Fully escorted coach tour visiting iconic locations combined with a 14 night cruise

25 Day New Zealand Vista by Coach & Cruise

Inclusions

TRAVEL SERVICES

  • Tour Guide
  • Flight from homeport to Christchurch^
  • Internal flight from Queenstown to Auckland^
  • Airport to hotel transfer in Christchurch, Day 1
  • GST (Goods & Services tax)
  • Port taxes
  • Comprehensive Documentation Pack

Note: The airfare and transfers from Sydney to your homeport on Day 25 is not included. Please make own arrangements.

SCENIC COACH TOUR
(Day 1 - 11)

  • 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 1 specialty dinner: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua
  • 1 Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS

  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Kauri Museum*
  • Footprints Waipoua Forest Tour*
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds*
  • Sky Tower
  • Zealong Tea Estate*
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools & geysers*
  • Tamaki Maori Experience
  • City sights tour of Auckland

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

CELEBRITY SOLSTICE CRUISE (Day 11 - 25)

  • BONUS US$50 onboard credit per stateroom
  • Deluxe Balcony Cabin
  • Group meet & greet + 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:
    - Auckland, ‘City of Sails’
    - Bay of Islands
    - Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    - Wellington, Coolest little capital
    - Akaroa, French inspired village
    - Dunedin, Edinburgh of the South
    - Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park
    - Melbourne / Sydney, free time to explore
  • Gratuities on board

Itinerary

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

DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch (D)

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel

DAY 2: Christchurch - Arthurs Pass - Franz Josef (B,D)

Board the TranzAlpine, renowned as 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 continuing to 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 3: Franz Josef - Queenstown (BD)

See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast to Fox Glacier. Continue via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year round resort.

Hotel Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)

DAY 4: 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 the 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 dinner at Walter Peak Station (optional).

DAY 5: Queenstown - Auckland (B,D)

Travel to Queenstown Airport where you will board a local flight to the City of Sails Auckland, located in the North Island. Meet your North Island Coach Captain & enjoy an informative city tour which includes the Auckland Domain, Parnell Rose Garden and Bastion Point.

Hotel Skycity Hotel

DAY 6: 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 7: 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. Your Tour Guide & Coach Captain will be available to assist.

DAY 8: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B)

Farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south via Whangarei, Wellsford and Warkworth to Auckland. Visit the spectacular Sky Tower, standing at 328 metres, the two view platforms offer breathtaking views. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. This evening is also free for you to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel Skycity Hotel

DAY 9: Auckland - Rotorua (B,L,D)

Depart Auckland and travel to the Zealong Tea Estate, New Zealand’s only tea plantation for a tour & 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 10: 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 11: Rotorua - Auckland (B,D)

Travel to Auckland where you will board the Celebrity Solstice to commence your 14 night cruise around New Zealand and back to Australia. Overnight Celebrity Solstice
Port Times Depart 20:00

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 07:00 Depart 18:00

DAY 13: 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 14: 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 15: Wellington (B,L,D)

Visit Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, one of the world’s largest and most progressive museums (optional).
Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

DAY 16: 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 17: Dunedin (B,L,D)

Situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, explore Dunedin’s historic architecture and beautiful botanic gardens.
Port Times Arrive 07:00 Depart 17:00

DAY 18: Dusky, Doubtful & Milford Sounds (B,L,D)

Sail into the narrow fiords of Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds. Your ship will seem to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Scenic cruising.

DAY 19 - 20: Cruising (B,L,D)

Cruise across the Tasman Sea as you make your way back to more familiar surrounds.

DAY 21: Melbourne (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 09:00

DAY 22: Melbourne (B,L,D)

Experience Melbourne’s mix of cultures in its myriad of restaurants, cafes, bistros and bars. Melbourne’s eclectic dining scene offers an array of the world’s great cuisines.
Port Times Depart 17:00

DAY 23: Cruising (B,L,D)

Enjoy a quiet refuge by day, gazing over the sea with a cocktail in hand.

DAY 24: Sydney (B,L,D)

Considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney offers just about anything - from beaches and wineries to stunning landmarks and world-class shopping. See the architectural icons of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
Port Times Arrive 06:30

DAY 25: Sydney (B)

Time to say goodbye after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

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2017

Nov 1

2018

Feb 3#

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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

$7699

$7699

$7699

$7699

$7829

$7879

$7899

$7899

$7899

$7999

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$110

$110

$110

$110

$140

$125

$120

$110

$110

$115

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$7809

$7809

$7809

$7809

$7969

$8004

$8019

$8009

$8009

$8114

Land Only

Single Supplement

$7549

$3600

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

ALL INCLUSIVE TOUR PRICE

Fully escorted tour 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, and based on room only.

NON-AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS

Land Only per person, twin share

Single Supplement

NZ$9449

NZ$4400

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.

 

 

25 Day New Zealand Vista by Coach & Cruise

Overall Experience Rating 9.21

Thoroughly enjoyable. Felt safe and well looked after the entire time. Great guides. Covered a lot of ground seeing some amazing sights.

UNKNOWN

The cruise/coach tour combines the best of both worlds.

F.H. (UK)

My wife and I had a great time. The trip had a lot of variation and gave us a real good look at New Zealand. The cruise portion of the trip was exceptional as well.

G.S. (VIC)

Very enjoyable. Combination coach + cruise great way to see New Zealand.

J&M.M (VIC)

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