New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach

19 day Escorted Tour - from £4269

With flights from £5179

With three rail journeys, four cruises and over 20 pre-paid attractions included, this escorted touring holiday of New Zealand’s North and South Islands has it all!

Highlights:

  • Stay at the spectacular Bay of Islands
  • Ride the Glenbrook Vintage Railway
  • See the bubbling mud pools and geysers of Rotorua
  • Travel through awe-inspiring scenery on the TranzAlpine train
  • Enjoy an overnight cruise on Milford Sound
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Auckland

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

Hotel: Grand Millennium Hotel
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Bay of Islands

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 Maori tribes and the British.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 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).

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - 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. Travel 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.

Hotel: Grand Millennium Auckland
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5 - Rotorua

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: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6 - Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is 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.

Hotel: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 7 - Wellington

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.

Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 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. 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.

Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Kaikoura

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.

Hotel: Distinction Christchurch
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 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, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions. This evening is free to explore the local cuisine.

Hotel: Distinction Christchurch
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Arthur’s Pass

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 the township of Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Meals:
Breakfast and dinner

Day 12 - Franz Josef

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 or similar
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 - Queenstown

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.

Hotel: Millennium Hotel Queenstown or similar
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 14 - Milford Sound

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
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 15 - Te Anau

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.

Hotel: Distinction Luxmore
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 16 - Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin. After time for lunch board the Silver Fern railcar for a journey along spectacular clifftops overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Blueskin Bay. On return to Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station, board the coach for an informative city tour. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 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 some free time. You might choose to board The Taieri Gorge Limited for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail (optional).

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 18 - Christchurch

This morning visit Olveston Historic Home, containing treasures from a bygone era before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Hotel: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 19 - Farewell from Christchurch

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

Meals: Breakfast

19 day Escorted Tour - from £4269

With flights from £5179

OPTIONS

  • Add extra nights in Auckland or Christchurch before or after your tour
  • Choose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class
  • Add a stopover in Singapore, Dubai or other destination

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Please call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability. Itineraries outlined are for departures from 1 April 2020 to March 2021.

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Your Touring Experience

Enjoy first class touring with like minded travellers. Our experienced guides will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Your escorted tour includes:

  • Sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Luxury, air conditioned coach travel
  • 17 nights hotel accommodation
  • 1 night overnight cruise
  • 18 breakfasts and 14 dinners
  • Airport transfers and extra night options

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Departure Dates

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2020-09-26

2020-10-07

2020-10-14

2020-10-25

2020-11-03

2020-11-13

2020-11-26

2021-01-08

2021-01-18

2021-02-02

2021-02-15

2021-02-18

2021-02-23

2021-03-02

2021-03-06

2021-03-13

2021-03-16

2021-03-22

2021-03-26

2021-04-06

2021-04-08

2021-04-18

2021-04-21

2021-05-04

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