Experience the romance of rail travel, the majesty of cruising and the luxury of coach on this enthralling holiday. Highlights include 4 spectacular Rail Journeys – Glenbrook Vintage Rail, Coastal Pacific, the world renowned TranzAlpine and the Taieri Gorge Limited. Relax on 4 scenic cruises, with an overnight cruise on the beautiful Milford Sound.
Departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Gold Coast:
Usually $185 (tour incl. airfare) + Prepaid taxes* = $7,324pp twin share
NOW $7,174 per person twin share
PLUS - Travel at 60 travellers receive the following:
For pricing on solo traveller rates & other departure points including Canberra, Cairns, Adelaide, Hobart, Launceston & Perth, please contact us with a free call to 1300 414 198.
Includes airfares, taxes, Ultimate 20 seat coach travel, 4.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions.
Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.
Christchurch & Dunedin
This tour includes 2 night stays in the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.
4.5 star quality accommodation including Intercontinental Wellington, Crowne Plaza Auckland & Regent of Rotorua
(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 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, call into the Parry kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree before returning to Auckland.
Hotel Grand Millennium Hotel
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 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 - 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 to the Wellington Tramway Museum to view a display of tramway history and enjoy a nostalgic trip on one of the original trams that served Wellington city.
Hotel James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Lambton Room. 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. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon and this evening is also free to explore Wellington’s lively food scene.
DAY 9: Wellington - 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 travelling through numerous tunnels and across several bridges. Enjoy a two-night stay in 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.
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)
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 where you will enjoy an afternoon at leisure. You may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).
Hotel Distinction Luxmore (Deluxe Room)
DAY 16: Te Anau - Dunedin (B,D)
Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Pukerangi to board The Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail. On arrival at Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station your coach will transfer you to the hotel.
Hotel Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (2 nights)
DAY 17: Dunedin (B,SD)
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 an informative city tour followed by some free time. You might be interested in a tour of Speights Brewery (optional) or the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat (optional). Tonight, a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift.
DAY 18: Dunedin - Christchurch (B,SD)
This morning visit Olveston, a prosperous merchants’ home from the turn of the century 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.
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