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

19 Day Cruise & South Island Explorer



  • Tour Guide
  • Internal flight from Auckland to Queenstown^
  • Return flight to homeport from Christchurch^
  • Hotel to airport transfer in Christchurch, Day 19
  • GST (Goods & Services tax)
  • Port taxes
  • Comprehensive Documentation Pack

Note: Airfare and transfers to Sydney on Day 1 to join the cruise is not included. Please make your own arrangements.

(DAY 1 - 14)

  • 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:
    - Sydney / Melbourne / Hobart, free time to explore
    - Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sound, Fiordland National Park
    ​- Dunedin, Edinburgh of the South
    - Akaroa, French inspired village
    - Wellington, Coolest Little Capital
    - Napier, Art Deco Capital
    - Bay of Islands
    - Auckland, ‘City of Sails’
  • Gratuities on board



  • 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


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


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

DAY 1: Arrive Sydney (D)

Arrive in Sydney where you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours Guide aboard the Celebrity Solstice.  Meet your travelling companions at dinner.
Overnight Celebrity Solstice
Port Times Depart 18:30

DAY 2: 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 3: Melbourne - Free Day (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 08:00 Depart 18:00

DAY 4: Cruising (B,L,D)

Cruise across Bass Strait and enjoy a day at sea to further explore this luxurious ship. You may like to schedule a massage or join a class in the fitness centre with floor-to-ceiling views of the sea. 

DAY 5: Hobart (B,L,D)

Docking in Hobart gives you immediate access to Mount Wellington and its incredibly beautiful surrounds. From there you can look out over the busy harbour and yachts from all over the world.
Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

DAYS 6 & 7: Cruising (B,L,D)

Cruise across the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

DAY 8: Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds (B,L,D)

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

DAY 9: Dunedin (B,L,D)

Situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, explore Dunedin’s historic architecture and beautiful botanic gardens.
Port Times Arrive 09:00 Depart 19:00

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: 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 12: Napier (B,L,D)

The beautifully preserved 1930s Art Deco architecture is Napier’s special point of difference. The best way to enjoy the streetscape is on a selfguided walk.
Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

DAY 13: Cruising (B,L,D)

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

DAY 14: 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 08:00 Depart 19:00

DAY 15: Auckland - Queenstown (B)

This morning arrive into the beautiful ‘City of Sails’, Auckland. Disembark the ship, meet your Coach Captain and enjoy an informative city tour which includes the Auckland Domain, Parnell Rose Garden, Bastion Point and the America’s Cup Village. This afternoon board a local flight to the resort town of Queenstown, located in the South
Island. Meet your South Island Coach Captain and enjoy a tour of historic Arrowtown before arriving at your hotel. This evening is free to dine at one of the many fine eateries located near your hotel. 

Hotel Millennium Queenstown (2 nights)

DAY 16: 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 17: Queenstown - Franz Josef (B,D)

Depart Queenstown and travel via the Haast Pass to the West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to Fox Glacier. Continue to Franz Josef where time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

DAY 18: Franz Josef - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,SD)

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Descend through spectacular gorges, river valleys and over massive
viaducts before completing your journey at Christchurch. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Hotel Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel

DAY 19: Depart Christchurch (B)

Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home 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 Cruise & South Island Explorer

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)

We would give a 10+ for all the excursions, accommodatioin and food. A thoroughly marvellous journey.

J.S. (VIC)

Fantastic itinerary – very please throughout.

G.P. (UK)

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


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