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    New Zealand Rail, Cruise and Coach
    19 days | 18 nights
    From $6,664* pp
    Free return flights to New Zealand^
    Experience the romance of rail travel, the majesty of cruising and the luxury of a coach on this enthralling holiday. Visit all the ‘best of’ attractions of New Zealand. Highlights include four spectacular rail journeys – Glenbrook Vintage Railway, Coastal Pacific rail journey, the world-renowned TranzAlpine and the Silver Fern Seasider rail journey.
    Your package includes: Your package highlights:

    Your package includes:

    Your package highlights:

    Your package includes:

    Your package includes:

    • Return airfares departing Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and the Gold Coast, or $300 off¹
    • 17 nights hotel accommodation in 4-star hotels
    • 35 meals with breakfast daily and 4 speciality dinners
    • Transportation in a modern coach with panoramic windows
    • 5 cruises including Milford Sound overnight cruise and historic TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown
    • 4 rail journeys including world-renowned TranzAlpine and Coastal Pacific Rail Journeys
    • Professional coach captain and tour guide
    • Sightseeing and attractions
    • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
    Your package highlights:

    Your package highlights:

    • Receive a 400-page New Zealand travel guide
    •  4 speciality dinners including Maori hangi and concert in Rotorua
    • City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin
    • Visiting Auckland, Christchurch, Milford Sound, Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Queenstown, Franz Josef and more

    New Zealand rail, cruise and coach tour from:

    • $6,964*pp departing Adelaide – save $300* pp
    • $7,204*pp departing Perth – save $300*pp
    Valid for travel
    6, 10, 13 Apr; 7, 14, 25 Oct; 3, 13, 26 Nov 2019 and 8, 18 Jan; 5, 8, 18, 23 Feb; 2, 7, 13, 16 22, 26 Mar; 3, 6, 18 Apr 2020 departures, subject to availability.
    Offer expires
    31 Mar 2019 unless sold prior

    Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Arrive in Auckland

    On arrival into Auckland, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

    Hotel Grand Millennium Hotel

    Day 2

    Auckland - Bay of Islands

    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.

    Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights)

    Day 3

    Bay of Islands

    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

    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. Enjoy a picnic lunch before travelling south via Whangarei, call into the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree before arriving into to Auckland’s north shore. You will see stunning views of Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.

    Hotel Spencer on Byron

    Day 5

    Auckland

    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. 2 nights)

    Day 6

    Rotorua

    Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is 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

    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.

    Hotel James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor(2 nights)

    Day 8

    Wellington

    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. 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 9

    Wellington - Kaikoura - Christchurch

    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 south by coach through some of the finest farmland area’s to the garden city of Christchurch.

    Hotel Distinction Christchurch (2 nights)

    Day 10

    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 free to explore the local cuisine.

    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 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)

    Day 12

    Franz Josef - Queenstown

    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

    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, 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 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

    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.

    Hotel Distinction Luxmore (Deluxe Room)

    Day 16

    Te Anau - Dunedin

    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.

    Hotel Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (2 nights)

    Day 17

    Dunedin

    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 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).

    Day 18

    Dunedin - Christchurch

    This morning visit Olveston Historic Home, containing treasures from a bygone era before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

    Hotel Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

    Day 19

    Depart Christchurch

    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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    * Conditions

    Advertised prices are per person, twin share, tour only, correct at time of publication and are subject to availability, withdrawal and change at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges and currency. Offer valid on new booking only. ^Fly Free: Valid on selected departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast and includes prepaid taxes (subject to change). Flights are with Air New Zealand in economy class (the Works Fare), on direct Trans-Tasman services only, booked up to W class (subject to flight schedules and availability). ¹If you are departing from other cities or do not require flights, the free flights aren’t included and you receive a monetary discount of $300 per person off the land only price. Receive a 400-page New Zealand travel guide per household. Other conditions apply. Please contact your personal travel manager for full terms and conditions.

     

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