New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach Holiday


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Members from: $6,350 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $6,964 P.P Twin ShareSolo traveller from: $8,440

  • Type

    Coach Touring

  • Destination

    New Zealand South Pacific

  • Supplier

    Grand Pacific Tours

  • Booking Code

    GPNZRCC

  • Departs

    Multiple departures available. Enquire for more details.

  • Company

    Grand Pacific Tours


Includes


  • Return airfares from your homeport

  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival

  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand

  • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows

  • Professional Coach Captain and Tour Guide

  • 17 nights 4 star hotel accommodation

  • Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

  • 6 two night stays

  • Hotel porterage

  • 4 rail journeys and 5 cruises

  • All sightseeing & pre paid attractions

  • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services

  • Comprehensive documentation pack


About this trip


10 Reasons to Travel on a Rail, Cruise & Coach Holiday

1. See spectacular viewpoints from each travel style while experiencing with romance of rail travel, the relaxation of cruising and the comfort of coach travel. 

2. Enjoy 4 rail journeys including: Glenbrook Vintage Railway, Coastal Pacific Rail Journey, Silver Fern Seasider and the world-renowned TranzAlpine train journey

3. Relax with 5 scenic cruises including: Dolphin/ Hole in the Rock Catamaran Cruise, Interislander Ferry crossing, Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, journey across Lake Te Anau and visit the Glow Worm Caves and enjoy the spectacular fiords on a Milford Sound Overnight Cruise. 

4. Travel in style on board a comfortable, modern coach with panoramic windows, reclining seats, air conditioning and two door access.

5. Enjoy exclusive extras including a meet and greet at each hotel, Wine Time drink specials before dinner, reserved dining and activities such as a reserved Top Deck on the Milford Sound Cruise.

6. Rest in comfort with every 4 star hotel carefully handpicked to provide a great level of comfort.

7. Receive expert information from our professional and friendly crew as they provide fun and informative commentary, showcasing the facts and figures, myths and legends of New Zealand.

8. Sit back and relax knowing the hassle of overlooking hidden locations or taking a wrong turn is removed.

9. Discover New Zealand and visit stunning fiords carved by glaciers, experience authentic Maori culture and witness sleeping volcanoes.

10. Make new friends as you share your experiences with like-minded people and create memorable experience together.


Itinerary


  1. Day 1

    Arrive Auckland (D)

    On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

    Hotel Grand Millennium Hotel.

  2. Day 2

    Auckland - Bay Of Islands (B,D)

    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 Maori tribes and the British.

    Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights).

  3. Day 3

    Bay Of Islands (Free Day) (B)

    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 and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

  4. Day 4

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

    This morning travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning to Paihia. Enjoy a picnic lunch before travelling south via Whangarei, call into the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree before arriving into to Auckland’s north shore. You will see stunning views of Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.

    Hotel Spencer on Byron.

  5. Day 5

    Auckland - Rotorua (B,D)

    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.

    Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Superior Room. 2 nights).

  6. Day 6

    Rotorua (B,Sd)

    Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is 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 Maori Hangi and Concert.

  7. Day 7

    Rotorua - Wellington (B,D)

    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.

    Hotel James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (2 nights).

  8. Day 8

    Wellington (B)

    A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. 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.

  9. Day 9

    Wellington - Kaikoura - Christchurch (B,D)

    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. Travel through numerous tunnels and across several bridges before departing the train in Kaikoura. Travel south by coach through some of the finest farmland area’s to the garden city of Christchurch.

    Hotel Distinction Christchurch (2 nights).

  10. Day 10

    CHRISTCHURCH (B). 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. This afternoon includes a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at your leisure, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions.This evening is free to explore the local cuisine.

  11. Day 11

    Christchurch - Arthur’S Pass - Franz Josef (B,D)

    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.

    Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing).

  12. Day 12

    Franz Josef - Queenstown (B)

    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.

    Hotel Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront (2 nights).

  13. Day 13

    Queenstown (Free Day) (B,Sd)

    Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. Your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist with the many options available. 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 on your return cruise.

  14. Day 14

    Queenstown - Milford Sound Overnight Cruise (B,D)

    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.

    Overnight Milford Mariner.

  15. Day 15

    Milford Sound - Te Anau (B,D)

    Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord. Return back to the wharf to meet your coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Te Anau. This afternoon enjoy a cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Glow Worm Caves where you will admire the incredible limestone caverns, waterfalls and mystery of the Glow Worm Grotto.

    Hotel Distinction Luxmore (Deluxe Room).

  16. Day 16

    Te Anau - Dunedin (B,Sd)

    Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin. After time for lunch board the Silver Fern railcar for a journey along spectacular clifftops overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Blueskin Bay. On return to Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station, board the coach for an informative city tour. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift.

    Hotel Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (2 nights).

  17. Day 17

    Dunedin (B,D)

    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 the city for some free time. You might choose to board The Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail (optional).

  18. Day 18

    Dunedin - Christchurch (B,Sd)

    This morning visit Olveston Historic Home, containing treasures from a bygone era before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

    Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport.

  19. 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 holiday.


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*Conditions apply. Prices valid ex SYD, MEL, BNE & OOL and include pre paid taxes. 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 savings. Also receive a NZ Travel Guide Book per household. Not valid on special Group departures. No other special offers or discounts apply. Special offer applies to 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.