Southern Hemisphere Highlights

Sydney - Christchurch

Best of New Zealand by Cruise & Coach



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

23 Days
From £5644 per person

Best of New Zealand by Cruise & Coach
From £5644 per person

Your Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4-5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15
  • Day 16
  • Day 17
  • Day 18
  • Day 19
  • Day 20
  • Day 21
  • Day 22
  • Day 23

Day 1 : Arrive Sydney

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

The transfer in Sydney on Day 1 to join the cruise is not included. Please make your own arrangements.

Day 2 : Cruising

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 : Hobart

Docking in Hobart gives you immediate access to Mount Wellington and its incredibly beautiful surrounds. From there you can look out over the busy harbour, which plays host to yachts from all over the world.

Port Times: Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

Day 4-5 : Cruising

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

Day 6 : Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds

Sail into the narrow fiords of Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. Milford Sound is considered to be one of New Zealand’s most stunning natural attractions. With its magical combination of mountain peaks, ink-dark waters and superb dramatic forest-clad cliffs, it must be seen to be believed. Sometimes called ‘the Sound of Silence’, Doubtful Sound is rich in flora and fauna, and New Zealand Fur Seals and Fiordland Crested Penguins can be seen on many of the small islets at the entrance of the fiord. Your ship will seem to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Scenic cruising.

Day 7 : Dunedin

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

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 : Picton

Cruise through the many inlets and bays that make up the Marlborough Sounds to Picton, the gateway to the North Island. This small seaport is only a short distance from the Marlborough wine region, famous for its Sauvignon Blanc.

Port Times: Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

Day 10 : Cruising

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

Day 11 : 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 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 19:00

Day 13 : Arrive Auckland - City Sights Tour

This morning arrive in Auckland. Disembark the ship and enjoy a 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

Day 14 : Auckland – Hokianga - Bay of Islands

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 for 2 nights: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 15 : Bay of Islands - Free Day

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 16 : 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. This evening is also free to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel: Skycity Hotel

Day 17 : Auckland - Rotorua

Travel to Waikato’s most visited attraction, the Hamilton Gardens. A guided tour 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 for 2 nights: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

Day 18 : 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 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.

Day 19 : Rotorua - Auckland – Queenstown

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 for 2 nights: Millennium Queenstown

Day 20 : 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 21 : Queenstown - Franz Josef

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)

Day 22 : Franz Josef - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch

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

Day 23 : Depart Christchurch

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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