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19 Day Rail, Cruise, & Coach Holiday

19 Days (18 Nights) | From $7059

Day 1: Arrive Auckland (D)

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On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink.


Day 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands (BD)

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Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach and enjoy an Auckland 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, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.


Day 3: Bay of Islands (B)

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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 to choose from the many optional activities available, including a tall sailing ship experience 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 (BD)

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Farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe where you will enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum. Enjoy some free time in Auckland this afternoon.


Day 5: Auckland - Rotorua (BLD)

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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. Continue to Rainbow Springs, spanning 22 acres of native trees. A highlight will be the Kiwi Encounter experience which offers a unique behind-the-scenes tour of a working kiwi nursery and hatchery.


Day 6: Rotorua (BD)

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Today begins with a Gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast with champagne, spectacular views and also time for a thrilling 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 7: Rotorua- Wellington (BD)

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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 along the Kapiti Coast to the capital city of Wellington for an extensive city tour.


Day 8: Wellington (B)

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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. 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 - Blenheim (BD)

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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.


Day 10: Blenheim - Christchurch (BD)

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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.


Day 11: Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Franz Josef (BD)

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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.


Day 12: Franz Josef - Queenstown (B)

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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: Queenstown at Leisure (BD)

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Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. Your Grand Pacific Tours Local Host is 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 14: Queenstown - Milford Sound Overnight Cruse (BD)

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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.


Day 15: Milford Sound - Te Anau (BD)

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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.


Day 16: Te Anau - Dunedin (BD)

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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: Dunedin (BD)

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Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour with time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Return to the city for some free time. You might like to board the Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail (optional).


Day 18: Dunedin - Christchurch (BD)

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This morning travel to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.


Day 19: Depart Christchurch (B)

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


Package Includes: 17 nights of accommodation, Travel by luxury coach, 3 Rail journeys, Airport transfers, sightseeing and attractions as listed below.

Highlights:

  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Kauri Museum
  • Glenbrook Vintage Railway
  • Paradise Valley Springs
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools & geysers
  • Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Cruise Lake Te Anau, visit Glow Worm Caves
  • Silver Fern Seasider Rail Journey
  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift
  • Larnach Castle
  • Glenfalloch Restaurant
  • Olveston House
  • City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin
19 Day Rail, Cruise & Coach Holiday
Style: N/A Partner Operated Start: Auckland
Days: 19   End: Christchurch
         
Start End Double/Twin Single  
18-Feb-18 8-Mar-18 $7,059.00 $9,269.00  
23-Feb-18 3-Mar-18 $7,059.00 $9,269.00  
2-Mar-18 20-Mar-18 $7,059.00 $9,269.00  
7-Mar-18 25-Mar-18 $7,059.00 $9,269.00  
13-Mar-18 31-Mar-18 $7,059.00 $9,269.00  
16-Mar-18 3-Apr-18 $7,059.00 $9,269.00  
22-Mar-18 9-Apr-18 $7,059.00 $9,269.00  
26-Mar-18 14-Apr-18 $7,059.00 $9,269.00  
6-Apr-18 24-Apr-18 $7,059.00 $9,269.00  
13-Apr-18 1-May-18 $7,059.00 $9,269.00  
21-Apr-18 9-May-18 $7,059.00 $9,269.00  
4-May-18 22-May-18 $7,059.00 $9,269.00  
         
Pricing is per person
CAD (does not include applicable taxes)
         
Note: Arrival and departure flights can be booked for any time on arrival and departure day.

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