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 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|
|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 Māori hāngī and concert in Rotorua & 1 Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton|
|Footprints Waipoua Forest Tour|
|Waitangi Treaty Grounds|
|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
On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.
Stay: Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel (D)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 09:30, depart 16:15 (B,L,D)
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)
Cruise through the many inlets and bays that make up the Marlborough Sounds to Picton, the gateway to the South 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 17:00 (B,L,D)
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 07:00, depart 18:00 (B,L,D)
Situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, explore Dunedin’s historic architecture and beautiful botanic gardens.
Port Times: Arrive 07:00, depart 17:00 (B,L,D)
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)
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)
Enjoy a quiet refuge by day, gazing over the sea with cocktail in hand. (B, L, D)
Docking in Hobart gives you immediate access to Mount Wellington and its incredibly beautiful surrounds. From here you can look out over the busy harbour, which plays host to yachts from all over the world.
Port Times: Arrive 09:00, depart 17:00 (B,L,D)
As you cruise enjoy a day at sea to further explore all this luxurious ship has to offer. (B, L, D)
Located on the Sapphire Coast, Eden is steeped in whaling history and is one of Australia’s best spots for whale watching.
Port Times: Arrive 07:00, depart 16:00 (B,L,D)
Time to say goodbye after a memorable New Zealand holiday. (B)
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