Grand Pacific Tours - 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Itinerary

 
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Arrive in Auckland

‘Haere Mai’ … Welcome to New Zealand!

You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel and, depending at what time you'll arrive, will then have some time to explore the city of Auckland before meeting your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink.

Some Activities and sightseeing options if you have time:

Explore Waiheke Island    Island Kayaking Adventure    America’s Cup Sailing
Auckland's Sky TowerRelax on the BeachRangitoto Island Cruise & Walk
West Coast Wine TourWhale and Dolphin SafariMuriwai Surf Beach


Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Auckland - 1 night  

Beautiful view of the skyline of Auckland by night.
Accommodation:
Located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD and entertainment hub, this hotel offers superior comfort, personal service and contemporary style. Only 2 minutes away from the Sky Tower, city attractions, entertainment and dining venues. Crowne Plaza Auckland is an award-winning Auckland hotel located in the heart of the city and offer the perfect balance of superior comfort, personal service and contemporary accommodation.
Crown Plaza Auckland

2

The Enchanted Bay of Islands

Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach and 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.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Bay of Island - 2 nights

Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands has a sub-tropical resort ambience, with island-influenced architecture, beautifully landscaped grounds and light airy rooms.It's a perfect base to explore the beautiful Bay of Islands. Just a short walk from Paihia's village centre and the wharf. The Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands is a 4 star hotel. The Nikau Restaurant and Lounge Bar operates within the hotel and serves a la carte or buffet breakfast or dinner.
Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

3

Bay of Islands at Leisure

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).

Excursions available in the Bay of Islands:

Historical Island Cruise  Diving Rainbow Warrior  4WD Adventure Cape Reinga
Sailing the Islands Sea Kayaking the Bay  Giant Kauri Forest Walk
Golf at Kauri Cliffs    

 

Meals: Breakfast

Helicopter Flight Bay of Islands

4

Cruise - Auckland

This morning travel aboard a catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise This 4-hour cruise includes an island stopover at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island. Stroll along the white sand beach, or walk to the top of the hill for scenic views over the entire Bay of Islands.

On return to Paihia, travel southbefore returning to Auckland. This evening is free to dine at leisure. 

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation: Auckland - 1 night 

 

Bay of Islands Cruise
Accommodation:
Located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD and entertainment hub, this hotel offers superior comfort, personal service and contemporary style. Only 2 minutes away from the Sky Tower, city attractions, entertainment and dining venues. Crowne Plaza Auckland is an award-winning Auckland hotel located in the heart of the city and offer the perfect balance of superior comfort, personal service and contemporary accommodation.
Crown Plaza Auckland

5

Auckland - Rotorua

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.

Travel through magnificent countryside of green pastures famous for dairying. Continue to Rotorua to visit the National Kiwi Hatchery, for a unique behind the scenes tour of the world’s largest kiwi hatchery.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Rotorua - 2 night

Glenbrook Vintage Railway
Accommodation:

Rotorua’s designer 5 star Boutique Hotel and Spa offers stylish luxury accommodation, with accommodation to suit most groups of travellers from Hotel rooms to 2 bedroom family apartments situated amidst the exciting attractions and experiences Rotorua has to offer. With excellent facilities such as the restaurant, heated pool, gym and mineral bathing facilities. 

Regent of Rotorua

6

Explore Rotorua - Cultural Evening

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua where spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride 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.

Meals: Breakfast and Specialty Dinner

Te Puia Pohutu Geyser

7

Rotorua - Wellington

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 along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Wellington - 2 night

Tongariro National Park

The 5-star InterContinental Wellington is located by the harbor waterfront and just a short walk into the City Centre to experience the capital’s history, culture and shopping. It offers an exclusive club lounge, a fitness center, 2 restaurants and a bar. The elegant guest rooms are spacious and well-furnished. 
 

The InterContinental in Wellington.

8

Wellington at Leisure

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Reboard your Ultimate Coach for an extensive city tour which showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time at leisure this afternoon. This evening is also free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Here are some sight seeing and activity suggestions while in Wellington:

Wellington Cable Car Visit Cuba StreetWeta Workshop Tour
Zealandia Wildlife Reserve 

 Carter Observatory 

 


Meals: Breakfast

Wellington

9

Interisland Cruise and Train Journey to Christchurch

This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross the Cook Strait and enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific, a truly spectacular rail journey that follows a thin wedge of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges. Meet your Ultimate Coach in the fishing village of Kaikoura for the journey to the garden city of Christchurch.


Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Christchurch - 2 nights (or similar)

Interislander Ferry Crossing
The George, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon and just steps from the cultural precinct and key attractions. The George will offer you a supreme comfort, with personalised stay and attentive staff. The hotel is located in the heart of Christchurch, and its just steps away from cultural precinct and key attractions.
The George - Christchurch

10

Antarctic Centre Christchurch

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 also free to enjoy one of the many eateries near your hotel.

Some Suggested Activities to Help you to get to Know the Region

Easygoing Cycling Tour    Punting the Avon River    Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise
Māori Cultural EveningFrench Akaroa TourSouthern Alps Ballooning
Christchurch GondolaClearwater GolfArthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike


Meals: Breakfast

Christchurch City Tram

11

Tranzalpine Rail Journey - Fox Glacier

This morning we board the TranzAlpine, renowned for being one of the top rail journeys in the world, traveling through the great Southern Alps to Arthur's Pass. Afterwards, we board our coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before we continue through Franz Josef to Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Fox Glacier - 1 night

TranzAlpine Train

After your day exploring the West Coast, spending the night at Distinction Fox Glacier in the beautiful Fox Glacier Village is a real treat. Tucked into the foothills of the Southern Alps, rooms here feature their own balcony, spacious bedroom and lounge area. Spend the evening relaxing in the guest lounge or browsing through the many books in the Hotel library. 


 
Distinction Hotel - Fox Glacier

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Fox Glacier- Queenstown

See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast. Continue via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into Arrowtown to visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to picturesque Queenstown, a year round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Heritage Queenstown or similar- 2 nights

Arrowtown
Crafted from centuries-old-schist stone and cedar, this comfortable and sophisticated Queenstown hotel enjoys stunning views over Lake Wakatipu and is the perfect place to mix business and pleasure. Guests can enjoy all the hotel has to offer, with extensive leisure facilities, including heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, spa pool, sauna, gym, restaurant and bar. The modern, alpine-style accommodation sit in peaceful, scenic surroundings.
Heritage Hotel Queenstown

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Queenstown at Leisure

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. Your Coach Captain 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 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.

Recommended excursions around Queenstown:
 

Routeburn Day WalkHighest Bungey JumpGibbston Valley Wine Trail

Wine Tasting Central Otago      

Biking Skippers Canyon      Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
Dart River Jetboat Safari     

 


Meals: Breakfast and Specialty Dinner

Steamer to Walter Peak

14

Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Today travel via Te Anau to Manapouri. Enjoy a picnic lunch as you cruise across this glacial lake. A short ride over the Wilmot Pass brings you to the boarding point to join the Fiordland Navigator for an amazing overnight experience. As you cruise through the pristine beauty of Doubtful Sound, naturalist guides will provide commentary and point out the resident wildlife. When evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet prepared freshly by the onboard chef.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Doubtful Sound - 1 night

Cruising in Doubtful Sounds

The Fiordland Navigator is a purpose built vessel designed and perfectly suited to cruising and staying overnight in the remote Doubtful Sound. The Navigator has spacious viewing decks, dining saloon, licensed bar and observation lounge and also carries kayaks and a tender craft onboard - at your disposal. As well as having comfortable accommodation.

Fiordland Overnight Experience

15

Doubtful Sound - Te Anau

Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri. Return back to the wharf and meet your Ultimate Coach for the journey back to Te Anau.

This afternoon is free so why not 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 or perhaps take in the stunning movie Ata Whenua?

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Te Anau - 1 night 

Te Anau Glowworm Caves
Located on the Te Anau lake front, a short stroll from the Te Anau town centre, Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas is perfectly situated for you to make the most of this beautiful area. The rooms are very comfortable and the hotel has all the facilities you would expect from a property of this standard.Distinction Te Anua Hotel and Villas, offering chic, elegant accommodation. This 4 Star hotel is surrounded by extensive landscaped gardens where you can enjoy the spectacular view of Lake Te Anua and the Fiordland ranges.
Distinction Hotel Te Anau & Villas

16

Te Anau to Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. Enjoy a city tour of Dunedin, which is New Zealand’s oldest university city. 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Dunedin - 2 nights

Dunedin Railway Station
The former Dunedin Chief Post Office (1937), transformed the 1937 former Chief Post Office in Dunedin into an elegant 4 1/2 star luxury hotel. It occupies an entire city block in The Exchange, the historic business centre of Dunedin. The impressive building was considered a monument to the importance of the role of the state and also to Dunedin's preeminent position as the country's most prosperous city. The Distinction Dunedin Hotel offers a variety of brand new accommodation to suit everyone from the businesses traveller requiring spacious and modern facilities to those wanting a relaxing weekend away.
The Distinction Dunedin Hotel

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Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle

Travel along the picturesque Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle. On a guided tour you will hear the tragic and scandalous tales which make up the castle’s history. There is time to explore this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Return to Dunedin for some free time. Optional activities to consider include a wildlife excursion to observe animals in their natural habitat or a guided tour of Olveston Historic Home, containing a wealth of treasures of a bygone era. 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Dunedin's Castle- Lanarch

18

Dunedin - Christchurch

This morning travel to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue north to Pleasant Point Museum and Railway for a short rail experience followed by lunch. Heading further North we cross the Canterbury Plains before arriving at the Garden City of Christchurch.

This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Specialty Dinner

Accommodation: Christchurch - 1 night (or similar)

Avon River, Christchurch
The George, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon and just steps from the cultural precinct and key attractions. The George will offer you a supreme comfort, with personalised stay and attentive staff. The hotel is located in the heart of Christchurch, and its just steps away from cultural precinct and key attractions.
The George - Christchurch

19

Homeward Bound


"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!

There maybe time for some last minute excursions or shopping before making your way for your outbound flight. Our promise is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Some Suggested Activities to Help you to get to Know the Region

Easygoing Cycling Tour    Punting the Avon River    Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise
Māori Cultural EveningFrench Akaroa TourSouthern Alps Ballooning
Christchurch GondolaClearwater GolfArthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike


Meals: Breakfast

Christchurch

Notes

INCLUSIONS >> NO HIDDEN EXTRA'S

19 Day Ultimate Rail & Coach Experience

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS

  • •    Kauri Museum 
    •    Waitangi Treaty Grounds 
    •    Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise 
    •    Glenbrook Vintage Railway 
    •    National Kiwi Hatchery Tour* 
    •    Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride 
    •    Thermal mud pools and geysers* 
    •    Te Puia traditional Māori Hāngi and Concert 
    •    Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum 
    •    Cruise on the Interislander Ferry, Premium Lounge
    •    Coastal Pacific Rail Journey 
    •    International Antarctic Centre 
    •    Christchurch Tram 
    •    TranzAlpine Rail Journey 
    •    Lakes District Museum 
    •    Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw 
    •    HIGHLIGHT Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise 
    •    Larnach Castle* 
    •    Pleasant Point Museum and Railway 
    •    City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin 
    *Guided tour.

**the Coastal Pacific service does not run during the winter months. A refund will be provided if it is not operating on your chosen tour date.

ULTIMATE SMALL GROUP TOURING

  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full size vehicle, 2 door access and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • 17 nights 4.5 star hotel accommodation
  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • 6 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 4 rail journeys
  • 4 cruises
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • Ultimate documentation pack

MEALS

  • 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Skyline Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 13 sumptuous dinners including complimentary pre-dinner drink at the Welcome Dinner and 3 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Christchurch
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 delicious morning teas including an Ultimate High Tea: Larnach Castle
  • Enjoy GPT Hotel Wine Time (discounted drinks)

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.


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What Emma says about this tour: I love the variety this tour offers. From island cruising in the Northern Bay of Islands to the deep Southern Doubtful Sound this small group luxury experience mixes in kiwi culture and heritage with stunning New Zealand scenery. With world renowned train journeys and overnight cruise at Doubtful Sound this is true `Business Class' travel.
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