NEW ZEALAND RAIL, CRUISE & COACH TOUR | MARCH 2020
Legend:IFM: In Flight Meal B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner
DAY 1 & 2: PERTH TO AUCKLANDIFMB D
Your holiday begins when you are picked up from home by a private vehicle and transfer to the airport. Meet your fellow passengers and fly to New Zealand. Upon arrival into Auckland we will transfer you to your hotel for immediate check-in. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel followed by time at leisure.
Hotel: Grand Millennium Hotel for 1 night
DAY 3: AUCKLAND - BAY OF ISLANDSB 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 Maori tribes and the British.
Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or similar for 2 nights
DAY 4: BAY OF ISLANDS | DAY AT YOUR LEISUREB
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 and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).
DAY 5: BAY OF ISLANDS TO AUCKLANDB D
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 before returning 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 Grand Millennium Hotel, Auckland for 1 night
DAY 6: AUCKLAND TO ROTORUAB 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 Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Superior Room) for 2 nights
DAY 7: ROTORUAB D
Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. 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. 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 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 via the Tongariro National Park to the Wellington Tramway Museum to view a display of tramway history and enjoy a nostalgic trip on one of the original trams that served Wellington city.
Hotel James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Lambton Rooms) for 2 nights
DAY 9: WELLINGTONB
A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. 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 10: WELLINGTON TO CHRISTCHURCHB 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 Kaikoura 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 for 2 nights
DAY 11: CHRISTCHURCHB
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 your leisure, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions. This evening is free to explore the local cuisine.
DAY 12: CHRISTCHURCH / ARTHUR’S 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 Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before arriving at the township of Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.
Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) 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, 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 Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront for 2 nights
DAY 14: QUEENSTOWN | FREE DAY | HIGHLIGHT DINNERB 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 SOUNDB 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 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. Return back 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 Glow Worm Caves (optional).
Hotel Distinction Luxmore (Deluxe Room) for 1 night
DAY 17: TE ANAU TO DUNEDINB D
Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Pukerangi to board The Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail. On return to Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station your coach will transfer you to the hotel.
Hotel Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin for 2 nights
DAY 18: DUNEDINB D
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 the city for an informative city tour followed by some free time. You might be interested in a tour of Speights Brewery (optional) or the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat (optional). 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, a prosperous merchants’ home from the turn of the century 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
This morning it is time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home to Perth. Upon arrival into Perth your driver will be waiting to take you safely home.
Imagine a land of spectacular glaciers, picturesque fjords, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hills and miles of coastline with sandy beaches. If that wasn’t enough add quality wines, fresh produce and welcoming locals, this is New Zealand!
- Home pick-up and return by Hughes
- Escorted from New Zealand by an experienced Grand Pacific Tour Director
- Return economy airfares and taxes
- Premium tour with luxury coach travel and professional driver
- 17 nights, 4 star accomodation
- 1 night on board the Milford Sound
- Four rail journeys and five scenic cruises
- Early check-in on arrival in Auckland including breakfast
- Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 14 dinners
- All sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary
- BONUS touring jacket
Tours are based on reaching a minimum number. Home pick-up and return is included based on a set radius – surcharges will apply outside these areas. Other special conditions may apply to each individual tour, please contact the office for further details. The above price includes $175pp of air taxes which are subject to change.