Classic NZ Journey with 4 Rail Excursions

14 Days / 13 Nights
From NZ$2,156 per person Double or Twin Share
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Experience the beginning of your journey by train courtesy of New Zealand Rail. The Northern Explorer will take you from Auckland to Wellington taking in the extraordinary range of scenery of the North Island.  Note this only operates on Monday, Thursday & Saturday.

After a stint in our capital city you will cross Cook Strait to Picton on the Interislander Ferry to connect with the Coastal Pacific and travel through to Christchurch. Note this train is replaced by coaches from May to September.

Next is the famous TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth where, on disembarking, you will take delivery of your hire car and move down the West Coast towards the Southern Lakes region.  

After a few days soaking in the amazing scenery of lakes and mountain vistas, travel across to the East Coast, stopping at Dunedin to board the Taieri Gorge train for a great days outing.  Then it is on to Christchurch and the end of your holiday, or we can add a few extra days so you can visit Hanmer Springs and the Marlborough wine region, and not forgetting Nelson and the Abel Tasman National Park area.

Highlights

  • Tongariro National Park, in the Volcanic Plateau of the North Island
  • 4 Scenic Rail Journeys
  • The Ferry from Wellington through the Marlborough Sounds to the South Island
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • The rugged Catlins Coast
  • Queenstown, the "Adventure Capital" of NZ
Day 1:    Arrive Auckland
Day 2:    Auckland
Day 3:   Auckland/Wellington by Northern Explorer Train   
Day 4:    Wellington   
Day 5:    Wellington/Christchurch by Coastal Pacific Train   
Day 6:   Christchurch/Greymouth/Fox Glacier by Tranz Alpine Train
Day 7:  Fox Glacier/Queenstown   
Day 8:    At Queenstown
Day 9:    Queenstown/Te Anau
Day 10:    Milford Sound Cruise
Day 11:    Te Anau/Dunedin
Day 12:    Dunedin   
Day 13:    Dunedin/Christchurch   
Day 14:    Depart Christchurch
  • 13 nights Superior Hotel Accommodation
  • 8 Days Car Hire with unlimited kilometres
  • Northern Explorer Train Journey
  • Coastal Pacific Train Journey
  • TranzAlpine Train Journey
  • Taieri Gorge Railway
  • Interislander Ferry Crossing
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Airport & Railway Station Transfers
  • Skyline Gondola & Buffet Dinner
  • Onsen Hot Pools
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise

 

We have just returned from our 4 train visit to New Zealand. It was a great experience made especially pleasing because of the superb organisation on your part. There was not a single hitch. The Super Shuttle arrived on the minute designated; we had great seats in the trains and the accommodation was very acceptable. You did a wonderful job. You even managed to give us good weather. The only less than perfect day was a very windy day in Wellington but that didn’t stop us doing anything. We had a rainy day driving between Queenstown and Te Anau but the traffic was behaving very well.

Once again, thank you so much for an excellent job Teina.

Dawn & Trevor,Australia

Description & Highlights

Experience the beginning of your journey by train courtesy of New Zealand Rail. The Northern Explorer will take you from Auckland to Wellington taking in the extraordinary range of scenery of the North Island.  Note this only operates on Monday, Thursday & Saturday.

After a stint in our capital city you will cross Cook Strait to Picton on the Interislander Ferry to connect with the Coastal Pacific and travel through to Christchurch. Note this train is replaced by coaches from May to September.

Next is the famous TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth where, on disembarking, you will take delivery of your hire car and move down the West Coast towards the Southern Lakes region.  

After a few days soaking in the amazing scenery of lakes and mountain vistas, travel across to the East Coast, stopping at Dunedin to board the Taieri Gorge train for a great days outing.  Then it is on to Christchurch and the end of your holiday, or we can add a few extra days so you can visit Hanmer Springs and the Marlborough wine region, and not forgetting Nelson and the Abel Tasman National Park area.

Itinerary

Day 1:    Arrive Auckland
Day 2:    Auckland
Day 3:   Auckland/Wellington by Northern Explorer Train   
Day 4:    Wellington   
Day 5:    Wellington/Christchurch by Coastal Pacific Train   
Day 6:   Christchurch/Greymouth/Fox Glacier by Tranz Alpine Train
Day 7:  Fox Glacier/Queenstown   
Day 8:    At Queenstown
Day 9:    Queenstown/Te Anau
Day 10:    Milford Sound Cruise
Day 11:    Te Anau/Dunedin
Day 12:    Dunedin   
Day 13:    Dunedin/Christchurch   
Day 14:    Depart Christchurch

Included In Package

  • 13 nights Superior Hotel Accommodation
  • 8 Days Car Hire with unlimited kilometres
  • Northern Explorer Train Journey
  • Coastal Pacific Train Journey
  • TranzAlpine Train Journey
  • Taieri Gorge Railway
  • Interislander Ferry Crossing
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Airport & Railway Station Transfers

Optional Extras

  • Skyline Gondola & Buffet Dinner
  • Onsen Hot Pools
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise

 

Reviews

We have just returned from our 4 train visit to New Zealand. It was a great experience made especially pleasing because of the superb organisation on your part. There was not a single hitch. The Super Shuttle arrived on the minute designated; we had great seats in the trains and the accommodation was very acceptable. You did a wonderful job. You even managed to give us good weather. The only less than perfect day was a very windy day in Wellington but that didn’t stop us doing anything. We had a rainy day driving between Queenstown and Te Anau but the traffic was behaving very well.

Once again, thank you so much for an excellent job Teina.

Dawn & Trevor,Australia
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"We have just returned from our 4 train visit to New Zealand. It was a great experience made especially pleasing because of the superb organisation on your part. There was not a single hitch. The Super Shuttle arrived on the minute designated; we had great seats in the trains and the accommodation was very acceptable. You did a wonderful job. You even managed to give us good weather. The only less than perfect day was a very windy day in Wellington but that didn’t stop us doing anything. We had a rainy day driving between Queenstown and Te Anau but the traffic was behaving very well. Once again, thank you so much for an excellent job Teina."

Dawn & Trevor, Australia