23 Day Best of New Zealand by Cruise and Luxury Coach

23 Day Best of New Zealand by Cruise and Luxury Coach

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, you can be assured of a complete New Zealand experience.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Melbourne
Departures: Feb 2020 to Nov 2021
Price: From (NZD) $9119 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Duration: 23 Days
Tour Code: GPNZ23

Inclusions

12 nights on the luxurious superliner – Celebrity Solstice
Deluxe balcony cabin on board the Celebrity Solstice (Vista Deck 8)
World-class dining in a range of unique venues (breakfast, lunch and dinner daily)
Inspiring activities such as cooking classes and wine tasting
10 nights premium hotel accommodation including hotel porterage
8 sumptuous dinners including 2 specialty dinners: Māori hāngī and concert in Rotorua, and farewell dinner in Christchurch
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

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel (B)

Day 2
Christchurch - Arthurs 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.

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

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.

Stay: Copthorne Queenstown Lakefront (2 nights) (B,D)

Day 4
Queenstown

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 gourmet barbecue at Walter Peak Station (optional). (B)

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.

Stay: Skycity Hotel (B,D)

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.

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

Day 7
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. (B,D)

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.

Stay: Skycity Hotel (B)

Day 9
Auckland - Rotorua

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.

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

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. (B,D)

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.

Port Times: Depart 18:30

Cruise: Celebrity Solstice (12 nights) (B,D)

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 (B,L,D)

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 (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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 (B,L,D)

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 (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

Day 18
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 19
Cruising

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

Day 20
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 (B,L,D)

Day 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 (B,L,D)

Day 22
Cruising

As you cruise enjoy a day at sea to further explore all this luxurious ship has to offer. (B, L, D)

Day 23
Melbourne

Time to say goodbye after a memorable New Zealand holiday. (B)

5/5.0

There are 2 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 5 out of 5.

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02/02/2016
Our 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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27/01/2015
It 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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Departures: Feb 2020 to Nov 2021
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