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New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach Tour

$8,799

This comprehensive escorted tour of New Zealand includes flights from Australia and covers the North and South Islands by coach, rail and cruise. It’s a spectacular way to explore Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Franz Josef Glacier, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Christchurch and more!

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New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach Tour with Flights – 19 days

This incredible New Zealand escorted tour is packed with inclusions and highlights across the spectacular North and South Islands!

Fly to Auckland and travel to the beautiful Bay of Islands, where you’ll experience a luxury catamaran cruise and have time to explore on your own. Continue to discover the North Island sights of Rotorua and Wellington, before crossing the Cook Strait to the South Island.

From Christchurch, board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s great rail journeys. Overnight in Franz Josef Glacier, take a vintage steamship across Lake Wakatipu and travel from Queenstown to Milford Sound to embark on an amazing overnight cruise aboard the Milford Mariner. Learn of Dunedin’s proud Scottish heritage before returning to Christchurch and marking the end of this breathtaking and memorable New Zealand holiday!

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • It’s a comprehensive tour of New Zealand with many included activities & delicious meals!
  • Discover geothermal wonders, towering peaks, historic sights, cultural experiences & more.
  • Enjoy the comfort of 4-star hotels and a full size coach with maximum 32 travellers on board.
  • Escorted tour with professional guide, sightseeing, variety of transport & flights included!

Your Holiday Includes:

  • Flights to New Zealand – return economy ex Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sydney
  • Airport transfers – Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival & return airport transfers in NZ
  • Tour transportation – 32 seats on a full-size coach, premium economy comfort
    • 2 door access, restroom, daily onboard WiFi allowance
  • Escorted tour – Professional Coach Captain and Tour Leader
  • Accommodation – 17 nights in 4- star accommodation with hotel porterage
    • 1 night Milford Sound cruise
    • Includes 6 x two night stays
  • Sightseeing – 4 cruises, 3 rail journeys
    • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
    • Comprehensive documentation pack
  • Meals – 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
    • 14 sumptuous dinners including complimentary pre-dinner drink at the Welcome Dinner and 4 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi and Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Speights Ale House, Dunedin; Farewell Dinner including pre-dinner drink, Christchurch
    • 2 delicious morning teas
    • Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

Prepaid attractions included:

  • Kauri Museum
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
  • Glenbrook Vintage Railway
  • Paradise Valley Springs*
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola and Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools and geysers*
  • Te Puia traditional Mãori Hãngi and Concert
  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Coastal Pacific Rail Journey
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Christchurch Tram
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • HIGHLIGHTMilford Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Speights Brewery Tour and Tasting*
  • Larnach Castle*
  • Olveston Historic Home*
  • City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin

*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers

Departs from Australia:

2021 – 22 September

2022 – 20 February; 18 & 27 April

Note: Prices are per person based on twin share. Departures are subject to confirmation at time of booking and price may vary depending on your travel date.

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Click on the button to view or download a copy of the brochure. The brochure includes more details and the full itinerary (where applicable).

Want to Stay Longer or Upgrade?

You can add extra nights in New Zealand or upgrade your flights to Premium Economy or Business Class.

Ask us today about staying in other properties or adding more services. We are happy to design a holiday that will suit you best.

Travelling Solo?

We can look after you. Single supplement is from $2500 and guarantees your own room.

Booking Conditions:

This special deal is valid for a limited time. Please contact us for current rates.

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

Please read Australia & New Zealand Travel Company’s Terms & Booking Conditions prior to making a reservation. By booking any travel service with us, you have agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

How to Book

To make a booking please call Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email reservations@anztravelco.com.

You can also select a trip and request it via this website – please make sure you enter the quantity for the number of people travelling. In the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page, add your preferred departure date plus any other information that will help us process your booking, such as departure city and travel preferences.

No payment is required to submit an online booking request, but your booking is pending and no place is being held. Your booking status will be advised when you hear from our travel consultants. Bookings are normally actioned within 24 hours – Monday to Friday.

Itinerary & Booking Info

Travel Style

Escorted coach tour

Itinerary

ITINERARY:

(B) Breakfast. (L) Lunch. (D) Dinner. (SD) Specialty Dinner.

DAY 1: ARRIVE AUCKLAND (D)
On arrival into Auckland, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink when you meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions for dinner.
Hotel Sudima Auckland City

DAY 2: AUCKLAND – BAY OF ISLANDS (B,D)
Enjoy a city tour of Auckland, dubbed the ‘City of Sails’, before travelling to Matakohe to enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum. Travel via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Mãori tribes and the British.
Hotel Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights)

DAY 3: BAY OF ISLANDS (FREE DAY) (B)
Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

DAY 4: BAY OF ISLANDS – AUCKLAND (B,D)
This morning cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett, where a historic lighthouse keeps watch over Piercy Island, or as it is popularly known, the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life. Upon return to Paihia, travel south via Whangarei, call into the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree before returning to Auckland.
Hotel Sudima Auckland City

DAY 5: AUCKLAND – ROTORUA (B,D)
This morning 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 of rolling hills and green pastures famous for dairying. Continue to Rotorua to visit Paradise Valley Springs, a superb wildlife park where you can hand-feed rainbow trout.
Hotel Pullman Rotorua (City View Room. 2 nights)

DAY 6: ROTORUA (B,SD)
Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education that is 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 Mãori Hãngi and Concert.

DAY 7: ROTORUA – WELLINGTON (B,D)
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 continue south to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington.
Hotel James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Executive Room. 2 nights)

DAY 8: WELLINGTON (B)
A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon and this evening is also free to explore Wellington’s lively food scene.

DAY 9: WELLINGTON – CHRISTCHURCH (B,D)
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 Kaikōura mountain ranges on one side and the rugged scenic coastline on the other travelling through numerous tunnels and across several bridges. Enjoy a two-night stay in the garden city of Christchurch.
Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel (2 nights)

DAY 10: CHRISTCHURCH (B)
Today visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This is followed by an introductory city tour of Christchurch. This afternoon includes a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at leisure. This evening is free.

DAY 11: CHRISTCHURCH – ARTHUR’S 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 arriving at the township of Franz Josef where there’s time to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the glaciers.
Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

DAY 12: FRANZ JOSEF – QUEENSTOWN (B)
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.
Hotel Millennium Hotel Queenstown (2 nights)

DAY 13: QUEENSTOWN (FREE DAY) (B,SD)
Today is a free day to explore Queenstown. Your Coach Captain and Tour Leader will assist with the many optional activities available. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious gourmet barbecue dinner featuring a menu of seasonal, fresh and locally sourced food 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.

DAY 14: QUEENSTOWN – MILFORD SOUND OVERNIGHT CRUISE (B,D)
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.
Overnight Milford Mariner

DAY 15: MILFORD SOUND – TE ANAU (B,D)
Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord. Return to the wharf to meet your coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Te Anau where you will enjoy an afternoon at leisure. You may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).
Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Room)

DAY 16: TE ANAU – DUNEDIN (B,D)
Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin, famous for its stunning Edwardian and Victorian architecture dating back to the gold rush of the 1800’s. Today Dunedin is New Zealand’s oldest university city.
Hotel Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (2 nights)

DAY 17: DUNEDIN (B,SD)
This morning travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Return to Dunedin for a city tour followed by some free time. Optional activities you might be interested in, include the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat. Later, visit Speight’s Brewery, a Dunedin icon, for an informative and interactive tour through this working brewery. The tasting session will be followed by a delicious dinner at the Ale House restaurant.

DAY 18: DUNEDIN – CHRISTCHURCH (B,SD)
This morning visit Olveston Historic Home, a prosperous merchants’ home from the turn of the century before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a pre-dinner drink and reminisce on memories shared with your new friends at the farewell dinner.
Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel

DAY 19: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH (B)
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

Please note: The day by day descriptions published are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, road conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by calling Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email to reservations@anztravelco.com.

Online booking requests may also be submitted via this website by selecting a trip. Please make sure you include your preferred departure date in the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page.

Bookings are pending and not confirmed until you receive a status update from an Australia & New Zealand Travel Company consultant.

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