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19 Day New Zealand Signature Rail, Cruise and Coach

Auckland - Christchurch

Fully Escorted Tour

4 cruises & 3 Rail Journeys included 

Enjoy 17 Days Quality Accommodation

Milford Sound Overnight Cruise, Coastal Pacific Rail & much more

2021 & 2022 Departure Dates available 

$500 Deposit per Person 

From $7,599 Typically $7,999 pp twin share

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Description


The 19-day Signature Rail Cruise and Coach all inclusive tour is the perfect way to explore New Zealand and it's natural beauty. Discover sightseeing highlights such as Glenbrook Vintage Railway, Skyline Rotoruna Gondola and Luge Ride. The fully escorted tour includes 17-nights in a 4-star accommodation, return airport transfers in New Zealand, 3 rail journeys and 4 cruises. A professional coach captain and tour leader will welcome you and is excited to show you the spectacular highlights of the tour while you can sit back, enjoy and explore! Book your Signature Rail, Cruise & Coach Adventure now. 

Departure Dates: 
22 September 2021
20 February 2022
18 April 2022
27 April 2022

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19

Day 1

ARRIVE AUCKLAND

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
Meals included: Dinner


 





*Flights not included 

Day 2

AUCKLAND - 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 Mãori tribes and the British.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (2 nights)
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

BAY OF ISLANDS (FREE DAY)

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).

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4

BAY OF ISLANDS - AUCKLAND 

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

AUCKLAND - 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: Pullman Rotorua (City View Room. 2 nights)
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

ROTORUA

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

Day 7

ROTORUA - 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 continue south to New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington.

Hotel: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Executive Room. 2 nights)
Meals included: Breakfast, 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. 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.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 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 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)
Meals included: Breakfast, 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 leisure. This evening is free to explore the local cuisine.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11

CHRISTCHURCH - ARTHUR’S PASS - FRANZ JOSEF

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 time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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)
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13

QUEENSTOWN (FREE DAY)

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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

Day 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 dolphins and penguins. As evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet prepared freshly by the onboard chef.

Accommodation: Overnight Milford Mariner
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15

MILFORD SOUND - 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 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)
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16

TE ANAU - DUNEDIN

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)
Meals included: Breakfast, 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 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.

Meals included: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

Day 18

DUNEDIN - CHRISTCHURCH

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
Meals included: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

Day 19

DEPART CHRISTCHURCH

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

 

 

 

 




*Flights not included 

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

Fully escorted tour includes transfers in New Zealand, Premium Economy 32 seat coach travel, 4 star accommodation, most meals, sightseeing and attractions.

Inclusions: 

  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Tour Leader
  • 17 nights 4 star accommodation
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 17 nights in 4 star accommodation (6 two night stays), Hotel porterage
  • 3 x Rail journeys
  • 4 cruises
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Extensive Optional Tours Programme
  • Deluxe Documentation Pack

Meals: 

  • 18 cooked breakfasts, incl. specialty breakfast Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 14 dinners 
  • 2 Morning Teas

Pre-paid Tours:

  • 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
  • HIGHLIGHT Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
  • Speights Brewery Tour and Tasting*
  • Larnach Castle*
  • Olveston Historic Home*
  • City sights tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin 

Add ons:

  • Pre/ Post Accommodation: (per night)
  • Auckland: $155 pp twin share / $310 Single Room
  •  Christchurch: $130 pp twin share / $260 Single Room 
Departure Dates:

2021: September 22
2022: February 20, April 18, April 27

Exclusions

  • Flights 
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Any additional requests
  • Travel Insurance 

Room Types and max occupancy: 
Twin or double, maximum occupancy of 2

Child Policy:
Children under 16 years are not permitted.

Payment Terms: 
$500 deposit per person
Final payment 100 days prior 

COVID-19 Disclaimer:
GPT has compiled the content of all tour itineraries based on the knowledge that all accommodation and attraction suppliers will be fully operational by commencement of the 2021/22 touring season. If for any reason the component of a tour is not available at the time of touring, a replacement or refund will be provided. 

Guaranteed Departures: 
GPT promote guaranteed departures with full expectation of delivering this, which has been a key selling point for 25 years. Due to COVID-19, with no current visibility on the timeframe of opening the Trans-Tasman or International borders, all bookings for the 2021/22 season will initially be administered with an ‘ON HOLD’ status until Trans-Tasman borders open. Once Trans-Tasman borders open, GPT will then reconfirm the selection of guaranteed departure dates that will travel and reserve the right to remove selected dates based on sell time. If any travellers are affected the GPT team will be in contact to make alternative arrangements for travel on a near or future date.

Passport and Visa Requirements: 
All visitors require a passport to enter New Zealand. Your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date that you intend to leave New Zealand. For Australian citizens travelling on an Australian passport, you do not need a visa or permit to visit New Zealand. Visitors from visa-waiver countries must request an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to travelling to New Zealand. For visitors from non-visa waiver countries it is recommended you contact your Travel Agent or NZ Immigration for full entry requirements. If you are not an Australian Citizen or permanent resident, you may also have to pay for an International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL). Please check with your Travel Agent for up to date immigration requirements.

Departure Dates


SEP 2021
22 nd
Wednesday 22 Sep 2021  ‐  Sunday 10 Oct 2021
FEB 2022
20 th
Sunday 20 Feb 2022  ‐  Thursday 10 Mar 2022
Surcharge
+ $200 p.p
APR 2022
18 th
Monday 18 Apr 2022  ‐  Friday 06 May 2022
Surcharge
+ $200 p.p
APR 2022
27 th
Wednesday 27 Apr 2022  ‐  Sunday 15 May 2022
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