20 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise and Coach

20 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise and Coach

Enjoy a 9 night cruise combined with a 10 night coach tour including the picturesque Bay of Islands. Cruise on-board from Sydney to New Zealand on the Celebrity Solstice. From your cruiseship transfer to a Scenic 10 night coach tour travelling both islands of New Zealand.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Sydney to Christchurch
Departures: Feb 2021 to Mar 2021
Price: From (NZD) $9024 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Duration: 20 Days
Tour Code: gpnz20

Inclusions

9 nights on the luxurious superliner – Celebrity Solstice
Deluxe Balcony Stateroom cabin on board the Celebrity Solstice
World-class dining in a range of unique venues (breakfast, lunch and dinner daily)
Awesome entertainment & Endless engaging and exciting activities
Ports of call: Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds at Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Tauranga & Auckland
10 nights in 4 star accommodation
10 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
8 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Mãori Hãngi and 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 and Luge
Agrodome Farm Show
Thermal mud pools and geysers
Tamaki Maori Experience
Coast-to-coast TranzAlpine train journey through the Southern Alps
City sights tour of Auckland
Note: The airfare and transfer to Sydney on Day 1 to join the cruise is not included. Please make own arrangements.

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Please Note: – For the February 2021 departure, there are some changes to the cruise and coach tour. The tour will change from a 21 day to a 20 day itinerary. Your Relaxing Journeys consultant will advise of changes at time of booking.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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.

Port Times: Depart 18:45

Cruise: Celebrity Solstice (9 nights) (D)

Day 2
Cruising

Relax and enjoy the comforts of this stunning superliner. While at sea, enjoy the on-board facilities, world-class cuisine and entertainment, not to mention your deluxe balcony cabin. (B,L,D)

Day 3
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 stateroom. Cruise across the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud. (B,L,D)

Day 4
Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds

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. (B,L,D)

Day 5
Dunedin

Situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, explore Dunedin’s historic architecture and beautiful botanic gardens.

Port Times: Arrive 09:00, depart 17:00 (B,L,D)

Day 6
Christchurch

In Christchurch you will see state-of-the-art architecture, vibrant street art, bustling restaurants, laneways and green public spaces. Take time to explore the city by tram or Edwardian punt along the tranquil Avon River.

Port Times: Arrive 07:00, depart 18:00 (B,L,D)

Day 7
Wellington

Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington was recently named the ‘Coolest Little Capital’. On the waterfront is Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, one of the best interactive museums in the world.

Port Times: Arrive 08:00, depart 17:00 (B,L,D)

Day 8
Cruising

Enjoy a quiet refuge by day, gazing over the sea with a cocktail in hand. (B,L,D)

Day 9
Tauranga

Located in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is situated at the entrance to one of the largest natural harbours in New Zealand.

Port Times: Arrive 08:30, depart 19:45 (B,L,D)

Day 10
Arrive Auckland - City Sights Tour

This morning arrive into the beautiful ‘City of Sails’, Auckland. Disembark the ship, meet your Coach Captain and enjoy an informative city tour of Auckland which includes the Auckland Domain, Parnell Rose Garden and Bastion Point. This afternoon visit Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions.

Stay: Skycity Hotel (B,D)

Day 11
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 the 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

Stay: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights) (B,D)

Day 12
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 Coach Captain and Tour Leader will be available to assist. (B, D)

Day 13
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 Sculputureum, an art experience that is internationally unique. Enjoy time to wander through the Garden of Creative Diversity and 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.

Stay: Skycity Hotel (B)

Day 14
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.

Stay: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Superior Room. 2 nights) (B,L,D)

Day 15
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. (B, SD)

Day 16
Rotorua - Auckland - Queenstown

Travel to Auckland Airport where you will board a local flight to picturesque Queenstown, located in the South Island. Meet your South Island Coach Captain and travel to this year-round resort located on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu.

Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront (2 nights) (B,D)

Day 17
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. 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 a gourmet barbecue at Walter Peak Station (optional). (B)

Day 18
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 the township of Fox Glacier. Continue to Franz Josef where time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) (B,D)

Day 19
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. Descent 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.

Stay: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (B,D)

Day 20
Depart Christchurch

Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. (B)

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Departures: Feb 2021 to Mar 2021

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