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Ultimate Rail, Cruise and Coach

  Avg. Trip Rating 4.7 Based on 9 Reviews. No Booking FeesDedicated Consultant
Fully Guided Coach Small Group Rail Scenic / Sightseeing
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 Trip Length
19 Days
 Trip Starts
Auckland
 Trip Finishes
Christchurch
19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise and Coach Itinerary (Grand Pacific)
Countries Explored: New Zealand
Accommodation
4 - 4.5 Star
Max. Group Size
20
Trip Style
Ultimate
Trip Code
UGPR19

Overview

Read 9 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Grand Pacific's 19 Day Ultimate Rail, Cruise and Coach. Experience a Fully Escorted small group tour combining rail, coach & an exclusive overnight cruise. This tour will excite both rail enthusiasts and their travelling companions who wish to enjoy the best of New Zealand at a relaxed pace. On three rail journeys you will experience an operating steam railway; the wild spirit of the coast on the Coastal Pacific; the magnificent Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine one of the world's great train journey...read more and the rugged & spectacular Taieri Gorge River. See more of New Zealand by rail, coach and cruise!

Itinerary

On arrival in Auckland you will be met by a tour representative and transferred to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre-dinner drink. Stay: Crowne Plaza Auckland (D)

Board the luxurious Ultimate Coach and 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. Stay Two Nights: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (Deluxe Rooms) (B/D)

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 at leisure, you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional). (B)

This morning you will explore the scenic beauty of the Bay of Islands including an island visit aboard a luxury catamaran. Cruise to Cape Brett and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’, keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life. On return to Paihia, travel south, call into the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree before returning to Auckland. Stay: Crowne Plaza Auckland (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 The National Kiwi Hatchery, for a unique behind the scenes tour of the world’s largest kiwi hatchery. Stay Two Nights: Regent of Rotorua (B/D)

Today begins with a Gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast with spectacular views and also time for a thrilling 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 the awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert. (B/SD)

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 then continue south to the capital city of Wellington. Stay Two Nights: InterContinental Wellington (Premium Room) (B/D)

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 which showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also at leisure. (B)

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 via coach south through some of the finest farmland areas to the garden city of Christchurch. Stay Two Nights: The George or similar (B/D)

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, one of Christchurch's leading attractions. This evening is also free to enjoy one of the many eateries near your hotel. (B)

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 via Franz Josef to Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. Stay: Distinction Fox Glacier (B/D)

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast. Continue via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to 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: Heritage Queenstown or similar (B)

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown with 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 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. (B/SD)

Today travel via Te Anau to Manapouri. Enjoy lunch as you cruise across this glacial lake to join the Fiordland Navigator for an unforgettable night in the Fiordland National Park. As you cruise through the pristine beauty of Doubtful Sound, naturalist guides will provide commentary and point out the resident wildlife. As evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet prepared freshly by the onboard chef. Stay: Fiordland Navigator (B/L/D)

Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back to Deep Cove for the trip back to Manapouri. Return to the wharf and meet your Ultimate Coach for the journey to Te Anau where you will enjoy an afternoon at leisure. You may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). Stay: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas (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. Stay Two Nights: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (B/D)

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle, hear the tragic and scandalous stories on a guided tour with time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by an Ultimate High Tea served in the Grand Ballroom. Return to the city for a city tour followed by some free time. You might be interested in the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat (optional). (B/D)

This morning travel to the city of Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue north to Pleasant Point Museum & Railway for a short rail experience followed by lunch and time to explore the preserved heritage of the South Canterbury railway. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with selected beverages and your new friends. Stay: The George or similar (B/L/SD)

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

Trip Inclusions

  • Kauri Museum
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Glenbrook Vintage Railway
  • Kiwi Encounter
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Te Puia traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Thermal Mud Pools & Geysers Guided Tour
  • Te Papa, New Zealand's National Museum
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Christchurch Tram
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Larnach Castle Guided Tour
  • Pleasant Point Museum and Railway
  • City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin

  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Ultimate Small Group Tour Coach with 20 luxury leather reclining seats on a full-size vehicle, 2 door access and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • 17 nights 4.5 star accommodation
  • Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise
  • 6 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 5 rail journeys
  • 4 cruises
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack

  • 18 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast at Stratosfare Restaurant in Rotorua
  • 14 sumptuous dinners including 3 specialty dinners: Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Farewell Dinner with selected beverages, Christchurch
  • 2 lunches: Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise; Pleasant Point Museum and Railway
  • 2 delicious morning teas including an Ultimate High Tea at Larnach Castle

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
  • Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm
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Ultimate Tour of New Zealand 2 , NSW, Australia, Sep 2022
We just returned from NZ after being on the Ultimate tour run by Grand Pacific Tours which was booked by the wonderful Jemma and Hannah from Global Journeys. We were the first tour back for over 2 years after Covid and it was a great holiday. The Tour Leader who doubled as the Coach Driver, Paul, loved his job and was terrific person as well. The hotels ...read more were all excellent and the meals were great. The included attractions such as Doubtful Sound overnight cruise, TSS Earnslaw Cruise to Walter Peak, Te Puia Maroi Hangi and Concert, International Antarctic Centre just to name a few were some of our favourites. Every detail about the tour was first class and the scenery of New Zealand was absolutely beautiful. We would highly recommend this tour.
Excellent New Zealand tour   1 , VIC, Australia, Feb 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed this well organised, extremely comfortable and interesting tour. Group size was perfect and the Ultimate coach made travelling a breeze. Of the optional tours, we particularly enjoyed Skippers Canyon, but everything we did and saw was enjoyable.
19 Day Ultimate Small Group New Zealand Trip 1 , QLD, Australia, Oct 2019
We have just returned from a Business Class on Wheels NZ holiday which was fantastic. The coach was extremely comfortable. Accommodation was very good but do tell them on booking that you want a separate shower as many of the hotels just have a shower over the bath and no hand rails. Highlight was certainly Doubtful Sound. Unfortunately we were rained ...read more out in Bay of Islands and didn't get to see the Hole in the Rock. Having only 20 on the trip made the whole experience great. Would certainly recommend.
Fantastic 19 day Ultimate Rail, Cruise and Coach Experience 2 , VIC, Australia, Mar 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed our Ultimate tour. Great driver/Tour Director and we were thoroughly spoilt by the luxurious coach - I don’t think you would find any other tour company in the world that provides such luxury. All excursions, both included and optional, were first class. Great hotels and meals. Our fellow travellers were all great company and ...read more this added to the overall experience. New Zealand is truely an amazing country and well worth a visit. The service provided by Yvonne Brooks at Global Journeys was first class and we will not hesitate in booking future holidays through them.
Wonderful tour of North and South Islands New Zealand   0 , WA, Australia, Mar 2019
Would most definitely travel with Global Journeys and Grand Pacific again. Coach 10 out of 10, our driver’s knowledge and the way we were looked after was exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble for him. All our travelling companions were great. Accommodation and food was excellent, only downside was the showers over bath.
Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience 1 , Australia, Apr 2016
Grand Pacific were great they pay great attention to detail so our tour went without a hitch. They changed our room bookings when we realized climbing into the bath for a shower was going to be a problem which was greatly appreciated. Paul our bus driver was very knowledgeable and supplied details about towns countryside while we were travelling. All ...read more the inclusions were good and as one couple remarked you really don't need to do the extras. Your help along the way with the booking was appreciated and we would certainly use you & and your agency again.
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