Tour mag­i­cal New Zealand in com­fort

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THERE’S a rea­son the sun shines on New Zealand be­fore any­where else – ev­ery new day in Aotearoa is some­thing to cher­ish.

It is a tan­gi­ble won­der­land of­fer­ing one of the most var­ied and spec­tac­u­lar se­ries of land­scapes with a cul­ture that is rich, dy­namic and not sim­ply locked away in mu­se­ums, it’s ev­ery­where you look.

Whether you are mar­vel­ling at the spec­tac­u­lar glaciers or pic­turesque fiords or sim­ply re­lax­ing in a ther­mal pool, New Zealand is mag­i­cal by coach.

Re­lax in arm­chair com­fort with Grand Pa­cific Tours as you travel through each re­gion, feel­ing se­cure in the hands of a pro­fes­sional coach cap­tain whose re­li­able knowl­edge in­cludes nu­mer­ous facts and fig­ures, sto­ries, leg­ends and many laughs along the way.

Un­wind and re­ally ex­pe­ri­ence Mid­dle-earth know­ing the has­sle of over­look­ing hid­den lo­ca­tions or tak­ing a wrong turn is re­moved.

With so much di­ver­sity packed into such a small coun­try and with each des­ti­na­tion dis­tinc­tive in char­ac­ter, you can eas­ily visit the best of this spec­tac­u­lar land on a coach hol­i­day.

Christchurch is a start­ing point for a jour­ney around the South Is­land.

A visit to the South­ern Alps and an op­por­tu­nity to view Ao­raki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s high­est peak, will start the awe-in­spir­ing scenery the South Is­land is known for.

A lit­tle bit of Scot­land will be en­joyed when you visit Dunedin, ‘the Ed­in­burgh of the south’. You will even get to en­joy a hag­gis cer­e­mony.

Then it’s across to Fiord­land where you will take a cruise around Mil­ford Sound, a fiord carved by glaciers dur­ing the ice ages.

You will also spend two nights in Queen­stown, where you can choose from op­tional tours such as the world fa­mous Sho­tover Jet or a scenic he­li­copter ride.

In­cluded in the tour is your chance to re­live el­e­gant turn-of-the-cen­tury travel aboard the his­toric steamship, the TSS Earnslaw.

High­lights in­clude the world fa­mous TranzAlpine rail jour­ney, where you will view rivers and val­leys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over mas­sive viaducts and through the patch­work farm­lands of the Can­ter­bury Plains.

The North Is­land offers a whole new sight­see­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Your first stop is in the city that Lonely Planet la­belled the ‘coolest lit­tle cap­i­tal’, Welling­ton.

You’ll also visit cul­tural Ro­torua, a place where you can ex­pe­ri­ence Maori cul­ture in­clud­ing an evening din­ner, a tra­di­tional Maori hangi.

Also view the lively fields of geother­mic ac­tiv­ity in­clud­ing sky­rock­et­ing gey­sers and boil­ing mud pools. We don’t for­get the sheep, with a visit to a very funny sheep show at the Agrodome.

You can also choose to jour­ney up to the Bay of Is­lands, where you’ll 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.

Your tour con­cludes in cos­mopoli­tan Auck­land, where you may con­sider stay­ing for an ex­tra night post tour.

Grand Pa­cific Tours’ hol­i­days of New Zealand are fully in­clu­sive, in­clud­ing re­turn air­fares to New Zealand, ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion, meet and greet on ar­rival in New Zealand with re­turn air­port trans­fers, lux­ury coach travel, most meals plus a com­pre­hen­sive range of pre-paid ac­tiv­i­ties and at­trac­tions.

It’s a won­der­ful thought that you can have these ex­pe­ri­ences and share it with like-minded peo­ple.

Start out as a group of strangers and end up as one big fam­ily af­ter just a few days of­ten pro­vid­ing the foun­da­tion for life­long friend­ships upon re­turn to Aus­tralia.

If you are a ma­ture aged solo trav­eller you can also choose to have this ex­pe­ri­ence with like-minded solo trav­ellers by join­ing one of Grand Pa­cific Tours’ ex­clu­sive Solo Trav­ellers Tours.

These tours in­clude a guar­an­teed sin­gle room on the en­tire tour.

For more in­for­ma­tion and brochures on the se­lec­tion of Grand Pa­cific Tours hol­i­days to New Zealand con­tact hel­loworld Travel Sandgate on 3869 1588.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Te Puia geyser in Ro­torua on New Zealand’s North Is­land.

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