25 Day New Zealand Vista Coach and Cruise

25 Day New Zealand Vista Coach and Cruise

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, visiting Queenstown, Franz Josef and Christchurch, you are bound to have a truly wonderful New Zealand experience.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Sydney
Departures: Mar 2019
From (NZD) $8764 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Duration: 25 Days
Tour Code: GPNZ25


14 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

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

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

Stay: Sudima Christchurch (D)

Day 2
Christchurch - Arthur's 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 pounamu (jade), 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 town situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu.

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

Day 4
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 the helicopter ride of a lifetime. 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 5
Queenstown - Auckland

Travel to Queenstown Airport where you will board a local flight to Auckland, located in the North Island. Meet your North Island Coach Captain and enjoy an informative city tour. This afternoon includes a visit to the 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 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 ecosystem of 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 7
Bay of Islands at Leisure

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

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: Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 10

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! Travel to the Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Māori hāngī feast and concert. (B, SD)

Day 11
Rotorua - Auckland - Join Celebrity Solstice

Travel to Auckland where you will board the Celebrity Solstice to commence your 14 night cruise around New Zealand and back to Australia.

Port Times: Depart 20:00

Overnight: Celebrity Solstice (14 nights) (B, D)

Day 12

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

Day 13

Located 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 09:00, depart 18:00 (B, L, D)

Day 14

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 15

Locals are particularly proud of Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand. Loosely translated as “our place” from the 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 16

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)

Day 17

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 18
Dusky, Doubtful and 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 19

Cruise across the Tasman Sea and enjoy time at sea to further explore this luxurious ship. (B, L, D)

Day 20

Cruise across the Tasman Sea and enjoy time at sea to further explore this luxurious ship. (B, L, D)

Day 21

Docking in Hobart gives you immediate access to Mount Wellington and its incredibly beautiful surroundings. From there you can look out over the busy harbour, which plays host to yachts from all over the world.

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

Day 22

The Celebrity Solstice offers an unparalleled wealth of dining, from the sophisticated Main Restaurant to casual dining at the Ocean View Cafe, or specialty dining experiences where each restaurant offers a unique culinary journey. (B, L, D)

Day 23

Arrive into Melbourne, where a short tram ride will take you into the city. At its centre is the strikingly modern Federation Square with many bars and restaurants.

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

Day 24

From morning until night, there are hundreds of different activities happening on board your cruise ship. Your Tour Guide is on hand to assist. (B, L, D)

Day 25

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

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Departures: Mar 2019

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