Login
Call us FREE in NZ on 1855 638 2709
|

Grand Pacific ToursGrand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch)

Discover the best of New Zealand’s North and South Islands on this all inclusive cruise and fully escorted group holiday. You will experience the awe inspiring beauty of the South Island followed by a blend of culture and cosmopolitan living in the North Island. 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 premium accommodation between days 1-10 including an endless range of pre-paid attractions. 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! Followed by 12 nights of cruising on board the Celebrity Solstice 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.

 Ocean Cruise and Escorted Coach Tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 23 days/ 22 nights
 Hotel 4 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
 Viewed 8 times in the last 7 days

Included in this tour package

Tour map
GP crew
South Island New Zealand Train

At a glance - Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch)

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch Airport

Day 2: Christchurch to Franz Josef via Arthurs Pass. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 3: Franz Josef to Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 4: Queenstown Free Day. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 5: Queenstown to Auckland. Accommodation: Skycity Hotel Auckland

Day 6: Auckland to Bay of Islands via Hokianga. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 7: Bay of Islands Free Day. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

Day 8: Bay of Islands to Auckland. Accommodation: Skycity Hotel Auckland

Day 9: Auckland to Rotorua. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 10: Rotorua. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 11: Rotorua to Auckland. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 12: Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 13: Tauranga. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 14: Cruising. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 15: Akaroa. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 16: Dunedin. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 17: Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 18: Cruising. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 19: Cruising. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 20: Sydney. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 21: Sydney. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 22: Cruising. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 23: Depart Melbourne.

Back to top

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive Christchurch

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 1

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 Airport

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

Meals included: Dinner

Sudima Christchurch Airport

Day 2: Christchurch to Franz Josef via Arthurs Pass

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - 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: 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 3: Franz Josef to Queenstown

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - 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. This evening is free 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, Dinner

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront

Day 4: Queenstown Free Day

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 4

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. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of scenic Skippers Canyon or to get up close to a Kiwi bird. 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 gourmet BBQ 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 5: Queenstown to Auckland

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 5

Queenstown to Auckland

Travel to Queenstown Airport where you will board a local flight to the City of Sails - Auckland, Located in the North Island. Meet your North Island Coach Captain and enjoy an informative city tour. This afternoon includes a visit to the Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand's most spectacular attractions.

Queenstown to Auckland Flight

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 6: Auckland to Bay of Islands via Hokianga

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 6

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: 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 7: Bay of Islands Free Day

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 7

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: 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 8: Bay of Islands to Auckland

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 8

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 9: Auckland to Rotorua

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 9

Auckland to Rotorua

Travel to the Hamilton Gardens for a guided tour that will take you on a journey from the peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholars garden into an Italian Renaissance Garden followed by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh garden. Next visit Hobbiton for lunch followed by an experience of the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. A guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting 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 10: Rotorua

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 10

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 11: Rotorua to Auckland

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 11

Travel to Auckland

Travel to Auckland where you will board the Celebrity Solstice to commence your 12 night cruise around New Zealand and back to Australia.
Port Times - Depart 18:00

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 12: Bay of Islands

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 12

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.
Port Times - Arrive 08:00, Depart after 17:00

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 13: Tauranga

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 13

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 18:00

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 14: Cruising

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 14

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 15: Akaroa

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 15

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 16: Dunedin

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 16

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 17: Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 17

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 18: Cruising

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 18

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 19: Cruising

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 19

Cruising

Enjoy a second day at sea exploring the ship and taking in the incredible views

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 20: Sydney

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 20

Sydney

Considered to be one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney offers just about anything, from beaches and wineries to stunning landmarks and world-class shopping. Overnight in port. Port Times - Arrive 08:00 Depart 22:00

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 21: Sydney

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 21

Sydney

Enjoy a second day exploring the Sydney sights and sounds.
Port times: Depart 22:00

Your Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Solstice Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 22: Cruising

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Coach & Cruise (Departing Christchurch) - Day 22

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 23: Depart Melbourne

Depart Melbourne

Time to say goodbye after a memorable New Zealand holiday

Back to top

Departure Dates & Prices  

All prices are in
New Zealand Coach Tours page loading
Back to top

Here are some similar NZ Coach tour packages

Back to top

Travel with our teammates

The original NZ self-drive touring company
Prefer to self-drive? Search over 200 NZ tours
nzsidekick - New Zealand's leading travel agent partner
Travel agents - book NZ itineraries here