Best of New Zealand by cruise and coach

SAVE $900 + Receive $1670 BONUS VALUE per couple*

Members: $7,209 P.P Twin Share

  • Type

    Ocean Cruise

  • Destination

    New Zealand South Pacific

  • Cruise Line


  • Departs

    8 November 2018

    31 January 2019


Members: $7,209 P.P Twin Share


Non-members: $7,659 P.P Twin Share

Solo traveller: $3,400


  • 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 your own arrangements.)

  • Return flight to homeport from Christchurch^

  • Hotel to airport transfer in Christchurch, Day 23

  • GST (Goods & Services tax)

  • Port taxes

  • Comprehensive Documentation Pack

About this trip


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- Tauranga, Bay of Plenty- 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 10 nights 4 star hotel accommodation 3 two night stays Hotel porterage 10 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua  8 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Farewell Dinner, Christchurch 1 Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton Sky Tower Kauri Museum Footprints Waipoua Forest Tour Waitangi Treaty Grounds Hamilton Gardens Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Skyline Gondola & Luge Ride Agrodome Thermal mud pools & geysers Tamaki Maori Experience TranzAlpine Rail Journey City sights tour of Auckland


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Day 3

    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 08:00 Depart 18:00.

  4. Day 4

    Cruising (B,L,D)

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

  5. Day 5

    Cruising (B,L,D)

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 07:00 Depart 18:00.

  9. 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.

  10. Day 10

    Cruising (B,L,D)

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

  11. Day 11

    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.

  12. Day 12

    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.

  13. Day 13

    Arrive Auckland - City Sights Tour (B,D)

    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.
    Hotel Skycity Hotel.

  14. Day 14

    Auckland - Hokianga - Bay Of Islands (B,D)

    Depart Auckland and travel to Matakohe to enjoy an informative talk at the Kauri Museum. After lunch travel north through Dargaville to the unforgettable Footprints Waipoua encounter, home to some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world. A local guide will explain how these trees are inter-twined with the lives of local Maori and the important role they play in the eco-system that is the Waipoua Forest. Continue to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands.
    Hotel Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands (2 nights).

  15. Day 15

    Bay Of Islands (Free Day) (B,D)

    Today is free to choose from the many optional activities available. You may like to take a coach trip to Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach, the Hole in the Rock Cruise, or a spectacular scenic flight. The choice is yours and your Tour Guide & Coach Captain will be available to assist.

  16. Day 16

    Bay Of Islands - Auckland (B)

    This morning enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. Farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south via Whangarei, Wellsford and Warkworth to Auckland for some free time. This evening is also free to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.
    Hotel Skycity Hotel.

  17. Day 17

    Auckland - Rotorua (B,L,D)

    Travel to the Hamilton Gardens for a guided tour that will take you on a journey from the peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s garden into an Italian Renaissance Garden followed by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh garden. Next visit Hobbiton for lunch followed by an experience of the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton
    Movie Set. A guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the set was created. Continue to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.
    Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Superior Room. 2 nights).

  18. Day 18

    Rotorua (B,Sd)

    Today begins with a gondola ride to the Stratosfare Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a 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. Travel to Te Puia for a guided tour of the
    boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to a Maori village for an interactive and educational experience which culminates with a cultural performance and traditional hangi feast.

  19. Day 19

    Rotorua - Auckland - Queenstown (B,D)

    Travel to Auckland Airport where you will 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).

  20. Day 20

    Queenstown (Free Day) (B)

    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 scenic Skippers Canyon or to get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening is also free and you may choose to dine high above Queenstown at the Skyline Restaurant or board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu for gourmet BBQ at Walter Peak Station (optional).

  21. Day 21

    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).

  22. Day 22

    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.

  23. Day 23

    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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*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.