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Grand Pacific ToursGrand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach

Discover the best of New Zealand’s North and South Islands on this all-inclusive cruise and fully escorted small group holiday. This tour includes the beautiful Bay of Islands in the North as well as a TranzAlpine rail journey in the South Island. Enjoy 10 nights of cruising on board the Celebrity Solstice Cruise, before you hop on board one of Grand Pacifics premium coaches to see the rest of stunning New Zealand. Many iconic experiences are included – Auckland's Sky Tower, a tour of an ancient Kauri forest, Hobbiton movie set tour, thermal mud pools and geysers and more!


Bookings made within 150 days prior to the departure date, are subject to availability and may incur a surcharge. Onboard credits may also not be available.

 Ocean Cruise and Escorted Coach Tour
 Starts in Sydney, finishes in Christchurch
 21 days/ 20 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Included in this tour package

Tour map
Thermal Village Rotorua
Dolphins in cove

At a glance - Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach

Day 1: Join the Celebrity Solstice and meet your Grand Pacific tour guide on board. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 2: Cruise the Tasman sea South towards Hobart. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 3: Today the ship will dock in Hobart and give you a chance to explore the beautiful surrounds. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 4: Leave Austrailian waters today and cruise towards New Zealand. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 5: Whilst you cruise today it may become apparent why New Zealand is often referred too as the. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 6: Today sail through the phenomenal Dusky, Doubtful & Milford Sounds. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 7: Explore Dunedin's historic coastline. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 8: Crusing towards Akaroa keep an eye out for dolpins. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 9: Stay on board today for your last full day cruising. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 10: Arrive in Tauranga the entrance to New Zealand's largest natural harbour. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 11: Cruise the final leg to Auckland today and disembark the ship. Accommodation: Skycity Hotel Auckland

Day 12: Auckland to the Bay of Islands via Hokianga. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Day 13: A free day in the Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Day 14: From the Bay of Islands back to Auckland. Accommodation: Skycity Hotel Auckland

Day 15: Auckland to Rotorua and visit the Hobbiton Movie Set.. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 16: An action packed day in Rotorua. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 17: Rotorua to Auckland airport amd fly South to Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 18: Adventure day in Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 19: Up the West Coast to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 20: Head to Arthur's Pass where you will join the TranzAlpine Train to Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch Airport

Day 21: After breakfast bid the group farewell and head home.

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Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Join the Celebrity Solstice and meet your Grand Pacific tour guide on board

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 1

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.
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: Cruise the Tasman sea South towards Hobart

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 2

Cruising

Relax and enjoy the comforts of this stunning superliner. While at sea enjoy the onboard facilities, world-class cuisine and entertainment.

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 3: Today the ship will dock in Hobart and give you a chance to explore the beautiful surrounds

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 3

A day in Hobart

Docking in Hobart gives you immediate access to Mount Wellington and its incredibly beautiful surrounds. From there you can look out over the busy harbour which plays host to yachts from all over the world.
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: Leave Austrailian waters today and cruise towards New Zealand

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 4

Cruising

As you cruise, enjoy a day at sea to further explore all this luxurious ship has to offer.

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 5: Whilst you cruise today it may become apparent why New Zealand is often referred too as the

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 5

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 6: Today sail through the phenomenal Dusky, Doubtful & Milford Sounds

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 6

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.

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 7: Explore Dunedin's historic coastline

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 7

Dunedin

Situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, explore Dunedin’s historic architecture and beautiful botanic gardens.

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 8: Crusing towards Akaroa keep an eye out for dolpins

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 8

Akaroa

Nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano, Akaroa is rich with beautiful bays and home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin.
Port Times - Arrive 08:00, Depart after 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: Stay on board today for your last full day cruising

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 9

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 10: Arrive in Tauranga the entrance to New Zealand's largest natural harbour

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 10

Tauranga

Known as the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is located at the entrance to one of the largest natural harbours in New Zealand.
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 11: Cruise the final leg to Auckland today and disembark the ship

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 11

Disembark the ship into Auckland

This morning arrive into the beautiful "City of Sails', Auckland.  Disembark the ship, meet your Coach Captain and enjoy an informative city tour of Auckland which includes the Auckland Domain, Parnell Rose Garden and Bastion Point.  This afternoon visit Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand's most spectacular attractions.

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, Dinner

Skycity Hotel Auckland

Day 12: Auckland to the Bay of Islands via Hokianga

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 12

Auckland to the Bay of Islands via the Kauri Museum and Footprints Waipoua Encounter

Depart Auckland and travel to Matakohe to enjoy an informative talk at the Kauri Museum. After lunch travel north through Dargaville to the unforgettable Footprints Waipoua encounter, home to some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world. A local guide will explain how these trees are inter-twined with the lives of local Maori and the important role they play in the eco-system that is the Waipoua Forest. Continue to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands is located within the Waitangi Treaty grounds, surrounded by native bush and the beautiful Bay of Islands Harbour.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Day 13: A free day in the Bay of Islands

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 13

Bay of Islands

Today is free to choose from the many optional activities available. You may like to take a coach trip to Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach, the Hole in the Rock Cruise, or a spectacular scenic flight. The choice is yours and your Tour Guide and Coach Captain will be available to assist.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands is located within the Waitangi Treaty grounds, surrounded by native bush and the beautiful Bay of Islands Harbour.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Day 14: From the Bay of Islands back to Auckland

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 14

Bay of Islands to Auckland

This morning enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. Farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south via Whangarei, Wellsford, and Warkworth to Matakana to visit Sculptureum, an art experience that is internationally unique. Enjoy time to wander through the Garden of Creative Diversity and to view the hundreds of displayed works in the Galleries and garden all designed to amuse and inspire. Return to Auckland where this evening is free to dine at 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 15: Auckland to Rotorua and visit the Hobbiton Movie Set.

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 15

Auckland to Rotorua

Travel to Waikato's most visited attraction, the Hamilton Gardens. Your guide will share the story of how the Gardens were transformed into a Garden of International Significance. Visit Hobbiton for lunch followed by an experience of the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. A guide will recount the fascinating details of how the set was created. Continue to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.

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 16: An action packed day in Rotorua

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 16

Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride to the Stratosfare Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. 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. Travel to Te Puia for a guided tour of the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to a Maori village for an interactive and educational experience which culminates with a cultural performance and traditional hangi feast.

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 17: Rotorua to Auckland airport amd fly South to Queenstown

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 17

Rotorua to Queenstown

Travel to Auckland Airport where you will 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.

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, Dinner

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 18: Adventure day in Queenstown

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 18

Queenstown Free Day

Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist in choosing the right experience for you. This evening is also free and you may choose to dine high above Queenstown at the Skyline Restaurant or board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu for a gourmet barbecue at Walter Peak Station (optional).

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 19: Up the West Coast to Franz Josef

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 19

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 20: Head to Arthur's Pass where you will join the TranzAlpine Train to Christchurch

Grand Pacific 21 Day New Zealand Vista by Cruise & Coach - Day 20

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. 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 21: After breakfast bid the group farewell and head home

Depart Christchurch

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

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