Featuring 4 breathtaking rail journeys and Milford Sound overnight cruise

19 Day New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach

TOUR CODE: GPR19

Inclusions

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Kauri Museum*
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds*
  • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Glenbrook Vintage Railway
  • Paradise Valley Springs*
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools & geysers*
  • Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Wellington Tramway Museum
  • 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
  • Taieri Gorge Limited Rail Journey
  • Larnach Castle*
  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift
  • Olveston Historic Home*
  • City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin *

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

**The Coastal Pacific rail journey will operate between 27 September 2019 – 28 April 2020. The operation and scheduling of the train journey is subject to change however and a refund will be provided in New Zealand if it is not included as part of your touring itinerary. We apologise in advance if your tour is affected. During the winter months post 28 April 2019, the Coastal Pacific will definitely not operate and a refund in NZ will apply.

TOURING

  • Return airfares from your homeport
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 48 seat modern coach travel, 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide
  • 17 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
  • Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
  • 6 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 4 rail journeys
  • 4 cruises
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack

MEALS

  • 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 14 sumptuous dinners including 4 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Farewell Dinner, Christchurch
  • 2 delicious morning teas

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 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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Guaranteed Departures

2019

Sep 10, 19, 26

Oct 7, 14, 25

Nov 3, 13, 26

2020

Jan 8, 18

Feb 5, 8, 18, 23

Mar 2, 7, 13, 16, 22, 26

Apr 3, 6, 18, 21

May 4

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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

$7139

$7139

$7139

$7139

$7369

$7419

$7439

$7439

$7439

$7689

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$185

$185

$185

$185 

$245

$230

$190

$190

$190

$175

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$7324

$7324

$7324

$7324

$7614

$7649

$7629

$7629

$7629

$7864

Land Only

Single Supplement

$6839

$2280

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 TOUR PRICE

Fully escorted including airfares, taxes, modern coach travel, 4 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions.

Stay a little longer

City Twin Share Single

Auckland

Christchurch

$155

$125

$310 

$250

Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Subject to availability.

 

19 Day New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach

Overall Experience Rating 9.34

We have enjoyed every minute of our tour. We felt well cared for and I think we made a great choice choosing Grand Pacific Tours.

K.R. (UK)

We could not have seen and experienced all the attractions on our own. Having a safe driver and good commentary allowed us to enjoy the tour and learn quite a lot about the country. Overall we rate this trip as very good.

S&J.A. (VIC)

You have provided a wonderful variety of memorable experiences. Well done and thank you!!! AMAZING.

H.L. (QLD)

We have travelled fairly extensively including taking other bus tours. Overall this trip was outstanding - quality of Coach Captain and Tour Guide, food, accommodation and sights. I would not hesitate to take another Grand Pacific tour or to recommend Grand pacific to others. We took this tour because of the variety included and were not disappointed.

S.S. (USA)

Excellent coverage of the area of our tour. Very comfortable coach. Good accommodation which was close to towns or in cities. A variety of experiences with coach, rail and boat travel. A bonus was sleeping on the Milford Mariner – most people we know go to Milford Sound for a few hours cruise. Excellent commentary of local sights.

R&K.S (NSW)

The tour has been a great way to discover a great deal of this lovely country. We would never have been able to cover this much ground independently. The fun of travelling in a compatible group and meeting friendly folk. The Coach Captains commentary was indispensable to our enjoyment.

M.S. (SA)

Very enjoyable and providing me a good insight into and appreciation of Maori culture and heritage. A wonder sightseeing experience.

W.K. (NSW)

Every day of this trip gave the opportunity to explore known and discover new experiences in your wonderful country. This is down 100% to your routing and planning of the trip which encompassed everything and more. The quality of accommodation is excellent. Finally we would just like to say what a high class, professional company you run without losing the personal touch.

S.W. (UK)

Visit all the ‘best of’ attractions on the North and South Islands and be escorted by a professional Tour Guide. Highlights include 4 spectacular rail journeys and 4 scenic cruises...