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: Sydney to Christchurch
Departures: Nov 2018 to Jan 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $8414 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
Coast-to-coast TranzAlpine train journey through the Southern Alps
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation and activity, vouchers and local travel guides

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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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 and begin a 14-night cruise around Australia and New Zealand.

Port Times: Depart 18:30

Cruise: Celebrity Solstice (12 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
Melbourne

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)

Day 4
Cruising

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

Day 5
Cruising

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

Day 6
Milford, Doubtful and 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)

Day 7
Dunedin

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)

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 (B, L, D)

Day 9
Wellington

Locals are particularly proud of Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand. Loosely translated as ‘our place’ from the native Māori language, the museum is one of the world’s largest and most progressive (optional).

Port Times: Arrive 08:00, depart 18:00 (B, L, D)

Day 10
Cruising

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

Day 11
Tauranga

In the heart of 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 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 (B, L, D)

Day 13
Arrive Auckland - City Sights Tour

This morning arrive into Auckland, the beautiful ‘City of Sails’. 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 the Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions.

Stay: Skycity Hotel (B)

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, with some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world. A local guide will explain how these trees are intertwined with the lives of local Māori 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 and Resort Bay of Islands (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 15
Bay of Islands at Leisure

This morning enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Māori and the British. The rest of today is free. Choose from the many optional activities available, including a Hole in the Rock cruise, a relaxing luncheon cruise, or a spectacular scenic flight. The choice is yours, and your Tour Guide and Coach Captain will be available to assist. (B, D)

Day 16
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)

Day 17
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)

Day 18
Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride to 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 Māori village for an interactive and educational experience, which culminates with a cultural performance and traditional hāngī feast. (B, SD)

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 town tour of historic Arrowtown before arriving at your hotel.

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

Day 20
Queenstown at Leisure

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 jetboat 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 Stratosfare Restaurant or board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu for dinner at Walter Peak Station (optional). (B)

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. 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)

Day 22
Franz Josef - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch

Travel to Hokitika and visit a pounamu (jade) studio. 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.

Stay: Sudima Christchurch (B, D)

Day 23
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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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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