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 Steam and TranzAlpine train journeys, As well the spectacular views of Milford Sounds.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Low Cost Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departures: Oct 2018 to Feb 2019
From (NZD) $5885 per person
Tour Operator: Travelmarvel Tours
Pace: Comfortable
Duration: 15 Days
Tour Code: ntr15


14 nights in premium accommodation
23 meals – 14 breakfasts (B) and 9 dinners (D)
Take a ride aboard the Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train
Experience a unique self-drive Rail Cruise
Dine in traditional style with a Hangi Feast in Rotorua
Travel on The Northern Explorer train
Board the Coastal Pacific and see the Kaikoura 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
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides

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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 as you get to know your fellow travellers.

Stay: Rydges Hotel, Auckland (2 nights) (D)

Day 2
Auckland - Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train

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 the view of the ranges with an audio guide to educate you on the region as well. In Rotorua, visit Te Puia Cultural Centre, and tour the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. This evening enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast and a Maori cultural performance.

Stay: Rydges Hotel Rotorua (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 4

Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, and then 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 Otorohanga. Board The Northern Explorer Train for a captivating journey, past a variety of different landscapes. Continue through to Ohakune where you will travel by coach 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 New Zealand’s national museum – Te Papa. 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 Kaikoura. 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 Glacier.

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 country’s “Adventure Capital” 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 in walking distance from your hotel (own expense).

Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview (2 nights) (B)

Day 10

During time at leisure today, you have the freedom to simply relax or choose one of Travelmarvel’s exciting optional experiences. For the more adventurous, perhaps you would like to head out on a thrilling jet boat ride. The Shotover Jet Boat allows you to take a ride through dramatic canyons in a truly unique fashion. (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 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 - Mt Cook - Lake Tekapo

Board the Seasider Train today and travel along the edge of the Otago Harbour, and along the Pacific Coast. Rejoin your coach to Oamaru. Journey north to view the unusual Moeraki Boulders. Then, head into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and marvel at your surrounds. Arrive at your hotel, situated on the shores of scenic Lake Tekapo.

Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort (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) $5885 per person
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Departures: Oct 2018 to Feb 2019

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