Fully Escorted featuring a relaxing cruise combined with modern coach travel

23 Day Best of NZ by Cruise & Coach

Inclusions

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 and 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:
    - Sydney /Melbourne, free time to explore
    - Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sound, Fiordland National Park
    - Dunedin, Edinburgh of the South
    - Akaroa, French inspired village
    - Wellington, Coolest Little Capital
    - Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    - Bay of Islands
    - Auckland, ‘City of Sails’
  • Gratuities on board

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*
  • Zealong Tea Estate*
  • 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.

Itinerary

(B) Breakfast. (L) Lunch. (D) Dinner. (SD) Specialty Dinner.
Port arrival and departure times may vary.

DAY 1: Arrive Sydney (D)

Arrive in Sydney where you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours Guide aboard the Celebrity Solstice. Meet your travelling companions at dinner.
Overnight Celebrity Solstice
Port Times Depart at 18:30

DAY 2: Cruising (B,L,D)

Relax and enjoy the comforts of this stunning superliner. While at sea enjoy the onboard facilities, world-class cuisine and the entertainment not to mention your deluxe balcony cabin.

DAY 3: Melbourne - Free Day (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 07:00 Depart 17:00

DAYS 4 - 5: Cruising (B,L,D)

Cruise across the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

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.

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, Bastion Point and the America’s Cup Village. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most
spectacular attractions.
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 (B,D)

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. The rest of today is free. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Hole in the Rock Cruise, a relaxing luncheon 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)

Farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south via Whangarei, Wellsford and Warkworth to Auckland for some free time. This evening is also free for you to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.
Hotel Skycity Hotel

DAY 17: Auckland - Rotorua (B,L,D)

Depart Auckland and travel to the Zealong Tea Estate, New Zealand’s only tea plantation for a tour and tasting. 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 Millennium Rotorua (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 the 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 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 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)

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.

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Pricing

AUSTRALIAN TOUR PRICES

Departure
Point
Tour
Including
Airfare
  Pre
Paid
Taxes**
  Total
Per Person
Twin Share

Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

Gold Coast

Canberra

Cairns

Adelaide

Hobart

Launceston

Perth

$7099

$7099

$7099

$7099

$7229

$7279

$7299

$7299

$7299

$7399

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$55

$55

$55

$55 

$85

$75

$60

$55

$55

$50

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$7154

$7154

$7154

$7154

$7314

$7354

$7359

$7354

$7354

$7449

Land Only

Single Supplement

$6949

$3200

Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

ALL INCLUSIVE

Fully escorted includes airfares^, taxes, luxury cruise, modern coach travel, 4 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing, attractions + BONUS US$50 onboard credit per stateroom on the Celebrity Solstice.

Stay a little longer

City Twin Share Single

Christchurch

$120

$240

Extra night rates are per person in Australian Dollars, based on room only.

NON-AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS

Land Only per person, twin share

Single Supplement

NZ$8779

NZ$3990

If you are outside of Australia please contact us for Travel Agent recommendations. They will advise tour and extra night pricing in your local currency.

 

 

23 Day Best of NZ by Cruise & Coach

Overall Experience Rating 9.21

Very good tour. Everything was done for us. We just sat back and enjoyed it!

R.P. (NSW)

Very pleased with the overall holiday experience. Tour Guide, Coach Captains, accommodation, activities and food were of very high standard.

L&R.F (NSW)

Very good – loved the concept of air/coach/rail/cruise! Also liked seat rotation on coach. Not much to fault!! Have really had a wonderful time.

K.A. (NSW)

We would give a 10+ for all the excursions, accommodation and food. A thoroughly marvellous journey.

J.S. (VIC)

Fantastic itinerary – very please throughout.

P.B. (UK)

Enjoy 12 nights on board the sophisticated Celebrity Solstice & 10 nights exploring the heart of NZ by luxury coach. Be captivated by the magnificent fiords, unique culture & stunning views of the land of the long white cloud