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19 Day New Zealand Signature Rail, Cruise and Coach (includes flights!)

Auckland - Christchurch - Wellington - Queenstown - Dunedin

Fully Escorted Tour with flights ex Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne

4 cruises & 3 Rail Journeys included 

Enjoy 17 Days Quality Accommodation

Milford Sound Overnight Cruise, Coastal Pacific Rail & much more

2022 & 2023 Departure Dates available 

From $8,499 Typically $8,599 pp twin share

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This incredible 19-day Signature Rail Cruise and Coach all-inclusive tour is the perfect way to explore New Zealand, with its incredible sightseeing, quirky cities, abundant wildlife and friendly locals. Discover an array of amazing highlights, including the Glenbrook Vintage Railway, Skyline Rotorua Gondola, Milford Sound Overnight Cruise, Larnach Castle, city tours and much more.

Your 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 warmly welcome you and are excited to show you the spectacular highlights of the tour while you can sit back, enjoy and explore! Get in touch with us today, or book below, as this one will sell out! 

PLUS book our 19 Day Rail, Cruise and Coach Tour during the month of May or June and recieve a free GPT Jacket per passenger!



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


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 included ex Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane only. 

Day 2


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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





Inclusions & Exclusions


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


  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Tour Leader
  • Flights from either Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane with Air New Zealand
  • 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


  • 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: (FROM per night)
  • Auckland: $155 pp twin share / $310 Single Room
  •  Christchurch: $130 pp twin share / $260 Single Room 


  • Meals not mentioned
  • Any additional requests
  • Travel Insurance 
  • Laundry
  • Items of a personal nature, ie souvenirs 


Important Information

All departure dates are guaranteed*

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

Child Policy:
Children under 16 years are not permitted.

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.

*unless government-mandated border restrictions are in effect

Departure Dates

OCT 2022
11 th
Tuesday 11 Oct 2022  ‐  Saturday 29 Oct 2022
JAN 2023
18 th
Wednesday 18 Jan 2023  ‐  Sunday 05 Feb 2023
FEB 2023
18 th
Saturday 18 Feb 2023  ‐  Wednesday 08 Mar 2023
MAR 2023
30 th
Thursday 30 Mar 2023  ‐  Monday 17 Apr 2023
APR 2023
18 th
Tuesday 18 Apr 2023  ‐  Saturday 06 May 2023

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