Comfort Escorted Tour Pacific New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach Tour

Price
$8799 per person
Duration
19 days
Destination
New Zealand
Travellers
24+

PREMIUM TOUR New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach Tour

This premium coach tour rates so highly with travellers because of the fantastic inclusions and special experiences. Enjoy the comfort of 4-star hotels, an incredible overnight cruise and one of the world's great rail journeys. The tour travels from Auckland to Christchurch and flights are included from Australia!
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Experience the best of New Zealand on this North and South Islands tour. Travel from Auckland to Christchurch via Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, Te Anau and Dunedin. Board the famous TransAlpine train for a spectacular journey and enjoy a magnificent overnight cruise on Milford Sound. From delicious dining experiences to Devonshire teas and a brewery visit, there are so many wonderful inclusions. You'll rarely feel like you have to dip into your wallet for extras on this popular escorted coach tour!

What's included

Destination
New Zealand Discover New Zealand
Departure Location
Fly from Australia to Auckland, New Zealand
Return Location
Fly to Australia from Christchurch, New Zealand
Additional Information
Departs 2021 & 2022: See the tour dates or brochure tab & contact us to check availability. Flights Included: Airfares included from Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney.
Price includes
  • Accommodation based on twin share room
  • Airport meet and greet
  • Airport transfers
  • Cruise as per itinerary
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entrance tickets to sites on tour
  • Escorted tour
  • First class hotels
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • International flights from Australia
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Porterage (up to two bags per person)
  • Rail travel as per itinerary
  • Small group tour
  • Transport in air conditioned vehicles
Price does not include
  • Any items or services not specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
Complementaries
Drinks Specials: Enjoy discounted drinks during Hotel Wine Time.
Additional Prices
Single Supplement: From $2500 and includes your own room. Want to Extend?: Ask us about staying longer in New Zealand. Fly from Other Cities: Extra $275 for flights from Adelaide, Canberra & Hobart. Extra $499 from Perth. Travel Insurance: Insurance is essential for this trip - please ask us for a quote.

Tour overview

This incredible New Zealand escorted tour is packed with inclusions and highlights across the spectacular North and South Islands!

Fly to Auckland and travel to the beautiful Bay of Islands, where you’ll enjoy a luxury catamaran cruise and have time to explore on your own. Continue to discover the North Island sights of Rotorua and Wellington, before crossing the Cook Strait to the South Island.

From Christchurch, board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s great rail journeys. Overnight in Franz Josef Glacier, take a vintage steamship across Lake Wakatipu and travel from Queenstown to Milford Sound to embark on an amazing overnight cruise aboard the Milford Mariner. Learn of Dunedin’s proud Scottish heritage before returning to Christchurch and marking the end of this breathtaking and memorable New Zealand holiday!

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Auckland, New Zealand
This fantastic New Zealand adventure starts in the harbour city of Auckland.

Special attractions included

  • Kauri Museum
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
  • Glenbrook Vintage Railway
  • Paradise Valley Springs*
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools and geysers*
  • Te Puia traditional Mãori Hãngi and Concert
  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Coastal Pacific Rail Journey
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Christchurch Tram
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • HIGHLIGHT – Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Speights Brewery Tour and Tasting*
  • Larnach Castle*
  • Olveston Historic Home*
  • City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin

*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers

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DAY 1

Fly to Auckland (D)

On arrival into Auckland, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink when you meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions for dinner.

Hotel Sudima Auckland City

Note included meals are listed through the itinerary:  (B) Breakfast. (L) Lunch. (D) Dinner. (SD) Specialty Dinner.

DAY 2

AUCKLAND - BAY OF ISLANDS (B,D)

Enjoy a city tour of Auckland, dubbed the ‘City of Sails’, before travelling to Matakohe to enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum. Travel via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Mãori tribes and the British.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights)

DAY 3

BAY OF ISLANDS (FREE DAY) (B)

Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

DAY 4

BAY OF ISLANDS - AUCKLAND (B,D)

This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over Piercy Island, or as it is popularly known, the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life. Upon return to Paihia, travel south via Whangarei, call into the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree before returning to Auckland.

Hotel Sudima Auckland City

DAY 5

AUCKLAND - ROTORUA (B,D)

This morning travel to Glenbrook Vintage Railway for a nostalgic 15 kilometre trip back in time on a beautifully restored vintage steam train. Visit the restoration workshop and on return to Glenbrook Station, morning tea will be served. Depart Glenbrook and travel through magnificent countryside of rolling hills and green pastures famous for dairying. Continue to Rotorua to visit Paradise Valley Springs, a superb wildlife park where you can hand-feed rainbow trout.

Hotel Pullman Rotorua (City View Room. 2 nights)

DAY 6

ROTORUA (B,SD)

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that is 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 Mãori Hãngi and Concert.

DAY 7

ROTORUA - WELLINGTON (B,D)

Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the spectacular Huka Falls. Continue to Lake Taupo for some free time to enjoy this scenic lakeside town. Travel via the Tongariro National Park and continue south to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington.

Hotel James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Executive Room. 2 nights)

DAY 8

WELLINGTON (B)

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon and this evening is also free to explore Wellington’s lively food scene.

DAY 9

WELLINGTON - CHRISTCHURCH (B,D)

This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross Cook Strait and travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific, a truly spectacular rail journey that showcases the Kaikōura mountain ranges on one side and the rugged scenic coastline on the other travelling through numerous tunnels and across several bridges. Enjoy a two-night stay in the garden city of Christchurch.

Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel (2 nights)

DAY 10

CHRISTCHURCH (B)

Today visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This is followed by an introductory city tour of Christchurch. This afternoon includes a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at leisure. This evening is free to try one of the many great local restaurants.

DAY 11

CHRISTCHURCH - ARTHUR’S PASS - FRANZ JOSEF (B,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 arriving at the township of Franz Josef where there’s time to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the glaciers.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

DAY 12

FRANZ JOSEF - QUEENSTOWN (B)

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south 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. This evening is free to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.
Hotel Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)

DAY 13

QUEENSTOWN (FREE DAY) (B,SD)

Today is a free day to explore Queenstown. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader will assist with the many optional activities available. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious gourmet barbecue dinner featuring a menu of seasonal, fresh and locally sourced food at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown.

DAY 14

QUEENSTOWN - MILFORD SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISE (B,D)

This morning travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via Te Anau to Milford Sound and board the Milford Mariner for your amazing overnight cruise. There is plenty of time to view the fiord’s spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife - you’re bound to encounter seals and if you’re lucky maybe dolphins and penguins. As evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet prepared freshly by the onboard chef.

Overnight Milford Mariner

DAY 15

MILFORD SOUND - TE ANAU (B,D)

Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord. Return to the wharf to meet your coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Te Anau where you will enjoy an afternoon at leisure. You may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).

Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Room)

DAY 16

TE ANAU - DUNEDIN (B,D)

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin, famous for its stunning Edwardian and Victorian architecture dating back to the gold rush of the 1800’s. Today Dunedin is New Zealand’s oldest university city.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (2 nights)

DAY 17

DUNEDIN (B,SD)

This morning travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Return to Dunedin for a city tour followed by some free time. Optional activities you might be interested in, include the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat.  Later, visit Speight’s Brewery, a Dunedin icon, for an informative and interactive tour through this working brewery. The tasting session will be followed by a delicious dinner at the Ale House restaurant.

DAY 18

DUNEDIN - CHRISTCHURCH (B,SD)

This morning visit Olveston Historic Home, a prosperous merchants’ home from the turn of the century before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a pre-dinner drink and reminisce on memories shared with your new friends at the farewell dinner.

Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel

DAY 19

DEPART CHRISTCHURCH (B)

Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

More about New Zealand

For a country that’s only 18% bigger than the state of Victoria and has a population less than the city of Melbourne, it packs a whole lot of amazing experiences into a small space. Plus, an exchange rate in favour of the Australian dollar is nice bonus. Split into two main islands, the North Island is where you'll find the capital of Wellington and the country's largest city of Auckland. It also has proud Maori heritage and rich cultural experiences. On the South Island, also officially named Te Waipounamu, the natural wonders shine brightly. Explore stunning Abel Tasman National Park, the great Southern Alps and beautiful Milford Sound.
Experience the best of New Zealand on this North and South Islands tour. Travel from Auckland to Christchurch via Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, Te Anau and Dunedin. Board the famous TransAlpine train for a spectacular journey and enjoy a magnificent overnight cruise on Milford Sound. From delicious dining experiences to Devonshire teas and a brewery visit, there are so many wonderful inclusions. You'll rarely feel like you have to dip into your wallet for extras on this popular escorted coach tour!

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This fantastic escorted tour is a comprehensive New Zealand experience with loads of inclusions. You'll be looked after throughout by a professional coach captain on this highly rated tour that only takes a maximum of 32 people on a full size coach.

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CLICK HERE to view, download or print a copy of this travel brochure.

The brochure includes details of the inclusions and other relevant travel information. Information contained in the brochure is subject to change and at the time of booking you will be provided with an updated copy that includes the current details for your reservation.

Price and details are valid at time of publication on 25 May 2021.

Tour departures

This escorted group tour departs from Australia:

2021 – 22 September
2022 – 20 February; 18 & 27 April

Please ask us for your preferred departure date and we will advise availability.

Tour start time

You will be advised of the flight details and check-in times when your booking is confirmed.

Important to remember...

The day-by-day itinerary is intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, road conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that are ultimately for the client's benefit. It is essential that travellers are flexible and open minded in this regard.

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Email [email protected]. Phone 1300 168 910 (in Australia) or +61 400 226 454 (from overseas or via mobile).

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New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach Tour

Price
$8799 per person
Duration
19 days
Destination
New Zealand
Travellers
24+

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