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19 DAY RAIL, CRUISE AND COACH HOLIDAY

This New Zealand Escorted Tour combines 3 breathtaking rail journeys and 5 cruises whilst visiting all the must-see attractions.
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ABOUT THE ITINERARY

Combine rail, cruise and coach on this action-packed adventure holiday through the heart of New Zealand. Highlights will include a fascinating tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a luxury catamaran sail to Cape Brett, and encounters with seals and spectacular waterfalls in Milford Sound. You also have the choice of joining an Ultimate 20-person tour or travelling in a larger 48-person coach.

Grand Pacific Tours offers an “all inclusive” style of touring that represents the best value for money and includes the highest quality standard of product. Upgrade your tour by travelling on the Ultimate Coach and experience ‘business class on wheels’ and small group touring.

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DESIGNED BY SPECIALISTS

Bear in mind, these are just a starting point as all holidays are customised to the specific requirements of our guests. Whether you prefer a different style of accommodation, a greater focus on a particular interest or to go to a different destination all together, every itinerary is created individually around your preferences.

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Day 1

AUCKLAND

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel.

Stay at Grand Millennium Hotel

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Day 2-3

AUCKLAND – BAY OF ISLANDS

Day 2: Depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe then pass through Whangarei to Paihia. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.

Day 3: 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).

Stay at Scenic Hotel, Bay of Islands (2 nights).

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Day 4

BAY OF ISLANDS – AUCKLAND

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 Pahia. Farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south via Whangarei, Wellsford and Warkworth to Auckland’s north shore. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure. Why not take a stroll to the nearby beach for views of Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.

Stay at Spencer on Byron.

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Day 5-6

AUCKLAND – ROTORUA

Day 5: This morning enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland before travelling 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.

Day 6: Today begins with a Gondola ride to Cableway Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. Travel to the Agrodome where you see performing sheep, a shearing display and sheep dog trial. Enjoy some free time 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.

Stay at Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Superior Room for 2 nights)

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Day 7-8

ROTORUA – WELLINGTON

Day 7: 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 the capital city of Wellington.

Day 8: 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 free time this afternoon and this evening is also free.

Stay at Hotel James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (2 nights)

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Day 9

WELLINGTON – BLENHEIM

This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross Cook Strait and travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Travel to Blenheim, the heart of wine-growing Marlborough. This afternoon a fascinating guided tour of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre will transport you from WWI to WWII featuring an extensive collection of aircraft belonging to Sir Peter Jackson.

Stay at Scenic Hotel Marlborough or Chateau Marlborough

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Day 10

BLENHEIM – CHRISTCHURCH

Today’s travel takes you through the alpine village of St Arnaud, the enchanting beech Maruia Forest and the scenic Lewis Pass. Continue south to the Garden City of Christchurch for an informative city tour.

Stay at Quality Hotel Elms

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Day 11

CHRISTCHURCH – ARTHUR’S PASS – FRANZ JOSEF

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 Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Stay at Scenic Hotel, Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

Day 12-13

FRANZ JOSEF – QUEENSTOWN

Day 12: 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.

Day 13: 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 and relax, as you are treated to the best of New Zealand’s high country cuisine in 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.

Stay at Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront (2 nights)

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Day 14

QUEENSTOWN – MILFORD SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISE

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.

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Day 15

MILFORD SOUND – TE ANAU

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. This afternoon enjoy a cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Glow Worm Caves where you will admire the incredible limestone caverns, waterfalls and mystery of the Glow Worm Grotto.

Stay at Hotel Distinction Luxmore (Deluxe Room)

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Day 16-17

TE ANAU – DUNEDIN

Day 16: Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin. After time for lunch board the Silver Fern railcar for a journey along spectacular clifftops overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Blueskin Bay. On return to Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station, board the coach for an informative city tour. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Day 17: 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 some free time. You might choose to board The Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail (optional).

Stay at Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (2 nights)

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Day 18

DUNEDIN – CHRISTCHURCH

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.

Stay at Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

Day 19

FLY HOME

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

Itinerary may differ slightly for travel from Sep 18 – May 19

THE PRICE BREAKDOWN
19 days from £4,430 per person

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Transfers
  • Travel by rail, cruise and coach

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International flights
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