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Grand Pacific UltimateGrand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience

This tour has been designed specifically for rail enthusiasts to enjoy the best of New Zealand at a relaxed pace. An exceptional itinerary including a selection of breathtaking journeys visits to many exciting attractions and a wide range of activities. Journey across the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine train, enjoy a relaxing trip on the Silver Fern Seasider and enjoy the beautifully restored Glenbrook Railway vintage train. One highlight is an overnight experience aboard the Fiordland Navigator as you cruise across the majestic Doubtful Sound.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch
 19 days/ 18 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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At a glance - Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland. Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 2: Auckland to Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 3: Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 4: Return to Auckland via the Parry Kauri Park. Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 5: Auckland to Rotorua. Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Day 6: Rotorua. Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Day 7: Rotorua to Wellington. Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington

Day 8: Wellington City. Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington

Day 9: Wellington to Christchurch. Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch

Day 10: Christchurch City. Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch

Day 11: Christchurch to Fox Glacier. Accommodation: Distinction Fox Glacier

Day 12: Fox Glacier to Queenstown. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 13: Queenstown. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 14: Queenstown to Doubtful Sound and an Overnight Cruise. Accommodation: Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Day 15: Doubtful Sound to Te Anau. Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 16: Te Anau to Dunedin. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 17: Dunedin. Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 18: Dunedin to Christchurch. Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch

Day 19: Depart Christchurch today.

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

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland

Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience - Day 1

Arrive into Auckland

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

Your Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Auckland

Crowne Plaza Auckland is an upscale hotel ideally located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD and entertainment hub. Offering superior comfort, personal service and contemporary style and an abundance of attractions, entertainment and dining in close proximity.

Meals included: Dinner

Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 2: Auckland to Bay of Islands

Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience - Day 2

Auckland to the Bay of Islands

Board your 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.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands expansive sub-tropical gardens and extensive guest facilities, enhances the welcoming atmosphere of this resort-style hotel. It's the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful and historic Bay of Islands.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 3: Bay of Islands

Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience - 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).

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands expansive sub-tropical gardens and extensive guest facilities, enhances the welcoming atmosphere of this resort-style hotel. It's the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful and historic Bay of Islands.

Meals included: Breakfast

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 4: Return to Auckland via the Parry Kauri Park

Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience - Day 4

Bay of Islands to 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. Travel south, call into the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree before arriving in Auckland.

Your Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Auckland

Crowne Plaza Auckland is an upscale hotel ideally located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD and entertainment hub. Offering superior comfort, personal service and contemporary style and an abundance of attractions, entertainment and dining in close proximity.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Crowne Plaza Auckland

Day 5: Auckland to Rotorua

Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience - Day 5

Auckland to Rotorua via Glenbrook Railway and Rainbow Springs

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 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.

Your Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa occupies a great location within walking distance of the lakefront, the government gardens and the city centres shops and restaurants. Luxury rooms are well equipped and on site facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant and bar and spa treatments.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Regent of Rotorua

Day 6: Rotorua

Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience - Day 6

Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a 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.

Your Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa occupies a great location within walking distance of the lakefront, the government gardens and the city centres shops and restaurants. Luxury rooms are well equipped and on site facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant and bar and spa treatments.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Regent of Rotorua

Day 7: Rotorua to Wellington

Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience - Day 7

Rotorua to Wellington

Depart Rotorua and 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.

Your Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington

Stay in modern luxury in the heart of New Zealand’s capital city and adjacent to the scenic harbour. This famous Wellington hotel offers contemporary New Zealand cuisine at three restaurants, including the award-winning Chameleon. The hotel is the ideal base to explore the business, shopping and cultural centres of Wellington.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

InterContinental Wellington

Day 8: Wellington City

Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience - Day 8

Full day in 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 which showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements.

Your Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington

Stay in modern luxury in the heart of New Zealand’s capital city and adjacent to the scenic harbour. This famous Wellington hotel offers contemporary New Zealand cuisine at three restaurants, including the award-winning Chameleon. The hotel is the ideal base to explore the business, shopping and cultural centres of Wellington.

Meals included: Breakfast

InterContinental Wellington

Day 9: Wellington to Christchurch

Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience - Day 9

Wellington to 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 links the port of Picton to Christchurch and travels through vineyards, salt mountains and river valleys before following the 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 across the farmlands of the Northern Canterbury Plains to the garden city of Christchurch. *Please note the Coastal Pacifc Train does not run in winter, therefore departures in May will not include this rail sector and will be replaced by a coach.

Your Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch

The George is the essence of supreme comfort. The award winning 5 star hotel is opposite Hagley Park and just a few minutes stroll from the Botanic Gardens. 2 superb award winning on site restaurants also feature.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

The George Hotel, Christchurch

Day 10: Christchurch City

Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience - 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.

Your Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch

The George is the essence of supreme comfort. The award winning 5 star hotel is opposite Hagley Park and just a few minutes stroll from the Botanic Gardens. 2 superb award winning on site restaurants also feature.

Meals included: Breakfast

The George Hotel, Christchurch

Day 11: Christchurch to Fox Glacier

Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience - Day 11

Christchurch to Arthur's Pass on the TranzAlpine, then by coach to Fox Glacier

This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as 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 continuing via Franz Josef to Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Fox Glacier

A modern, purpose built boutique Fox Glacier hotel. Distinction Te Weheka Boutique Hotel provides a balance of luxury, privacy and location, while being only a short stroll to Fox Glacier village.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Fox Glacier

Day 12: Fox Glacier to Queenstown

Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience - Day 12

Fox Glacier to 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.

Your Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a postcard. Soak in the amazing view of the towering Remarkables mountain range rising from the rippled waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 13: Queenstown

Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience - Day 13

Queenstown free day with TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Dinner

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist with the many sightseeing 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 as you cruise back to Queenstown.

Your Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a postcard. Soak in the amazing view of the towering Remarkables mountain range rising from the rippled waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 14: Queenstown to Doubtful Sound and an Overnight Cruise

Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience - Day 14

Queenstown to Doubtful Sound for your 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.

Your Accommodation: Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

The Fiordland Navigator is purpose built for cruising in the fiords. The vessel offers spacious viewing decks, a comfortable dining saloon and observation lounge.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Day 15: Doubtful Sound to Te Anau

Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience - Day 15

Doubtful Sound to 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 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.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

The Te Anau Hotel and Villas offers a range of accommodation from hotel rooms and suites to villas. Ideally located on the lake front the hotel is just a few minutes stroll for the shops. cafes and activities on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Day 16: Te Anau to Dunedin

Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience - Day 16

Te Anau to 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 before arriving at your hotel.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Distinction Dunedin Hotel occupies the grand Chief Post Office built in the 1930’s. This art deco inspired building has recently been transformed into a 4 star hotel with elegant décor, set in the heart of the city.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 17: Dunedin

Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience - Day 17

Dunedin

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 or you can choose to do an optional trip on The Taieri Gorge 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.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Distinction Dunedin Hotel occupies the grand Chief Post Office built in the 1930’s. This art deco inspired building has recently been transformed into a 4 star hotel with elegant décor, set in the heart of the city.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 18: Dunedin to Christchurch

Grand Pacific 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience - Day 18

Dunedin to Christchurch via Oamaru

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.

Your Accommodation: The George Hotel, Christchurch

The George is the essence of supreme comfort. The award winning 5 star hotel is opposite Hagley Park and just a few minutes stroll from the Botanic Gardens. 2 superb award winning on site restaurants also feature.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

The George Hotel, Christchurch

Day 19: Depart Christchurch today

Depart Christchurch

After breakfast your tour concludes this morning. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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