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23 DAY BEST OF NEW ZEALAND

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CSGP
PLACES VISITED
Christchurch, Celebrity Solstice, Rotorua, Auckland, Bay...
NEW ZEALAND TRIP
Experience New Zealand by Coach and on a relaxing ocean cruise.
Start Location: Christchurch End Location: Sydney
TOP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Thermal mud pools & geysers
  • Agrodome
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Hamilton Gardens
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Footprints Waipoua Forest Tour
  • Kauri Museum
  • Sky Tower
  • Tamaki Maori Experience
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Auckland City Tour
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ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch

Upon arrival into Christchurch, you will be greeted by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Christchurch
Meals: Dinner
Day 2: Christchurch - Arthurs Pass - Franz Josef

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 coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing to Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.
Overnight: Franz Josef
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Franz Josef - Queenstown

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast to the township of Fox Glacier. Continue via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year-round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu.
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Queenstown (Free day)

Today is a free day. There are plenty of sightseeing options and your Coach Captain and Tour Leader are available to assist. This evening is also at leisure, you may choose to dine high above Queenstown at the Skyline Restaurant (optional) or board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu for a gourmet barbecue at the Colonel's Homestead, Walter Peak Station (optional).
Overnight: Queenstown
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Queenstown - Auckland

Travel to Queenstown Airport where you will board a local flight to the 'City of Sails', Auckland, located in the North Island. Meet your North Island Coach Captain and enjoy a city tour. This afternoon includes a visit to Sky Tower at leisure, one of New Zealand's most spectacular attractions.
Overnight: Auckland
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Auckland - Hokianga - Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland and travel to Matakohe to enjoy an informative talk at the Kauri Museum. After lunch travel to Hokianga, home to some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world. Join the unforgettable Footprints Waipoua Forest Tour, where a local guide will explain how these trees are intertwined with the lives of the local Mãori and the important role played in the ecosystem that is the Waipoua Forest. Continue to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands.
Overnight: Bay of Islands
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: 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 Coach Captain and Tour Leader will be available to assist.
Overnight: Bay of Islands
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Bay of Islands - Auckland

This morning join a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Mãori 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.
Overnight: Auckland
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Auckland - Rotorua

Travel to Waikato's most visited attraction, the Hamilton Gardens. Your guide will share the story of how the gardens were transformed into a Garden of International Significance. Visit Hobbiton for lunch followed by an experience of the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. A guide will recount the fascinating details of how the set was created. Continue to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.
Overnight: Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: 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 Mãori Village for an interactive and educational experience that culminates with a cultural performance and traditional Hãngi feast.
Overnight: Rotorua
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Rotorua - Auckland

Travel to Auckland where you will board the Celebrity Solstice® to commence your 12-night cruise around New Zealand and back to Australia. Port Times Depart 18:30
Overnight: Celebrity Solstice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Tauranga

Located in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is situated at the entrance to one of the largest natural harbours in New Zealand. Port Times Arrive 09:30 Depart 16:15
Overnight: Celebrity Solstice
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Cruising

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 stateroom.
Overnight: Celebrity Solstice
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14: Picton

Cruise through the many inlets and bays that make up the Marlborough Sounds to Picton, the gateway to the South Island. This small seaport is only a short distance from the Marlborough wine region, famous for its sauvignon blanc. Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 17:00
Overnight: Celebrity Solstice
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15: Akaroa

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
Overnight: Celebrity Solstice
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16: Dunedine

Situated on the magnificent Otago coastline, explore Dunedin's historic architecture and beautiful botanic gardens. Port Times Arrive 07:00 Depart 17:00
Overnight: Celebrity Solstice
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 17: Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds

Sail into the narrow fiords of Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sounds. Your ship will seem to shrink in comparison to the towering cliffs topped by lush mountain terrain. Scenic cruising.
Overnight: Celebrity Solstice
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 18 - 19: Cruising

Enjoy a quiet refuge by day, gazing over the sea with a cocktail in hand.
Overnight: Celebrity Solstice
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 20: Hobart

Docking in Hobart gives you immediate access to Mount Wellington and its incredibly beautiful surrounds. From here you can look out over the busy harbour, which plays host to yachts from all over the world. Port Times Arrive 09:00 Depart 17:00
Overnight: Celebrity Solstice
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 21: Cruising

A day at sea allows you to further explore all that this luxurious ship has to offer.
Overnight: Celebrity Solstice
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 22: Eden

Located on the Sapphire Coast, Eden is steeped in whaling history and is one of Australia's best spots for whale watching. Port Times Arrive 07:00 Depart 16:00
Overnight: Celebrity Solstice
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 23: Sydney

Time to say goodbye after a memorable New Zealand holiday.
Meals: Breakfast
DATES & PRICES
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WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 12 Day Celebrity Solstice cruise
  • Modern coach travel
  • 22 nights of accommodation
  • Sightseeing and attractions as listed
  • 54 meals: 22 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 20 dinners
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Hotel Porterage
EXCLUSIONS
  • Gratuities to driver (Recommend $3-$4 per person per day)
  • Gratuities to guide (Recommend $5-$7 per person per day)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not listed
  • Attractions not listed
  • Credit card payment fees, where applicable
  • Airfare — domestic and international (Unless Specified)
  • Travel insurance (Strongly recommended, ask us for a quote!)
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Tour Questions

What is the maximum number of travellers in a group?

Anderson Vacations specializes in Small Group Fully Escorted tours. If the tour is classified as a 'Classic Tour', up to of 24 persons may join the tour although tours commonly travel with anywhere between 18 to 24 travellers. However, if the tour is classified as a 'Tour of Distinction, only up to of 18 persons join the tour and many Tours of Distinction travel with 12 to 18 travellers.

What are Guaranteed Departures?

After dreaming about travel to an exciting destination, arranging for time off work, booking your flights the last thing you need is for your trip to be cancelled. Anderson vacation's Pre-Guaranteed tours take the uncertainty away from planning your travel and give you peace of mind to book our tours. Pre-Guaranteed Tours are group tours that we have already confirmed as certain to travel on the specified date. All 'Guaranteed Tours' will travel except in the event of a natural disaster or a catastrophic event that is beyond our control. They may already have the minimum number of people booked or else are tours that are known to be popular. Select departures of many tours are 'Pre- Guaranteed'.

What is the average age of passengers for this tour?

Our tours are suitable for all age demographics. The average age of travelers is typically 45+

How physically demanding is this tour? Are you able to accommodate people with mobility restrictions/limitations?

Some tours are mainly coach based and may not be physically demanding while others may require walking inclines or on rough surfaces to access interesting locations. Please check with us and your booking agent carefully and discuss your mobility restrictions before completing any tour booking to ensure this style of travel is right for you.

How much luggage should I bring?

Each passenger may bring one large suitcase and one carry-on bag. The weight limit for baggage is 20 kilograms or about 40 pounds. Baggage handling is provided at the hotels in our tour packages but there may be places where you will be required to wheel in your bags for quicker access. Be sure to advise our reservations staff if you will be bringing additional items such as a cane, walker or wheelchair. You may also bring one small soft-sided carry-on bag, which should easily fit into the overhead shelf of a coach. Each person is responsible for his/her own carryon luggage. Remember to check your airline baggage restrictions if you are flying, as they may differ from Anderson Vacations guidelines.

What is your recommended spending amount for non-included meals?

The suggested allowance for non-included meals is $40.00 – $60.00 CAD per day (with tipping).

Can you accommodate passengers with dietary restrictions (food allergies, vegan, vegetarian etc.)?

Yes, but within reason. There are many meals included on our fully escorted tours. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions at the time of booking so we can ensure there are alternative meal choices.
Booking & Flight Questions

Do you arrange airport transfers?

Yes! We can help with booking airport transfers for you in most locations at a reasonable extra cost. Several tours have airport transfers already included. Please ask for details.

Can you assist with booking additional accommodation?

Yes! We can certainly assist with booking additional nights of hotel accommodation for you before and after your fully escorted tour. Please inquire for further information and prices.

Can you assist with booking airline flights?

Yes! We can help with booking your flights for you. We do not recommend you book any flights until you receive your booking confirmation from Anderson Vacations including specific confirmation that your tour is 'Guaranteed'. Please be aware that you may be liable for airline cancellation costs should your tour not become guaranteed and your travel dates need to be amended or cancelled.

I am a solo traveler. Is there a single surcharge?

There are options for single travelers to join most tours. Solo travellers can choose to pay a Single Supplement and have their own room throughout the tour. For those willing to share with a co-traveller of the same gender, we have a Twin Share option that is offered for most tours where you share a hotel rooms with another same gender traveller. No Single Supplement payment is charged to you in this case.

Is it possible to book a triple share accommodation?

Yes, it is possible to book triple share accommodations on select trips. Please inquire about this option, as prices and availability varies from tour to tour.

Can we book this tour with our exclusive group?

Anderson Vacations works with many private groups and helps to customize a tour to travellers needs. Please ask us for details.

Are gratuities included in the tour cost?

For convenience, gratuities for local guides and meals that are specified in the itinerary are included in the tour price. For meals not included in your tour package please remember that it is customary to tip your server 10-20% in North America. Gratuities for your Coach Driver (where appropriate)and Tour Director are entirely at your discretion. We recommend about CDN $5.00 per person, per day, for your Driver and CDN$7.00 per person, per day for your Tour Leader.
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CLASSIC TOURS

The style our travellers have enjoyed for over 20 years, these tours feature inclusive itineraries to popular destinations including the 'must see' sites and attractions. Led by an expert Tour Leader, you will enjoy comfortable accommodation, and coach transport throughout the journey.

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TOURS OF DISTINCTION

These tours are defined by their incomparably unique itineraries, featuring 'off the beaten path' destinations and immersive experiences. An intimate group size allows us to stay in smaller, centrally located, unique and boutique style inns, lodges and hotels, utilize traditional local transportation and dive deep into each destination's local culture and traditions.

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CUSTOM TRIPS

These travel experiences are fully customizable to better fit your needs. Every itinerary is created based on your comfort level, accommodation choices, and personal interests. Whether you are looking for a rail adventure, self drive holiday, unique experiences, or a short city stay our team will work with you on combining accommodation, transportation, and activities based on your preferences to create the perfect itinerary for you.

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BUBBLE TOURS

Types of Bubble Tours: Independent Travel (FIT), Self-Drive Small Custom Groups limited to 12 persons

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