23 Day Best of NZ Cruise & Coach Tour is fully Escorted holiday featuring a relaxing cruise combined with luxury coach travel.
Sydney – Melbourne – Milford Sound – Dunedin – Akaroa – Wellington – Tauranga – Auckland – Hokianga – Bay of Islands – Rotorua – Queenstown – Franz Josef
(B) Breakfast. (L) Lunch. (D) Dinner. (SD) Specialty Dinner
Arrive in Sydney where you will be met by your Tour Guide on board the Celebrity Solstice. Meet your travelling companions at the group welcome. Stay 12 nights aboard the Celebrity Solstice.
Enjoy a full day in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Southern Hemisphere. Sydney offers just about anything – from beaches and wineries to stunning landmarks and world-class shopping. Embark at 6.30pm this evening.
Relax and enjoy the comforts of this stunning superliner. While at sea enjoy the on board facilities, the world class cuiside and entertainment not to mention your deluxe balcony cabin.
Explore Melbourne, a cultural melting pot host to major international events.
Arrive 8am. Embark 6pm this evening.
Cruise across the Tasman Ocean to the Land of the Long White Cloud.
Cruise across the Tasman Ocean to the Land of the Long White Cloud.
Sail into the narrow fiords of the Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. Your massive ship will seem to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Scenic cruising.
Dunedin is known as the Edinburgh of the South. Arrive 09.00. Depart 19.00.
Nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano, Akaroa is rich with beautiful bays and home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin. Arrive 08:00. Depart 18.00.
he National Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa, loosely translated as “our place” from the native Maori tounge. Arrive 08:00. Depart 18:00.
Enjoy a quiet refuge by day, gazing over the sea with cocktail in hand.
Known as the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is located at the entrance to one of the largest natural harbours in New Zealand. Arrive 08:00. Depart 18:00.
This morning arrive into the beautiful City of Sails, Auckland. Disembark the ship and meet your Coach Captain and enjoy an informative city tour including a visit to the spectacular Sky Tower. Standing at 328 metres, the two viewing platforms offer breathtaking views. This afternoon visit Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, see New Zealand’s unique aquatic life up close, including a large collection of sharks, gigantic stingrays, and beautiful seahorses.
Stay 1 night at the Hotel Rendevous Grand Hotel, Auckland.
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, with some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world. A local guide will take you on an intimate encounter to learn 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.
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.
arewell 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.
Stay 1 night at the Rendevous Hotel, Auckland.
Depart Auckland and travel to Waitomo for a tour of the Glowworm Caves where tiny creatures radiate their luminescent light. Continue to Hobbiton for a barbecue 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 Hobbiton set was created. Continue to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.
Stay 2 nights at the Sudima Hotel, Lake Rotorua (Superior rooms).
Today begins with a Gondola ride to the Cableway Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. Travel to the Agrodome where you see performing sheep, a shearing display and sheep dog trial. 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.
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 & enjoy a town tour of historic Arrowtown before arriving at your hotel.
Stay 2 nights at the Millennium Hotel, Queenstown.
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 the helicopter ride of a lifetime. This evening is free and you may wish to dine high above Queenstown at the Skyline Restaurant or board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu for dinner at Walter Peak Station.
Stay 1 night at the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier.
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. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers before continuing to Franz Josef.
Ka kite ano – “See you again’”
Luxury Coach Travel
Internal flight from Auckland to Queenstown
Hotel to Airport transfers in Christchurch
GST (Goods & Services tax) & Port taxes
Comprehensive Documentation Pack
All gratuities on board Celebrity Solstice Cruise
13 Day Cruise starting in Sydney
Deluxe Balcony Cabin
Free time to explore
Sydney & Melbourne
Group ‘meeting & greet’and welcome dinner
World class dining & entertainment
Ports of call include: Sydney, Melbourne, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Tauranga.
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Prices starts from NZD 7,999 per person, twin share, NZ$11,499.00 Single. Post tour accommodation is available. Price does not include flights. A surcharge of $600 per person applies to the December 22nd departure.
The price is customized based on final hotel choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences. If you require modifications to the itinerary as well as travel arrangements, please also advise.
Please enquire for available dates and further information.