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New Zealand Cruise, Rail and Coach Tour - 19 days - Luxury Fully Escorted Tour

Tour Highlights

19 days Escorted Group Tour


Guaranteed departures from Auckland, ends in Christchurch


Professional Tour Escort and Coach Captains


4 star hotels


Complimentary airport transfers


18 breakfasts, 15 dinners, 1 lunch


Starting from US$4690


Itinerary Dates / Price
2016 US$ Per Person

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 Rendezvous Hotel Auckland


DAY 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D)

Today enjoy an Auckland city sights tour before travelling 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 (2 nights)


DAY 3: Bay of Islands (B)

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. The remainder of today is at leisure to choose from the many optional activities available, including a tall sailing ship experience 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)

Farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe where you will enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum. Continue to Auckland’s north shore for some time at leisure. Why not take a stroll to the nearby beach for views of Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.

Hotel Spencer on Byron


DAY 5: Auckland - Rotorua (B,L,D)

Depart Auckland and 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 to Longlands Farm & Restaurant. Enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch hosted by a rural New Zealand family. Next, continue to Rotorua and 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 Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is the 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 along the Kapiti Coast to the capital city of Wellington for an extensive city tour.

Hotel James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (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.  Enjoy free time at leisure this afternoon. This evening is also free to dine out at one of the many fine local restaurants.


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. Travel through numerous tunnels and across several bridges before departing the train in Kaikoura. Travel via coach south through some of the finest farmland areas to the garden city of Christchurch.

Hotel Quality Hotel Elms (2 nights)


DAY 10: Christchurch (B,D)

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. 


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 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 Mercure Queenstown Resort (Lakeview Room. 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. 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 16: Te Anau - Dunedin (B,D)

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin to board The Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail. On the return to Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station your coach will transfer you to your hotel.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (2 nights)


DAY 17: Dunedin (B,SD)

Today travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour. Next visit Glenfalloch Restaurant for a delightful morning tea. Return to the city for an informative city tour before some free time to explore at leisure. 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 House, a prestigious historic home 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.

Apr 3, 6, 10, 13, 18 4690
May 4 4690
Sep 10, 19 4890
Oct, 7, 14, 25 4890
Nov 3, 12, 21 4890
2017 US$ Per Person
Jan 18, 4890
Feb 5, 8, 18, 23 4890
Mar 8, 13, 16 4890
Mar 20, 26, 31 4890
Apr 6, 13 , 18 4890
May 4 4890
Single Supplement 1850
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Package Includes


• Waitangi Treaty Grounds*

• Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise

• Kauri Museum*

• Glenbrook Vintage Railway

• Longlands Farm & Restaurant

• 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

• Taieri Gorge Limited Rail Journey

• Larnach Castle*

• Glenfalloch Restaurant

• Haggis Ceremony & Gift

• Olveston House*

• City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin

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


• Luxury coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows

• Professional Coach Captain

• Tour Guide

• Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival

• Return airport transfers in New Zealand

• Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

• 17 nights superior hotel accommodation

• 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


• 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua

• 15 sumptuous dinners including 4 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Farewell Dinner, Christchurch

• 1 specialty lunch, Longlands Farm & Restaurant, Matamata

• 2 delicious morning teas

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

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