Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience
from Auckland to Wellington
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Grand Pacific Ultimate

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience

Departing Melbourne this remarkable tour combines the benefits of cruising around South Island New Zealand on the world-class Celebrity Eclipse, before enjoying the comfort and luxury of one of Grand Pacific's Ultimate coach fleet in the North Island.  This tour is PLUSH! You will experience culinary delights and endless entertainment on the state of the art ship before staying in handpicked 4.5-star accommodation on land in New Zealand.

All bookings for this tour require an additional deposit of NZD$1000 per person to secure the room on the cruise. Bookings made within 150 days prior to the departure date, are subject to availability and may incur a surcharge. Onboard credits may also not be available.

Tour summary and feature

This suggested tour costs from NZD$11,385 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Wellington

21 days/20 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

 Viewed 2 times in the last 7 days

9 breakfasts

8 dinners

1 Lunch

Private airport transfers

A US$50 onboard credit per stateroom

Professional Coach Captain

Footprints Waipoua Forest Tour

Waitangi Treaty Grounds Guided Tour

Sculptureum Experience

Auckland City Sights Tour

Wellington City Sights Tour

Dinner at Mission Estate

Tour at a glance

At a glance - Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience

Day 1: Meet you fellow travellers in Melbourne. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 2: Cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 3: Adventure around Sydney. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 4: Cruise across the Tasman Sea. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 5: Reach the seas of New Zealand. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 6: Meander in and out of the New Zealand Fiords, Milford and Doubtful. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 7: Witness the rugged Otago coastline. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 8: Christchurch exploration. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 9: The coolest little capital. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 10: Cruise north toward Tauranga. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 11: Port in one of New Zealand's largest natural harbours. Accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Day 12: Hop on a city sights tour of Auckland. Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Auckland (or similar)

Day 13: Learn about the impressive native Kauri forests on the way to Paihia. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (or similar)

Day 14: A free day in the Bay of Islands. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (or similar)

Day 15: Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds before heading back to Auckland. Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Auckland (or similar)

Day 16: Arrive at Rotorua for the first night of your two night stay. Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua (or similar)

Day 17: Enjoy a day in Rotorua. Accommodation: Regent of Rotorua (or similar)

Day 18: Travel the Thermal Highway south to Napier. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania (or similar)

Day 19: Explore the city of Napier. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania (or similar)

Day 20: Today reach the capital of New Zealand, Wellington. Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington (or similar)

Day 21: Say farewell to your New Zeaalnd tour.

Tour full itinerary

Detailed itinerary: 21 day tour starting in Auckland

Day 1 - Meet you fellow travellers in Melbourne

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 1
Arrive in Melbourne

Arrive in Melbourne, where you will be met by your Grand Pacific Tours representative for a welcome lunch. Meet your fellow travellers before boarding the Celebrity Eclipse®.

Your accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 - Cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 2
Ocean Cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse

The Celebrity Eclipse® offers an unparalleled wealth of dining. As an AquaClass® guest you have exclusive access to your own restaurant, Blu, which offers healthy and delicious breakfast and dinner choices. Make the most of the endless onboard entertainment, live music, films, sports, art the list goes on. 

Your accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Adventure around Sydney

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 3
A day to explore Sydney

Considered to be 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. The day is yours to explore.

Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 22:00

Your accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Cruise across the Tasman Sea

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 4
Ocean Cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse

The Celebrity Eclipse® offers an unparalleled wealth of dining. As an AquaClass® guest you have exclusive access to your own restaurant, Blu, which offers healthy and delicious breakfast and dinner choices. Make the most of the endless onboard entertainment, live music, films, sports, art the list goes on. 

Your accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Reach the seas of New Zealand

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 5
Ocean Cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse

The Celebrity Eclipse® offers an unparalleled wealth of dining. As an AquaClass® guest you have exclusive access to your own restaurant, Blu, which offers healthy and delicious breakfast and dinner choices. Make the most of the endless onboard entertainment, live music, films, sports, art the list goes on. 

Your accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Meander in and out of the New Zealand Fiords, Milford and Doubtful

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 6
Sail from the Ocean through to Fiordland

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.

Your accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Witness the rugged Otago coastline

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 7
Moor up for a day in Dunedin

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

Port Times Arrive 09:00 Depart 17:00

Your accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Christchurch exploration

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 8
Explore Christchurch

In Christchurch, you will see state-of-the-art architecture, vibrant street art, bustling restaurants, laneways and green public spaces. Take time to explore the city by tram or Edwardian punt along the tranquil Avon River.

Port Times Arrive 07:00 Depart 18:00

Your accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - The coolest little capital

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 9
Wellington day out

Situated at the southern end of the North Island, Wellington was recently named the ‘Coolest Little Capital’. On the waterfront is Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, one of the best interactive museums in the world.

Port Times Arrive 08:00 Depart 17:00

Your accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Cruise north toward Tauranga

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 10
Ocean Cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse

The Celebrity Eclipse® offers an unparalleled wealth of dining. As an AquaClass® guest you have exclusive access to your own restaurant, Blu, which offers healthy and delicious breakfast and dinner choices. Make the most of the endless onboard entertainment, live music, films, sports, art the list goes on. 

Your accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Port in one of New Zealand's largest natural harbours

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 11
Get off and enjoy the Bay of Plenty

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 07:45 Depart 18:45

Your accommodation: Celebrity Eclipse Cruise

Overnight cruising on the Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Ship.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 - Hop on a city sights tour of Auckland

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 12
Arrive into Auckland

This morning sail into the beautiful ‘City of Sails’, Auckland. Disembark the ship, meet your Ultimate Coach Captain and enjoy a city tour of Auckland. This afternoon visit Sky Tower, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre dinner drink at your hotel.

Your accommodation: Crowne Plaza Auckland (or similar)

Crowne Plaza Auckland is an upscale hotel ideally located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD and entertainment hub. Offering superior comfort, personal service and contemporary style and an abundance of attractions, entertainment and dining in close proximity.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 - Learn about the impressive native Kauri forests on the way to Paihia

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 13

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (or similar)

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands expansive sub-tropical gardens and extensive guest facilities, enhances the welcoming atmosphere of this resort-style hotel. It's the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful and historic Bay of Islands.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 - A free day in the Bay of Islands

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 14
Auckland to the Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe, then travel via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (or similar)

Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands expansive sub-tropical gardens and extensive guest facilities, enhances the welcoming atmosphere of this resort-style hotel. It's the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful and historic Bay of Islands.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 - Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds before heading back to Auckland

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 15
Bay of Islands

Today is a free day. Choose from the many optional activities available, including the Cape Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach or a spectacular scenic flight. This evening is also free and you may like to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Your accommodation: Crowne Plaza Auckland (or similar)

Crowne Plaza Auckland is an upscale hotel ideally located in the heart of Auckland’s CBD and entertainment hub. Offering superior comfort, personal service and contemporary style and an abundance of attractions, entertainment and dining in close proximity.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 16 - Arrive at Rotorua for the first night of your two night stay

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 16
Auckland to Rotorua

Travel 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.

Your accommodation: Regent of Rotorua (or similar)

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa occupies a great location within walking distance of the lakefront, the government gardens and the city centres shops and restaurants. Luxury rooms are well equipped and on site facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant and bar and spa treatments.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 - Enjoy a day in Rotorua

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 17
Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride at the Skyline Rotorua for breakfast, with spectacular views and time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that's unlike anything you've seen before. 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 you will experience an entertaining Maori cultural performance which features the graceful poi dance and the ferocious haka. This is followed by a Hangi feast prepared in the traditional way, over hot coals and buried in the ground. This evening is rounded off by visiting the Pohutu Geyser, illuminated beneath a starry sky.

Your accommodation: Regent of Rotorua (or similar)

Regent of Rotorua Boutique Hotel & Spa occupies a great location within walking distance of the lakefront, the government gardens and the city centres shops and restaurants. Luxury rooms are well equipped and on site facilities include a swimming pool, restaurant and bar and spa treatments.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Day 18 - Travel the Thermal Highway south to Napier

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 18
From Rotorua to Napier

Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Continue to Napier known at the ‘The Art Deco Capital’, where the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world can be found. This afternoon relive the glamour and style of the jazz era with a luxurious vintage car tour. Your driver will provide informative commentary on the city’s fascinating history. Enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania (or similar)

Scenic Hotel Te Pania offers 4-star accommodation of a truly international standard. The hotel's slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay, and guests enjoy sweeping views out over the water from a premium waterfront location on Marine Parade.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 19 - Explore the city of Napier

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 19
Explore Napier

Today is free to explore the city at leisure. Napier is home to many fine wineries, restaurants, bars and cafes. The Sea Walls collection of magnificent murals painted on more than 50 walls around the city is a must-do. This evening you will dine at Mission Estate Winery, established in 1851 and known as New Zealand’s oldest winery and the birthplace of New Zealand wine.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania (or similar)

Scenic Hotel Te Pania offers 4-star accommodation of a truly international standard. The hotel's slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay, and guests enjoy sweeping views out over the water from a premium waterfront location on Marine Parade.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Day 20 - Today reach the capital of New Zealand, Wellington

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 20
Napier to Wellington

Travel south this morning into Wellington for a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

Your accommodation: InterContinental Wellington (or similar)

Stay in modern luxury in the heart of New Zealand’s capital city and adjacent to the scenic harbour. This famous Wellington hotel offers contemporary New Zealand cuisine at three restaurants, including the award-winning Chameleon. The hotel is the ideal base to explore the business, shopping and cultural centres of Wellington.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Day 21 - Say farewell to your New Zeaalnd tour

Grand Pacific 21 Day Ultimate Cruise and North Island Experience - Day 21
Farewell from Wellington

Time to say goodbye. Your tour finishes following breakfast (included) this morning and you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey if required.

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