19 day New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach
Experience the romance of 4 spectacular rail journeys, the majesty of an exclusive overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands and the luxury of coach travel. This fully escorted holiday of New Zealand will showcase scenery by rail, sea & road.
UNFORGETTABLE SIGHTSEEING EXPERIENCES
- Waitangi Treaty Grounds
- Dolphin/Hole in the Rock Cruise
- Glenbrook Vintage Railway
- Paradise Valley Springs
- Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge
- Thermal mud pools & Geysers
- Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
- Coastal Pacific Rail Journey
- Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
- Glow Worm Caves
- Overnight Milford Sound Cruise
- Larnach Castle
- Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens
- Coastal Pacific & TranzAlpine Rail Journeys
- City tours around Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin
Day 1: Arrive Auckland (D)
On arrival in Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.
Hotel: Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland
Day 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D)
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.
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 and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).
Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,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 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.
Hotel: Spencer on Byron
Day 5: Auckland - Rotorua (B,L,D)
Depart Auckland and 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 to Longlands Farm & Restaurant. Enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch hosted by a rural New Zealand family. Next, continue to Rotorua and visit Paradise Valley Springs, a superb wildlife park where you can hand feed rainbow trout.
Hotel: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (2 nights)
Day 6: Rotorua (B,D)
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.
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 this afternoon visit Southward Car Museum, home to a comprehensive collection of veteran and vintage cars. Continue south along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington.
Hotel: James Cook Grand Chancellor (2 nights)
Day 8: Wellington (B)
Enjoy an extensive city tour in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. A highlight will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. Enjoy free time at leisure this afternoon. This evening is also free to dine out at one of the many fine local restaurants.
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 Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side and the rugged scenic coastline on the other. Travel through numerous tunnels and across several bridges before departing the train in Kaikoura. Travel via coach south through some of the finest farmland areas to the garden city of Christchurch.
Distinction Christchurch (2 nights)
DAY 10: Christchurch (B,D)
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.
DAY 11: Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Franz Josef (B,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 Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.
Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
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: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront (2 nights)
Day 13: Queenstown (Free Day) (B,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 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.
Day 14: Queenstown - Overnight Milford Sound 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 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.
Hotel: Distinction Luxmore
Day 16: Te Anau - Dunedin (B,D)
Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin for an informative city tour including a visit to Olveston House, a prestigious historic home. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift.
Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (2 nights)
Day 17: Dunedin (B,D)
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 before boarding 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 your hotel.
Day 18: Dunedin - Christchurch (B,D)
Travel to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Explore the Victorian Precinct including the Loan and Merc restaurant, the Woolstore complex, auto museum, galleries and the penny farthing shop. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.
Hotel: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport or similar
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.
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19 day tour from £4075
Prices include accommodation, touring and meals where shown – (B) breakfast (L) lunch (D) dinner. Ask your consultant for flight details.
Accommodation specified is subject to availability and may be substituted to a similar or higher standard if necessary.