The ultimate experience combining rail, coach and Doubtful Sound overnight cruise

19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise and Coach Experience




  • Kauri Museum
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds*
  • Hole in the Rock Cruise including Island Stopover
  • Glenbrook Vintage Railway
  • Rainbow Springs Nature Park*
  • National Kiwi Hatchery Tour*
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools and geysers*
  • Te Puia traditional Māori Hāngi and 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
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • HIGHLIGHT Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Larnach Castle*
  • Pleasant Point Rail Experience
  • City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin

*Guided tour.


  • Return airfares from your homeport
  • Personalised Meet and 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 accommodation
  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • 6 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 4 rail journeys
  • 4 cruises
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack
  • Souvenir group photo


  • 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 14 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Māori Hāngi and Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 delicious morning teas including an Ultimate High Tea: Larnach Castle

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


(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 beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Māori tribes and the British.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (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 at leisure, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

DAY 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D)

This morning you will explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran. Spend some time at Otehei Bay on Urapukapuka Island before you cruise to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. On return 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 the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, home to the world’s largest kiwi hatchery for a unique behind-the-scenes tour where over 1800 kiwi chicks have been hatched to date.

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 before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Māori Hāngi 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 enjoy a bonus visit to the Wellington Tramway Museum where you will view a display of tramway history and enjoy a nostalgic trip on one of the original trams that served Wellington city. Continue south to the capital city of Wellington.

Hotel InterContinental Wellington (Deluxe Room. 2 nights)

DAY 8: Wellington (B)

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. 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 or similar (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. 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

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 delicious gourmet barbecue dinner featuring a menu of seasonal, fresh and locally sourced food at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown.

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 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 to the wharf and meet your Ultimate Coach for the journey to Te Anau where you will enjoy an afternoon at leisure. You may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).

Hotel Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

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

Today you will travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin, famous for its stunning Edwardian and Victorian architecture dating back to the gold rush of the 1800’s. Dunedin is known as New Zealand’s oldest university city.

Hotel Distinction Dunedin Hotel (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 Dunedin for a city tour followed by some free time. You might be interested in the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat (optional).

DAY 18: Dunedin - Christchurch (B,L,SD)

This morning travel to the city of Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue north to Pleasant Point Museum and Railway for a short rail experience followed by lunch and time to explore the preserved heritage of the South Canterbury railway. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with selected beverages and your new 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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Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Airline taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

The above pricing is in Australian dollars and relevant to traveller’s ex Australia only. International travellers will be quoted in local currency by a travel provider based on New Zealand dollar pricing.


Tour includes airfares, taxes, transfers in NZ, Ultimate 20 seat coach travel, 4.5 star accommodation, most meals, sightseeing and attractions.

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19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise and 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


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


This has been a fantastic tour enabling me to see the best of New Zealand in a relaxed, comfortable way. My knowledge of New Zealand has been vastly expanded and being in a small group has made it more special. So please I chose this tour; the coach, train rides, cruising – all excellent


The 19 day tour certainly exceeded my expectations. The quality of accommodation, tour experiences, itinerary and travel guide were really of outstanding quality. Of course the Ultimate Coach was a great hit. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.


A great trip, well organised, quality of hotels and meals were great. Best of all we had a very knowledgeable Coach Captain and the best coach. Great driver and very people orientated. We love the single seat and the business class type set up on the coach.