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23 Day Best of New Zealand Cruise and Coach

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North Island / South Island
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Overview

23 Dy Best of New Zealand Cruise and Coach MapThe 23 Day Best of New Zealand Cruise and Coach combines two luxury trips in one epic holiday.

Enjoy a luxury cruise across the Tasman Sea on board the grand Celebrity Solstice. Designed with comfort and sophistication in mind, the ship features an upper deck with lush natural grass, lounges, and chic restaurants that allow you to choose between enjoying a variety of activities and relaxing. The absolute highlight of the ship is its resort-like pool deck surrounded by canopies and luxurious day beds. Experience a wide range of dining options at sea as well.

The coach portion of this tour is also a very memorable one. You will be led by expert and professional coach captains who will guide you all throughout your tour. Enjoy great commentary including facts, figures, entertaining myths, and legends.

Tour highlights include Maori Culture, Geothermal wonders, Hobbiton Movie Set, TranzAlpine Scenic Train journey, and so much more! 

Best of New Zealand Cruise and Coach

Celebrity Solstice

Best of New Zealand Cruise and Coach

Celebrity Solstice balcony with ocean view cabins

Best of New Zealand Cruise and Coach

Celebrity Solstice deck

Best of New Zealand Cruise and Coach

TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

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Auckland Harbour

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Te Puia, Rotorua

Itinerary

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Day 1Arrive Sydney (D)

Port arrival and departure times may vary.

Arrive in Sydney where you will be met by our guide aboard the Celebrity Solstice. Meet your travelling companions at dinner.

Overnight Celebrity Solstice

Port Times Depart at 18:30

Day 2Cruising Sydney to Melbourne(B,L,D)

Relax and enjoy the comforts of this stunning superliner. While at sea enjoy the onboard facilities, world-class cuisine and the entertainment not to mention your deluxe balcony cabin.

Day 3Melbourne - Free Day (B,L,D)

Arrive into Melbourne, Victoria’s coastal capital, where a short tram ride will take you into the city. At its centre is the strikingly modern Federation Square with bars and restaurants.
Port Times Arrive 07:00 Depart 17:00

Day 4Cruising Across the Tasman Sea(B,L,D)

Cruise across the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Day 5Cruising Across the Tasman Sea(B,L,D)

Cruise across the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Day 6Cruising Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds (B,L,D)

Sail into the narrow fiords of Milford, Doubtful, and Dusky Sounds. Your ship will seem to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Scenic cruising.

Day 7Dunedin (B,L,D)

Situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, explore Dunedin’s historic architecture and beautiful botanic gardens.
Port Times Arrive 09:00 Depart 19:00

Day 8Akaroa (B,L,D)

Nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano, Akaroa is rich with beautiful bays and home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin.
Port Times Arrive 07:00 Depart 18:00

Day 9Wellington (B,L,D)

Locals are particularly proud of the National Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. Loosely translated as ‘our place’ from the native Maori tongue, the museum is one of the world’s largest and most progressive (optional).
Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

Day 10Cruising Wellington to Tauranga(B,L,D)

Enjoy a quiet refuge by day, gazing over the sea with a cocktail in hand.

Day 11Tauranga (B,L,D)

Known as the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is located at the entrance to one of the largest natural harbours in New Zealand.
Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

Day 12Bay of Islands (B,L,D)

The beaches in the Bay of Islands region are considered some of the world’s finest with their perfect white sand and crystal-clear water.
Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 19:00

Day 13Arrive Auckland - City Sights Tour (B,D)

This morning arrive into the beautiful ‘City of Sails’, Auckland. Disembark the ship, meet your Coach Captain and enjoy an informative city tour which includes the Auckland Domain, Parnell Rose Garden, Bastion Point and the America’s Cup Village. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions.
Hotel Skycity Hotel

Day 14Auckland – Hokianga - Bay of Islands(B,D)

Depart Auckland and travel to Matakohe to enjoy an informative talk at the Kauri Museum. After lunch travel north through Dargaville to the unforgettable Footprints Waipoua encounter, home to some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world. A local guide will explain how these trees are inter-twined with the lives of local Maori and the important role they play in the eco-system that is the Waipoua Forest. Continue to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Hotel Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands (2 nights)

Day 15Bay of Islands (B,D)

This morning enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. The rest of today is free. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Hole in the Rock Cruise, a relaxing luncheon cruise or a spectacular scenic flight. The choice is yours and your Tour Guide & Coach Captain will be available to assist.

Day 16Bay of Islands - Auckland (B)

Farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south via Whangarei, Wellsford and Warkworth to Auckland for some free time. This evening is also free for you to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.
Hotel Skycity Hotel

Day 17Auckland - Rotorua (B,L,D)

Depart Auckland and travel to the Zealong Tea Estate, New Zealand’s only tea plantation for a tour & tasting. Next visit Hobbiton for lunch followed by an experience of the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. A guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the set was created. Continue to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.
Hotel Millennium Rotorua (2 nights)

Day 18Rotorua (B,SD)

Today begins with a Gondola ride to the Stratosfare Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a 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. Travel to Te Puia for a guided tour of the boiling mud pools and awesome Geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to a Maori Village for an interactive and educational experience which culminates with a cultural performance and traditional hangi feast.

Day 19Rotorua - Auckland – Queenstown (B,D)

Travel to Auckland Airport where you will board a local flight to the resort town of Queenstown, located in the South Island. Meet your South Island Coach Captain and enjoy a tour of historic Arrowtown before arriving at your hotel.
Hotel Millennium Queenstown (2 nights)

Day 20Queenstown (Free Day) (B)

Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon or to get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening is also free and you may choose to dine high above Queenstown at the Skyline Restaurant or board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu for gourmet BBQ at Walter Peak Station (optional).

Day 21Queenstown - Franz Josef (B,D)

Depart Queenstown and travel via the Haast Pass to the West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to Fox Glacier. Continue to Franz Josef where time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.
Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

Day 22Franz Josef - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,SD)

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Descend through spectacular gorges, river valleys and over massive viaducts before completing your journey at Christchurch. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.
Hotel Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel

Day 23Depart Christchurch (B)

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

Cost per person twin share

September 2018 - May 2019
Land & Cruise Only AU$7449
Single Supplement AU$3400
Extra nights accommodation Pre/Post Tour
City  Twin Share Single
Christchurch  AU$120 AU$240
Extra night rates are per person in Australian Dollars, based on room only. 

* Please Note*

Prices are correct at time of printing, but are subject to exchange rate variations and component price changes.

PAYMENT

  • Deposit: $700 per person on booking
  • Full Payment: 90 Days before travel
  • Airfares (if applicable): Paid in full on booking

CANCELLATION CHARGES

  • 151 or more days prior to departure, 50% of the deposit is refundable. Cost of airline ticket if issued is non refundable.
  • Between 91 and 150 days days prior to departure, loss of deposit plus the cost of the airline ticket if issued.
  • Between 71 and 90 days prior to departure, 25% of the tour package price.
  • Between 31 and 70 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour package price.
  • Less than 30 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour package price.

If a traveller wishes to cancel their existing booking and transfer to a new departure date, the above cancellation fees still apply.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Arrive Sydney (D)

Port arrival and departure times may vary.

Arrive in Sydney where you will be met by our guide aboard the Celebrity Solstice. Meet your travelling companions at dinner.

Overnight Celebrity Solstice

Port Times Depart at 18:30

Day 2Cruising Sydney to Melbourne(B,L,D)

Relax and enjoy the comforts of this stunning superliner. While at sea enjoy the onboard facilities, world-class cuisine and the entertainment not to mention your deluxe balcony cabin.

Day 3Melbourne - Free Day (B,L,D)

Arrive into Melbourne, Victoria’s coastal capital, where a short tram ride will take you into the city. At its centre is the strikingly modern Federation Square with bars and restaurants.
Port Times Arrive 07:00 Depart 17:00

Day 4Cruising Across the Tasman Sea(B,L,D)

Cruise across the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Day 5Cruising Across the Tasman Sea(B,L,D)

Cruise across the Tasman Sea to the Land of the Long White Cloud.

Day 6Cruising Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds (B,L,D)

Sail into the narrow fiords of Milford, Doubtful, and Dusky Sounds. Your ship will seem to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Scenic cruising.

Day 7Dunedin (B,L,D)

Situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, explore Dunedin’s historic architecture and beautiful botanic gardens.
Port Times Arrive 09:00 Depart 19:00

Day 8Akaroa (B,L,D)

Nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano, Akaroa is rich with beautiful bays and home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin.
Port Times Arrive 07:00 Depart 18:00

Day 9Wellington (B,L,D)

Locals are particularly proud of the National Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. Loosely translated as ‘our place’ from the native Maori tongue, the museum is one of the world’s largest and most progressive (optional).
Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

Day 10Cruising Wellington to Tauranga(B,L,D)

Enjoy a quiet refuge by day, gazing over the sea with a cocktail in hand.

Day 11Tauranga (B,L,D)

Known as the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is located at the entrance to one of the largest natural harbours in New Zealand.
Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 18:00

Day 12Bay of Islands (B,L,D)

The beaches in the Bay of Islands region are considered some of the world’s finest with their perfect white sand and crystal-clear water.
Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 19:00

Day 13Arrive Auckland - City Sights Tour (B,D)

This morning arrive into the beautiful ‘City of Sails’, Auckland. Disembark the ship, meet your Coach Captain and enjoy an informative city tour which includes the Auckland Domain, Parnell Rose Garden, Bastion Point and the America’s Cup Village. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at your leisure, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions.
Hotel Skycity Hotel

Day 14Auckland – Hokianga - Bay of Islands(B,D)

Depart Auckland and travel to Matakohe to enjoy an informative talk at the Kauri Museum. After lunch travel north through Dargaville to the unforgettable Footprints Waipoua encounter, home to some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world. A local guide will explain how these trees are inter-twined with the lives of local Maori and the important role they play in the eco-system that is the Waipoua Forest. Continue to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Hotel Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands (2 nights)

Day 15Bay of Islands (B,D)

This morning enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. The rest of today is free. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Hole in the Rock Cruise, a relaxing luncheon cruise or a spectacular scenic flight. The choice is yours and your Tour Guide & Coach Captain will be available to assist.

Day 16Bay of Islands - Auckland (B)

Farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south via Whangarei, Wellsford and Warkworth to Auckland for some free time. This evening is also free for you to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.
Hotel Skycity Hotel

Day 17Auckland - Rotorua (B,L,D)

Depart Auckland and travel to the Zealong Tea Estate, New Zealand’s only tea plantation for a tour & tasting. Next visit Hobbiton for lunch followed by an experience of the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. A guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the set was created. Continue to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.
Hotel Millennium Rotorua (2 nights)

Day 18Rotorua (B,SD)

Today begins with a Gondola ride to the Stratosfare Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. There is also time for a 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. Travel to Te Puia for a guided tour of the boiling mud pools and awesome Geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to a Maori Village for an interactive and educational experience which culminates with a cultural performance and traditional hangi feast.

Day 19Rotorua - Auckland – Queenstown (B,D)

Travel to Auckland Airport where you will board a local flight to the resort town of Queenstown, located in the South Island. Meet your South Island Coach Captain and enjoy a tour of historic Arrowtown before arriving at your hotel.
Hotel Millennium Queenstown (2 nights)

Day 20Queenstown (Free Day) (B)

Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist. You may wish to enjoy the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour of the scenic Skippers Canyon or to get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening is also free and you may choose to dine high above Queenstown at the Skyline Restaurant or board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu for gourmet BBQ at Walter Peak Station (optional).

Day 21Queenstown - Franz Josef (B,D)

Depart Queenstown and travel via the Haast Pass to the West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to Fox Glacier. Continue to Franz Josef where time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.
Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

Day 22Franz Josef - Arthur’s Pass - Christchurch (B,SD)

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Descend through spectacular gorges, river valleys and over massive viaducts before completing your journey at Christchurch. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.
Hotel Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel

Day 23Depart Christchurch (B)

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

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