New Zealand by Rail, Cruise and Coach

New Zealand by Rail, Cruise and Coach

from £4,136 excluding flights

  • 18 nights
  • Jan-May, Sep-Dec
01737 214 250
Open today, 9am - 5pm
Our opening hours are:
  • Monday – Friday
  • 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday
  • Closed
  • Sunday
  • Closed
Call us: 01737 214 250
Enquire Now nordic team bruno kaufmann bw

One of our specialists

Meet Bruno
new zealand kiwi rail coastal pacific train cct

New Zealand by Rail, Cruise and Coach

from £4,136 excluding flights

  • 18 nights
  • Jan-May, Sep-Dec

Customers rate Discover the World

Average score 4.9/5

Based on 84 reviews. Powered by

Highlights

In pictures
new zealand sunset at milford sound istk

Take an overnight cruise on Milford or Doubtful Sound

new zealand coastal pacific train kahutara river gjnz

Travel on the TranzAlpine and Pacific Coastal railways

new zealand rotorua maori girl whakarewarewa village tnz

Enjoy a traditional Maori hangi and concert in Rotorua

new zealand northland waewaetorea passage bay of islands adstk

Explore the stunning Bay of Islands

new zealand queenstown lake wakatipu tss earnslaw gpt

Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw

new zealand ultimate luxury coach travel2 gpt

3 levels of touring style available

Why this trip...

Rail track alongside Turnagain Arm how you travel white

How you travel

This holiday features transport that is an integral part of the overall experience

discover the world escorted holiday group whale fjord iceland expertly guided white

Expertly guided

In-depth knowledge and expertise will enrich your experience on this trip

canada group hiking by mountain lake istk like minded travellers white

Like-minded travellers

Share your travel experiences with fellow travellers

Overview

The journey is as important as the destination on this escorted group tour, which features 3 unforgettable rail journeys and 4 scenic cruises, as well as a wealth of included activities and attractions.

Starting in Auckland, you'll discover classic highlights across both islands, travelling in comfort on your preferred level of touring - this itinerary is available as a Classic, Signature or Ultimate tour. Whichever option you choose, you can be sure of a relaxing introduction to New Zealand, in the company of an experienced guide and with like-minded fellow travellers.

Travelling in style by coach, rail and boat, this itinerary follows a classic touring route that includes the glorious Bay of Islands, thermal Rotorua, Fiordland and the West Coast glaciers, as well as the cities of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

The rail journeys are truly diverse - experience the romance of the bygone era on an operating steam railway, keep your eyes peeled for marine wildlife from the Pacific Coastal and witness the magnificent Southern Alps from the TranzAlpine, rated as one of the world’s great train journeys.

For a different perspective take to the water, cruising around the sub-tropical Bay of Islands, crossing the scenic Cook Strait separating North and South Islands, stepping back in time on a vintage steamship and spending a night in the heart of Fiordland with an overnight cruise on Milford or Doubtful Sound.

Itinerary

Day 1 arrive Auckland

Upon arrival in Auckland you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the City of Sails, with its many museums and the attractive Viaduct Harbour.

Upon arrival in Auckland you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the City of Sails, with its many museums and the attractive Viaduct Harbour.

Day 2 Auckland - Bay of Islands

Today enjoy an Auckland city sights tour before travelling to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Continue through Whangarei to the Bay of Islands. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.

Today enjoy an Auckland city sights tour before travelling to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Continue through Whangarei to the Bay of Islands. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.

Day 3 Bay of Islands (Free Day)

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).

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).

new zealand northland bay of islands beach istk
new zealand maori at waitangi treaty ground northland wtg
new zealand northland bottlenose dolphins bay of islands tnz

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 marine wildlife before returning to Paihia. Continue south via Whangarei and the Parry Kauri Museum to Auckland's north shore, where you will see stunning views of Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.

This morning travel aboard a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for marine wildlife before returning to Paihia. Continue south via Whangarei and the Parry Kauri Museum to Auckland's north shore, where you will see stunning views of Rangitoto Island, Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.

Day 5 Auckland - Rotorua

This morning travel to Glenbrook Vintage Railway for a nostalgic 15km trip on a beautifully restored vintage steam train. Visit the restoration workshop and on return to Glenbrook Station, morning tea will be served. Continue on to Rotorua and visit Paradise Valley Springs, a superb wildlife park where you can hand feed rainbow trout.

This morning travel to Glenbrook Vintage Railway for a nostalgic 15km trip on a beautifully restored vintage steam train. Visit the restoration workshop and on return to Glenbrook Station, morning tea will be served. Continue on to Rotorua and visit Paradise Valley Springs, a superb wildlife park where you can hand feed rainbow trout.

Day 6 Rotorua

Begin 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! Travel to the Agrodome where you see a shearing display and sheep dog trial. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling out to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.

Begin 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! Travel to the Agrodome where you see a shearing display and sheep dog trial. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling out to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.

new zealand rotorua champagne pool wai o tapu istk
new zealand te puia hongi rotorua tnz
new zealand pohutu geyser rotorua istk

Day 7 Rotorua - Wellington

Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to spectacular Huka Falls then continue to Lake Taupo for some free time to enjoy this scenic lakeside town. In the afternoon travel via Tongariro National Park and the snow-capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro. Continue south along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington.

Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to spectacular Huka Falls then continue to Lake Taupo for some free time to enjoy this scenic lakeside town. In the afternoon travel via Tongariro National Park and the snow-capped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro. Continue south along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington.

Day 8 Wellington

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s fabulous National Museum, and the exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour. Enjoy some leisure time this afternoon. This evening is also free to dine out at one of the many fine local restaurants.

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand’s fabulous National Museum, and the exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour. Enjoy some leisure time this afternoon. This evening is also free to dine out at one of the many fine local restaurants.

Day 9 Wellington - Christchurch

This morning take the Interislander Ferry across the Cook Strait and enjoy the magnificent views as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. On arrival on the South Island board the Coastal Pacific, a truly spectacular rail journey that showcases the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side and the rugged scenic coastline on the other. Enjoy a two-night stay in the garden city of Christchurch.

This morning take the Interislander Ferry across the Cook Strait and enjoy the magnificent views as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. On arrival on the South Island board the Coastal Pacific, a truly spectacular rail journey that showcases the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side and the rugged scenic coastline on the other. Enjoy a two-night stay in the garden city of Christchurch.

Marlborough Sounds
new zealand kiwi rail coastal pacific train cct
new zealand christchurch strolling through hagley park spring tnz

Day 10 Christchurch

This morning you will visit the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch. This afternoon enjoy a city sightseeing tour or make use of your included tram pass.

This morning you will visit the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch. This afternoon enjoy a city sightseeing tour or make use of your included tram pass.

Day 11 Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Franz Josef

This morning board the TranzAlpine, 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 arriving at Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

This morning board the TranzAlpine, 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 arriving at Franz Josef where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

new zealand tranzalpine waimakariri river gjnz
Franz Josef Glacier
new zealand west coast franz josef glacier ice twc

Day 12 Franz Josef - Queenstown

See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south 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. This evening is free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south 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. This evening is free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Day 13 Queenstown - (free day)

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. Your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist with the many options available. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back and relax, as you are treated to a gourmet barbeque dinner prepared at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano on your return cruise.

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. Your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist with the many options available. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back and relax, as you are treated to a gourmet barbeque dinner prepared at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano on your return cruise.

new zealand queenstown view over lake wakatipu astk
new zealand southern lakes queenstown tss earnslaw istk
new zealand lake wakatipu queenstown gpt

Day 14 Queenstown - Fiordland

Today you will travel via Te Anau to Fiordland for a memorable overnight cruise on Milford or Doubtful Sound.

Milford Sound - Classic & Signature Tours
Follow the Milford Road north from Te Anau to Milford Sound, where you will board the Milford Mariner for your unforgettable overnight cruise. There is plenty of time to view the fiord's spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife - you are bound to encounter seals and if lucky perhaps dolphins and penguins too. As evening falls enjoy a freshly prepared buffet dinner.

Doubtful Sound - Ultimate Tour
Enjoy a picnic lunch as you cruise across the glacial Lake Manapouri from Te Anau to Wilmot Pass. A short ride over pass brings you to Doubtful Sound, where you will board the Fiordland Navigator for a magical overnight experience. As you cruise through the pristine beauty of Doubtful Sound, naturalist guides will provide commentary and point out the resident wildlife. When evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet freshly prepared by the onboard chef.

Today you will travel via Te Anau to Fiordland for a memorable overnight cruise on Milford or Doubtful Sound.

Milford Sound - Classic & Signature Tours
Follow the Milford Road north from Te Anau to Milford Sound, where you will board the Milford Mariner for your unforgettable overnight cruise. There is plenty of time to view the fiord's spectacular waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife - you are bound to encounter seals and if lucky perhaps dolphins and penguins too. As evening falls enjoy a freshly prepared buffet dinner.

Doubtful Sound - Ultimate Tour
Enjoy a picnic lunch as you cruise across the glacial Lake Manapouri from Te Anau to Wilmot Pass. A short ride over pass brings you to Doubtful Sound, where you will board the Fiordland Navigator for a magical overnight experience. As you cruise through the pristine beauty of Doubtful Sound, naturalist guides will provide commentary and point out the resident wildlife. When evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet freshly prepared by the onboard chef.

new zealand fiordland doubtful sound overnight cruise4 rj
new zealand fiordland kayaking milford sound actadv
new zealand fiordland milford sound sunset adstk

Day 15 Fiordland - Te Anau

Start the day with a hearty breakfast before spending time exploring more of this stunning fiord. After disembarkation retrace your journey back to Te Anau for an overnight stay.

Start the day with a hearty breakfast before spending time exploring more of this stunning fiord. After disembarkation retrace your journey back to Te Anau for an overnight stay.

Day 16 Te Anau - Dunedin

Today you will travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin, famous for its stunning Edwardian and Victorian architecture dating back to the gold rush of the 1800’s. Dunedin is known as New Zealand’s oldest university city.

Today you will travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin, famous for its stunning Edwardian and Victorian architecture dating back to the gold rush of the 1800’s. Dunedin is known as New Zealand’s oldest university city.

Day 17 Dunedin

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour and sumptuous Devonshire tea. This afternoon enjoy a city tour of Dunedin. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food and a Haggis Ceremony.

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour and sumptuous Devonshire tea. This afternoon enjoy a city tour of Dunedin. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food and a Haggis Ceremony.

Day 18 Dunedin - Christchurch

This morning visit Olveston House, a prestigious historic home before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

This morning visit Olveston House, a prestigious historic home before travelling to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Day 19 Christchurch

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

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

Your Choice of Touring Styles

Classic | Signature | Ultimate

This holiday is available in 3 different levels of touring style, as detailed below. Whichever option you choose, one simple price is inclusive of all transfers and transportation, comprehensive sightseeing, and some meals, with the services of a professional Coach Captain throughout.

Classic Coach Tours

Offering fantastic value for money, you’ll travel on a 48-seater coach accompanied by a Coach Captain and professional Tour Guide, and stay in 4* accommodation.

Signature Coach Tours

Sit back and relax on a spacious, specially designed 32-seater coach, accompanied by a Coach Captain and Tour Guide. These traditional-style tours include 4* accommodation.

Ultimate Small Group Tours

Aimed at the discerning traveller, the purpose-built Ultimate coach features just 20 luxury leather seats and offers a level of comfort unparalleled by any other vehicle touring in New Zealand. These small group holidays include 4.5* accommodation and the services of an experienced Coach Captain.

new zealand ultimate luxury coach travel interior seating gpt2

The Ultimate Coach

The Ultimate Coach is in a class of its own. This full size coach (13.5 metres long) which would normally house 48 seats has been reconfigured with only 20 luxury leather seats, offering maximum space and comfort as well as a more intimate small group touring experience. Travel in business-class style as you enjoy the extensive onboard features:

  • 20 luxury leather fully reclining seats adjustable headrest & calf support
  • Panoramic viewing, air-conditioning and seat belts
  • Wood grain timber tray table with built in cup holder
  • Seat side personal storage area providing easy access to your travel bag
  • Personal audio control unit with multiple music channels & set of headphones
  • Individual USB point for charging your camera, mobile phone and iPod
  • Stylish centre galley area equipped with refrigerated drinking fountain and fridge
  • Complimentary daily on board Wi-Fi allowance
  • Onboard restroom
new zealand ultimate luxury coach interior gpt sq

Ultimate Tour Extras

As part of the Ultimate Small Group Tours experience you will receive a number of exclusive extras:

  • A deluxe Travel Set including Travel Bag & Ticket Wallet
  • Complimentary pre dinner drink at the welcome dinner
  • Cloth bag including boxed mints & complimentary bottle of water
  • An intimate farewell dinner including selected beverages

Accommodation Options

Accommodation for this itinerary is based on your choice of touring level:

Classic - 4 star hotels and an overnight cruise on board the Milford Mariner, Milford Sound

Signature - 4 star hotels and an overnight cruise on board the Milford Mariner, Milford Sound

Ultimate - 4.5 star hotels and an overnight cruise on board the Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Prices and Departures

Price from £4,136 excluding flights

Airfares start from around £825 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Hotel accommodation for 17 nights (standard hotels for Classic & Signature Tours, Superior hotels for Ultimate tour)
  • All breakfasts, 14 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 morning teas
  • Transportation in specially configured coach
  • 3 rail journeys
  • 4 cruises, including overnight on Milford Sound (Classic & Signature tours) or Doubtful Sound (Ultimate tour)
  • All attractions and activities as detailed in the itinerary (unless specified as optional)
  • Professional Coach Captain; plus Tour Leader on Classic & Signature Tours
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Classic Tour

From prices per person, based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Duration Twin price (pp)
19 Sep 2021 18 nights £4,136
07, 14 Oct 2021 18 nights £4,294
01, 21 Nov 2021 18 nights £4,294
08 Jan 2022 18 nights £4,294
02, 12, 18 Feb 2022 18 nights £4,294
02, 13, 22, 31 Mar 2022 18 nights £4,294
06 Apr 2022 18 nights £4,294
21 Apr 2022 18 nights £4,136
04 May 2022 18 nights £4,136

Signature Tour

From prices per person, based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Duration Twin price (pp)
22 Sep 2021 18 nights £4,715
20 Feb 2022 18 nights £4,873
18 Apr 2022 18 nights £4,873
27 Apr 2022 18 nights £4,715

Ultimate Tour

From prices per person, based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Duration Twin price (pp)
05, 21 Sep 2021 18 nights £5,789
05, 28 Oct 2021 18 nights £5,947
20 Nov 2021 18 nights £5,947
18 Dec 2021 18 nights £5,999
6, 11, 26 Jan 2022 18 nights £5,947
10, 17, 26 Feb 2022 18 nights £5,947
08, 15, 28 Mar 2022 18 nights £5,947
02, 15 Apr 2022 18 nights £5,947
03 May 2022 18 nights £5,789

Meet our expert

nordic team bruno kaufmann bw
One of our specialists
Meet Bruno

You may also like

Tailor made trips

As independent destination specialists, we are able to tailor make holidays to suit you, be that customising the itineraries shown on this website or creating something bespoke.

Travelling sustainably

We believe travel is about finding the right balance between minimising our impact on the environment and broadening minds through new experiences and cultural interaction.

How to Book
Call us on 01737 214 250 to discuss your plans or
Enquire Now
Browse the website

Find a holiday idea or suggested itinerary that inspires you, then send an enquiry or call us

Personalised Quote

Your dedicated travel specialist will create a quote based on your preferences

Refine & Book

Together we’ll refine your itinerary until you’re happy and ready to book

You’re in safe hands

From the moment you book until you return home we’re here for you no matter what