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NEW ZEALAND RAIL, CRUISE & COACH TOUR | MARCH 2020

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20 Days
Availability: 21 March to 9 April 2022
Perth
New Zealand
Moderate Pace

Tour Details

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!

Tour Highlights

  • City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin
  • Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum
  • Guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Te Puia traditional Māori Hāngi and Concert
  • Travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock
  • View the boiling mud pools and geysers in Rotorua
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
  • Explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum
  • Ride on the Coastal Pacific, TranzAlpine & Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train
  • Milford Sound overnight cruise
  • Visit Larnach Castle
  •  See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Guided Tour of Larnach Castle
  • Guided Tour of Olvston Historic Home

Tour Includes

  • Escorted from New Zealand by an experienced Grand Pacific Tour Director
  • Return economy airfares and taxes
  • 20 Day NZ Rail, Cruise & Coach Tour including
  • Luxury coach travel and professional driver
  • 18 nights of 4 star accommodation
  • Early check-in on arrival in Auckland including breakfast
  • 1 night on board the Milford Sound
  • 3 Rail Journeys and 4 Scenic Cruises
  • 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast
  • 14 sumptuous dinners including 4 specialty dinners
  • 2 delicious morning teas
  • All sightseeing and entry fees as per itinerary

Tour Conditions

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.

New Zealand Rail Cruise Coach

Itinerary

Day 1 & 2PERTH TO AUCKLAND (IFM) (BD)

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 3AUCKLAND - BAY OF ISLANDS (BD)

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 or similar for 2 nights

Day 4BAY OF ISLANDS | DAY AT LEISURE (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 5BAY OF ISLANDS TO AUCKLAND (BD)

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 6AUCKLAND TO ROTORUA (BD)

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 7ROTORUA | HIGHLIGHT DINNER (BD)

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 8ROTORUA TO WELLINGTON (BD)

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 then continue south to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington.

Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Lambton Rooms) for 2 nights

Day 9WELLINGTON (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 10WELLINGTON TO CHRISTCHURCH (BD)

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 for 2 nights

Day 11CHRISTCHURCH (B)

Today visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This is followed by a city tour of Christchurch. This afternoon includes a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at leisure, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions. This evening is free to explore the local cuisine.

Day 12CHRISTCHURCH / ARTHUR’S PASS / FRANZ JOSEF (BD)

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 13FRANZ JOSEF TO 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 14QUEENSTOWN | FREE DAY | HIGHLIGHT DINNER (BD)

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 15QUEENSTOWN / MILFORD SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISE (BD)

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.

Cruise: Milford Mariner for 1 night

Day 16MILFORD SOUND TO TE ANAU (BD)

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 (Deluxe Room) for 1 night

Day 17TE ANAU TO DUNEDIN (BD)

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, Dunedin for 2 nights

Day 18DUNEDIN | HIGHLIGHT DINNER (BD)

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 including a tour of Speights Brewery or the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat. Tonight, a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Day 19DUNEDIN TO CHRISTCHURCH | FAREWELL DINNER (BD)

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 farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport for 1 night

Day 20CHRISTCHURCH TO PERTH (B) (IFM)

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.

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