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19 Day New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach Holiday

19 Days (18 Nights) | $6317
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Designed for the rail enthusiasts to enjoy the best of New Zealand. Experience the romance of four spectacular rail journeys, the majesty of an exclusive overnight cruise in the Milford Sound and the luxury of coach travel. This fully escorted holiday of New Zealand will showcase scenery by rail, sea and road.

Day 1: Arrive Auckland (D)

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


Day 2: Auckland - Bay of Islands (B,D)

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Today enjoy an Auckland city sights tour before travelling to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Continue through Whangarei to the Bay of Islands. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.


Day 3: Bay of Islands (B)

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This morning travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins. The remainder of today is at leisure to choose from the many optional activities available, including a tall sailing ship experience or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).


Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland (B,D)

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Farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe where you will enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum. Continue to Auckland's north shore for some time at leisure. Why not take a stroll to the nearby beach for views of Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.


Day 5: Auckland - Rotorua (B,L,D)

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Depart Auckland and travel to Glenbrook Vintage Railway for a nostalgic 15 kilometre trip back in time on a beautifully restored vintage steam train. Visit the restoration workshop and on return to Glenbrook Station, morning tea will be served. Depart Glenbrook and travel through magnificent countryside to Longlands Farm & Restaurant. Enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch hosted by a rural New Zealand family. Next, continue to Rotorua and visit Paradise Valley Springs, a superb wildlife park where you can hand feed rainbow trout.


Day 6: Rotorua (B,SD)

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Today begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. 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. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome Geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.


Day 7: Rotorua - Wellington (B,D)

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Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the spectacular Huka Falls. Continue to Lake Taupo for some free time to enjoy this scenic lakeside town. Travel via the Tongariro National Park and this afternoon and continue south along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington.


Day 8: Wellington (B)

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Enjoy an extensive city tour in New Zealand's capital, Wellington. A highlight will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand's National Museum, with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views and also check out the Gallipoli Exhibition. Enjoy free time at leisure this afternoon. This evening is also free to dine out at one of the many fine local restaurants.


Day 9: Wellington - Christchurch (B,D)

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This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross Cook Strait and travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific, a truly spectacular rail journey that showcases the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side and the rugged scenic coastline on the other. Travel through numerous tunnels and across several bridges before boarding a coach to Christchurch.


Day 10: Christchurch Touring (B,D)

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Today enjoy the International Antarctic Centre and later travel south through some of the finest farmland areas to the garden city of Christchurch for an introductory city sights tour. Spend the remainder of your day at leisure and getting around with your Christchurch Tram pass.


Day 11: Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Franz Josef (B,D)

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This morning board the TranzAlpine, 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 at Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.


Day 12: Franz Josef - Queenstown (B)

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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.


Day 13: Queenstown at Leisure (B,SD)

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Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. Your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist with the many 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 on your return cruise.


Day 14: Queenstown - Milford Sound Overnight Cruise (B,D)

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This morning travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via Te Anau to Milford Sound and board the Milford Mariner for your amazing overnight cruise. There is plenty of time to view the fiord's spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife - you're bound to encounter seals and if you're lucky maybe dolphins and penguins. As evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet prepared freshly by the onboard chef.


Day 15: Milford Sound - Te Anau (B,D)

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Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord. Return back to the wharf to meet your coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Te Anau. This afternoon enjoy a cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Glow Worm Caves where you will admire the incredible limestone caverns, waterfalls and mystery of the Glow Worm Grotto.


Day 16: Te Anau - Dunedin (B,SD)

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Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin for an informative city tour followed by some free time. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift.


Day 17: : Dunedin (B,D)

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Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour. Next visit Glenfalloch Restaurant for a delightful morning tea. Return to the city for some free time before boarding The Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail. On return to Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station your coach will transfer you to your hotel.


Day 18: Dunedin - Christchurch (B,SD)

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This morning visit Olveston House, a prestigious historic home before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.


Day 19: Depart Christchurch (B)

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Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.


Tour Includes:

  • 17 nights of superoir accommodation
  • 18 breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Resturant, Rotorua
  • 1 specialty lunch: Longlands Farm & Restaurant, Matamata
  • 15 dinners including 4 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Farewell Dinner, Christchurch
  • 2 morning teas
  • Luxury Coach Transportation
  • Professional Coach Captain and Tour Guide
  • Airport Transfers
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Hotel Porterage
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Kauri Museum
  • Glenbrook Vintage Railway
  • Longlands Farm & Restaurant
  • Paradise Valley Springs
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools & geysers
  • Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi & Concert 
  • Introduction to Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Coastal Pacific Rail Journey
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Cruise Lake Te Anau, visit Glow Worm Caves
  • Taieri Gorge Limited Rail Journey
  • Larnach Castle
  • Glenfalloch Resturant
  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift
  • Olveston House
  • City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin

Departure Dates: Double Single
Sep 10, 19, 2016 $6,317 $8,284
Oct 7, 14, 25, 2016 $6,317 $8,284
Nov 3, 12, 21, 2016 $6,317 $8,284
Jan 18, 2017 $6,317 $8,284
Feb 5, 8, 18, 23, 2017 $6,317 $8,284
Mar 8, 13, 16, 20, 26, 31, 2017 $6,317 $8,284
Apr 6, 13, 18, 2017 $6,317 $8,284
May 4, 2017 $6,317 $8,284

Pricing is based on per person in Canadian Dollars


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