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

Discover the best of New Zealand’s North and South Islands on this all inclusive cruise and fully escorted small group holiday. You will experience a blend of culture and cosmopolitan living in the North Island and then be overwhelmed by the awe inspiring beauty of the South Island. This tour includes the beautiful Bay of Islands in the North as well as a TranzAlpine rail journey in the South Island. Enjoy 12 nights of cruising on board the Celebrity Solstice Cruise, 10 nights of premium accommodation between days 13-23 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!

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*Prices shown already reflect this discount. Please refer to special terms and conditions for Cruise and coach here including a booking deposit required of $900 and balance of payment due 90 days prior to departure

 Ocean Cruise and Escorted Coach Tour
 Starts in Sydney, finishes in Christchurch
 23 days/ 22 nights
 Hotel 4 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Included in this tour package

Hobbiton Movie Set
Auckland Sky Tower

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

Day 1: Arrive Sydney. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 2: Cruising. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 3: Hobart. 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: Picton. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 10: Cruising. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

Day 11: Tauranga. Accommodation: Celebrity Solstice Cruise

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

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

Day 14: Auckland - Hokianga - Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Day 15: Bay of Islands (Free Day). Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands

Day 16: Bay of Islands - Auckland. Accommodation: Skycity Hotel Auckland

Day 17: Auckland - Rotorua. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 18: Rotorua. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 19: Rotorua - Auckland - Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 20: Queenstown Free Day. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 21: Queenstown to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 22: Franz Josef - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch

Day 23: Depart Christchurch.

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

Day 1: Arrive Sydney

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Cruise & Coach (Departing Sydney) - 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: Cruising

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Cruise & Coach (Departing Sydney) - 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: Hobart

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Cruise & Coach (Departing Sydney) - Day 3

Melbourne Free Day

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: Cruising

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

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 5: Cruising

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

Cruising

Cruise across the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

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

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Cruise & Coach (Departing Sydney) - 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: Dunedin

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

Dunedin

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

Grand Pacific 23 Day Best of NZ by Cruise & Coach (Departing Sydney) - 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 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: Picton

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

Wellington

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

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

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: Tauranga

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

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 12: Bay of Islands

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

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

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, 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 14: Auckland - Hokianga - Bay of Islands

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

Auckland to the Bay of Islands via Hokianga

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 15: Bay of Islands (Free Day)

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

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 16: Bay of Islands - Auckland

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

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 17: Auckland - Rotorua

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

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 18: Rotorua

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

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 19: Rotorua - Auckland - Queenstown

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

Rotorua to Auckland 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.

Auckland to Queenstown flight

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, Dinner

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 20: Queenstown Free Day

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

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: 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 21: Queenstown to Franz Josef

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

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 22: Franz Josef - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch

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

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

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to Arthur's Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Descend through spectacular gorges, river valleys and over massive viaducts before completing your journey at Christchurch. 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 23: Depart Christchurch

Depart Christchurch

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

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