Experience the ultimate tour combining rail, coach and magical Doubtful Sound overnight cruise

19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience

Inclusions

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Kauri Museum*
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds*
  • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Glenbrook Vintage Railway
  • Rainbow Springs*
  • Kiwi Encounter*
  • 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
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • HIGHLIGHT Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Cruise Lake Te Anau, visit Glow Worm Caves
  • Silver Fern Seasider Rail Journey
  • Larnach Castle*
  • Olveston Historic Home*
  • City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington,
    Christchurch & Dunedin

*Guided tour.

**Great Journeys of New Zealand, operator of the Coastal Pacific service, have advised they expect this rail journey to resume running in the second half of 2018.  This is subject to change however and a refund will be provided if it is not operating.

ULTIMATE SMALL GROUP TOURING

  • Return airfares from your homeport
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full size vehicle, 2 door access and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • 17 nights 4.5 star hotel accommodation
  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • 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
  • BONUS Group photo

MEALS

  • 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Skyline Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 14 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 2 delicious morning teas including an Ultimate High Tea: Larnach Castle

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

Itinerary

(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 who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink.

Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

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

Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach and 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 (Deluxe Room. 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, call into the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree before arriving in Auckland.

Hotel Crowne Plaza Auckland

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. Travel through magnificent countryside of green pastures famous for dairying. Continue to Rainbow Springs,
spanning 22 acres of native trees. A highlight will be the Kiwi Encounter experience which offers a unique behind-the-scenes tour of a working Kiwi nursery and hatchery.

Hotel Regent of Rotorua (2 nights)

DAY 6: Rotorua (B,SD)

Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a thrilling 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 beforetravelling 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 to the capital city of Wellington. 

Hotel InterContinental Wellington (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 which showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also at leisure.

DAY 9: Wellington - Kaikoura - Christchurch (B,D)

This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross the Cook Strait and enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific, a truly spectacular rail journey that follows a thin wedge of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges. Meet your Ultimate Coach in the fishing village of Kaikoura for the journey to the garden city of Christchurch.

Hotel The George (2 nights) or similar

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. This evening is also free to enjoy one of the many eateries near your hotel.

DAY 11: Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Fox Glacier (B,D)

This morning 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 Ultimate Coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing via Franz Josef to the township of Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel Distinction Fox Glacier or similar

DAY 12: Fox Glacier - Queenstown (B)

See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast. Continue via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into Arrowtown to visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to picturesque Queenstown, a year round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is
free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel Heritage Queenstown (2 nights) or similar

DAY 13: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD)

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown with 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 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 - Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise (B,L,D)

Today travel via Te Anau to Manapouri. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you cruise across this glacial lake. A short ride over the Wilmot Pass brings you to the boarding point to join the Fiordland Navigator for an amazing overnight experience. As you cruise through the pristine beauty of Doubtful Sound, naturalist guides will provide commentary and point out the resident wildlife. When evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet prepared freshly by the onboard chef.

Overnight Fiordland Navigator

DAY 15: Doubtful Sound - Te Anau (B,D)

Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri. Return back to the wharf and meet your Ultimate Coach for the journey back to Te Anau. This afternoon 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 Te Anau Hotel & Villas

DAY 16: Te Anau - Dunedin (B,D)

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin. After time for lunch board the Silver Fern railcar for a journey along spectacular clifftops overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Blueskin Bay. On return to Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station, board the coach for an informative city tour before arriving at your hotel.

Hotel Distinction Dunedin (2 nights)

DAY 17: Dunedin (B,D)

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour with time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Return to the city for some free time. You might like to board the Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery (optional).

DAY 18: Dunedin - Christchurch (B,SD)

This morning visit Olveston Historic Home, containing many treasures of a bygone era before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

Hotel The George or similar

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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Guaranteed Departures

2018

Sep 7, 21

Oct 10, 28

Nov 14, 20

Dec 18

2019

Jan 6, 11, 26 

Feb 10, 17

Mar 8, 15, 28

Apr 15

May 3

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FESTIVE SEASON departure $100 per person surcharge applies.

 

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

$9469

$9469

$9469

$9469

$9699

$9749

$9769

$9769

$9769

$10,019

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$185

$185

$185

$185

$225

$215

$185

$175

$175

$175

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$9654

$9654

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$9924

$9964

$9954

$9944

$9944

$10,194

Land Only

Single Supplement

$9169

$2670

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

ALL INCLUSIVE TOUR PRICE

Includes airfares, taxes, Ultimate 20 seat coach travel, 4.5 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions.

Stay a little longer

City Twin Share Single

Auckland

Christchurch

$145

$200

$290

$400

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

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

 

19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience

Overall Experience Rating 9.16

We cannot praise the overall experience enough from the coach to the hotels and activities. The priority treatment we received was amazing and everything was superbly organised.

G&S.E. (UK)

– Very pleased we opted for the 20 seat coach tour gaining access to events earlier, keys waiting for us at each hotel and similar events made it seem that we were on an ‘Ultimate Small Group’ tour!

M.A. (UK)

This tour has been exceptional. My travel agent asked me to provide feedback on our return as she has had other enquiries. I will give a totally positive recommendation to her…and others! The Coach Captain is especially good at his job and his local knowledge was impressive and delivered in an entertaining manner.

J.C. (NSW)

An upmarket tour that hasn’t disappointed. Thanks

G.H. (SA)

Recommend to everyone we know! Perfect itinerary, excellent Coach Captain, 20 seater coach sets the bar at maximum excellence & comfort.

D.D. (NSW)

We returned from our New Zealand tour on Saturday and have nothing but praise for this fabulous trip. We have never done a bus tour before and this one dispelled any concerns about them, that we had. It was wonderful - from the drivers, to the hotels, to the food and service and the amazing places we visited. Everything was taken care of and we didn't have to worry about a thing - a real holiday, so we have been singing your praises to everyone. Thank you Grand Pacific, it was one of the best ho

JC (VIC)

Great company. A exceptional team of fun, energetic, genuine and dedicated people across the board who live, breathe, eat and sleep everything New Zealand. No one knows the land better and no one can offer better opportunities to get the best out of your New Zealand holiday. I always recommend them to anyone wanting a New Zealand luxury coach holiday, be a first trip or return trip

DF (NSW)

Small group touring aboard the deluxe Ultimate Coach with a maximum of only 20 travellers. Enjoy 3 rail journeys and a magical overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound...