only Single Supplement

$7239 $2090

Stay a little longer City Twin share Single Christchurch $200 $400 Auckland $145 $290 Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

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

DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch (D) On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink. Hotel The George or similar DAY 2: Christchurch - Mt Cook (B,D) After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view 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) DAY 3: Mt Cook - Dunedin (B,D) Depart Mt Cook and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. You might be interested in a tour of the Speight’s Brewery (optional) or to see Albatross in their natural habitat (optional). Hotel Distinction Dunedin

DAY 4: Dunedin - Te Anau (B,D) 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 Glow Worm Caves (optional). Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas DAY 5: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (B,L) 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 free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants. Hotel Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights) DAY 6: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. There are many sightseeing options available including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to 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.

>> TOUR HIGH LIGHT

DAY 7: Queenstown - Fox Glacier (B,D) 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. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers before arriving at your hotel. Hotel Distinction Fox Glacier or similar DAY 8: Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,D) 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 to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your Ultimate Coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Hotel The George or similar DAY 9: Christchurch - Picton - Wellington (B,D) Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikoura. 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 for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington. Hotel InterContinental Wellington (2 nights) DAY 10: Wellington (B) 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 a city tour. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements. DAY 11: Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua (B,D) 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) DAY 12: Rotorua (B,SD) Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast, with spectacular views and time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen

before. Continue to Rainbow Springs, spanning 22 acres of native trees. A highlight will be the Kiwi Encounter experience which offers a unique behind-the-scenes tour of a working Kiwi nursery and hatchery. 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 Maori Hangi and Concert. DAY 13: Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D) This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Continue 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 Maori tribes and the British. Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (Deluxe Room. 2 nights) DAY 14: Bay of Islands (B) This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands on board a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning via Russell to Paihia for a free afternoon. 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 free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). DAY 15: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,SD) 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 Crowne Plaza Auckland DAY 16: Depart Auckland (B) Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

TOP TO BOTTOM: Cruise aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak; Agrodome, an educational hands on experience; the patchwork plains of the Canterbury region.

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Enjoy an Ultimate escape to New Zealand’s dramatic South Island

Tour code: UGPSI10

10 Day Ultimate South Island Escape >> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS • TranzAlpine Rail Journey • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw • Lakes District Museum • Milford Sound Nature Cruise & Lunch • Larnach Castle* • City sights tour of Christchurch & Dunedin *Guided tour.

ULTIMATE SMALL GROUP TOURING Return airfares from your homeport • Personalised meet & greet on arrival • Return airport transfers in New Zealand • Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full size vehicle, 2 door access and panoramic windows • Professional Coach Captain • 9 nights 4.5 star hotel accommodation • 2 two night stays • Hotel porterage • 2 cruises • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) • Comprehensive documentation pack • BONUS Group photo •

GUARANTEED departures 2018 2019 Sep 5 Jan 17 Oct 16 Mar 1, 19 Nov 1 May 6 Dec 9 SEASONAL OFFER Save $200 per person on highlighted departure dates. ALL INCLUSIVE tour price Includes airfares, taxes, Ultimate 20 seat coach travel, 4.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. Tour including airfare Sydney $5259 + Melbourne $5259 + Brisbane $5259 + Gold Coast $5259 + Canberra $5489 + Cairns $5539 + Adelaide $5559 + Hobart $5559 + Launceston $5559 + Perth $5809 +

Pre Total paid per person taxes** twin share $185 = $5444 $185 = $5444 $185 = $5444 $185 = $5444 $225 = $5714 $215 = $5754 $185 = $5744 $175 = $5734 $175 = $5734 $175 = $5984

Land Only Single Supplement

$4959 $1460

Stay a little longer City Twin share Single Christchurch $200 $400 Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

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

DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch (D) On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink. Hotel The George or similar DAY 2: Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Fox Glacier (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 Ultimate 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 Distinction Fox Glacier DAY 3: Fox Glacier - Queenstown (B) See the snow capped 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 Heritage Queenstown (2 nights) or similar

MEALS 9 cooked breakfasts • 8 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch • 1 picnic lunch • 1 Ultimate High Tea: Larnach Castle •

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

DAY 4: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) Today is a free day with plenty of sightseeing options to choose from. 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 your cruise back to Queenstown. DAY 5: 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. This innovative museum is heavily involved in the protection of the historic buildings scattered around town. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas (2 nights) DAY 6: 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 nature 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 may like to visit the Fiordland


>> MAX 20 TRAVELLERS

Cinema, specially constructed to screen the locally filmed movie Ata Whenua - Shadowland which will take you on an unforgettable journey (optional). DAY 7: Te Anau - Dunedin (B,D) Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. Enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. Options available include a tour of the Speight’s Brewery, which produces New Zealand’s most popular beer, see Albatross in their natural habitat or take a tour of Olveston Historic Home, containing many treasures of a bygone era. Hotel Distinction Dunedin DAY 8: Dunedin - Mt Cook (B,D) Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour. There is time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you travel to Mt Cook. Hotel The Hermitage Hotel (Aoraki Wing) DAY 9: Mt Cook - Christchurch (B,SD) This morning 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. Continue to Lake Tekapo and view the brilliant turquoise water, visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and see the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving into Christchurch for an introductory city sights tour. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends. Hotel The George or similar

>> ICONIC ATTRACTION

DAY 10: Depart Christchurch (B) Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. TOP TO BOTTOM: Relax in the luxury, leather reclining seat as you take in the stunning scenery; Christchurch the gateway to the South Island; the Milford Sound Cruise continues to be the highest rated South Island attraction by our travellers.

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An unforgettable Ultimate experience of the rich culture of the North Island

Tour code: UGPNI9

9 Day Ultimate North Island Escape >> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS • Kauri Museum* • Waitangi Treaty Grounds* • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise • Sky Tower • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour & Lunch • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride • Agrodome • Thermal mud pools & geysers* • Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi & Concert • Hawke’s Bay Express Napier • City sights tour of Auckland, Napier & Wellington *Guided tour.

GUARANTEED departures 2018 2019 Sep 9 Jan 30 Dec 9 Apr 5

MEALS 8 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua • 7 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Wellington • 1 Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton •

SEASONAL OFFER Save $200 per person on highlighted departure dates. ALL INCLUSIVE tour price Includes airfares, taxes, Ultimate 20 seat coach travel, 4.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. Tour including airfare Sydney $4679 + Melbourne $4679 + Brisbane $4679 + Gold Coast $4679 + Canberra $4909 + Cairns $4959 + Adelaide $4979 + Hobart $4979 + Launceston $4979 + Perth $5229 +

Pre Total paid per person taxes** twin share $185 = $4864 $185 = $4864 $185 = $4864 $185 = $4864 $225 = $5134 $215 = $5174 $185 = $5164 $175 = $5154 $175 = $5154 $175 = $5404

Land Only Single Supplement

$4379 $1190

Stay a little longer City Twin share Single Auckland $145 $290 Wellington $135 $270 Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

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

DAY 1: Arrive Auckland (D) On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink. Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland DAY 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D) Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach, 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 Maori tribes and the British. Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (Deluxe Room. 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, a tour of historic Russell, a classic sail on a tall ship or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). DAY 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D) This morning travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock.

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ULTIMATE SMALL GROUP TOURING Return airfares from your homeport • Personalised meet & greet on arrival • Return airport transfers in New Zealand • Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full size vehicle, 2 door access and panoramic windows • Professional Coach Captain • 8 nights 4.5 star hotel accommodation • 2 two night stays • Hotel porterage • 1 cruise • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) • Comprehensive documentation pack • BONUS Group photo •

Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning to Paihia. Travel south via Whangarei to Auckland. Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland 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 Regent of Rotorua (2 nights) DAY 6: Rotorua (B,SD) Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast, with spectacular views and time for a thrilling 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 you will experience an entertaining Maori cultural performance which features the graceful poi dance and the ferocious haka. This is followed by a Hangi feast prepared in the traditional way, over hot coals and buried in the ground. This evening is rounded off by visiting the Pohutu Geyser, illuminated beneath a starry sky.


>> ROTORUA HIGH LIGHTS

DAY 7: Rotorua - Napier (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 the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world. Board the Hawke’s Bay Express, a modern road train that will take you on a journey in style and provide informative commentary on the city’s fascinating history. There is free time this afternoon to explore this city on your own or on a guided walk (optional). Hotel Scenic Hotel Te Pania DAY 8: Napier - Wellington (B,SD) Travel south this morning into Wellington for a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends. Hotel InterContinental Wellington DAY 9: Depart Wellington (B) Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: In Rotorua you will see awesome geysers at Te Puia; enjoy spectacular views from the Skyline Rotorua; keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins in the Bay of Islands; an example of the Art Deco architecture seen in Napier.

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Witness the South Island in Ultimate style and celebrate Christmas with a difference

Tour code: UGPX11

11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour >> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS • International Antarctic Centre • Larnach Castle* • Milford Sound Nature Cruise & Lunch • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw • Lakes District Museum • TranzAlpine Rail Journey • City Sights tour of Christchurch & Dunedin

*Guided tour.

MEALS 10 cooked breakfasts • 8 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Christmas Dinner Walter Peak, Queenstown; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch • 1 picnic lunch • 1 Ultimate High Tea: Larnach Castle

ULTIMATE SMALL GROUP TOURING Return airfares from your homeport • Personalised meet & greet on arrival • Return airport transfers in New Zealand • Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full size vehicle, 2 door access and panoramic windows •

GUARANTEED departures 2018 Dec 19 ALL INCLUSIVE tour price Includes airfares, taxes, Ultimate 20 seat coach travel, 4.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. Tour including airfare Sydney $5869 + Melbourne $5869 + Brisbane $5869 + Gold Coast $5869 + Canberra $6099 + Cairns $6149 + Adelaide $6169 + Hobart $6169 + Launceston $6169 + Perth $6419 +

Pre Total paid per person taxes** twin share $185 = $6054 $185 = $6054 $185 = $6054 $185 = $6054 $225 = $6324 $215 = $6364 $185 = $6354 $175 = $6344 $175 = $6344 $175 = $6594

Land Only Single Supplement

$5569 $1650

Stay a little longer City Twin share Single Christchurch $200 $400 Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience Visit the icons of the North & South Island during the festive season on the 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience. Refer to pages 36 - 37 for full itinerary. >> VISIT BOTH ISLANDS

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

DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch (D) On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink. Hotel The George (2 nights) DAY 2: Christchurch (B) 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 enjoy free time to explore. This evening is also free. DAY 3: Christchurch - Mt Cook (B,D) Travel through the Southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue before arriving at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Enjoy a scenic flight (optional, time and weather permitting) over the Southern Alps. Hotel The Hermitage Hotel DAY 4: Mt Cook - Dunedin (B,D) Depart Mt Cook and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy an informative city tour followed by some free time. Hotel Distinction Dunedin DAY 5: Dunedin - Te Anau (B,D) Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Continue south through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau. Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas (2 nights) DAY 6: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau (B,L,D) This morning enjoy a fascinating drive to Milford

Professional Coach Captain 10 nights 4.5 star hotel accommodation • 3 two night stays • Hotel porterage • 2 cruises • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) • Comprehensive documentation pack • BONUS Group photo •

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

Sound where you board your launch for a nature cruise on this magnificent fiord. Enjoy a picnic lunch onboard before returning to Te Anau for free time. DAY 7: Te Anau - Queenstown - Christmas Day (B,SD) Merry Christmas! Today travel to Queenstown, a year round resort, situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise to Walter Peak Station for a delicious gourmet Christmas dinner in the Colonel’s Homestead. Reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano on your return cruise. Hotel Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights) DAY 8: Queenstown (Free Day) (B) Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options available. This evening is also free to dine at leisure. DAY 9: Queenstown - Fox Glacier (B,D) Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to view the snow capped Southern Alps enroute to the township of Fox Glacier. You may like to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers. Hotel Distinction Fox Glacier DAY 10: Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,SD) Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, one of the great train journeys of the world. Enjoy the spectacular scenery through to Christchurch. This evening you will be treated to a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends. Hotel The George DAY 11: Depart Christchurch (B) Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.


A stylish New Year escape to New Zealand with like-minded travellers

Tour code: UGPSG11

11 Day Ultimate SOLO Travellers Tour >> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry • Larnach Castle* • Milford Sound Nature Cruise & Lunch • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw • Lakes District Museum • TranzAlpine Rail Journey • City Sights tour of Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin *Guided tour.

ULTIMATE SMALL GROUP TOURING Return airfares from your homeport • Personalised meet & greet on arrival • Return airport transfers in New Zealand • Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full size vehicle, 2 door •

GUARANTEED departures 2018 Dec 30 ALL INCLUSIVE tour price GUARANTEED SINGLE ROOM Includes airfares, taxes, Ultimate 20 seat coach travel, 4.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. Tour Pre Total including paid per person single room airfare taxes** Sydney $7609 + $185 = $7794 Melbourne $7609 + $185 = $7794 Brisbane $7609 + $185 = $7794 Gold Coast $7609 + $185 = $7794 Canberra $7839 + $225 = $8064 Cairns $7889 + $215 = $8104 Adelaide $7909 + $185 = $8094 Hobart $7909 + $175 = $8084 Launceston $7909 + $175 = $8084 Perth $8159 + $175 = $8334 Land Only

$7309

Stay a little longer City Single Wellington $270 Christchurch $400 Extra night rates are based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

>> GO SOLO

Calling SOLO Travellers Visit the icons of the Nth and Sth Islands on the 16 Day Solo Tour. Refer to pages 60 - 61 for full itinerary.

Social Network Connect via facebook with your fellow travellers. Receive your invite at time of booking.

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

DAY 1: Arrive Wellington (D) On arrival into Wellington you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink. Hotel InterContinental Wellington (2 nights) DAY 2: Wellington - New Year’s Eve (B,D) A highlight will be time to explore Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum. Enjoy a city tour of the nation’s capital. This afternoon is free before preparing to see in the New Year with your fellow travellers. DAY 3: Wellington - Picton - Blenheim (B,D) Board the Interislander Ferry and enjoy the scenery of the Marlborough Sounds. In Picton board the coach for the short journey to Blenheim. Hotel Chateau Marlborough DAY 4: Blenheim - Christchurch (B) Tour through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine then travel to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Continue into the garden city of Christchurch for an introductory city sights tour. Hotel The George DAY 5: Christchurch - Dunedin (B,D) Depart Christchurch and travel south through Oamaru a well preserved Victorian city, famous for its limestone. In Dunedin enjoy a city tour followed by some free time to explore at leisure. Hotel Distinction Dunedin DAY 6: Dunedin - Te Anau (B,D) Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you will hear of the scandalous history on a guided tour followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Continue south through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau. Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

access and panoramic windows • Professional Coach Captain • 10 nights 4.5 star hotel accommodation • 2 two night stays • Hotel porterage • 3 cruises • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) • Comprehensive documentation pack • BONUS Group photo MEALS 10 cooked breakfasts • 8 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch • 1 picnic lunch • 1 Ultimate High Tea: Larnach Castle •

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

DAY 7: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (B,L) This morning enjoy 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 Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch. Continue to Queenstown where this evening is free to dine at leisure. Hotel Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights) DAY 8: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) Today is a free day with many sightseeing options available. This evening board the TSS Earnslaw and cruse to Walter Peak station. On arrival sit back and relax as you are treated to the best of NZ’s high country cuisine in the Colonel’s Homestead. DAY 9: Queenstown - Fox Glacier (B,D) Travel to Arrowtown to visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass and see the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel to the township of Fox Glacier. You may like to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers. Hotel Distinction Fox Glacier DAY 10: Fox Glacier - Christchurch (B,SD) Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, one of the great train journeys of the world. Enjoy the spectacular scenery through to Christchurch. This evening you will be treated to a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends. Hotel The George DAY 11: Depart Christchurch (B) Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. gptnz.com

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Fully escorted Complete NZ Experience ICONIC ATTRACTIONS

Cruise & Coach Tours Discover New Zealand by sea and land

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rand Pacific Tours and Celebrity Cruises present this exclusive opportunity to discover New Zealand by Cruise and Coach. Fully escorted from start to finish, giving you the complete New Zealand experience. CELEBRITY SOLSTICE CRUISE + SCENIC COACH TOUR The luxurious Celebrity Solstice offers you more than you ever imagined, from an upper deck of lush, natural grass to chic restaurants and lounges. This sophisticated cruise ship allows you to do as much or as little as you choose while providing attentive service that is second to none. See sights and iconic locations not visited on the cruise in the comfort of a modern coach. Traverse the roads in the safe hands of your professional Coach Captain and experience a range of wonderful attractions and stay in 4 star hotel accommodation. 19 Day Cruise & South Island Explorer Fully escorted 12 night ocean cruise combined with Auckland highlights and a tour of the majestic South Island. 23 Day Best of New Zealand by Cruise & Coach Fully Escorted featuring a relaxing ocean cruise combined with modern coach travel. 25 Day New Zealand Vista by Coach & Cruise Fully escorted coach tour visiting iconic locations combined with a 14 night ocean cruise. 27 Day Australia & New Zealand by Cruise & Coach Fully escorted 16 night ocean cruise beginning in Fremantle combined with a coach tour. Call for our NZ Cruise & Coach brochure or visit gptnz.com

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OVERVIEW OF ITINERARIES

Port of departure Ports of call Cruise route

Port of departure Ports of call Cruise route

Hokianga Matakohe

Whangarei

Hamilton

Arthur’s Pass

Arthur’s Pass

5 tour options Fully escorted

19 Day Cruise & South Island Explorer

23 Day Best of New Zealand by Cruise & Coach

From $6199 per person, twin share* Tour Code: CSGP19

From $7659 per person, twin share* Tour Code: CSGP23

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GUARANTEED departure 2019 Jan 31

GUARANTEED departure 2018 Nov 8

Day Location Fly to Sydney - Board Celebrity Solstice 1 Cruising 2 Melbourne 3 4 - 5 Cruising Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds 6 Dunedin 7 Akaroa 8 Wellington 9 Cruising 10 Bay of Islands 11 Tauranga 12 Arrive Auckland - Board coach 13 Auckland - Fly to Queenstown 14 Queenstown 15 Franz Josef Glacier 16 Christchurch 17 Christchurch 18 Fly Home 19

Day Location Fly to Sydney - Board Celebrity Solstice 1 Cruising 2 Melbourne 3 4 - 5 Cruising Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds 6 Dunedin 7 Akaroa 8 Wellington 9 Cruising 10 Tauranga 11 Bay of Islands 12 Arrive Auckland - Board coach 13 14 - 15 Bay of Islands Auckland 16 17 - 18 Rotorua Auckland - Fly to Queenstown 19 Queenstown 20 Franz Josef Glacier 21 Christchurch 22 Fly home 23

xperience a holiday like no other! Combine an ocean cruise aboard the Celebrity Solstice with a scenic coach tour of New Zealand. Five fully escorted tours to choose from, giving you the holiday you’ve always dreamed of. FULLY ESCORTED Tours include internal flight • Tour Guide. OCEAN CRUISE Deluxe Balcony Cabin onboard the Celebrity Solstice • world-class dining (breakfast, lunch & dinner daily) • awesome entertainment and activities • gratuities on board. COACH TOUR Modern coach travel with a professional Coach Captain • 4 star hotel accommodation • most meals • sightseeing & attractions.

*Includes airfare from Christchurch, internal flight & pre paid taxes.

*Includes airfare from Christchurch, internal flight & pre paid taxes.

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Hokianga Matakohe

Whangarei

Hamilton

Port of departure Ports of call Cruise route

FREMANTLE

ESPERANCE

Port of departure Ports of call Cruise route

Hokianga Matakohe

Arthur’s Pass

Whangarei

Hokianga Matakohe

Hamilton

Whangarei

Hamilton

Arthur’s Pass

Arthur’s Pass

Port of departure Ports of call Cruise route

23 Day Best of New Zealand by Cruise & Coach

25 Day New Zealand Vista by Coach & Cruise

27 Day Australia & New Zealand by Cruise & Coach

From $7659 per person, twin share* Tour Code: CSGP23

From $8124 per person, twin share* Tour Code: CSGP25

From $8559 per person, twin share* Tour Code: CSGP27

GUARANTEED departure 2019 Jan 31

GUARANTEED departure 2019 Mar 19

GUARANTEED departure 2019 Feb 28

Day Location Fly to Sydney - Board Celebrity Solstice 1 Cruising 2 Melbourne 3 4 - 5 Cruising Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds 6 Dunedin 7 Akaroa 8 Wellington 9 Cruising 10 Bay of Islands 11 Tauranga 12 Arrive Auckland - Board coach 13 14 - 15 Bay of Islands Auckland 16 17 - 18 Rotorua Auckland - Fly to Queenstown 19 Queenstown 20 Franz Josef Glacier 21 Christchurch 22 Fly home 23

Day Location Fly to Christchurch 1 Franz Josef Glacier 2 3 - 4 Queenstown Fly to Auckland 5 6 - 7 Bay of Islands Auckland 8 9 - 10 Rotorua Auckland - Board Celebrity Solstice 11 12 - 13 Tauranga Cruising 14 Wellington 15 Akaroa 16 Dunedin 17 Dusky, Doubtful & Milford Sounds 18 19 - 20 Cruising Hobart 21 Cruising 22 Melbourne 23 Cruising 24 Sydney 25

*Includes airfare from Christchurch, internal flight & pre paid taxes.

*Includes airfare to Christchurch, internal flight & pre paid taxes.

Day Location Fly to Fremantle - Board Celebrity Solstice 1 Cruising 2 Esperance 3 4 - 5 Cruising Adelaide 6 Cruising 7 Melbourne 8 Cruising 9 Sydney 10 11 - 12 Cruising Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds 13 Dunedin 14 Cruising 15 Tauranga 16 Arrive Auckland - Board coach 17 18 - 19 Bay of Islands Auckland 20 21 - 22 Rotorua Auckland - Fly to Queenstown 23 Queenstown 24 Franz Josef Glacier 25 Christchurch 26 27 Fly home *Includes airfare from Christchurch, internal flight & pre paid taxes.

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Fully escorted featuring a relaxing ocean cruise combined with modern coach travel

Tour code: CSGP23

23 Day Best of New Zealand by Cruise & Coach >> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS TRAVEL SERVICES • Tour Guide • Internal flight from Auckland to Queenstown^ • Return flight to homeport from Christchurch^ • Hotel to airport transfer in Christchurch, Day 23 • GST (Goods & Services tax) • Port taxes • Comprehensive Documentation Pack Note: The airfare and transfer to Sydney on Day 1 to join the cruise is not included. Please make your own arrangements.

CELEBRITY SOLSTICE CRUISE (Day 1 - 12) BONUS US$50 onboard credit per stateroom • Deluxe Balcony Cabin • Group Meet & Greet + Welcome Dinner • World-class dining in a range of unique venues (Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily) • Awesome entertainment • Inspiring activities such as cooking classes and wine tasting • Ports of call: GUARANTEED departures - Sydney / Melbourne, free time to explore 2018 2019 - Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sound, Fiordland Nov 8 Jan 31# National Park - Dunedin, Edinburgh of the South #Port stops in Bay of Islands and Tauranga differ from itinerary outlined here. Refer to map on page 51 for details of port stops. - Akaroa, French inspired village - Wellington, Coolest Little Capital - Tauranga, Bay of Plenty ALL INCLUSIVE tour price - Bay of Islands Fully escorted tour includes airfares^, taxes, - Auckland, ‘City of Sails’ luxury cruise, modern coach travel, 4 star hotel • Gratuities on board accommodation, most meals, sightseeing, attractions + BONUS US$50 onboard credit per stateroom on the Celebrity Solstice. >> ITINERARY Tour Pre Total (B) Breakfast. (L) Lunch. (D) Dinner. (SD) Specialty Dinner. Port arrival and departure times may vary. including paid per person airfare taxes** twin share DAY 1: Arrive Sydney (D) Sydney $7599 + $60 = $7659 Arrive in Sydney where you will be met by a Grand Melbourne $7599 + $60 = $7659 Pacific Tours Guide aboard the Celebrity Solstice. Brisbane $7599 + $60 = $7659 Meet your travelling companions at dinner. Gold Coast $7599 + $60 = $7659 Overnight Celebrity Solstice Canberra $7729 + $85 = $7814 Port Times Depart at 18:30 Cairns $7779 + $85 = $7864 DAY 2: Cruising (B,L,D) Adelaide $7799 + $60 = $7859 Relax and enjoy the comforts of this stunning Hobart $7799 + $55 = $7854 superliner. While at sea enjoy the onboard facilities, Launceston $7799 + $55 = $7854 world-class cuisine and the entertainment not to Perth $7899 + $50 = $7949 mention your deluxe balcony cabin. •

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$7449 $3400

Stay a little longer City Twin share Single Christchurch $120 $240 Extra night rates are per person in Australian Dollars, based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

DAY 3: Melbourne (B,L,D) Arrive into Melbourne, Victoria’s coastal capital, where a short tram ride will take you into the city. At its centre is the strikingly modern Federation Square with bars and restaurants. Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00 DAYS 4 - 5: Cruising (B,L,D) Cruise across the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

SCENIC COACH TOUR (Day 13 - 23) Professional Coach Captain • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows • 10 nights 4 star hotel accommodation • 3 two night stays • Hotel porterage • 10 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua • 8 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Farewell Dinner, Christchurch • 1 Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton •

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS • Sky Tower • Kauri Museum* • Footprints Waipoua Forest Tour • Waitangi Treaty Grounds* • Hamilton Gardens* • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour • Skyline Gondola & Luge Ride • Agrodome • Thermal mud pools & geysers* • Tamaki Maori Experience • TranzAlpine Rail Journey • City sights tour of Auckland *Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

DAY 6: Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds (B,L,D) Sail into the narrow fiords of Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. Your ship will seem to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Scenic cruising. DAY 7: Dunedin (B,L,D) Situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, explore Dunedin’s historic architecture and beautiful botanic gardens. Port Times Arrive 09:00 Depart 19:00 DAY 8: Akaroa (B,L,D) Nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano, Akaroa is rich with beautiful bays and home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin. Port Times Arrive 07:00 Depart 18:00 DAY 9: Wellington (B,L,D) Locals are particularly proud of the National Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa. Loosely translated as ‘our place’ from the native Maori tongue, the museum is one of the world’s largest and most progressive (optional). Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00 DAY 10: Cruising (B,L,D) Enjoy a quiet refuge by day, gazing over the sea with a cocktail in hand.

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DAY 11: Tauranga (B,L,D) Known as the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is located at the entrance to one of the largest natural harbours in New Zealand. Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00 DAY 12: Bay of Islands (B,L,D) The beaches in this region are considered some of the world’s finest with their perfect white sand and crystal-clear water. Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 19:00 DAY 13: Arrive Auckland - City Sights Tour (B,D) This morning arrive into the beautiful ‘City of Sails’, Auckland. Disembark the ship, meet your Coach Captain and enjoy an informative city tour which includes the Auckland Domain, Parnell Rose Garden and Bastion Point. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure. Hotel Skycity Hotel DAY 14: Auckland - Hokianga - Bay of Islands (B,D) Depart Auckland and travel to Matakohe to enjoy an informative talk at the Kauri Museum. After lunch travel north through Dargaville to the unforgettable Footprints Waipoua encounter, home to some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world. A local guide will explain how these trees are inter-twined with the lives of local Maori and the important role they play in the eco-system that is the Waipoua Forest. Continue to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Hotel Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands (2 nights) DAY 15: Bay of Islands (Free Day) (B,D) Today is free to choose from the many optional activities available. You may like to take a coach trip to Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach, the Hole in the Rock Cruise, or a spectacular scenic flight. The choice is yours and your Tour Guide & Coach Captain will be available to assist. DAY 16: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B) This morning enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. Farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south via Whangarei, Wellsford and Warkworth to Auckland for some free time. This evening is also free to dine at one of the many fine restaurants. Hotel Skycity Hotel DAY 17: Auckland - Rotorua (B,L,D) Travel to the Hamilton Gardens for a guided tour that will take you on a journey from the peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s garden into an Italian Renaissance Garden followed by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh garden. Next visit Hobbiton for lunch followed by an experience of the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. A guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the set was created. Continue to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Superior Room. 2 nights)

DAY 18: Rotorua (B,SD) Today begins with a gondola ride to the Stratosfare Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. 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. Travel to Te Puia for a guided tour of the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to a Maori village for an interactive and educational experience which culminates with a cultural performance and traditional hangi feast. DAY 19: Rotorua - Auckland - Queenstown (B,D) Travel to Auckland Airport where you will board a local flight to the resort town of Queenstown, located in the South Island. Meet your South Island Coach Captain and enjoy a tour of historic Arrowtown before arriving at your hotel. Hotel Millennium Queenstown (2 nights) DAY 20: Queenstown (Free Day) (B) Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of scenic Skippers Canyon or to get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening is also free and you may choose to dine high above Queenstown at the Skyline Restaurant or board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu for a gourmet BBQ at Walter Peak Station (optional). DAY 21: Queenstown - Franz Josef (B,D) Depart Queenstown and travel 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. Continue to Franz Josef where time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers. Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

>> MUST DO OPTION

DAY 22: Franz Josef - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,SD) 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. Descend through spectacular gorges, river valleys and over massive viaducts before completing your journey at Christchurch. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends. Hotel Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel DAY 23: Depart Christchurch (B) Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. TOP TO BOTTOM: Discover the traditions of Maori Culture; enjoy a guided tour of the Hamilton Gardens; during your fee time in Queenstown why not experience the thrill of an optional jet boat ride on the iconic Shotover River.

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coach holiday specialist

“The Warbirds Over Wanaka South Island Getaway is a perfect showcase combined with the Airshow as the centre piece. A mix of activities and incredible natural vistas provided a once in a lifetime holiday experience.� A. T. - Past traveller

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Innovative holidays Like-minded travellers UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

Special Interest Tours Let your interests take you on a journey

W

hether you are travelling solo; enjoy the thrill of aviation; are looking for a festive getaway; want a tour that complements an existing passion or perhaps inspire a new one, we’ve got it covered!

Solo Travellers Tours No travel partner? No worries! Designed for those who travel solo but want the convenience and value of group travel. 16 day itinerary is available. Festive Season Tours Enjoy delicious food, spend time with new friends and create unique memories. A 17 day itinerary visiting both islands is available, as well as an 11 day itinerary exploring the South Island. WHY NOT UPGRADE to an Ultimate Small Group Tour with a maximum of 20 travellers on a deluxe coach. The 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour and the 11 Day SOLO Travellers Tour are available. Refer to pages 46 - 47 for full itineraries. Biennial Classic Fighters Airshow - Easter 2019 Tour New Zealand over 13 days including a 3 Day Gold Pass to this amazing airshow, held in the beautiful Marlborough region of New Zealand. Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow - Easter 2020 Look out for the new brochure in 2019.

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Enjoy the Festive Season Kiwi style on this fully escorted tour

Tour code: GPNX17

17 Day Festive Season Tour >> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS • Christchurch Tram • Haggis Ceremony & Gift • Larnach Castle* • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw • Lakes District Museum • TranzAlpine Rail Journey • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride • Agrodome • Thermal mud pools & geysers* • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise • Kauri Museum* • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington & Auckland

GUARANTEED departure 2018 Dec 19

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

ALL INCLUSIVE tour price Fully escorted including airfares, taxes, modern coach travel, 3.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. Tour including airfare Sydney $5679 + Melbourne $5679 + Brisbane $5679 + Gold Coast $5679 + Canberra $5909 + Cairns $5959 + Adelaide $5979 + Hobart $5979 + Launceston $5979 + Perth $6229 +

Pre Total paid per person taxes** twin share $185 = $5864 $185 = $5864 $185 = $5864 $185 = $5864 $225 = $6134 $215 = $6174 $185 = $6164 $175 = $6154 $175 = $6154 $175 = $6404

Land Only Single Supplement

$5379 $1510

Stay a little longer City Twin share Single Christchurch $100 $200 Auckland $125 $250 Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

Ultimate Small Group Festive Tours >> ULTIMATE If you prefer a little luxury UPGRADE and wish to travel in a small group, then the 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience on pages 36 - 37 or the 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour on page 46 might be what you’re after. 56

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TOURING Return airfares from your homeport • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival • Return airport transfers in New Zealand • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows • Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide • 16 nights 3.5 star hotel accommodation • 5 two night stays • Hotel porterage • 4 cruises • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) • Comprehensive documentation pack •

MEALS 16 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua • 13 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua • Christmas Day Lunch: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown • 1 picnic lunch • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle •

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

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

DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch (D) On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening meet your travelling companions. Hotel Heartland Hotel Cotswold (2 nights) DAY 2: Christchurch (Free Day) (B,D) Today is a free day to explore Christchurch. Enjoy a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at your leisure, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions. DAY 3: Christchurch - Omarama (B,D) After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama. Hotel Heritage Gateway Hotel DAY 4: Omarama - Dunedin (B,SD) Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free

time. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift. Hotel Mercure Leisure Lodge DAY 5: Dunedin - Te Anau (B,D) This morning travel out 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. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room) DAY 6: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (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. 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. Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights)


DAY 7: Queenstown - Christmas Day (B,L) Merry Christmas! Today board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Enjoy a gourmet Christmas lunch and the best of NZ’s high country cuisine in the Colonel’s Homestead. Reboard the TSS Earnslaw and enjoy a sing along by the piano on your return cruise to Queenstown. This evening is free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants. DAY 8: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Fox Glacier (B,D) Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty 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. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers. Hotel Heartland Hotel Glacier Country DAY 9: Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,D) Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into 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 to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Hotel Heartland Hotel Cotswold DAY 10: Christchurch - Picton - Wellington (B,D) Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikoura. 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 for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington. Hotel Ibis Wellington (2 nights) DAY 11: Wellington (B) 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 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. DAY 12: Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua (B,D) 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 Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights)

>> TOUR HIGH LIGHT

DAY 13: Rotorua - New Year’s Eve (B,SD) 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. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert and see in the New Year.

>> XMAS DAY CRUISE & LUNCH

DAY 14: Rotorua - Bay of Islands (B,D) This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland. Continue via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights) DAY 15: Bay of Islands (B) This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands on board a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning via Russell to Paihia for a free afternoon. 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 free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). DAY 16: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D) 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 final dinner with your new found friends. Hotel Rydges Auckland DAY 17: Depart Auckland (B) Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

TOP TO BOTTOM: The TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journey’s of the world; enjoy Christmas lunch with all the trimmings at the Walter Peak Homestead; travel with like-minded people and develop long lasting friendships.

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Featuring Milford Sound Overnight Cruise departing on Christmas Day

Tour code: GPX11

11 Day Festive South Island Tour >> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS

Ashburton

Waitati Fairlight

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS • International Antarctic Centre • Christchurch Tram • TranzAlpine Rail Journey • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw • 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 Christchurch & Dunedin *Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

GUARANTEED departure 2018 Dec 20 ALL INCLUSIVE tour price Fully escorted including airfares, taxes, modern coach travel, 4 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. Tour including airfare Sydney $4799 + Melbourne $4799 + Brisbane $4799 + Gold Coast $4799 + Canberra $5029 + Cairns $5079 + Adelaide $5099 + Hobart $5099 + Launceston $5099 + Perth $5349 +

Pre Total paid per person taxes** twin share $185 = $4984 $185 = $4984 $185 = $4984 $185 = $4984 $225 = $5254 $215 = $5294 $185 = $5284 $175 = $5274 $175 = $5274 $175 = $5524

Land Only Single Supplement

$4499 $1280

Stay a little longer City Twin share Single Christchurch $100 $200 Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

Ultimate Small Group Festive Tours >> ULTIMATE If you prefer a little luxury UPGRADE and wish to travel in a small group, then the 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience on pages 36 - 37 or the 11 Day Ultimate Christmas Tour on page 46 might be what you’re after.

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TOURING Return airfares from your homeport • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival • Return airport transfers in New Zealand • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows •

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

DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch (D) On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Hotel Distinction Christchurch (2 nights) DAY 2: Christchurch (B) 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. DAY 3: Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Franz Josef (B,D) 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 flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide 9 nights 4 star hotel accommodation • Milford Sound Overnight Cruise • 3 two night stays • Hotel porterage • 2 rail journeys • 2 cruises • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) • Comprehensive documentation pack • •

MEALS 10 cooked breakfasts • 8 sumptuous dinners including 4 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Christmas Dinner, Milford Mariner; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Farewell Dinner, Christchurch • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle •

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

DAY 4: Franz Josef - Queenstown (B) 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. Hotel Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront (2 nights) DAY 5: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. Your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist with the many options available. 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 on your return cruise. DAY 6: Queenstown - Milford Sound Overnight Cruise (B,D) Merry Christmas! This morning take in the stunning scenery and lakeside vistas as the road winds around Lake Wakatipu. Enjoy a short stop in the picturesque township of Te Anau before travelling into the Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. Board the Milford Mariner for your amazing overnight cruise. There is plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife - you’re bound to encounter seals and if you’re lucky maybe dolphins and penguins. This evening enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner with all the trimmings prepared by the onboard chef. Overnight Milford Mariner


>> TOUR HIGH LIGHTS

DAY 7: Milford Sound - Te Anau (B,D) Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord. 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) DAY 8: Te Anau - Dunedin (B,SD) Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin. After time for lunch board the Silver Fern railcar for a journey along spectacular clifftops overlooking the Pacific 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)

DAY 9: Dunedin (B,D) 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 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). DAY 10: Dunedin - Christchurch (B,SD) 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. Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport DAY 11: Depart Christchurch (B) Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Board the Milford Mariner for an amazing overnight cruise; vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw; time to walk through Larnach Castle’s Garden of International Significance; the Christchurch Tram is one of the city’s leading attractions.

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Enjoy all the key icons on a fully escorted tour designed for the solo traveller

Tour code: GPNSG16

16 Day SOLO Travellers Highlights Tour >> NO HIDDEN EXTRAS PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS • Welcome Drink • Haggis Ceremony & Gift • Larnach Castle* • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw • Lakes District Museum • TranzAlpine Rail Journey • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride • Agrodome • Thermal mud pools & geysers* • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise • Kauri Museum* • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington & Auckland

GUARANTEED departures 2018 2019 Oct 25 Feb 21 Nov 6 Mar 14

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

ALL INCLUSIVE tour price GUARANTEED SINGLE ROOM Fully escorted including airfares, taxes, modern coach travel, 3.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions. Tour Pre Total including paid per person single room airfare taxes** Sydney $6779 + $185 = $6964 Melbourne $6779 + $185 = $6964 Brisbane $6779 + $185 = $6964 Gold Coast $6779 + $185 = $6964 Canberra $7009 + $225 = $7234 Cairns $7059 + $215 = $7274 Adelaide $7079 + $185 = $7264 Hobart $7079 + $175 = $7254 Launceston $7079 + $175 = $7254 Perth $7329 + $175 = $7504 Land Only

$6479

Share a room and SAVE $1430 Twin share with another single traveller of the same gender and save $1430 per person off the above tour price. Stay a little longer City Twin share Single Christchurch $100 $200 Auckland $125 $250 Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

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TOURING Return airfares from your homeport • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival • Return airport transfers in New Zealand • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows • Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide • 15 nights 3.5 star hotel accommodation • 4 two night stays • Hotel porterage • 4 cruises • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax) • Comprehensive documentation pack •

MEALS 15 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua • 12 sumptuous dinners including 4 specialty dinners: Welcome Dinner, Christchurch; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; • 1 picnic lunch • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle •

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

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

DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch (SD) On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. This evening meet your travelling companions for a pre dinner drink followed by a welcome dinner. Hotel Quality Hotel Elms DAY 2: Christchurch - Omarama (B,D) After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama. Hotel Heritage Gateway Hotel DAY 3: Omarama - Dunedin (B,SD) Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift. Hotel Mercure Leisure Lodge

DAY 4: Dunedin - Te Anau (B,D) This morning travel out 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. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Superior Room) DAY 5: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown (B,L) 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. 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 free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants. Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (2 nights) or similar DAY 6: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD) Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain and Tour Guide are available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to 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. DAY 7: Queenstown - Arrowtown - Fox Glacier (B,D) Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to the township of Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers. Hotel Heartland Hotel Glacier Country or similar DAY 8: Fox Glacier - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,D) Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into 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 to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. Hotel Quality Hotel Elms DAY 9: Christchurch - Picton - Wellington (B,D) Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikoura. 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 for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington. Hotel Ibis Wellington (2 nights) DAY 10: Wellington (B) 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 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. DAY 11: Wellington - Taupo - Rotorua (B,D) 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 Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights) DAY 12: Rotorua (B,SD) 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. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.

>> TOUR HIGH LIGHT

DAY 13: Rotorua - Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D) This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Continue via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. Hotel Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge (2 nights) DAY 14: Bay of Islands (B) Today cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands on board a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning via Russell to Paihia for a free afternoon where a range of optional activities are available. This evening is also free and you may choose to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). DAY 15: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D) 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 final dinner with your new found friends. Hotel Rydges Auckland DAY 16: Depart Auckland (B) Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

>> ULTIMATE SOLO UPGRADE

11 Day Ultimate SOLO Travellers Tour You may prefer a little luxury and wish to travel in a small group. Refer to page 47 for full itinerary.

TOP TO BOTTOM: Cruise through the scenic Marlborough Sounds on the Interislander Ferry; board the TranzAlpine at Arthur’s Pass for a scenic rail journey; the Wellington Cable Car option is one of Wellington’s oldest and most popular attractions.

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rand Pacific Tours offer one of the most comprehensive documentation packs in the travel industry. We have won several awards from our travel agent partners who continually advise us that GPT documents are the best.

ULTIMATE SMALL GROUP TOURS DOCUMENTATION (Pages 34 - 47) On all Ultimate Small Group Tours, travellers will receive the same items as listed below however, the stylish travel bag and ticket wallet (1 per person) are made of a high quality fabric providing a long lasting memento of your tour.

GRAND PACIFIC TOURS MERCHANDISE Make sure you look the part when you travel on a Grand Pacific Tour. Our groups look fantastic when they are all wearing their jackets and caps. Both products offer great value and will be a memento of your holiday for years to come. TOUR JACKET Unisex black waterproof shell jacket with embroidered logos, silver reflective piping, fleece lined collar, hood, inside mesh lining, adjustable Velcro cuff, double front and inside pockets, hidden draw cord and mobile phone pocket. Compact, lightweight, ideal for touring. Available in sizes XS to XXXL. Price $69

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SIGNATURE & AFFORDABLE COACH TOURS DOCUMENTATION (Pages 12 - 33) On all Coach Holidays travellers receive a durable travel bag, toiletry wet pack & laundry bag, luggage tag & personal name badge. Your ticket wallet (1 per couple) includes tour itinerary & questionnaire, Optional Tours Directory, General Information & Frequently Asked Questions Directory, Touring Map, postcard, customs required resealable plastic bag and an emergency contact card.

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TOUR CAP Black wool blend cap with pre curved peak, 6 panel structure with fabric Velcro strap and embroidered logos. One size. Price $25

Merchandise items must be ordered at time of booking and are not available for purchase in New Zealand.

“We have won several awards from our travel agent partners who continually advise us that Grand Pacific Tours documents are the best.�

>> SPECIAL OFFER

Purchase both merchandise items for $85, normally $94. Order at time of booking.


Hotel Information Grand Pacific Tours endeavours to utilise the most suitable hotels available in each location to ensure travellers enjoy a level of cleanliness, comfort & service. In more remote locations, hotel standards may not be as high due to limited choice. Should the hotels on tour change for any reason, we will endeavour to ensure that the alternative hotel is of an equivalent standard.

Booking Terms & conditions Payment and completion of the Booking Form to your Travel Agent acknowledges that you have read, understood and accepted these booking conditions. Grand Pacific Tours is a 100% Australian owned company. Deposits & Payment At the time of booking a deposit of $200 per person is required for all Affordable, Signature Coach Tours & Special Interest Tours; $500 per person for Ultimate Tours and $700 per person for Cruise Coach Tours. If the Tour Package includes flights, a further deposit to cover the airfare and taxes is also required at time of booking. The balance of payment, including any merchandise, is due 60 days prior to departure. If you are booked on a module of a tour (8 Day Taste of the North Island or 10 Day South Island Spectacular), your final balance date will be due 70 days prior to departure, as this will fall in line with the 16 Day or 19 Day itineraries that this tour is part of. Once the tour has been booked and confirmed cancellation fees will apply as per Terms and Conditions. Different payment conditions apply to Cruise Coach Tours, refer to the NZ Cruise & Coach Brochure. Airfares The airlines require all Trans Tasman flight bookings to have the air ticket issued within five days of confirmation of the airline reservation. As Grand Pacific Tours offer a fully inclusive package price, the dollar difference between ‘Land Only’ price and ‘Package Price’ does not represent the airfare deposit amount due. Enquire with your Travel Agent as to the exact amount of airfare deposit and taxes required at the time of booking. Surcharges may apply over peak travel times. Airline frequent flyer points are only issued on certain fare classes. Please check at time of booking. Airline Indemnity Airlines carry no responsibility for any statement in this brochure relating to the ground content of the tours. These airlines act as air carriers only. Grand Pacific Tours indemnifies the airlines against any claim, action, loss or damage that may arise. Prices All holiday prices are based on schedules, fares and tariffs current at the time of printing. Grand Pacific Tours reserves the right to vary the cost of tours if necessary, by reason of currency fluctuation, component cost increase or airfare cost. Tour costing will be guaranteed at the price prevailing at the date of final payment. The Australian pre paid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed to your Travel Agent at time of booking. Children Children’s fares (i.e. 11 years and under) are available. Exact amounts will be confirmed to your travel agent at time of booking. Each child must be paired with a supervising adult within the same party due to our seat rotation policy. Please note: Unfortunately children under five are not suitable on these tours. Children are not permitted on Ultimate Tours. Luggage Limits Each traveller is entitled to take one suitcase, the sum of its length, width & depth not to exceed 140cm. Weight limits apply to luggage due to Occupational Health and Safety issues. The maximum allowed by most airlines and Grand Pacific Tours is one piece up to 23kg. Luggage over this allowance will be charged by the airline at the applicable rate. If a traveller brings more than the allocated limit of luggage, any additional arrangements made to get their luggage to final destination will be at travellers own expense. All luggage is entirely at the ‘owners risk’ whilst on tour and we strongly recommend that travel insurance be taken out by each traveller to cover accidental damage or loss. The Grand Pacific Tours travel bag is designed to carry a maximum of 6kg. Due to limited space on board the coach, please ensure carry-on bags do not exceed this limit. Check with your Travel Agent for more details.

Pre / Post Accommodation in New Zealand Pre tour hotel check in time is approx. 2pm. If early hotel check-in or late check-out is required due to flight schedules, additional accommodation will need to be purchased. The rates quoted in this brochure are only valid for one night and room only. Any additional meals will need to be ordered and purchased directly with the hotels, BB rates cannot be provided. Additional nights may be charged at the prevailing rate by the hotel. Dietary & Room Requests Grand Pacific Tours limit special dietary requests to Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Lactose Intolerant & Diabetic. These will be requested to the hotel but cannot be guaranteed. Any further intolerances needing to be managed are the responsibility of the traveller. Airlines have restricted dietary conditions which vary, ask at time of booking. Room requests can be submitted and requested but not guaranteed. Twin Share Travellers If you are travelling alone and do not wish to pay the single supplement, a twin share room will be provided with a person of the same gender. Smoking and special room requests are not permitted on this basis. It is your duty to disclose any medical or other conditions that may prevent you from being a suitable rooming partner and you must accept that compatibility with your rooming partner cannot be guaranteed. If at any time during the tour you consider your rooming partner unsuitable, we will endeavour to arrange single accommodation for you for the remainder of the tour, subject to availability and at your own cost. We accept no responsibility for the suitability of the allocated rooming partner. The option to twin share with another single traveller is not available on Ultimate Tours, Cruise/Coach & Special Interest Tours. Please enquire with your Travel Agent at time of booking. Single Travellers Paying the Single Supplement covers the sole use of a hotel room only, the coach is not single seating and you will be required to sit with a fellow traveller. Triple Share Room Bookings Hotel rooms are generally sized to accommodate two travellers in comfort. When three travellers elect to share a room note that there will be restricted space. A rollaway bed may be used for triple share bookings where three separate beds are required. Triple share arrangements are not available on Ultimate Tours & Cruise Coach Tours. Milford Mariner & Fiordland Navigator There are stairs to the cabin and dining area. All travellers are required to be physically able to climb stairs on their own or with the assistance of their travelling companion. A mainland option is available. Bedding types are limited and we are unable to guarantee preferred bedding. Special conditions apply for triple share requests on the Milford Mariner, please enquire at time of booking. Coach Seat Rotation For the enjoyment of all travellers Grand Pacific Tours operates a daily seat rotation system which all travellers must participate in as a condition of booking. Travel Insurance Comprehensive Travel Insurance is not included but is strongly recommended for all travellers. Speak to your local Travel Agent to arrange this. Cancellations / Transfer of Booking In the event a traveller cancels off a tour the following fees apply prior to departure: - 60 days or more prior to departure, loss of deposit plus the cost of the airline ticket if issued. - Between 7 and 59 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour package price. - Less than 7 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour package price. If you are booked on a module of a tour (8 Day Taste of North Island tour or 10 Day South Island Spectacular tour), your cancellation fees will fall in line with the commencement of the 16 Day or 19 Day itineraries that this tour is part of. If a traveller wishes to cancel their existing booking and transfer to a new departure date, the above cancellation fees still apply. Different cancellation conditions apply to Cruise Coach Tours, refer to the NZ Cruise & Coach Brochure. Health and Fitness Payment of deposit by traveller(s) to Grand Pacific Tours acts as a warranty that the traveller(s) is/are reasonably healthy and / or fit to participate in the tour and the traveller(s) indemnifies Grand Pacific Tours from all actions, claims and demands arising out of any want of health and fitness. Grand Pacific Tours reserves the right to remove a traveller from a tour if their health and/or fitness interferes with the tour or other traveller(s) tour experience in any

way. Travelling with a collapsible wheelchair is subject to availability at the time of booking as each tour only has the capacity to cater for one wheelchair traveller. Accessible Rooms are subject to availability and not always allocated in the room type advertised. General Conduct Grand Pacific Tours reserves the right to remove a traveller from a tour if they are acting in a way that interferes with the general operation of the tour or compromises the general enjoyment of the tour by other travellers in any way. Responsibilities Grand Pacific Tours advises that the service it provides is for the booking and packaging of goods and services provided by other operators such as cruise ships, hotels and transportation companies. Travellers are advised to familiarise themselves with the terms and conditions on which these services are supplied. Accordingly, Grand Pacific Tours will not be responsible and will be excluded from liability for any loss, damage, omission or acts being negligent or otherwise, committed by the operators of airlines, cruise ships, coach companies, hotels or attractions used in connection with the tours. Optional Tours These tours are to be booked with the Coach Captain whilst on tour. Grand Pacific Tours does not operate these excursions. As such, no person employed or associated with Grand Pacific Tours has any connection with the operators of these excursions. Accordingly, Grand Pacific Tours cannot and do not take any responsibility for any injury, action, loss or damage of any type, arising in any manner from these excursions. Documentation Grand Pacific Tours documentation including any merchandise will be forwarded to your Travel Agent two weeks prior to departure. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate early requests for documentation. The traveller(s) is / are responsible for the acquisition of passports and appropriate visas, where necessary. We recommend that such documents, as required by governments, are finalised at least six weeks prior to the date of departure. Ticket wallet is one per person for Ultimate & Cruise Coach Tours and one per couple for Affordable, Signature & Special Interest Tours. Transfers Airport transfers in New Zealand are included. They will not be included if travellers have pre or post tour accommodation booked outside the Tour Hotels. Transfers provided surrounding pre and post tour dates must directly link to the tour and cannot be used on a broken stay. On arrival in New Zealand, the transfer vehicle will wait up to 1 hour after the flight lands. If your flight is delayed or changes please contact Grand Pacific Tours. Should traveller’s flight departure details change, contact needs to be made to Grand Pacific Tours or the transfer company to ensure new transfer arrangements can be confirmed. Any transfer expenses incurred as a result of flight changes NOT advised, will be at the traveller’s own expense Special Offers Only one special offer is applicable per booking. Senior Card membership numbers must be provided at time of booking for the discount to apply. Senior Card and Probus member offers are not applicable on certain tours. There will be no retrospective discounts. Please check at time of booking. Force Majeure Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions we regret that we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by reason of circumstances amounting to ‘force majeure’. In these booking conditions, ‘force majeure’ means any event which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events outside our control. Cruise & Coach Tour Bookings BONUS US$50 onboard credit is per cabin and based on minimum number of cabins sold. For a full list of conditions refer to the NZ Cruise & Coach Brochure. Internet Most hotels have internet access available. Not all hotels offer free Wi-Fi, charges may apply. Grand Pacific Tours do not have any influence over hotel Wi-Fi access and related costs. Internet access is available on the Celebrity Solstice for a fee. Validity Brochure valid for travel from September 2018 - May 2019.

MERCHANDISE CONDITIONS

All prices are inclusive of GST. All purchases must be made with your Travel Agent at time of booking. Payment for all merchandise is due with final tour payment prior to departure. Merchandise will not be sold once on tour or after travellers return home. Refer to the website for delivery & jacket sizes.

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