Best of New Zealand by Cruise & Coach
PREMIUM ESCORTED COACH TOUR WITH CRUISE
CHRISTCHURCH | ARTHUR’S PASS | FRANZ JOSEF | QUEENSTOWN | AUCKLAND | BAY OF ISLANDS ROTORUA | TAURANGA | AKAROA | DUNEDIN | DUSKY SOUND | DOUBTFUL SOUND | MILFORD SOUND |SYDNEY | MELBOURNE
Enjoy a unique and truly amazing experience as you visit Sydney and Melbourne; cruise the Tasman Sea aboard a luxury ocean liner, then navigate the highlights of the South and North Islands of New Zealand.
• 12 night luxury cruise
• Discover Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds
• TranzAlpine Rail Journey
Best of New Zealand by Cruise & Coach
Day 1 : Arrive Christchurch
On arrival into Christchurch, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.
Hotel: Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel
Day 2 : Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Franz Josef
This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as 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 continuing to 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 3 : Franz Josef - Queenstown
See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast to Fox Glacier. Continue 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.
Hotel Copthorne Queenstown Lakefront (2 nights)
Day 4 : Queenstown - Free Day
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 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 barbecue at Walter Peak Station (optional).
Day 5 : Queenstown - Auckland
Travel to Queenstown Airport where you will board a local flight to the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland, located in the North Island. Meet your North Island Coach Captain and enjoy an informative city tour. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions.
Hotel: Skycity Hotel
Day 6 : Auckland - Hokianga - Bay of Islands
Depart Auckland and travel to Matakohe to enjoy an informative talk at the Kauri Museum. After lunch travel 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: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights)
Day 7 : Bay of Islands
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.
Day 8 : Bay of Islands - Auckland
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 and Warkworth to Matakana to visit Sculptureum, an art experience that is internationally unique. Enjoy time to wander through the Garden of Creative Diversity and to view the hundreds of displayed works in the Galleries and garden all designed to amuse and inspire. Return to Auckland where this evening is free to dine at one of the many fine restaurants available.
Hotel: Skycity Hotel
Day 9 : Auckland - Rotoura
Travel to Waikato’s most visited attraction, the Hamilton Gardens. Your guide will share the story of how the Gardens were transformed into a Garden of International Significance. Visit Hobbiton for lunch followed by an experience of the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. A guide will recount the fascinating details of how the set was created. Continue to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.
Hotel: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Superior Room. 2 nights)
Day 10 : Rotorua
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 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.
Day 11 : Rotorua - Auckland
Travel to Auckland where you will board the Celebrity Solstice to commence your 12 night cruise around New Zealand and back to Australia.
Overnight: Celebrity Solstice
Port Times: Depart 18:00
Day 12 : Bay of Islands
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 17:00
Day 13 : Tauranga
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 18:00
Day 14 : Cruising
Relax and enjoy the comforts of this stunning superliner. While at sea enjoy the on board facilities, world-class cuisine and the entertainment not to mention your deluxe balcony cabin.
Day 15 : Akaroa
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 19:00
Day 16 : Dunedin
Situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, explore Dunedin’s historic architecture and beautiful botanic gardens.
Port Times: Arrive 07:30 Depart 17:00
Day 17 : Dusky, Doubtful & Milford Sounds
Sail into the narrow fiords of Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds. Your ship will seem to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Scenic cruising.
Day 18-19 : Cruising
Enjoy a quiet refuge by day, gazing over the sea with cocktail in hand.
Day 20-21 : Sydney
Considered to be one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney offers just about anything, from beaches and wineries to stunning landmarks and world-class shopping. Overnight in port.
Port Times: Arrive 08:00 Depart 22:00
Day 22 : Cruising
As you cruise enjoy a day at sea to further explore all this luxurious ship has to offer.
Day 23 : Melbourne
Time to say goodbye after a memorable holiday.