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23 Day Best of New Zealand by Cruise & Luxury Coach

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Grand Pacific Cruise & Coach Tour starting in Sydney and finishing in Christchurch

Tour Description

See the best of New Zealand from the ocean on board one of the most luxurious superliners, Celebrity Solstice. Combined with a luxury coach tour with Grand Pacific which includes all the iconic locations not visited on the cruise, will ensure the complete New Zealand experience.

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Tour Info
Regions Visited
Celebrity Solstice Cruise (Days 1-13)
  • BONUS US$50 onboard credit per stateroom
  • Deluxe Balcony Cabin onboard the Celebrity Solstice (Vista Deck 8)
  • Group 'meet & greet' and welcome dinner
  • World class dining in a range of unique venues (breakfast, lunch & dinner daily)
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  • Awesome entertainment
  • Inspiring activities such as cooking classes and wine tasting
  • Ports of call:
  • Gratuities on board
Coach Tour Attractions Included
Secnic Coach Tour (Days 14-23)
  • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
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  • 10 nights superior 4 star hotel accommodation
  • 3 two night stays
  • Hotel Porterage
  • 10 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast at Stratosfare Restaurant - Rotorua
  • 8 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert - Rotorua; Farewell Dinner - Christchurch
  • 1 Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton
Travel Services
  • Tour Guide
  • Internal flight from Auckland to Queenstown
  • Hotel to airport transfer in Christchurch, Day 23
  • GST (Goods & Services tax)
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  • Port taxes
  • Comprehensive Documentation Pack
Superior Accommodation

Superior hotels are utilised on these tours and represent a 4 star rating. All properties are centrally located and offer high quality service plus a wide range of facilities.

Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions shown apply to departures from September 2018 onwards.

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Travel in Style

A range of accessories that will complement your documentation pack. Grand Pacific Tours offer a range of stylish accessories that will complement your documentation pack. These items offer great value for money and will be a memento of your New Zealand holdiay for many years to come. Order any of these items with Relaxing Journeys at the time of booking, as they are not able to be purchased when you arrive.

Grand Pacific Tour Mechandise

Jacket $NZ 79, Cap $NZ 25, Both $NZ 99

Tour Itinerary - Day by Day
  • Day1

    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.

    Stay: Celebrity Solstice (12 nights) (D)

  • Day2


    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. (B,L,D)

  • Day3

    Melbourne - Free Day

    Arrive into Melbourne, Victoria’s coastal capital, where a short tram ride will take you into the city. At its centre is the strikingly modern Federation Square with bars and restaurants. Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00. (B, L, D)

  • Day4


    Two days of cruising across the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud. (B,L,D)

  • Day5


    Continuing across the Tasman to the South Island of New Zealand. (B,L,D)

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  • Day6

    Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds

    Sail into the narrow fiords of the Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. Your massive ship will seem to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Scenic cruising. (B, L, D)

  • Day7


    Dunedin is known as the Edinburgh of the South. Situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, explore Dunedin's historic architecture and beautiful botanic gardens. Port Times Arrive 09:00 Depart 19:00. (B, L, D)

  • Day8


    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 09:00 Depart 18:00. (B, L, D)

  • Day9


    Locals are particularly proud of the National Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa. Loosely translated as 'our place' from the native Maori tongue, the museum is one of the world's largest and most progressive (optional). Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00. (B, L, D)

  • Day10


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

  • Day11


    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. (B, L, D)

  • Day12

    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. (B, L, D)

  • Day13

    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 which includes the Auckland Domain, Parnell Rose Garden and Bastion Point. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure.

    Stay: Skycity Hotel (B, D)

  • Day14

    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, with 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.

    Stay: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands (2 nights) (B, D)

  • Day15

    Bay of Islands (Free Day)

    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. The rest of today is free. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Hole in the Rock Cruise, a relaxing luncheon cruise or a spectacular scenic flight. The choice is yours and your Tour Guide & Coach Captain will be available to assist. (B, D)

  • Day16

    Bay of Islands - Auckland

    Farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south via Whangarei, Wellsford and Warkworth to Auckland for some free time. This evening is also free for you to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

    Stay: Skycity Hotel (B)

  • Day17

    Auckland - Rotorua

    Travel to the Hamilton Gardens for a guided tour that 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: Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights) (B, L, D)

  • Day18


    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. (B, SD)

  • Day19

    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 & enjoy a town tour of historic Arrowtown before arriving at your hotel.

    Stay: Millennium Queenstown (2 nights) (B, D)

  • Day20

    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 get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening is free and you may wish to dine high above Queenstown at the Skyline Restaurant or board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu for dinner at Walter Peak Station (optional). (B)

  • Day21

    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. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers before continuing to Franz Josef.

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

  • Day22

    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 newfound friends.

    Stay: Sudima Christchurch (B, SD)

  • Day23

    Depart Christchurch

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

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Tour Reviews

View all 2 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 5.0 out of 5.

  • 5Our coach drivers were excellent, and very knowledgeable. Our coach guide, Anthony O'Brien, was very accommodating, helpful, and enjoyable. He certainly had our best interests at heart, and kept good track of all of us. I would gladly recommend Grand Pacific Coach Tours to all travelers. I found New Zealand to be a beautiful, clean, and friendly country.

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    - 02/02/2016
  • 5It was a fantastic holiday, with the cruise and the the coach elements we saw lots of interesting and beautiful places. We felt that it would have been improved had we been able to spend a couple of nights at certain resorts.

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    - 27/01/2015

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