DAY 1: ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH (D)
On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Hotel Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel
DAY 2: CHRISTCHURCH – ARTHURS PASS – FRANZ JOSEF (B,D)
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 continuing to Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)
DAY 3: FRANZ JOSEF – QUEENSTOWN (B,D)
See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast to Fox Glacier. Continue 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. Hotel Copthorne Queenstown Lakefront (2 nights)
DAY 4: QUEENSTOWN (FREE DAY) (B)
Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist. 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).
DAY 5: QUEENSTOWN – AUCKLAND (B,D)
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 Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. Hotel Skycity Hotel
DAY 6: AUCKLAND – HOKIANGA – BAY OF ISLANDS (B,D)
Depart Auckland and travel to Matakohe to enjoy an informative talk at the Kauri Museum. After lunch travel 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. Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights)
DAY 7: BAY OF ISLANDS (FREE DAY) (B,D)
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 & Coach Captain will be available to assist.
DAY 8: BAY OF ISLANDS – AUCKLAND (B)
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 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 one of the many fine restaurants available. Hotel Skycity Hotel
DAY 9: AUCKLAND – ROTORUA (B,L,D)
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. Hotel Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Superior Room. 2 nights)
DAY 10: ROTORUA (B,SD)
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 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.
DAY 11: ROTORUA – AUCKLAND (B,D)
Travel to Auckland where you will board the Celebrity Solstice to commence your 12 night cruise around New Zealand and back to Australia. Overnight Celebrity Solstice. Port Times Depart 18:00
DAY 12: BAY OF ISLANDS (B,L,D)
The beaches in this region are considered some of the world’ finest with perfect white sand and crystal clear water. Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 17:00
DAY 13: TAURANGA (B,L,D)
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
DAY 14: CRUISING (B,L,D)
Relax and enjoy the comforts of this stunning superliner. While at sea enjoy the on board facilities, world-class cuisine and the entertainment not to mention your deluxe balcony cabin.
DAY 15: AKAROA (B,L,D)
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 19:00
DAY 16: DUNEDIN (B,L,D)
Situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, explore Dunedin’s historic architecture and beautiful botanic gardens. Port Times Arrive 07:30 Depart 17:00
DAY 17: DUSKY, DOUBTFUL & MILFORD SOUNDS (B,L,D)
Sail into the narrow fiords of Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds. Your ship will seem to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Scenic cruising.
DAYS 18 – 19: CRUISING (B,L,D)
Enjoy a quiet refuge by day, gazing over the sea with cocktail in hand.
DAY 20 – 21: SYDNEY (B,L,D)
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
DAY 22: CRUISING (B,L,D)
As you cruise enjoy a day at sea to further explore all this luxurious ship has to offer.
DAY 23: MELBOURNE (B,L,D)
Time to say goodbye after a memorable New Zealand holiday.
(B) Breakfast. (L) Lunch. (D) Dinner. (SD) Specialty Dinner.
Port arrival and departure times may vary.
dates & pricing
|From||Tour including airfare||Prepaid taxes||Total Per Person Twin Share||Departs 2020|
|Sydney||$7999||$125||$8124||7 Feb – ON REQUEST|
- REEF N OUTBACK SPECIAL – SAVE $100 PER PERSON OFF ADVERTISED TOUR PRICE
- Prices per person twin share
- Land only $7849pp (no flights)
- Single supplement add $3750
- Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed at time of booking.
- Fully escorted tour includes airfares^, taxes, luxury cruise, modern coach travel, 4 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing, attractions + BONUS US$50 onboard credit per stateroom on the Celebrity Solstice.
Highlights & inclusions
- Tour Guide
- Flight from homeport to Christchurch^
- Internal flight from Queenstown to Auckland^
- Airport to hotel transfer in Christchurch, Day 1
- Port taxes
- Comprehensive Documentation Pack
- Note: The airfare and transfer from Melbourne to your homeport on Day 23 is not included. Please make your own arrangements.
SCENIC COACH TOUR (DAY 1 – 10)
- Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
- Professional Coach Captain
- 10 nights four star hotel accommodation
- 3 two night stays
- Hotel porterage
- 10 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
- 8 sumptuous dinners including 1 specialty dinner: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua
- 1 Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton
PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS
- TranzAlpine Rail Journey
- Sky Tower
- Kauri Museum*
- Footprints Waipoua Forest Tour*
- Waitangi Treaty Grounds*
- Sculptureum Experience
- Hamilton Gardens*
- Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
- Skyline Gondola & Luge Ride
- Thermal mud pools & geysers*
- Tamaki Maori Experience
- City Sights tour of Auckland
- *Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.
CELEBRITY SOLSTICE CRUISE (DAY 11 – 23)
- BONUS US$50 onboard credit per stateroom
- Deluxe Balcony Cabin
- Group Meet & Greet
- World-class dining in a range of unique venues (Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily)
- Awesome entertainment
- Inspiring activities such as cooking classes and wine tasting
- Ports of call:
- Auckland, ‘City of Sails’
- Bay of Islands
- Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
- Akaroa, French inspired village
- Dunedin, Edinburgh of the South
- Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park
- Sydney free time to explore
- Gratuities on board