New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach Tour – March 2018
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Legend:IFM: In Flight Meal B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner
Day 1 & 2: PERTH TO AUCKLANDIFMB D
Relax and enjoy your home pick-up and return by private vehicle. Transfer to the airport to meet your fellow travellers and board your overnight flight to Auckland. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to the hotel where early check-in and breakfast has been included. The day is at your leisure until the evening where you will meet up and enjoy dinner with your Tour Manager.
Hotel: Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland for 1 night
Day 3: AUCKLAND TO BAY OF ISLANDSB D
Today enjoy a city sights tour before travelling to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Continue through Whangarei to the Bay of Islands. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands for 2 nights
Day 4: BAY OF ISLANDSB
This morning travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins. The remainder of today is at leisure.
Day 5: BAY OF ISLANDS TO AUCKLANDB D
Farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south to visit the Kauri Museum for an informative talk. Continue to Auckland’s north shore for some time at your leisure.
Hotel: Spencer on Byron for 1 night
Day 6: AUCKLAND TO ROTORUAB L
Travel on the Glenbrook Vintage Railway and enjoy a nostalgic 15 kilometre trip on this beautifully restored vintage steam train. Visit the restoration workshop and then continue through magnificent countryside to Longlands Farm & Restaurant. A delicious home cooked lunch hosted by a rural New Zealand family will be served. Next, continue to Rotorua and visit Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park.
Hotel: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua for 2 nights
Day 7: ROTORUAB D
Today begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. Next stop is at the Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education. Enjoy some free time before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and Geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.
Day 8: ROTORUA TO WELLINGTONB 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 south to the capital city of Wellington for an extensive city tour.
Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor for 2 nights
Day 9: WELLINGTONB
A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Enjoy free time at leisure this afternoon and evening.
Day 10: WELLINGTON TO BLENHEIMB D
This morning you’ll cross Cook Strait and travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Travel to Blenheim, the heart of wine- growing Marlborough. This afternoon a fascinating tour of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre will transport you to from WWI to WWII featuring an extensive collection of aircraft belonging to Sir Peter Jackson.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Marlborough for 1 night
Day 11: BLENHEIM TO CHRISTCHURCHB D
Today’s travel takes you through the alpine village of St Arnaud, the enchanting beech Maruia Forest and the Lewis Pass. Continue south to the Garden City of Christchurch for an informative city tour.
Hotel: Quality Hotel Elms for 1 night
Day 12: CHRISTCHURCH – ARTHURS PASS – FRANZ JOSEFB D
This morning board the TranzAlpine, 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 Franz Josef.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier for 1 night
Day 13: FRANZ JOSEF TO QUEENSTOWNB
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.
Hotel: Mercure Queenstown Resort - Lakeview Rooms for 2 nights
Day 14: QUEENSTOWN – FREE DAYB D
Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. Your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist with the many options available. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano on your return cruise.
Day 15: QUEENSTOWN – MILFORD SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISEB 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. As evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet prepared freshly by the on-board chef.
Cruise: Milford Mariner for 1 night
Day 16: MILFORD SOUND TO TE ANAUB D
Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord. This afternoon enjoy a cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Glow Worm Caves.
Hotel: Distinction Luxmore for 1 night
Day 17: TE ANAU TO DUNEDINB D
Travel to Dunedin and board The Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail. On the return to Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station your coach will transfer you to your hotel.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City for 2 nights
Day 18: DUNEDINB D
Today you’ll travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour. Next visit Glenfalloch Restaurant for a delightful morning tea. Return to the city for an informative city tour before some free time to explore at leisure. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift.
Day 19: DUNEDIN TO CHRISTCHURCHB D
This morning visit Olveston House, a prestigious historic home before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.
Hotel: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport for 1 night
Day 20: CHRISTCHURCH TO PERTHIFMB
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. On arrival in Perth your driver will be waiting to take you home.
Imagine a land of immense and diverse landscape. Spectacular glaciers, picturesque fjords, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hills, and miles of coastline with sandy beaches. This is New Zealand! Add quality wines, fresh produce, welcoming locals and fine hotel stays, well…….there’s all this and more. You’ve seen, there are many tours to New Zealand but none quite like this. You’ll travel around the North and South Islands in a luxury, air-conditioned two-door coach, and whilst it’s a tour not a lay by the pool holiday, we’ve included six two-night stays to enhance your experience. You stay a little longer and enjoy some free time or a night out at a local restaurant. We’re not leaving it at that though, there is also four spectacular rail journeys and five scenic cruises with a highlight being an overnight cruise on Milford Sound. I’m yet to find a tour to New Zealand that includes more, shows you more, looks after you more, and treats you to an experience you deserve than our New Zealand Rail, Cruise and Coach Holiday. In conjunction with our partner, Grand Pacific Tours our exclusive departure and inclusions will give you a holiday of a lifetime.
- EXCLUSIVE - Home pick-up and Return provided by Hughes
- Return economy airfares and taxes flying Air New Zealand
- Tour Manager in New Zealand
- Arrival and Departure transfers
- Luxury coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
- Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide
- Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
- 18 nights superior hotel accommodation
- Four 2-night hotel stays
- Three Rail Journeys
- Five Scenic Cruises
- All sightseeing and pre-paid attractions
- EXCLUSIVE - Complimentary Early Check-in on arrival
- EXCLUSIVE - Grand Pacific Tours Jacket
- Breakfast Daily, 1 Lunch, 15 Dinners
- Tour through the North and South Islands of New Zealand
- Ride on the Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train for a nostalgic trip back in time
- See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps
- Cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Glow Worms Cave
- Scottish evening with bagpipes and great food
- Take a rail journey on the TranzAlpine, one of the great train journeys in the world
- Enjoy a sing-a-long by the piano on-board the TS Earnslaw
Home pick-up and return is provided by Hughes. It is included in the price based on a set radius. If you live outside this radius, a surcharge will apply. This tour is guaranteed and is one of our most popular tours.