New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach Holiday

19 Day Guided Tour from Auckland to Christchurch with Grand Pacific

Read 14 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Grand Pacific's 19 Day New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach Holiday. This extremely popular tour has been designed specifically for rail enthusiasts to enjoy the best of New Zealand at a relaxed pace. This exceptional itinerary...read more

     
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Guided Tour Starts In
Starts In
Auckland
Guided Tour Ends In
Ends In
Christchurch
Accomodation
Accomodation
4 Star
48
Max Group Size
48
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Rail Journey
Trip Style
Rail Journey
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
New Zealand
Trip Operated By:
Grand Pacific
Grand Pacific
155 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.7 out of 5
14 Reviews
Trip Code:
GPNZ19R

Itinerary

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1 Arrive Auckland
On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel. Stay: Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland (D)
2 Auckland - Bay of Islands
Depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe, then 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 Maori tribes and the British. Stay Two Nights: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (B/D)
3 Bay of Islands
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 and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). (B)
4 Bay of Islands - Auckland
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 before returning to Paihia. Enjoy a picnic lunch before travelling south via Whangarei, call into the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree before arriving into to Auckland’s north shore. You will see stunning views of Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. Stay: Spencer on Byron (B/D)
5 Auckland - Rotorua
This morning enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland before travelling 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 and visit Paradise Valley Springs, a superb wildlife park where you can hand feed rainbow trout. Stay Two Nights: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Superior Rooms) (B/L/D)
6 Rotorua
Today begins with a Gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a luge ride! Travel to 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 you will experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert. (B/SD)
7 Rotorua - Wellington
Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway before arriving at the spectacular Huka Falls. Continue to Lake Taupo where some free time is available to enjoy this scenic lakeside town. This afternoon travel via the Tongariro National Park and see the snow capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro. Continue south along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington, New Zealand's capital.Stay Two Nights: James Cook Grand Chancellor (B/D)
8 Wellington
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 circustances (Gallipoli Exhibition will run until end April. May tours will receive a Guided Tour). Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour. Enjoy free time at leisure this afternoon. This evening is also free to dine out at one of the many fine local restaurants. (B)
9 Wellington - Christchurch
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 departing the train in Kaikoura. Travel south by coach through some of the finest farmland area’s to the garden city of Christchurch. Stay Two Nights: Distinction Christchurch (B/D)
10 Christchurch
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 your leisure, or spend the afternoon at leisure. (B)
11 Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Franz Josef
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. Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) (B/D)
12 Franz Josef - Queenstown
See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you 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. This evening is free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants. Stay Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront (B)
13 Queenstown (Free Day)
Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain is available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon or the helicopter ride of a lifetime. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. On arrival sit back and relax, as you are treated to the best of New Zealand's high country cuisine in 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. (B/SD)
14 Queenstown - Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
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 dolphin and penguins. As evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet prepared freshly by the onboard chef. Stay: Milford Mariner Overnight Cruise (B/D)
15 Milford Sound - Te Anau
Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) and exploring more of the fiord. Return back 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 Glow Worm Caves where you can admire the incredible limestone caverns, waterfalls and mystery of the Glow Worm Grotto (optional). Stay: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Rooms) (B/D)
16 Te Anau - Dunedin
Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin. At Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station, board The Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail. On arrival at Pukerangi, meet your coach for the journey back to Dunedin. Stay Two Nights: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (B/D)
17 Dunedin

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 the city for an informative city tour followed by some free time. You might be interested in a tour of Speights Brewery (optional) or the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat (optional). Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift. (B/SD)

18 Dunedin - Christchurch
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 newfound friends. Stay: Sudima Christchurch (B/SD)
19 Depart Christchurch
Time to say goodbye. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday. (B)

Grand Pacific Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Matakohe Kauri Museum
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds Guided tour
  • Dolphin & Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Glenbrook Vintage Railway
  • Paradise Valley Springs
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Geothermal mud pools & geysers
  • Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Te Papa, New Zealand'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
  • Highlight Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Olveston House guided tour
  • The Taieri Gorge Railway
  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift
  • Larnach Castle
  • City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin
Trip Inclusions
  • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 17 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
  • Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
  • 6 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 4 rail iourneys
  • 4 scenic cruises
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack
Included Meals
  • 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast at Stratosfare Restaurant - Rotorua
  • 14 sumptuous dinners including 4 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert - Rotorua, Walter Peak Homestead - Queenstown, Haggis Ceremony - Dunedin, Farewell Dinner - Christchurch (Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm)
  • 2 delicious morning teas

 

Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
  • During September 2019 & May 2020, travellers will board The Taieri Gorge Limited at Pukerangi for the one way rail journey to Dunedin.

Reviews (14)

19 Day New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach Holiday reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“New Zealand Rail Coach and Cruise tour of North and South Islands”
- NSW, Australia Feb 2019 View Photo

We had a fabulous time and can't rate our tour guide, Dave Taylor, and coach drivers, Kevin and Andrew, highly enough. They went out of their way to keep everything running like clockwork. We also had a lovely group of travellers with us.
Thanks Madeline for helping us with the booking and all else you did to make things run smoothly. We would certainly book again with both Global Journeys and Grand Pacific Tours.

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“New Zealand rail, cruise & coach tour”
- QLD, Australia Sep 2018

We had an amazing trip. Our concern was that we were doing this trip so early in the season but our fears were groundless. Apart from the last few days when it became showery and Dunedin was cold and windy the weather was perfect. As this was the first tour of the season, there were only 28 on the coach and the snow covered alps were awesome. Derrick, our tour director, and Lindsay and Peter the coach captains, were exceptional. Last but not least, our thanks go to Jemma for organising the trip...read more

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“Great trip of both islands”
- NSW, Australia Feb 2018

New Zealand is certainly a beautiful country, and a great way to see it is with Grand Pacific. The accommodation and food were all excellent and so much of the countryside we travelled was quite spectacular.
The mornings were a little early (6am), sometimes after late dinners. This made things a bit difficult when many on the coach became sick, including our guide, who carried on regardless and did her best for all of us. Some of us found the coach on the north...read more

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“Fabulous coach tour”
- NSW, Australia Nov 2017 5 Helpful Votes

This was an excellent tour. Grand pacific were outstanding in their professional and courteous operation throughout the 19 day holiday. The drivers were great , helpful, very knowledge about the country they were driving through. the tour guide was exceptional in the way he kept the whole trip running smoothly. Very friendly. The other people on the tour were a good group to travel with. No one was late and everyone got along really well and we mixed well with each other. ...read more

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“Great trip ”
- SA, Australia Mar 2017 1 Helpful Vote

From start to finish this tour was well organised and of a high quality. Despite personal diifficulties, our tour leader remained professional and helpful. A great tour in a wonderful country.

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