New Zealand Rail, Cruise and Coach

from £4075
excluding flights *
18 nights Sep-Nov, Jan-May

Overview

This escorted luxury group tour combines comfortable coach travel with four unforgettable rail journeys including the TranzAlpine and Taieri Gorge as well as five scenic cruises. Starting in Auckland discover classic highlights across both islands with a host of attractions included.

Enjoy the best of New Zealand at a relaxed pace. Combine rail, coach and a variety of stunning scenic cruises on a holiday that will appeal to rail enthusiasts and their travelling companions.

Highlights

  • Trip on a restored steam train
  • Geothermal wonders of Rotorua and Maori concert
  • TranzAlpine train through incredible scenery
  • Cruise on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw
  • Overnight cruise on spectacular Milford Sound
  • Renowned Taieri Gorge rail journey

What's Included

  • Accommodation in superior hotels for 17 nights
  • All breakfasts, 15 dinners, 2 morning teas
  • Luxury transportation in specially configured coach
  • 3 rail journeys (3 for departures until 31 Aug 2018)
  • 5 cruises
  • All attractions (unless specified as optional)
  • Meet and Greet on arrival

Full description

Each of the four rail journeys are diverse; experience the romance of the bygone era on an operating steam railway; view the rugged and spectacular Taieri Gorge River; and see the magnificent Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine, rated as one of the world’s great train journeys.

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Prices & Dates *

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.

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

Departure Duration Twin Price (pp)
14, 25 Oct 2018 18 nights £4,075
03, 11, 13, 26, 28 Nov 2018 18 nights £4,075
18 Jan 2019 18 nights £4,075
02, 05, 08, 18, 23 Feb 2019 18 nights £4,075
02, 03, 06, 07, 13, 16, 22, 26 Mar 2019 18 nights £4,075
06, 10, 13, 21 Apr 2019 18 nights £4,075
04 May 2019 18 nights £4,075

What's Included

  • Accommodation in superior hotels for 17 nights
  • All breakfasts, 15 dinners, 2 morning teas
  • Luxury transportation in specially configured coach
  • 3 rail journeys (3 for departures until 31 Aug 2018)
  • 5 cruises
  • All attractions (unless specified as optional)
  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Auckland

Upon arrival in Auckland you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight:
Grand Millennium Hotel, Auckland

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.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

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).
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands

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 bottlenose and common dolphins before returning to Paihia where you will enjoy a packed lunch. 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.
Overnight: Spencer on Byron

Day 5: Auckland - Rotorua

This morning enjoy a city sights tour of Auckland before travelling to Glenbrook Vintage Railway for a nostalgic 15 km 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.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Rotorua

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.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Rotorua

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.
Overnight: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

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.
Overnight: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Day 9: Wellington - Christchurch

This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross the Cook Strait and enjoy the magnificent views as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Enjoy lunch in Picton (own expense) before boarding the Coastal Pacific train and journeying via Kaikoura to Christchuch.
Overnight: Distinction Christchurch

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.
Overnight: Distinction Christchurch

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.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

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.
Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort

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.
Overnight: Mercure Queenstown Resort

Day 14: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau

This morning travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via Te Anau to Milford Sound and board the Milford Mariner for your amazing 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 you are lucky perhaps dolphins and penguins. As evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet freshly prepared by the on-board chef.
Overnight: Milford Mariner

Day 15: Milford Sound - Te Anau

Start the day with a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of this stunning fiord. Return to the wharf to meet your coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Te Anau. This afternoon enjoy a cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Glow Worm Caves where you will admire the incredible limestone caverns, waterfalls and mysterious Glow Worm Grotto.
Overnight: Distinction Luxmore Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Day 16: Te Anau - Dunedin

Today travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin. After time for lunch board the Silver Fern railcar for a journey along spectacular clifftops overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Blueskin Bay. On return to Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station, board the coach for an informative city tour. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food and a Haggis Ceremony.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 17: Dunedin

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour and sumptuous Devonshire tea. Return to the city for some free time. You might choose to board the Taieri Gorge for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail.
Overnight: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

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.
Overnight: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

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.

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