Cruise & South Island Explorer

SAVE $784 + Receive $1670 BONUS VALUE per couple*

New Zealand South Pacific

$5,807.00 per person, twin share ( Member)

$6,199.00 per person, twin share (Non Member)

$2,900.00 single supplement


  • Tour Guide
  • Internal flight from Auckland to Queenstown^ (The airfare and transfer to Sydney on Day 1 to join the cruise is not included. Please make own arrangements.)
  • Return flight to homeport from Christchurch^
  • Hotel to airport transfer in Christchurch, Day 19
  • GST (Goods & Services tax)
  • Port taxes
  • Comprehensive Documentation Pack


  • 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, 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
    - Bay of Islands
    - Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    - Auckland, ‘City of Sails’
  • Gratuities on board



  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • 6 nights four star hotel accommodation
  • 2 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 6 cooked breakfasts
  • 4 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Farewell dinner, Christchurch
  • Sky Tower
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Christchurch Tram Pass
  • City Sights tour of Auckland & Christchurch

Itinerary Details

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 at 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 (B,L,D). Arrive into Melbourne, where a short tram ride will take you into the city. Melbourne‘s eclectic dining scene offers an array of the world’s great cuisine’s. Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00.

Day 4

CRUISING (B,L,D). Cruise across the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Day 5

CRUISING (B,L,D). Cruise across the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Day 6

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 7

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 8

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 08:00 Depart 18:00.

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

CRUISING (B,L,D). Enjoy a quiet refuge by day, gazing over the sea with a cocktail in hand.

Day 11

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 12

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 19:00.

Day 13

ARRIVE AUCKLAND - CITY SIGHTS TOUR (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 and Bastion Point. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. Hotel Skycity Hotel.

Day 14

AUCKLAND - QUEENSTOWN (B). Today 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. Hotel Millennium Queenstown (2 nights).

Day 15

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 16

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 is time available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers. Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) or similar.

Day 17

FRANZ JOSEF - ARTHUR’S PASS - CHRISTCHURCH (B,D). 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. Hotel Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel (2 nights).

Day 18

CHRISTCHURCH SIGHTSEEING (B,SD). 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 which includes a journey on board one of the beautifully restored heritage trams through the city centre. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure before returning to your hotel. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

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.

*Conditions apply. Prices valid ex SYD, MEL, BNE & OOL based on one way Trans Tasman airfare and includes pre paid taxes. Travel to join or return from the Cruise not included in package. The prices, dates and information supplied are valid at the time of the web page going live, however prices and itinerary are subject to change or may be withdrawn at any time. Saving amount and Member price includes National Seniors 4% member discount plus Grand Pacific Tours saving. Up to US$1670 value is based on a 12 night cruise and includes: US$350 Onboard credit (GAP Points) per couple. If a Solo cabin is booked the traveller will receive US$200 onboard credit. Travellers can choose between either a Classic Beverage package OR an extra $150 onboard credit per person OR Unlimited Internet on the Celebrity Solstice, travellers in the same Stateroom must select the same option. No other special offers or discounts apply. Offer can be withdrawn at any time without notice. For new bookings only. Please confirm all details and final cost with your consultant at the time of booking. Product is supplied by Grand Pacific Tours. For full terms and conditions please contact your travel consultant or refer to the terms and conditions on the supplier’s website.