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Grand Pacific UltimateGrand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise

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 touring the South Island on board one of Grand Pacifics premium coaches before you spend 10 nights cruising onboard the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise. Many iconic experiences are included – Queenstown's Skyline, a trip to the International Antarctic Centre, Larnach castle and much more.


All bookings for this tour require an additional deposit of NZD$1000 per person to secure the room on the cruise. 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.

BOOK NOW TO RECEIVE FANTASTIC VALUE!

Book before 29th February 2020 and receive superb discounts off this tour plus your choice of cruise value adds.

Check out our prices below and get in quick!

Value adds include a US$50 onboard credit per stateroom and the choice of a classic beverage package, unlimited internet or US$150pp onboard credit.

*Prices shown already reflect this discount. Please refer to special terms and conditions for Cruise and coach here including a booking deposit required of $1000 and balance of payment due 90 days prior to departure.
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 Christchurch, finishes in Melbourne
 21 days/ 20 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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At a glance - Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise

Day 1: Join your travel companions in Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City

Day 2: Take the famous Scenic train to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 3: Journey south to the Southern Alps. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 4: Enjoy some sightseeing before dinner at Walter Peak homestead. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: Choose how you spend a day in the adventure capital Queenstown. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 6: Reach the most southernest city, Invercargill. Accommodation: Ascot Park Hotel

Day 7: See some of the memorabilia of the legendary Burt Munro, "The worlds fastest indian". Accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 8: From Dunedin travel to Mt Cook. Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel

Day 9: Return to Christchurch ready for your flight north in the morning. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City

Day 10: Board the Celebrity Eclipse in Auckland. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 11: Day trip in Tauranga. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 12: A day on the seas. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 13: Explore the Art Deco buildings in Napier. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 14: Visit our cool little capital, Wellington. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 15: Adventure in and out of all the many inlets in the Marlborough Sounds. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 16: Revisit Christchurch, taking time to enjoy the city centre. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 17: See Dunedin from the coast this time. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 18: Sail into the narrow Fiords of Dusky, Doubtful and Milford. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 19: Unwind as you cruise to Australia. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 20: Another relaxing day onboard the Celebrity Eclipse. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 21: Disembark in Melbourne and say goodbye to all your travel friends.

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Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Join your travel companions in Christchurch

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 1

21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise

Enjoy the comfort of Grand Pacific's "Business Class on wheels" coach as you travel around the South Island. From Christchurch fly north to Auckland and weave your way down the country on the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship, before sailing across to Melbourne where your adventure ends.

Arrive Christchurch

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

Your Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City

This brand new 5 star boutique hotel is ideally located on Victoria Street amidst an array of cafes, restaurants and bars, and is only a martini olive pips’ throw from beautiful Hagley Park and Christchurch’s CBD. Experience the ‘garden city’ in style with Sudima Christchurch City.

Meals included: Dinner

Sudima Christchurch City

Day 2: Take the famous Scenic train to Franz Josef

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 2

Christchurch to Franz Josef 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 arriving to Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Your Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 3: Journey south to the Southern Alps

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 3

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.

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, Dinner

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 4: Enjoy some sightseeing before dinner at Walter Peak homestead

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 4

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 5: Choose how you spend a day in the adventure capital Queenstown

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 5

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: 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 6: Reach the most southernest city, Invercargill

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 6

Queenstown to Invercargill

Farewell Queenstown and travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you can visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to New Zealand’s southernmost city, Invercargill. This afternoon a guided tour is included of the Bill Richardson Transport World, an amazing private collection housed in a purpose-built Art Deco building. Displays include vintage trucks, rare classic cars, petrol pumps as well as an evergrowing showcase of Wearable Arts

Your Accommodation: Ascot Park Hotel

The Ascot Park Hotel is Invercargill's largest hotel, offering both motel and hotel accommodation with a great range of facilities. Set in park like surrounds its a great base for a visit to the southern city of Invercargill.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Ascot Park Hotel

Day 7: See some of the memorabilia of the legendary Burt Munro, "The worlds fastest indian"

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 7

Invercargill to Dunedin

A trip to Invercargill wouldn't be complete without a visit to see some of the memorabilia of the legendary Burt Munro, Speed Bike Racer, as depicted in the movie "The World's Fastest Indian". Continue through the remarkable region of the Catlins, where lush rainforest spills onto brilliant beaches.  Visit the spectacular triple tiered cascading waterfall at Purakauni and enjoy a picnic lunch. Continue to Nugget Point where there are opportunities to see wildlife as you walk to view the lighthouse with spectacular views.

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, Lunch, Dinner

Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Day 8: From Dunedin travel to Mt Cook

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 8

Dunedin to Mt. Cook National Park

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. Farewell Dunedin and travel to Oamaru famous for its limestone. Follow the Waitaki River and see Lake Benmore as you travel to Mt Cook.

Your Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel

The Hermitage Hotel ringed by magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, is a world-renowned tourist destination and has been an icon of superior accommodation and dining since 1884.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hermitage Hotel

Day 9: Return to Christchurch ready for your flight north in the morning

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 9

Mt. Cook to Christchurch

This morning marvel at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Travel to lake Tekapo and visit the church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue. Continue to Christchurch and this evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City

This brand new 5 star boutique hotel is ideally located on Victoria Street amidst an array of cafes, restaurants and bars, and is only a martini olive pips’ throw from beautiful Hagley Park and Christchurch’s CBD. Experience the ‘garden city’ in style with Sudima Christchurch City.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Sudima Christchurch City

Day 10: Board the Celebrity Eclipse in Auckland

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 10

Fly from Christchurch to Auckland

Enjoy a leisurely start to your day before boarding a local flight to the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland located in the North Island. You will be transferred to the wharf to board the Celebrity Eclipse® to commence your 11 night cruise around New Zealand and back to Australia.

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 11: Day trip in Tauranga

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 11

Get off and enjoy the Bay of Plenty

Located in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is situated at the entrance to one of the largest natural harbours in New Zealand.

Port Times Arrive 07:45 Depart 18:45

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 12: A day on the seas

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 12

Ocean Cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse

The Celebrity Eclipse® offers an unparalleled wealth of dining. As an AquaClass® guest you have exclusive access to your own restaurant, Blu, which offers healthy and delicious breakfast and dinner choices. Make the most of the endless onboard entertainment, live music, films, sports, art the list goes on. 

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 13: Explore the Art Deco buildings in Napier

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 13

Port in Napier

The beautifully preserved 1930s Art Deco architecture is Napier’s special point of difference. The best way to enjoy the streetscape is on a self-guided walk.

Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 17:00

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 14: Visit our cool little capital, Wellington

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 14

Wellington day out

Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington was recently named the ‘Coolest Little Capital’. On the waterfront is Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, one of the best interactive museums in the world.

Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 17:00

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 15: Adventure in and out of all the many inlets in the Marlborough Sounds

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 15

Picton

Cruise through the many inlets and bays that make up the Marlborough Sounds to Picton, the gateway to the South Island. This small seaport is only a short distance from the Marlborough wine region, famous for its sauvignon blanc.

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 16: Revisit Christchurch, taking time to enjoy the city centre

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 16

Explore Christchurch

In Christchurch, you will see state-of-the-art architecture, vibrant street art, bustling restaurants, laneways and green public spaces. Take time to explore the city by tram or Edwardian punt along the tranquil Avon River.

Port Times Arrive 07:00 Depart 18:00

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 17: See Dunedin from the coast this time

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 17

Moor up for a day in Dunedin

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

Port Times Arrive 09:00 Depart 17:00

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 18: Sail into the narrow Fiords of Dusky, Doubtful and Milford

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 18

Sail from the Ocean through to Fiordland

Sail into the narrow fiords of Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. Your ship will seem to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Scenic cruising.

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 19: Unwind as you cruise to Australia

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 19

Ocean Cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse

The Celebrity Eclipse® offers an unparalleled wealth of dining. As an AquaClass® guest you have exclusive access to your own restaurant, Blu, which offers healthy and delicious breakfast and dinner choices. Make the most of the endless onboard entertainment, live music, films, sports, art the list goes on. 

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 20: Another relaxing day onboard the Celebrity Eclipse

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate South Island Experience and Cruise - Day 20

Ocean Cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse

The Celebrity Eclipse® offers an unparalleled wealth of dining. As an AquaClass® guest you have exclusive access to your own restaurant, Blu, which offers healthy and delicious breakfast and dinner choices. Make the most of the endless onboard entertainment, live music, films, sports, art the list goes on. 

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 21: Disembark in Melbourne and say goodbye to all your travel friends

Depart Melbourne

Time to say goodbye after a memorable New Zealand holiday

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