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19 day New Zealand rail, cruise and coach holiday

Featuring four breathtaking rail journeys and Milford Sound overnight cruise.

Members from: $6,954 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $7,594 P.P Twin ShareSolo traveller from: $9,384

  • Type

    Escorted Touring

  • Destination

    New Zealand South Pacific

  • Supplier

    Grand Pacific Tours

  • Booking Code


  • Departs

    Multiple departures available. Enquire for more details.


  • Return airfares from your homeport

  • Personalised meet and greet on arrival

  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand

  • 48 seat modern coach travel with two door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows

  • Professional coach captain and tour leader

  • Seventeen nights, four star accommodation

  • Milford Sound overnight cruise

  • Six two night stays

  • Hotel porterage

  • Four rail journeys and four cruises

  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions

  • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services)

  • Comprehensive documentation pack

  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds (Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers)

  • Hole in the Rock Cruise

  • Glenbrook Vintage Railway

  • Paradise Valley Springs (Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers)

  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride

  • Agrodome

  • Thermal mud pools and geysers (Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers)

  • Te Puia traditional Māori Hāngi and Concert

  • Wellington Tramway Museum

  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum

  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry

  • Coastal Pacific Rail Journey

  • International Antarctic Centre

  • Christchurch Tram

  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey

  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw

  • Lakes District Museum

  • HIGHLIGHT: Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

  • Taieri Gorge Limited Rail Journey

  • Larnach Castle (Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers)

  • Haggis Ceremony and Gift

  • Olveston Historic Home (Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers)

  • City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin


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 Auckland

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 Māori tribes and the British.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (two nights)

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).

Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,L,D)

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.

Hotel: Grand Millennium Auckland

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, two nights)

Day 6: Rotorua (B,SD)

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a thrilling 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 Māori Hāngi and Concert.

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 (executive room two nights)

Day 8: Wellington (B)

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. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon and this evening is also free to explore Wellington’s lively food scene.

Day 9: Wellington - 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 travelling through numerous tunnels and across several bridges. Enjoy a two-night stay in the garden city of Christchurch.

Hotel: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (two nights)

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.

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)

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: Millennium Hotel Queenstown or similar (two nights)

Day 13: Queenstown (free day) (B,SD)

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. Your coach captain and tour leader 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 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.

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

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 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 Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (deluxe room)

Day 16: Te Anau - Dunedin (B,Sd)

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.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (two nights)

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 a city tour followed by some free time. You might be interested in a tour of Speights Brewery (optional) or the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat (optional). Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Day 18: Dunedin - Christchurch (B,Sd)

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.

Hotel: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

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.

About this trip

Ten reasons to travel on a rail, cruise and 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 four rail journeys including: Glenbrook Vintage Railway, Coastal Pacific Rail Journey, Silver Fern Seasider and the world-renowned TranzAlpine train journey

3. Relax with four 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 four- 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.

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Nine day taste of the South Island

Nine day taste of the South Island

Members from: $3,575 P.P Twin Share


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