Travel 2 Touring 18/19




19 day Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Experience Auckland • Bay of Islands • Rotorua • Wellington • Picton • Kaikoura • Christchurch • Fox Glacier • Queenstown • Doubtful Sound • Te Anau • Dunedin

Day 1: Arrive Auckland On arrival into Auckland, you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. (D) Crowne Plaza Auckland Days 2 & 3: Auckland - Bay of Islands Enjoy a city tour of Auckland, dubbed the ‘City of Sails’, before travelling to Matakohe to visit the Kauri Museum. Continue to the beautiful Bay of Islands and 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 next day is a free day with plenty of optional activities available including a relaxing dinner cruise (at own expense). (BD,B) Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (Deluxe Room) (2 nights) Day 4: Bay of Islands - Auckland This morning, travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning to Paihia. Later, call into the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree before arriving in Auckland. (BD) Crowne Plaza Auckland Days 5 & 6: Auckland - Rotorua This morning, travel to Glenbrook Vintage Railway for a nostalgic trip on a beautifully restored vintage steam train with morning tea included. Travel through magnificent countryside and green pastures famous for dairying. Enjoy a visit to Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park which offers a unique behind-the-scenes tour of a working Kiwi nursery and hatchery. The next day begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua before a visit to the Agrodome. In the afternoon, marvel at the boiling mud pools and geysers of Te Puia before enjoying an entertaining Maori Hangi Feast and Concert that evening. (BD,BSD) Regent of Rotorua (2 nights)

Days 7 & 8: Rotorua - Wellington Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the spectacular Huka Falls. Continue to Lake Taupo for some free time before travelling via the Tongariro National Park to Wellington and visit the Wellington Tramway Museum. The next day, you have time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. Re-board your coach for an extensive city tour before enjoying time at leisure. (BD,B) InterContinental Wellington (2 nights) Days 9 & 10: Wellington - Kaikoura - Christchurch This morning, board the Interislander Ferry and travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific, a truly spectacular rail journey that follows a thin wedge of land between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Ranges. Meet your Ultimate Coach again in Kaikoura for the journey to the garden city of Christchurch. The following day, visit the International Antarctic Centre before enjoying an introductory city tour of Christchurch. The afternoon includes a journey on board the Christchurch Tram at your leisure with the evening free to enjoy one of the many eateries near your hotel. (BD,B) The George (2 nights) Day 11: Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Fox Glacier 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 Ultimate Coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing via Franz Josef to Fox Glacier where time is available to experience a scenic flight over the spectacular glaciers (at own expense). (BD) Distinction Fox Glacier


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