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Grand Pacific 19 Day Cruise & South Island Explorer

Discover the best of New Zealand’s North and South Islands on this all inclusive cruise and fully escorted small group holiday. You will be overwhelmed by the awe inspiring beauty of the South Island and then experience a blend of culture and cosmopolitan living in the North Island. Enjoy 11 nights of cruising on board the Celebrity Solstice Cruise, 7 nights of premium accommodation between days 13-19 including an endless range of pre paid attractions. All the iconic experiences are included – Milford Sound, a Lake Wakatipu Cruise and a City Sights Tour of Auckland.

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Sydney, finishes in Christchurch
 19 days/ 18 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Tranzalpine train, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand

At a glance - Grand Pacific 19 Day Cruise & South Island Explorer

Day 1: Arrive Sydney. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 2: Cruising. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 3: Melbourne Free Day. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 4: Cruising. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 5: Cruising. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 6: Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 7: Dunedin. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 8: Akaroa. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 9: Wellington. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 10: Cruising. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 11: Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 12: Tauranga. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 13: Arrive Auckland - City Sights Tour. Accommodation: Skycity Hotel Auckland

Day 14: Auckland to Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 15: Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 16: Queenstown to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 17: Franz Josef - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch

Day 18: Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch

Day 19: Depart Christchurch.

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Grand Pacific 19 Day Cruise & South Island Explorer - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive Sydney

Grand Pacific 19 day Cruise & South Island Explorer

Discover the best of New Zealand's North and South Islands on this all inclusive cruise and fully escorted small group holiday. You will be overwhelmed by the awe inspiring beauty of the South Island and then experience a blend of culture and cosmopolitan living in the North Island. Enjoy 11 nights of cruising on board the Celebrity Solstice Cruise, 7 nights of premium accommodation between days 13-19 including an endless range of pre paid attractions. All the iconic experiences are included - Milford Sound, a Lake Wakatipu Cruise and a City Sights Tour of Auckland.

Arrive Sydney

Arrive in Sydney where you will be met by a Grand  Pacific Tours Guide aboard the Celebrity Solstice. Meet your travelling companions at dinner.  Overnight Celebrity Solstice  
Port Times Depart 18:30.

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 2: Cruising

Cruising

Relax and enjoy the comforts of this stunning superliner. While at sea enjoy the onboard facilities, world-class cuisine and the entertainment not to mention your deluxe balcony cabin. Celebrity Solstice is one of Celebrity Cruises more decorated ships at sea. So it's no wonder that it's full of "firsts." Like the first Lawn Club at sea and The first Hot Glass Show℠. Some other things that set her apart are the dining venues - distinctive in cuisine, design and service. The outstanding cuisine has taken the restaurants, the food and the overall dining experience to a whole new level in the cruising world.

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 3: Melbourne Free Day

Melbourne Free Day

Arrive into Melbourne, Victoria's coastal capital, where a short tram ride will take you into the city. At its centre is the strikingly modern Federation Square with bars and restaurants. Melbourne's multicultural atmosphere is set among Victorian-era buildings and gorgeous parkland. It has a population of just over 4 million people, and is a picturesque place with so much to offer the visitor and resident alike.
Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 4: Cruising

Cruising

Cruise across Bass Strait and enjoy a day at sea to further explore this luxurious ship. You may like to schedule a massage or join a class in the fitness centre with floor-to-ceiling views of the sea. Try a bold collection of both familiar and unknown wines from around the world in the inviting wine bar or check out the Lawn Club - a half-acre of freshly manicured lawn on the top deck of the ship where you can enjoy casual outdoor activities in a decidedly Country Club atmosphere, and let the grass between your toes take you to places no cruise has gone before.

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 5: Cruising

Cruising

Cruise across the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud. From morning until night, there are hundreds of different activities happening on-board your cruise ship, your Tour Guide is on hand to assist you. Dining on the ship is a highlight with the magnificent main dining room being the centrepiece and distinctive in cuisine, design and service. With an incredible range of tantalising choices that change nightly, every meal offers the chance to try something new. Expect fresh ingredients, unexpected combinations and perfect wine pairings.

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 6: Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds

Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds

Sail into the narrow fiords of Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds in the Fiordland region. Your ship will seem to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Scenic cruising. These sounds are one of the southern hemisphere's greatest wilderness regions achieving World Heritage Status for spectacular natural features, remarkable beauty and role in demonstrating the earth's evolutionary history. Home of Mitre Peak, the stunning fiords of Doubtful Sound, Dusky Sound and Milford Sound. Fiordland is known as the sightseeing capital of the world. Extraordinary scenic beauty has earned this region a reputation as a significant walking destination, and a must see in any visit to New Zealand.

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 7: Dunedin

Dunedin

Situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, explore Dunedin's historic architecture and beautiful botanic gardens. Dunedin, in the Otago region, is New Zealand's oldest city. Dunedin is well-known for its Victorian and Edwardian architecture and its close proximity to amazing wildlife. Dunedin highlights include Larnach Castle, Royal Albatross Colony, Yellow-eyed Penguins, Heritage and wildlife (NZ's only Castle, world's only mainland albatross colony, world's rarest penguin).
Port Times Arrive 09:00 Depart 19:00

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 8: Akaroa

Akaroa

Nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano, Akaroa is rich with beautiful bays and home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin. Akaroa is located on Banks Peninsula, the most prominent volcanic feature of the South Island of New Zealand. The historic Akaroa Village is about 82 kilometres by road from Christchurch City and offers a range of accommodation options. Browse galleries and craft stores, cruise the Akaroa Harbour and spot dolphins, or wander along the ocean shore.
Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 9: Wellington

Wellington

Locals are particularly proud of the National Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa. Loosely translated as "our place" from the native Maori tongue, the museum is one of the world's largest and most progressive (optional). The Wellington region is located at the centre of New Zealand and includes New Zealand's capital city Wellington. The population is approximately 370,000. The capital of New Zealand, Wellington is surrounded by hills and a rugged coastline, and boasts a stunning harbour. Wellington is also a cultural centre - home to Te Papa, the ground-breaking interactive Museum of New Zealand, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and national treasures such as the original Treaty of Waitangi and Katherine Mansfield's Birthplace.
Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 10: Cruising

Cruising

Enjoy a quiet refuge by day, gazing over the sea with a cocktail in hand. Be amazed by the breathtaking views in the onboard ultimate observation lounge at the very front of the ship. The floor to ceiling windows and the expansive space will please you as you watch the world go by.

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 11: Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

The beaches in this region are considered some of the world's finest with their perfect white sand and crystal-clear water. Located in the Northland region, the beautiful Bay of Islands is a place of untouched beaches, 144 subtropical islands and bays, world class diving, historic sites, and warm sunny weather. The Bay of Islands Maritime Park is one of New Zealand's best and offers world famous diving and snorkelling with an array of wildlife including abundant sealife, dolphins, whales, penguins, gannets and more.
Port Times Arrive 07:00 Depart 18:00

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 12: Tauranga

Tauranga

Known as the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is located at the entrance to one of the largest natural harbours in New Zealand. Tauranga is a beautiful and prosperous New Zealand city situated on the Bay of Plenty in the North Island. With an urban population of 120,000 Tauranga is the sixth most populous city in New Zealand. Tauranga is one of New Zealand's main centres for business, international trade, culture, fashion and horticultural science. The Port of Tauranga is New Zealand's largest port in terms of gross export tonnage. In horticulture Tauranga is particularly known for its tangelos (a grapefruit/tangerine cross), avocados, and kiwifruit.
Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 19:00

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 13: Arrive Auckland - City Sights Tour

Arrive Auckland - City Sights Tour

This morning arrive into the beautiful City of Sails, Auckland. Disembark the ship, meet your Coach Captain and enjoy an informative city tour which includes the Auckland Domain, Parnell Rose Garden and Bastion Point. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure.

Your Accommodation: Skycity Hotel Auckland

With over 323 recently refurbished rooms, this modern and spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying the world-class casino, more than 20 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre, free live entertainment on selected nights and the iconic Sky Tower - all right on your doorstep!

Meals included: Breakfast

Skycity Hotel Auckland

Day 14: Auckland to Queenstown

Auckland to Queenstown

Today board a local flight to the resort town of Queenstown, located in the South Island. Meet your South Island Coach Captain and enjoy a tour of historic Arrowtown before arriving at your hotel. This evening is free to dine at one of the many fine eateries located near your hotel.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 15: Queenstown

Queenstown free day with TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Dinner

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain is available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or get up close to a Kiwi  bird. 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: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 16: Queenstown to Franz Josef

Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier

Depart Queenstown and travel via the Haast Pass to the West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to Fox Glacier. Continue to Franz Josef where time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers. 

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Located in the heart of Franz Josef Village the hotel offers all the amenities you would expect and is close to the shops, restaurants and activities on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 17: Franz Josef - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch

Franz Josef Glacier to Arthur's Pass, Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur’s Pass and board The TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch

Located 2 minutes from the Christchurch International Airport the Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport is just 15 minutes from Christchurch City Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Sudima Christchurch

Day 18: Christchurch

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 which includes a journey on board one of the beautifully restored heritage trams through the city centre. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure before returning to your hotel. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch

Located 2 minutes from the Christchurch International Airport the Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport is just 15 minutes from Christchurch City Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Sudima Christchurch

Day 19: Depart Christchurch

Depart Christchurch

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

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