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Best of New Zealand by Cruise & Coach

from £6,179 per person - available 2018 & 2019

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Overview

Sailing across the ocean and driving through naturally beautiful sceneries, this epic 22-night cruise and coach tour really packs a punch. Starting in Sydney and ending in Christchurch, you’ll explore both the North and the South Island in style.

Begin with a 12-night cruise on board the Celebrity Solstice, a luxurious ship offering a variety of lavish facilities, including a pool, boutique shops, a golf course, and a spa. Sailing through Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds, and stopping at Melbourne, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Tauranga and the Bay of Islands, you’ll have plenty of time to explore everything these towns and cities have to offer, beginning and ending each day with a decadent meal on board the ship.

Next up is a 10-night Luxury Coach Tour, where you’ll be able to recline in your seat and take in the views as you drive across both islands. No doubt you’ll feel well rested in between your exciting activities, which include a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set tour, a ride on the TranzAlpine train, a visit to New Zealand’s only tea plantation, and an optional scenic flight over Franz Josef Glacier (GPT).

Highlights

  • Sail across the ocean on board the luxurious Celebrity Solstice
  • Enjoy a Luxury Coach Tour, with reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Transport yourself to Middle Earth with the Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Marvel at the beauty of Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds
  • Discover Rotorua’s geological wonders, including mud pools and geysers
  • Board the TranzAlpine train
  • Spot rare dolphin at Akaroa
  • See some of the largest kauri trees in the world
  • Take a tasty tour of Zealong Tea Estate
  • Enjoy a scenic gondola ride, with a buffet breakfast at the end
  • Gaze at the picturesque Franz Josef Glacier

Details

Day 1

Sydney

Upon arrival in Sydney, transfer to the port where you will be met by a guide aboard the Celebrity Solstice, spending the evening meeting your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner.

Depart 6.30pm

Overnight: Celebrity Solstice

Dinner included.

Day 2

At sea

Today you will sail across the sea, enjoying the ship’s onboard facilities and decadent cuisine. Relax in your deluxe balcony cabin, unwind at The Lawn Club, or shop till you drop in the boutiques.

Overnight: Celebrity Solstice

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 3

Melbourne

On day three the Celebrity Solstice will anchor at vibrant Melbourne. Take the tram ride into the city centre, and then spend the day as you wish. Melbourne’s Federation Square is full of fantastic plazas and bars, or you could stroll along the Yarra River.

Arrive 8am
Depart 6pm

Overnight: Celebrity Solstice

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 4 -5

At sea

Take in the stunning views as the ship sails across the Tasman Sea to the land of the Long White Cloud. Be sure to indulge in a massage at the spa, or work up an appetite at the fitness centre. Take a dip in the Celebrity Solstice pool, play a round of golf, or dine on impeccable French cuisine.

Overnight: Celebrity Solstice

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 6

Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds

On day eight your cruise will take you through the narrow fiords of Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds, comprising of soaring cliffs adorned with verdant alpine forest.

Overnight: Celebrity Solstice

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 7

Dunedin

Today you will dock at Dunedin, a wonderful city full of rich history, beautiful architecture, and luscious botanic gardens.

Arrive 9am
Depart 7pm

Overnight: Celebrity Solstice

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8

Akaroa

Explore the utterly fascinating Akaroa, a town nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. This is the perfect spot to relax on secluded bays, and spot the rarest and smallest marine dolphin.

Arrive 7am
Depart 6pm

Overnight: Celebrity Solstice

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 9

Wellington

Spend the day in the bustling city of Wellington, home to New Zealand’s National Museum, Te Papa Tongarewa. Visit the museum (optional), or wander around at your own pace.

Arrive 8am
Depart 6pm

Overnight: Celebrity Solstice

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10

At sea

Enjoy another day sailing the sea, soaking up the sun with a cocktail in hand.

Overnight: Celebrity Solstice

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 11

Tauranga

Known as the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is located at the entrance to one of the largest natural harbours in New Zealand.

Day 12

Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is a truly spectacular sight, and you’ll get to spend the day lapping up the wonderful feeling of warm, white sand beneath your toes and the sun on your skin. The beaches here are considered to be some of the world’s best.

Arrive 8am
Depart 7pm

Overnight: Celebrity Solstice

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 13

Auckland

Today will mark the end of your time cruising onboard the Celebrity Solstice. Disembark the ship, meet your Coach Captain, and venture onto a fascinating city tour which includes the Auckland Domain, Parnell Rose Garden, Bastion Point and the America’s Cup Village. The afternoon will be spent at the Sky Tower.

Overnight: Skycity Hotel

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 14

Hokianga & Bay of Islands

Begin the day with a journey to Matakohe, where you’ll enjoy an informative talk at the Kauri Museum. After a light lunch, you’ll then travel north through Dargaville to the unique Footprints Waipou encounter, which is home to some of the largest kauri trees in the world. These magnificent trees play a vital role in the eco-system of Waipoua Forest. Then venture to Paihia, nestled in the heart of the Bay of Islands.

Overnight: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 15

Bay of Islands

A guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is your first port of call today – the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British. From then on, the day is free for you to do whatever you like. There’s plenty of options to choose from, including a cruise to the Hole in the Rock, or a scenic flight.

Overnight: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 16

Auckland

Today you will depart from the Bay of Islands and travel back to Auckland, passing Whangarei, Wellsford and Warkworth along the way. The whole afternoon and evening is free for you to enjoy at your own pace.

Overnight: Skycity Hotel

Breakfast included.

Day 17

Rotorua

Get your day to a delicious start with a tasting tour through New Zealand’s only tea plantation, the Zealong Tea Estate. Afterwards, travel on to Hobbiton for a spot of lunch before an incredible visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. After transporting yourself to Middle Earth, you’ll then continue on to Rotorua.

Overnight: Millennium Rotorua

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 18

Rotorua

Breakfast at Stratosfare Restaurant is a unique affair today – you’ll need to take a gondola ride to get there. Once your food has done down, you’ll have the opportunity to add a touch of adrenaline with a luge ride.

Afterwards, you will travel on to Agrodome to witness a bit of fun farming entertainment, before heading to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and geysers Rotorua is so well-known for. The afternoon will be free, and then you’ll regroup in a Maori village for a cultural performance and traditional hangi feast.

Overnight: Millennium Rotorua

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 19

Auckland & Queenstown

Begin your day with a flight from Auckland Airport to Queenstown, where you’ll meet your South Island Coach Captain and enjoy a tour around Arrowtown before relaxing at your hotel.

Overnight: Millennium Queenstown

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 20

Queenstown

Enjoy a whole free day today. There’s plenty of time to take part in some exciting activities including biking and hiking. We’d recommend spending the evening in style, with either a dinner at the soaring Skyline Restaurant, or a trip on board the vintage TSS Earnslaw steamship, which will take you to Walter Peak Station for a gourmet BBQ.

Overnight: Millennium Queenstown

Breakfast included.

Day 21

Franz Josef

In the morning, you will depart Queenstown and embark on a picturesque journey via the Haast Pass to the West Coast. Soon you’ll arrive at Fox Glacier, enjoying a scenic flight over the glaciers (optional and weather permitting).

Overnight: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 22

Arthur’s Pass & Christchurch

Day 24 will begin with a trip to Greenstone Factory in Hokitika. From there, you will continue on to Arthur’s Pass and hop on board the TranzAlpine, one of the world’s greatest rail journeys. The TranzAlpine train will take you all the way to Christchurch, passing river valleys, viaducts and gorges along the way. In the evening, you will join your travel companions one last time at a farewell dinner.

Overnight: Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 23

Depart Christchurch

Your tour ends here. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast included.

  • 22 breakfasts, 21 dinners, and 13 lunches
  • Deluxe Balcony accommodation on board Celebrity Solstice for 12 nights
  • Accommodation on the coach tour for 10 nights
  • Entertainment on board Celebrity Solstice
  • Professional Coach Captain for 10 days
  • Modern coach travel with panoramic windows and reclining seats for 10 days
  • Return airport transfers
  • Attractions: Sky Tower, Kauri Museum, Footprints Waipoua Forest Tour, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Hamilton Gardens, Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, Skyline Gondola and luge ride, Agrodome, thermal mud pools and geysers in Rotorua, Tamaki Maori Experience, TranzApline rail journey, city tour of Auckland

What’s Not Included

  • Optional excursions: scenic flight over Franz Josef Glacier, Hole in the Rock Cruise, gourmet BBQ at Walter Peak and cruise on TSS Earnslaw, Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Departure dates for this tour are 8 Nov 2018 and 31 Jan 2019

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