NZ Rail, Cruise & Coach Holiday

20 Days

1 Country

Style: Group Journey

Escape the ordinary and experience a truly breathtaking country.  Where Fiords wait to be explored and towering mountains cloak wide open spaces of untouched wilderness.  A mystical place of rolling hills, bubbling mud pools and ancient rainforests, picturesque lakes, myths and legends.  It’s majestic scenery is both captivating and awe inspiring.  Let us take you there!

  • EXCLUSIVE DEPARTURE TO SIGNATURE JOURNEYS
  • BONUS VALUE OF UP TO $800 PER COUPLE**

Departure Dates: 09 March 2021

Departure City
Price
Sydney/ Brisbane/ Melbourne
$7,394*
Hobart/ Launceston/ Devonport
$7,679*
Perth
$7,924*
Canberra
$7,674*

per person twin share

**Advertised price includes; $200pp saving, bonus pre-tour accommodation incl breakfast valued at $185pp & Eyewitness travel guide per household valued at $30**

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Highlights & Inclusions

  • Return international airfares with full-service airline
  • 18 nights 4 star accommodation
  • Professional coach captain & Tour Leader
  • Kauri Museum
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Glenbrook Vintage Railway
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
  • Thermal Mud Pools and Geysers
  • Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi and Concert
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Coastal Pacific Journey
  • Tranzalpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Taieri Gorge Limited Rail Journey
  • Larnach Castle
  • Olveston Historic Home
  • City Sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin

Itinerary

DAY 1: Australia to Auckland
Today you will board your included flight for New Zealand.  On arrival you will be met by your Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

DAY 2: Auckland
Today is a free day to explore Auckland at leisure.  You may like to take advantage of the discount coupons in your Optional Tours Directory. (B)

DAY 3: Auckland – Bay of Islands
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 Mãori tribes and the British.  (B,D)

DAY 4: Bay of Islands
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, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).    (B)

DAY 5: Bay of Islands to Auckland
This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over Piercy Island, or as it is popularly known, the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Upon return 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. (B,D)

DAY 6: Auckland to Rotorua
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. (B,D)

DAY 7: Rotorua
Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is the 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 Mãori Hãngi and Concert.  (B,SD)

DAY 8: Rotorua – Wellington
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.  (B,D)

DAY 9: Wellington
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. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon and this evening is also free to explore Wellington’s lively food scene. (B)

DAY 10: Wellington – Christchurch
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.  (B,D)

DAY 11: Christchurch
Today visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This is followed by a city tour of Christchurch. This afternoon includes a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at leisure, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions. This evening is free to explore the local cuisine.  (B)

DAY 12: Christchurch – Arthur’s Pass – Franz Josef
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.  (B,D)

DAY 13: Franz Josef – Queenstown
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.  (B)

DAY 14: Queenstown
Today is a free day to explore Queenstown. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader will assist with the many optional activities 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.  (B,SD)

DAY 15: Queenstown – Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
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.  (B,D)

DAY 16: Milford Sound – Te Anau
Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord. Return 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 Glowworm Caves (optional).  (B,D)

DAY 17: Te Anau – Dunedin
Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin. At Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station, board The Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail. On arrival at Pukerangi, meet your coach for the journey back to Dunedin.  (B,D)

DAY 18: Dunedin
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 Dunedin for a city tour followed by some free time. Optional activities you might be interested in include a tour of Speights Brewery or the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift.  (B,SD)

DAY 19: Dunedin – Christchurch
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. (B,SD)

DAY 20: Depart Christchurch
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

Important Notes

Excluded from the package price:

  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities/cruise shore excursions
  • Personal expenses

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