15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure
15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure
Join Travelmarvel for a 15 day escorted tour exploring the rail experiences of New Zealand. Highlights include the Glenbrook Vintage Railway and TranzAlpine train journeys, as well as spectacular views of Milford Sound.
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|Tour Type:||Low Cost Coach Tour|
|From:||Auckland to Christchurch|
|Departures:||Oct 2019 to Feb 2020|
|Price:||From (NZD) $5905 per person|
|Tour Operator:||Travelmarvel Tours|
|14 nights in premium accommodation|
|23 meals – 14 breakfasts (B) and 9 dinners (D)|
|Take a ride on the Glenbrook Vintage Railway|
|Experience a unique self-drive rail cruise|
|Dine in traditional style with a hāngī feast in Rotorua|
|Travel on the Northern Explorer train|
|Board the Coastal Pacific and see Kaikōura's coast by rail|
|Take the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth|
|Cruise Milford Sound and enjoy spectacular views|
|Enjoy the journey to Dunedin on the Taieri Gorge Railway|
|Ride the Seasider train along the Pacific coast|
|Experience stunning views in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park|
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Be met and transferred to your hotel, which is centrally located in the beautiful harbourside city of Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’. Tonight, enjoy a special welcome dinner and get to know your fellow travellers.
Stay: Rydges Hotel, Auckland (2 nights) (D)
This morning travel to Glenbrook. Take a journey through the beautiful rural Franklin countryside before stopping at the Pukeoware Depot to explore the workshop, view other historic locomotives, and enjoy a morning tea. Re-board and travel back to Glenbrook before returning to Auckland by coach. (B)
After breakfast, board your coach and head towards the Mamaku Ranges near Rotorua for a unique self-drive rail cruising experience. In a hybrid vehicle you will have a front row seat to view the ranges with an audio guide to educate you on the region as well. In Rotorua, visit Te Puia and tour the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. This evening enjoy a traditional hāngī feast and Māori cultural performance.
Stay: Sudima Rotorua (2 nights) (B, D)
Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Māori culture and rich heritage. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, then enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore further or simply relax. (B)
This morning travel by coach to Ōtorohanga. Board The Northern Explorer train for a captivating journey through a variety of different landscapes. Continue through to Ōhakune, where you will re-board your coach and travel to Wellington.
Stay: Travelodge Hotel Wellington (2 nights) (B, D)
After breakfast today set off on a sightseeing tour of the city’s best-loved landmarks and sights, including Te Papa Tongarewa –Museum of New Zealand. This innovative and interactive museum celebrates the treasures of the country. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the city. Perhaps get a panoramic view of the city and harbour at the Mount Victoria Lookout. You may prefer to simply take a leisurely walk around the waterfront. (B)
This morning step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise from Wellington Harbour across Cook Strait and through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific train to Kaikōura. Re-board your coach to travel to Christchurch.
Stay: Quality Hotel Elms, Christchurch (B, D)
This morning after breakfast you will board the renowned TranzAlpine train for what is considered to be one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. Along your journey you will follow the Waimakariri River and travel across the Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park. Upon arrival at Greymouth, you will disembark and travel by coach to the incredible natural surrounds at Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.
Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (B, D)
Enjoy a day of truly beautiful scenery as you travel to the alpine resort of Queenstown. Known as the ‘adventure capital of New Zealand’, Queenstown is also renowned for its world-class culinary scene. This evening you may like to sample some of the region’s fresh flavours at one of the many restaurants within walking distance of your hotel (own expense).
Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview (2 nights) (B)
During time at leisure today, you have the freedom to simply relax or choose one of Travelmarvel’s exciting optional experiences. For the adventurous, perhaps you would like to head out on a thrilling jetboat ride. The Shotover Jet allows you to take a ride through dramatic canyons in a truly unique fashion. (B)
Today, follow The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. Journey along Milford Road, renowned as one of the world’s best alpine drives, to Milford Sound. Step aboard a ship to cruise the full length of this beautiful fiord, viewing the cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest and towering mountains that surround this World Heritage-listed area.
Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau (B, D)
Today you’ll travel through the spectacular Southland countryside to Pukerangi where you will board the Taieri Gorge Railway, one of the world’s greatest train trips. The train snakes through incredible landscapes to the city of Dunedin.
Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (B, D)
Board the Seasider train today and travel along the edge of the Otago Harbour, and along the Pacific coast. Re-join your coach to Ōamaru. Journey north to view the unusual Moeraki Boulders, then head into Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and marvel at your surrounds. Arrive at your hotel, situated on the shores of scenic Lake Tekapo.
Stay: Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo (B, D)
Today, visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. The church rests on the shores of the immense Lake Tekapo with sublime mountainous surrounds. Later, head back to Christchurch where you will enjoy a special farewell dinner.
Stay: Commodore Hotel, Christchurch (B, D)
Your tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.(B)
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