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Grand Pacific 19 Day Rail & Coach Tour

This extremely popular tour has been designed specifically for rail enthusiasts to enjoy the best of New Zealand at a relaxed pace. This exceptional itinerary includes four breathtaking rail journeys whilst visiting many attractions and including a wide range of activities.

 Escorted coach tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch
 19 days/ 18 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Included in this tour package

Wellington, New Zealand
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

At a glance - Grand Pacific 19 Day Rail & Coach Tour

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland. Accommodation: Grand Millennium Auckland

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

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

Day 4: Bay of Islands to Auckland's North Shore including Dolphin Cruise. Accommodation: The Spencer on Byron

Day 5: Auckland to Rotorua. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 6: Rotorua. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 7: Rotorua to Wellington. Accommodation: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Day 8: Wellington City. Accommodation: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Day 9: Wellington to Blenheim. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Day 10: Blenheim to Christchurch. Accommodation: Quality Hotel Elms

Day 11: Christchurch to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 12: Franz Josef to Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 13: Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 14: Queenstown to Milford Sound. Accommodation: Milford Mariner

Day 15: Milford Sound to Te Anau. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 16: Te Anau to Dunedin. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 17: Dunedin. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 18: Dunedin to Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch Airport

Day 19: Depart Christchurch today.

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Grand Pacific 19 Day Rail & Coach Tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland

Arrive into Auckland

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore. 

Your Accommodation: Grand Millennium Auckland

Located in the heart of the city, a stay at Grand Millennium Auckland places you within walking distance of some of the city's finest dining, shopping and entertainment venues.

Meals included: Dinner

Grand Millennium Auckland

Day 2: Auckland to Bay of Islands

Auckland to the Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe, then 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 free day

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: Bay of Islands to Auckland's North Shore including Dolphin Cruise

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 via Whangarei to Auckland's north shore, where you will see stunning views of Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.

Your Accommodation: The Spencer on Byron

The Spencer on Byron Hotel, Takapuna, Auckland effortlessly combines luxury accommodation, award winning dining and leisure facilities with unsurpassed panoramic views of Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. Located just 500 metres from Takapuna Beach and only 10 minutes from Auckland.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

The Spencer on Byron

Day 5: Auckland to Rotorua

Auckland to Rotorua via Glenbrook Vintage Railway

This morning enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland before travelling 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.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua enjoys a location that is second-to-none on the very shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa complex and just a short stroll to all the attractions in Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 6: Rotorua

Rotorua

Today begins with a Gondola ride to Cableway Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. Travel to the Agrodome where you see performing sheep, a shearing display and sheep dog trial. 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: Sudima Lake Rotorua

The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua enjoys a location that is second-to-none on the very shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa complex and just a short stroll to all the attractions in Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 7: Rotorua to Wellington

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: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

At the heart of Wellingtons commercial and retail districts the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor has 260 well appointed rooms and suites.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Day 8: Wellington City

Full day in Wellington

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand's National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements.

Your Accommodation: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

At the heart of Wellingtons commercial and retail districts the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor has 260 well appointed rooms and suites.

Meals included: Breakfast

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Day 9: Wellington to Blenheim

Wellington to Picton to Blenheim

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.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Scenic Hotel Marlborough is centrally located in Blenheim, in the heart of Marlborough's wine growing region. Just minutes walk from the city centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Day 10: Blenheim to Christchurch

Blenheim to Christchurch

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 sights tour.

Your Accommodation: Quality Hotel Elms

The Elms Hotel in Christchurch, is located 5 minutes from the city and is the closest hotel to the largest enclosed Shopping Mall in New Zealand. Renowned for its professional and friendly staff you are guaranteed a pleasant stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Quality Hotel Elms

Day 11: Christchurch to Franz Josef

Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier

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 Franz Josef where time is  available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) 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 12: Franz Josef to Queenstown

Franz Josef Glacier to 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 and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 13: Queenstown

Queenstown free day

Although celebrated as New Zealand's ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown offers far more than a fast paced action-packed holiday. Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath a soaring panorama of the Remarkables Mountain Range, this alpine town is surrounded by a plethora of historic, gastronomic and scenic wonders. Head down the Gibbston valley wine trail to sample some of the region’s best Pinot or catch a ride on the 100 year old Steamship - the TSS Earnslaw -  to Walter Peak Station for dinner and a farm tour. Browse the waterfront cafes and have lunch at Michelin star chef Josh Emett's ‘Rata.’ Check out nearby historic Arrowtown and enhance your experience with a four wheel drive trip to Macetown. Take a leisurely lakeside stroll or ride the gondola for breathtaking views. Venture further afield into the Fiordland National Park or head over the Crown Range to Wanaka. Drive through Lord Of The Rings country - or for the really fanatic, jump aboard one of many dedicated LOTR tours. And after all of that - if you do really want the adrenaline rush Queenstown is known for, take your pick from the Shotover Jet, Nevis Bungy, Canyon Swing, Zipline, Luge or Heli-ski.
 

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 14: Queenstown to Milford Sound

Queenstown to Milford Sound for your 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.

Your Accommodation: Milford Mariner

On board the Milford Mariner you will cruise the full length of this spectacular fiord to the Tasman Sea before anchoring for the night in sheltered Harrison Cove. After the days activities you enjoy a delicious evening buffet in the spacious saloon before retiring to your private cabin.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Milford Mariner

Day 15: Milford Sound to Te Anau

Milford Sound to 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 Ultimate Coach and enjoy the scenic drive 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 Luxmore Hotel

The perfect base for all your Fiordland travel, Distinction Luxmore Hotel provides comfortable accommodation right in the heart of Te Anau.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 16: Te Anau to Dunedin

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. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation and is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Just a short walk to the Octagon, Railway Station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago University.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 17: Dunedin

Dunedin

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour. Next visit Glenfalloch Restaurant for a delightful morning 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).

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation and is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Just a short walk to the Octagon, Railway Station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago University.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 18: Dunedin to Christchurch

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: Sudima Christchurch Airport

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 Airport

Day 19: Depart Christchurch today

Depart Christchurch

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

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