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Bayes Christmas Tour 2016, Destination Gisborne

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Bayes Coachlines Tour

6 days, 23 - 28 December 2016

Christmas Tour 2016 - Gisborne

Welcome to another stress-free Christmas escape!  This year we will enjoy the beauty and warmth of the East Cape area, being based in the city where each new day begins - Gisborne, where it’s hot and sunny almost all year round!

Rich in history and culture, we will explore this slice of heaven from the Quality Emerald Hotel where we will make our home for 4 of the 5 nights away.  

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Why a Bayes Coachlines Tour?

Bayes Coachlines operate a modern and reliable touring coach fleet, with vehicles ranging from 22 - 50 seater coaches. All of our coaches have a 3 to 5 star rating, are Air-Conditioned, with wall to wall carpet and trim, reclining seats, and some with on-board toilets, fridges, TVs, Video/DVD systems and twin door entry.

We have been dealing with both National and International clients from all parts of the world for over 30 years.  We can provide for you exactly what you need from a transport operator - informed and accurate information on New Zealand activities and events, friendly and professional advice and service, and very competitive prices. Whether it is simply providing Coach transport for your set itinerary or doing the complete package - providing itinerary options for you and organising all accommodation, sightseeing, meals, and dealing with any other requests you may have.

Safety & Reliability

DriverAll our vehicles are regularly inspected, maintained and serviced to the highest standards. Vehicles are checked by an independent organisation - Vehicle Testing New Zealand Ltd. Each vehicle is setup to provide the maximum in ride comfort and safety.


Our friendly professional drivers are individually chosen and trained with a high level of New Zealand experience and local knowledge. They are dedicated to helping you in any way possible, and insuring your travel is enjoyable, informative, seamless and hassle free.

International Clients

Bayes Coachlines will provide for your needs in all ways possible. We deal with clients from Australia, Great Britain, North America, Europe, Asia and many other nations from around the world.

Haws CragWe are very experienced in New Zealand touring, and are keen to take care of your touring needs. We deal with Hotel and Motel chains throughout New Zealand and have the contacts to be able to completely organise all parts of your touring package. Our Coaches range from 5 star luxury coaches to 3 star executive coaches, with all the appointments necessary for your comfort.

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We look forward to hearing from you soon, and helping with the organisation of your New Zealand experience.  Contact us for Free help and Quotes.

New Zealand Clients

Tour BusBayes Coachlines is based on Auckland's North Shore, we operate 46 vehicles ranging from top of the line tour coaches through to school and charter vehicles in both the North and South Islands.  We provide all types of services and would love to discuss any requirements you have for up coming trips.  We deal with Golf Clubs, helping to organise Golfing Tours, and Youth Clubs for any type of Day Trip or camps, our local senior citizens on their Day Trip and Away Tours.  We also provide transport for corporate clients, and special interest groups. 

We have the contacts to completely organise all aspects of any tours from 1 to 20 days or more throughout New Zealand, tailored to your personal requirements.


DAY ONE – Friday December 23

After the usual pick-ups from your home or a central meeting point we head South with a morning tea stop at BP/Autobahn Drury. From there we will continue on to Morrinsville for a walk through this lovely farming town, and to check out the “Herd of Cows” which are spread throughout the town, show-casing their farming history and heritage … see how many of the 42 you can find! From here we will continue our journey out to the East Coast with a lunch stop in Tauranga. Then our afternoon is spent travelling along the sunny seaside as we pass through Pikowai and Matata. We will stop for afternoon tea and some time in Whakatane, before we continue our journey across the ranges and in to Gisborne.                                

Accommodation for the next 4 nights at the Quality Emerald Hotel [D]

DAY TWO – Saturday December 24

After the usual hearty cooked breakfast, today will be spent checking out the local area.  After a city tour, we will visit the renowned Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery.  Lunch can be enjoyed at the café there, before we depart for the internationally recognised Eastwoodhill Arboretum, where we will be treated to a guided tour of their immense collection of over 25,000 species of exotic and native trees, shrubs and climber plants. Then we will travel back into town for some leisure time to enjoy the shops or other galleries or just relax and put our feet up ready for Christmas Day!

Accommodation Quality Emerald Hotel [DB]

DAY THREE - Merry Christmas 

CHRISTMAS DAY  Time to relax and forget all the hassles of the year as we work up an appetite to do justice to our scrumptious Christmas feasting.  An opportunity will be given for all those who would like to attend church in the morning (your driver will arrange this at your request). An amazing Christmas feast will be enjoyed together at the hotel. After lunch we will take a short afternoon drive out and about, and enjoy some city sightseeing. We will then give you some time back in Gisborne to view the gardens and boardwalk, before we head back to the hotel where you can enjoy an afternoon siesta, or take a swim and prepare to share in our Christmas dinner this evening. [BLD]

DAY FOUR – Monday December 26

Today after a leisurely start, we will explore the East Cape coastline. We take a drive up the magnificent coast as far as Te Araroa. There is some stunning scenery and incredible beaches to be seen today. We will visit the historic and picturesque Tikitiki, and see the famous St. Mary's Church. Lunch today will be included at the wonderful Te Puka Tavern in Tokomaru Bay. We then continue our leisurely drive back down to Tolaga Bay with time to check out the wharf and have afternoon tea, then we head back in to Gisborne. 

Dinner tonight will be at the hotel. [BLD]

DAY FIVE – Tuesday December 27

This morning after another full cooked breakfast, we start our journey heading for home.  We drive back through the ranges towards Opotiki, then turn inland and head in towards Rotorua. In Rotorua we will take some time for lunch down by the lakeside, and then a visit to Rainbow Springs. This is a great attraction, with everything Kiwi from the trout pools, native bush settings and walks and now even a log flume ride if you dare, along with native animals too…From here it’s just a short afternoon journey across the Mamaku Ranges and in to Hamilton, to arrive in the late afternoon.

Accommodation tonight is at the Distinction Hotel, Hamilton. [BD]

DAY SIX – Wednesday December 28

Unfortunately, today is our last day. It’s time to head for home; this morning we will spend time at the Hamilton Gardens, this sensational cluster of international themed gardens and lakes will blow your mind, with their creativity and detail. We then head north, with a lunch stop at Mercer before we get you home in the afternoon. We will have time at Mercer where you can collect some fruit or any other necessary items before returning home. [B]

B = Breakfast Included     L = Lunch Included     D = Dinner Included


  • Home Pick up and drop offs
  • Deluxe coach travel
  • Experienced driver and a full commentary
  • 5 Nights’ Accommodation with cooked breakfasts
  • 4 great dinners and a Christmas feast
  • One Christmas lunch and lunch at Te Puka
  • Tairawhiti Museum
  • Eastwoodhill Arboretum
  • Rainbow Springs
  • Hamilton Gardens 


  • Lunch (except where listed)
  • Morning and Afternoon Teas
  • Other Personal Choice options

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