Fully escorted tour of the majestic South Island combined with a 14 night cruise

19 Day South Island Explorer & Cruise



  • 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 transfer from Sydney to your homeport on Day 19 is not included. Please make own arrangements home.


  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Modern coach travel with 2 door access,
    restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • 4 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
  • 1 two night stay
  • Hotel porterage
  • 4 cooked breakfasts
  • 3 sumptuous dinners including a specialty dinner:

Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown


  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • City sights tour of Auckland

(DAY 5 - 19)

  • 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:
    - 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


(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)

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 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 (B)

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 situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free to dine at one of the many fine eateries near
your hotel.

Hotel Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)

DAY 4: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,SD)

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 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 as you cruise back to Queenstown.

DAY 5: Queenstown - Auckland - Board the Celebrity Solstice (B,D)

Travel to Queenstown Airport where you will board a local flight to the beautiful ‘City of Sails’ Auckland, located in the North Island. Meet your North Island Coach Captain and enjoy an informative city tour before boarding the Celebrity
Solstice to commence your cruise around New Zealand and back to Australia.
Overnight Celebrity Solstice
Port Times Depart 20:00

DAY 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 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: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13 - 14: Cruising (B,L,D)

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

DAY 15: 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 16: 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 17: Cruising (B,L,D)

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

DAY 18: 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 19: Sydney (B)

Time to say goodbye after a memorable New Zealand holiday.


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


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.

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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 tour and extra night pricing in your local currency.


19 Day South Island Explorer & Cruise

Overall Experience Rating 9.10

It was our first trip of this kind, it was great to be guided by such a professional all the way making our trip less stressful. A great experience.

C&W.D. (VIC)

Fully escorted tour of the majestic South Island combined with a 14 night cruise.