Duration
21 Days
Fitness
Relaxed
Travel
07 Feb 2020
Destination
New Zealand
Being a country diverse in culture, cuisine, and captivating scenery as New Zealand it is hard to know whether to travel by ship or travel overland.  Now there is no need to decide with this exceptional 10 night cruise across the Tasman onboard the luxurious Celebrity Solstice followed by a 10 day scenic coach tour of New Zealand’s North and South Islands including two night stays in the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, and Queenstown. It doesn’t get much better than this. Haere Mai!
HIGHLIGHTS
  • 6 ports of call:  Hobart, Milford, Dunedin, Akaroa, Tauranga and Auckland
  • Scenic Tranz Alpine journey and a host of prepaid attractions such as the Tamaki Mauri Experience, Hamilton Gardens and Kauri Museum
  • Tickle your taste buds beginning with World-class dining in a range of unique venues onboard the Celebrity Solstice, then a traditional Maori Hangi in Rotorua and Farewell dinner in Christchurch
  • BONUS US$50 onboard cruise credit per stateroom

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
10 Night luxury Celebrity Solstice Cruise, with World-class dining in a range of unique venues and a cast choice of entertainment
10 night 11 days coach touring staying in 4 star hotel accommodation
10 cooked breakfasts including 1 specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua 8 sumptuous dinners, 2 specialty dinners and  1 Shire’s buffet lunch: Hobbiton
Hotel to airport transfer in Christchurch- Day 21
Hotel porterage
Domestic internal flight from Auckland to Queenstown^
Selected coach tour sightseeing and prepaid attractions as follows:
Sky Tower Visit
Kauri Museum*
Footprints Waipoua Forest Tour*
Waitangi Treaty Grounds*
TranzAlpine Rail Journey
Sculptureum Experience
Hamilton Gardens*
Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride
Agrodome
Thermal mud pools & geysers*
Tamaki Maori Experience
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
City sights tour of Auckland
GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax)
Comprehensive documentation pack
International flight from Christchurch to Australia (Sydney/ Brisbane/ Melbourne/ Gold Coast)
Note: Inquire about other one way Christchurch to Australia flight surcharges.  * Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travelers

TRAVEL DATE 07 Feb 20
ITINERARY
  • Day 1: ARRIVE INTO SYDNEY
  • Day 2: AT SEA
  • Day 3: HOBART
  • Day 4: AT SEA
  • Day 5: AT SEA
  • Day 6: MILFORD, DOUBTFUL & DUSKY SOUNDS
  • Day 7: DUNEDIN
  • Day 8: AKAROA
  • Day 9: AT SEA
  • Day 10: TAURANGA
  • Day 11: ARRIVE AUCKLAND – CITY SIGHTS TOUR
  • Day 12: AUCKLAND – HOKIANGA – BAY OF ISLANDS
  • Day 13: BAY OF ISLANDS (FREE DAY)
  • Day 14: BAY OF ISLANDS – AUCKLAND
  • Day 15: AUCKLAND – ROTORUA
  • Day 16: ROTORUA
  • Day 17: ROTORUA – AUCKLAND – QUEENSTOWN
  • Day 18: QUEENSTOWN (FREE DAY)
  • Day 19: QUEENSTOWN – FRANZ JOSEF
  • Day 20: FRANZ JOSEF – ARTHUR’S PASS – CHRISTCHURCH
  • Day 21: DEPART CHRISTCHURCH
For full itinerary information CLICK HERE
HOTELS
  • Auckland: Skycity Hotel
  • Bay of Islands: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands
  • Rotorua: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
  • Queenstown: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront  or similar
  • Franz Joseph: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
  • Christchurch: Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel
Why Book with MyDiscoveries?
At MyDiscoveries we want to help you make ‘one day’, today. Whether you’re into cruising or glamping, or if you’d prefer to holiday at home or abroad, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for you.
Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 606 and one of our travel consultants can create an incredible package for you.
The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back
Pay over 5 x monthly, interest-free instalments. Credit card holders can spread their payments over 5 months on all MyDiscoveries holidays

FINE PRINT 
  • Valid for Travel: 07 Feb 20
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees
  • Please note all our holidays are subject to availability at time of booking. Should your dates not be available please note the My Discoveries Booking Guarantee applies. The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back, no questions asked.
  • Excludes: One way flight to Sydney. Travel insurance, Items of a personal nature, Meals not mentioned

TO BOOK YOUR HIGHLIGHTS OF NEW ZEALAND TOUR, PURCHASE ONLINE AT WWW.MYDISCOVERIES.COM.AU or CALL 1300404606
1

Arrive Sydney

Arrive in Sydney where you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours Guide aboard the Celebrity Solstice.  Meet your travelling companions at dinner.

Meals: Dinner

Departs:  18:45


2

At Sea

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


3

Hobart

Docking in Hobart gives you immediate access to Mount Wellington and its incredibly beautiful surrounds. From there you can look out over the busy harbour, which plays host to yachts from all over the world.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

4, 5

At Sea

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


6

Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

7

Dunedin

Situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, explore Dunedin’s historic architecture and beautiful botanic gardens.

Arrives: 09:00 – Departs: 19:00

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

8

Akaroa

Nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano, Akaroa is rich with beautiful bays and home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin.

Arrives: 08:00 – Departs: 19:00

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

9

At Sea

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

10

Tauranga

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

Arrives: 08:00 – Departs: 18:00

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

11

Arrive Auckland - City Sights Tour

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

Hotel:  Skycity Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

12

Auckland- Hokianga- Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland and travel to Matakohe to enjoy an informative talk at the Kauri Museum. After lunch travel 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 intertwined with the lives of the local Maori and the important role they play in the ecosystem 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)

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

13

Bay of Islands (Free Day)

Today is free to choose from the many optional activities available. You may like to take a coach trip to Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach, the Hole in the Rock Cruise, or a spectacular scenic flight. The choice is yours and your Tour Guide & Coach Captain will be available to assist.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

14

Bay of Islands - Auckland

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. Farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south via Whangarei and Warkworth to Matakana to visit Sculptureum, an art experience that is internationally unique. Enjoy time to wander through the Garden of Creative Diversity and to view the hundreds of displayed works in the Galleries and garden all designed to amuse and inspire. Return to Auckland where this evening is free to dine at leisure.

Hotel Skycity Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

15

Auckland- Rotorua

ravel to Waikato’s most visited attraction, the Hamilton Gardens. A guided tour will take you on a journey from the peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s garden into an Italian Renaissance garden followed by the grandeur of the Indian Char Bagh garden. 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 Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Superior Room. 2 nights)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

16

Rotorua

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 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.

Meals: Breakfast and Special Dinner

17

Rotorua- Auckland- Queenstown

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: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront  or similar (2 nights)

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

18

Queenstown ( Free Day)

Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist. 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 a gourmet barbecue at Walter Peak Station (optional).

Meal: Breakfast

19

Queenstown- Franz Joseph

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 the township of 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)

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

20

Franz Joseph- Arthur's Pass - Christchurch

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory, famous for its Greenstone. Continue to Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel 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.

Meals: Breakfast and Special Dinner

21

Depart Christchurch

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

Why is this tour good for MyDiscoveries Customers?

Touring New Zealand with Grand Pacific Tours meaning touring with the New Zealand experts. They offer five comprehensive styles of coach touring to suit all budgets and interests. By specialising in one destination they are able to get exclusive benefits such as discounts, wine time specials and hotel porterage for customers. Grand Pacific Tours only offers fully all-inclusive tours meaning your flights, accommodation, most attractions and select meals are included. Forget self-driving holidays as your Tour Guide & Coach Caption ensures you are well taken care of and coach touring allows you to meet like-minded travellers.


Flights

Your one way international flight from Christchurch is included to selected cities: Sydney, Melbourne Brisbane and Gold Coast. Please note the airfare and transfer to Sydney on Day 1 to join this Cruise is not Included.  Also for other flights from Christchurch to Australia your MyDiscoveries travel specialist is on hand to provide you with assistance with a quotation.

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Weather

Weather in New Zealand can change unexpectedly. The north island has subtropical weather during summer, and inland areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C  in winter, As most of the major cities are close to the coastline they remain quite warm.  The average temperature decreases as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year.


Travel Insurance 

We recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. Call MyDiscoveries on 1300404100 to get a personalised quote on travel insurance 

What is included in The Deal?
Please refer to the ‘Includes’ section in The Deal for details of what’s included. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 606 for more information.


Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that I need?
We recommend you see your doctor at least six weeks prior to travel to get their advice and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.


Can I arrange my flights with MyDiscoveries?
MyDiscoveries is a full-service travel agency and we can arrange flights to any destination. Call us on 1300 404 606 to get a personalised quote.


Do I need travel insurance?
We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you – call us on 1300 404 606


Can MyDiscoveries organise my travel insurance?
We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote at competitive rates for you – call us on 1300 404 606


When will my booking be confirmed?
Once your MyDiscoveries holiday voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by a member of the MyDiscoveries Reservations team. MyDiscoveries will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates and will send you an email to confirm your booking information. If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy. When booking in to your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements.


What is the cancellation procedure? / Can I cancel or make changes to my booking?
If for any reason you need to cancel your booking, contact the MyDiscoveries Reservations team on 1300 404 606. Once we have received your verbal request for cancellation we will ask you to confirm the request in writing (email or post is fine) so that we can accurately start processing the cancellation. Make sure you include your travel voucher number and traveller names when requesting and confirming the cancellation. Please be aware that the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee for cancellations outside our 30 Day Booking Guarantee period.


I haven’t received my MyDiscoveries voucher yet. What do I do?
If you have not received your voucher contact MyDiscoveries on 1300 404 606 and we will resend your voucher by email or post.


How fit do I need to be?
We have graded all MyDiscoveries products with a fitness level. Relaxed, Moderate & Active. For more information on the MyDiscoveries Fitness Levels CLICK HERE


How do I take advantage of the 5 monthly payments plan?
At time of booking online, you should be able to select our 5 monthly instalment plan as a payment option. If booking over the phone, please mention you wish to pay in 5 monthly payments and our team will ensure this is set up. This is a free of charge service that allows you to pay off your holiday in 5 equal payments. How does it work? Pay only 1/5th of the total of your Holiday at time of booking. Your remaining 4 payments will be taken automatically from the same credit card on the same day of the next 4 months. Easy!


Where can I find the full terms and conditions for MyDiscoveries?
Specific terms and conditions for each holiday can be found in the Fine Print section of every holiday. Full terms and condition for My Discoveries can be found HERE


When will I receive my tour documentation?
Grand Pacific Tours documentations including any merchandise will be forwarded to MyDiscoveries two weeks prior to departure. We will then forward all information via post to you.


What type of clothes should I bring?
Whilst on tour, dress is informal and relaxed on most occasions. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants. In summer, a jacket and sweater should be included in your luggage should the weather turn cooler or you visit higher altitudes. If visiting during the months of May and September, pack warm winter garments and layer your clothing. You may have the option to relax and unwind in thermal hot pools so don’t forget to pack your swimwear


I’m I able to bring a walker or wheelchair with me on tour?

You are able to bring collapsible wheelchairs and collapsible walkers on tour. Please let your MyDiscoveries travel agent know and Include this in your booking form. We are also able to request ground floor rooms throughout touring


Can I make dietary requirements requests?

Room and dietary requests are limited and cannot be guaranteed. Dietary requests are limited to Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Lactose Intolerant & Diabetic. They need listed on booking form at time of booking to ensure that these requirements are accommodated.  Religious dietary requests (i.e. Hindu Vegetarian, Kosher, Halal) cannot be accommodated. Any further intolerances needing to be managed are the responsibility of the traveller.


Will I need to manage my own bags? 

Grand Pacific tours Coach Caption get all luggage on and off the coach.

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