16 Day Rail & Cruise Experiences Of New Zealand

16 Day Rail & Cruise Experiences Of New Zealand

Embrace the romance of rail. Recline as you peer through panoramic windows, journeying the length of both islands, getting up close to the world's most incredible scenery. Admire the southern fiords and landscapes of Franz Josef, stand before the striking Moeraki Boulders, then witness the hot springs of Rotorua – this is just a taste of New Zealand's bountiful natural wonders on offer.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Premium Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Auckland
Departures: Oct 2020 to Mar 2021
Price: From (NZD) $7915 per person
Tour Operator: APT Tours
Duration: 16 Days
Tour Code: nrr16

Inclusions

14 nights in premium accommodation and 1 overnight cruise
26 meals – 15 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 10 dinners (D)
Ride the famous TranzAlpine train
Take in idyllic surrounds at Franz Josef.
Enjoy a Doubtful Sound overnight cruise.
Journey aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway
Chug past idyllic scenery aboard the Coastal Pacific train
Cruise Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry.
Explore the fascinating Fell Locomotive Museum
Explore the fascinating Fell Locomotive Museum
Experience true Māori culture at a traditional Hāngī Feast.
Journey aboard the Glenbrook Vintage Railway

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

We’ll meet you at Christchurch airport for your transfer to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon city sights tour before a special welcome dinner.

Stay: Commodore Hotel Christchurch (D)

Day 2
Christchurch - TranzAlpine - Franz Josef

Board the TranzAlpine train and enjoy stunning views from the open-air viewing platform as you pass by the striking patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains. Follow the Waimakariri River and travel across the Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park. Disembark at Greymouth and travel by coach to Franz Josef, taking in the dramatic terrain of the region, from alpine snowfields to verdant rainforests and glacial rivers.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef (B, D)

Day 3
Franz Josef - Queenstown

Travel along the Haast River, which offers sublime views. Arrive in Queenstown and choose from four tempting restaurants in which to dine. Sample delicious fresh produce at a Queenstown brewery, or take a scenic gondola
ride to the Skyline Restaurant, enjoying views across Queenstown as you dine. Alternatively, cruise aboard the TSS Earnslaw, a vintage steamboat, or enjoy dinner at the acclaimed Elements Restaurant.

Stay: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 4
Queenstown

Today, personalise your journey by choosing from a range of Freedom of Choice sightseeing activities. Lord of the Rings fans will jump at the chance to visit filming locations on a Safari of the Scenes tour. Perhaps join a Skippers Canyon 4WD adventure or a river safari along the Dart River. New Zealand is famous for its many vineyards and wines, and a tour of its wine-producing areas is a tempting offer. Other activities include a leisurely cruise over the waters of Lake Wakatipu, which will offer the chance to marvel at alpine scenery as
you relax and take it all in. (B)

Day 5
Queenstown - Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise

Today, journey into the scenic Fiordland National Park. Here you’ll find sublime natural landscapes, from immense lakes to picturesque walking tracks. Board a cruise across Lake Manapouri before travelling by coach over Wilmot Pass to Doubtful Sound. Keep watch for fur seals and Fiordland crested penguins. During your visit, board an overnight cruise to discover rugged peaks, hidden islets and pristine rainforests.

Stay: Doubtful Sound overnight cruise (B, D)

Day 6
Doubtful Sound - Dunedin

Travel to Dunedin this morning, often referred to as being the Edinburgh of the South. Wander the streets and admire the historical buildings still standing in immaculate condition.

Stay: Distinction Dunedin Hotel (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 7
Taieri Gorge Railway Journey

Wake up in Dunedin this morning and step aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway for a journey through the picturesque Southland countryside, revealing some of the South Island’s most diverse scenery. Afterwards, you will enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

Day 8
Dunedin - Seasider Train - Aoraki Mt Cook

Board the Seasider train and travel along Otago Harbour before climbing the gentle slopes of Port Chalmers. Rejoin your coach and journey to Oamaru. Head north to see the unusual Moeraki Boulders. Scattered across the Koekohe Beach, these large, spherical stones were formed more than 60 million years ago. Continue to World Heritage-listed Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to see Australasia’s highest mountain, then head to the Sir Edmund
Hillary Alpine Centre.

Stay: Aoraki Mt Cook, The Hermitage Hotel (B, D)

Day 9
Aoraki Mt Cook- Lake Tekapo - Christchurch

After breakfast, drive along the spectacular shores of Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo. Here you will visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Built from locally gathered stone and oak, the church was erected as a tribute
to the early pioneers of the area. Take a quiet moment to enter the church and gaze out onto breathtaking views of the immense lake and surrounding alpine vistas. This afternoon, continue to Christchurch.

Stay:  Rydges Latimer Christchurch (B)

Day 10
Christchurch - Coastal Pacific Train - Wellington

Board the Coastal Pacific train this morning and enjoy a journey through the rugged east coast. Traverse rolling fields and glimpse hidden towns along the Kaikoura coast, famous for marine mammal encounters. Say goodbye to the South Island and step aboard the Interislander ferry, cruising across Cook Strait and passing through Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Wellington.

Stay: Intercontinental Wellington (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 11
Wellington

Discover the delights of Wellington today on a sightseeing tour. Take in the city’s sights before taking a ride on the Wellington Cable Car, gazing out to landmarks such as the Nagasaki Peace flame. Afterwards, visit New Zealand’s national museum – Te Papa Tongarewa, renowned for its interactivity. The afternoon and evening have been left free for you to enjoy Wellington at your own pace. (B)

Day 12
Wellington - Featherson - Tongariro National Park

Arrive in the town of Featherston and explore the Fell Locomotive Museum, home to H199, the only locomotive of its type in the world. Enjoy morning tea before riding the Mt Ruapehu Gondola for sublime vistas, before travelling to Tongariro National Park for a night at the historic Chateau Tongariro Hotel.

Stay: Chateau Tongariro Hotel (B, D)

Day 13
Tongariro National Park - Rail Cruising Experience - Rotorua

Travel to Taumarunui where your rail cart awaits for a self-drive rail experience along a decommissioned line. Travel through tunnels, over bridges and past charming towns through the landscapes of Whanganui National Park, before a picnic lunch. This afternoon, board your coach for Rotorua, known for its mud pools, geysers and hot springs. This evening, immerse yourself in Māori culture during a traditional Hāngī Feast and cultural performance.

Stay: Millennium Rotorua (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 14
Rotorua

Experience the icons of Rotorua at the Agrodome Farm Show, then visit the Te Puia Thermal Reserve, the centre for Māori culture. Alternatively, take a Hobbiton Movie Set tour, which explores the making of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Perhaps drive through forest and farmland to visit New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool and colourful hot springs. (B)

Day 15
Rotorua - Glenbrook Vintage Railway - Auckland

Travel to Glenbrook and board the Glenbrook Vintage Railway. Journey through the Franklin countryside aboard this historic steam train. Stop at the Pukeoware Depot to view historic regional locomotives undergoing restoration,
and savour a delightful morning tea. Re-board the train and travel back to Glenbrook. Spend the afternoon sightseeing around the northern city of Auckland. Check into your hotel and enjoy a delicious farewell dinner.

Stay: Grand Millennium Auckland (B, D)

Day 16
Depart Auckland

Today you’ll awake to New Zealand’s captivating landscapes for the final time. We say goodbye with a transfer to the airport for your flight. (B)

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