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 Info

Tour Type: Low Cost Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departures: Oct 2020 to Feb 2021
Price: From (NZD) $5935 per person
Tour Operator: Travelmarvel Tours
Duration: 15 Days
Tour Code: ntr15


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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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Auckland

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)

Day 2
Auckland - Glenbrook Vintage Railway

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)

Day 3
Auckland - Rail Cruise Experience - Rotorua

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)

Day 4

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.
Later, enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore further or simply relax. (B)

Day 5
Rotorua - The Northern Explorer Train - Wellington

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)

Day 6

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)

Day 7
Wellington - Picton - Coastal Pacific Train - Christchurch

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)

Day 8
Christchurch - TranzAlpine Train - Fox Glacier

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)

Day 9
Fox Glacier - Queenstown

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)

Day 10

Today you have the freedom to simply relax or choose one of Travelmarvel’s exciting Select Experiences. For the adventurous, perhaps head out on a jet boat ride. The Shotover Jet Boat roars through dramatic river canyons
within centimetres of sheer rock walls. (B)

Day 11
Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau

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)

Day 12
Te Anau - Dunedin

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)

Day 13
Dunedin - Seasider Train - Aoraki Mount Cook - Lake Tekapo

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)

Day 14
Lake Tekapo - Christchurch

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)

Day 15
Depart Christchurch

Your tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.(B)

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15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure
Low Cost Coach Tour
Tour Code: ntr15
From (NZD) $5935 per person
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Departures: Oct 2020 to Feb 2021

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