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Enjoy the best scenery and wine this great country has to offer on this 15-night rail holiday. From the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Auckland enjoy the other worldly landscape of Rotorua. Taste some delicious wines in Napier before discovering the remote beauty of Adel Tasman National Park. Scale the Southern Alps and enjoy a night in the shadows of the majestic Mount Cook before discovering the jaw dropping wonder that is Milford Sound. From the mountains to the sea, this is one unforgettable holiday.

Highlights

  • Travel aboard 3 of the most scenic railways in the world: The Northern Explorer, The Coastal Pacific and The Tranz-Alpine 
  • Discover the world of volcanic wonder that is Rotorua, and learn about the Maori way of life 
  • Sample some of the finest wines of the southern hemisphere in Napier 
  • Explore the natural wonder and beauty of Adel Tasman National Park 
  • Scale the Southern Alps and spend a night in the shadows of Mount Cook 
  • Cruise Milford Sound and be amazed by its abundant wildlife and natural beauty 

 

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES: 

  • All rail and coach journeys as per the itinerary 
  • All hotel and station transfers as per the itinerary 
  • 1 night's hotel accommodation with breakfast in Auckland 
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Rotorua 
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Napier 
  • 1 night's hotel accommodation with breakfast in Wellington 
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Nelson 
  • 2 night's hotel accommodation with breakfast in Christchurch 
  • 1 night's hotel accommodation with breakfast in Mount Cook 
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Queenstown 
  • 1 night's hotel accommodation with breakfast in Franz Josef 
  • Seats aboard the Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton 
  • Sightseeing tour from Auckland to Rotorua including Waitomo Caves 
  • City tour and Maori experience evening in Rotorua 
  • Guided Art Deco walking tour of Napier 
  • Half day wine tasting tour from Napier 
  • Abel Tasman National Park day trip 
  • Milford Sound day trip 
  • Day trip to Milford Sound including Fjord cruise 
  • Private airport transfers 

 

Trip Map

Why Not...

Extend your trip or try this package in reverse. Call a Rail Expert for details.

Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

DAY 1 - AUCKLAND 

Welcome to New Zealand!  Make your way from the airport to your hotel via a private transfer, then head out to explore the city.  Perhaps venture up the Sky Tower for some spectacular views but be sure to enjoy dinner in one of the city's fantastic restaurants. (Overnight Auckland) B   

 

DAY 2 - AUCKLAND/WAITOMO CAVES/ROTORUA 

Enjoy a half day tour by sightseeing coach from Auckland to Rotorua including a guided tour through the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites and stalagmites.  Enjoy a silent boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - a subterranean cavern lit up by the lights of thousands of tiny glow-worms.   A picnic style lunch is served onboard the coach en-route.  Arrive in Rotorua and enjoy the afternoon familiarising your self with this unique town.  (Overnight Rotorua) B 

DAY 3 - ROTORUA 

This morning enjoy a coach tour of the Rotorua area, which includes Te Puia Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve - home of the Pohutu Geyser and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where young Maori are taught the carving and weaving skills of their ancestors, the Agrodome where you will learn about rural life and Rainbow Springs with its crystal clear streams and pools teeming with trout as well as the nocturnal Kiwi house and Tuatara display.  

 

Tonight, experience the warmth of the Maori people during an evening of ceremonial rituals, powerful cultural performance, storytelling and hangi dinner.  Enter a replica pre-European Maori village, see the hangi pit opened and enter the ancestral Meeting House to enjoy a powerful cultural performance featuring tribal songs, myths, legends and dance including the vigorous haka.   Enjoy a hangi buffet dinner (Maori feast) cooked the traditional Maori way in an earth oven before saying goodbye to your hosts and returning to your hotel.  (Overnight Rotorua) B/D 

 

DAY 4 - ROTORUA/NAPIER 

Today depart Rotorua by scheduled coach to Napier.  Travel south to Taupo, nestled on the shores of New Zealand's largest lake, perhaps stopping at Huka Falls where the clear waters of the Waikato River gush through narrow gap in the rocks, then continue through the township and around the shores of the lake turning east to travel past large pine plantations before driving over the ranges, through the Eskdale Valley and into the Hawkes Bay. After arriving into Napier get your bearings and a better understanding of the city on an afternoon guided stroll and introduction to its fascinating architectural history.  Napier was devastated by an earthquake in 1931 and was rebuilt during the period when Art Deco Architecture was fashionable.  (Overnight Napier) B    

 

DAY 5 - NAPIER/WINE TASTING DAY TRIP 

Spend a relaxing morning in Napier, then gain an appreciation of this regions fantastic wine with a half day tour driving through some stunning scenery.  Visit four or five wineries tasting around 30 different wines and enjoy a local cheese platter in the picturesque grounds of Ngatarawa Vineyard.  (Overnight Napier) B      

 

DAY 6 - NAPIER/WELLINGTON 

Leave Napier this morning on a direct coach to Wellington.  Travel through the rolling farmlands of Central Hawkes Bay and the Wairarapa, then into the pretty Manawatu Region and down the scenic Kapiti Coast to the Capital City.  Check-in to your hotel then head out to enjoy the city.  A visit to Te Papa - the National Museum is a must for any visitor.  (Overnight Wellington) B 

DAY 7 - WELLINGTON/PICTON/NELSON 

Cross the Cook Strait then have your camera ready as the ship navigates the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton.  On arrival here, transfer onto a scheduled coach through the legendary Marlborough Wine Country to Nelson and on arrival you'll be transferred to your hotel for a two-night stay.   

At the top of the north-west corner of the South Island is the sunniest region of New Zealand. Nelson is a truly beautiful region that should not be missed by the visitor who loves nature, adventure, art, crafts, wineries and good food.  (Overnight Nelson) B 

DAY 8 - ABEL TASMAN DAY TRIP 

After breakfast you'll be collected from your hotel and transferred to Kaiteriteri.  From the protected beach here enjoy a scenic cruise along the spectacular Abel Tasman coast with its forest-fringed bays, sculpted granite headlands and off-shore islands. Disembark at Medlands Beach. A 10-minute stroll takes you to popular yet remote Bark Bay.    Facilities here include Dept. of Conservation shelter, flush toilets, picnic tables and filtered drinking water (look for the tap labelled "drinking water only").  Swim in calm azure waters, sunbathe or relax in the shade of native forest trees.  A forested track around the estuary (4 kms or 2.5 miles) takes you to Bark Bay Falls and Swing Bridge (approx. 1-hour return).  In the afternoon re-join the cruise at Medlands Beach back to Kaiteriteri from where you will be transferred back to Nelson.  (Overnight Nelson) B/L 

DAY 9 - NELSON/BLENHEIM/CHRISTCHURCH 

This morning bid farewell to Nelson and take a coach through the rich farm and wine country to Blenheim.  You have time for lunch here, before hopping onboard The Coastal Pacific train south to Christchurch.  On arrival check-in at your hotel for an over night stay.  (Overnight Christchurch) B 

 

DAY 10 - CHRISTCHURCH/MOUNT COOK 

Depart Christchurch this morning by coach, crossing the Canterbury Plains to the shores of the stunning, glacier-fed Lake Tekapo and the enjoy some spectacular views.  Continue on to New Zealand's tallest mountain, Aoraki - Mount Cook which is in its very own National Park deep in the Southern Alps.  Aoraki/Mt Cook Village is situated near the spectacular turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki and provides a comfortable base for alpine activities.  (Overnight Mount Cook) B 

 

DAY 11 - MOUNT COOK/QUEENSTOWN 

Spend the morning soaking in the scenic splendour of this area, the in the afternoon take a scenic ride past Lake Pukaki and through the tawny tussock of the Mackenzie Country.  Make a stop at the historic village of Omarama before concluding your tour in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.  (Overnight Queenstown) B 

 

DAY 12 - QUEENSTOWN 

Enjoy a relaxing day exploring Queenstown today, and perhaps take the opportunity to try many of the activities and attractions on offer.  A thrilling jetboat ride on Lake Wakatipu or a gentle cruise aboard a vintage steam cruiser perhaps.  Much of the ‘Lord of the Rings' was filmed in the area and there are 4WD tours available, you could even try bungy-jumping if dare!  (Overnight Queenstown) B 

 

DAY 13 - MILFORD SOUND DAY TRIP 

Today you will be collected from the hotel for a full day tour by coach, travelling around the eastern shores of Lake Wakatipu and across the picturesque Southland countryside to Te Anau, then into the dramatic landscape of the Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound.  Make a stop at the Mirror Lakes to see the near perfect reflections of the mountains in the calm waters then take a short walk to the Chasm and see where the waters disappear into the rocks before arriving in Milford Sound.  Cruise the fiord past Mitre Peak to the Tasman Sea enjoying the stunning scenery of cascading waterfalls, dense rainforest, steep cliff faces and marine life that inhabits these waters. A picnic box lunch is included, and your nature guide will give a commentary on the interesting features of the area.  Return to Queenstown in time for dinner. (Overnight Queenstown) B/L 

 

DAY 14 - QUEENSTOWN TO FRANZ JOSEF 

Head north today on a scheduled coach service travelling across the fruit-growing Central Otago region, around the shores of glacial Lakes Wanaka and Hawea then into the rugged beauty of the Haast Pass and through the Southern Alps.  Continue up the West Coast past wild beaches, over mountain streams, through native rainforest and past bush-fringed lakes to Franz Josef Glacier.  On arrival make your way to your hotel for an overnight stay, then head out to enjoy this beautiful town.  (Overnight Franz Josef) B 

 

DAY 15 - FRANZ JOSEF/GREYMOUTH/CHRISTCHURCH 

Leave Franz Josef today and take a scheduled coach to Greymouth.  Here, board the Tranz-Alpine train bound for Christchurch.  This train line is rightly recognized as one of the world's most scenic, and the staggering beauty of the Southern Alps doesn't disappoint. On arrival into Christchurch you will be transferred to your hotel for the night, then head out to enjoy dinner.  (Overnight Christchurch) B 

 

DAY 16 - END OF TOUR 

Have breakfast at your hotel before being driven to the airport to continue your travels elsewhere.  B 

 

 

MEAL GUIDE: B - BREAKFAST, BR - BRUNCH, L - LUNCH, AT - AFTERNOON TEA, D -DINNER 

 

DISCLAIMER: 

Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Railbookers UK Trading Ltd is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579. 

 

 

Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland

Grand Millennium Hotel Auckland

The Grand Millennium Auckland boasts an excellent location in the city center, close to Queen Street and Viaduct Harbour with some of the city's finest finest dining, shopping and entertainment venues at your doorstep.The Grand Millennium prides itself on providing excellent service with sylish rooms and fantastic facilities including heated pool, multiple options for onsite dining, Concierge, gym and complimentary wifi.

Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Distinction Christchurch Hotel

The recently renovated Distinction Christchurch is ideally positioned in the heart of the city in the buzzing Cathedral Square, just a few minutes walk to the Avon River, Botanical Gardens & Cashel Mall. This elegant hotel boasts spacious, modern accomodations with onsite dining, free high speed wifi, brand new gym and many fantastic in-room amenities.

The Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

The Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

Nestled in the beautiful Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, The Hermitage Hotel is the perfect base for your next adventure. Recognised as part of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Area, the National Park is a breath-taking environment of glaciers, terminal lakes, turbulent rivers and Australasia's tallest peak, the mighty Aoraki Mt Cook soaring above at 3,724 metres.

The iconic Hermitage Hotel is home to a selection of restaurants and bars as well as a range of activities to entertain and delight.

Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Hawke's Bay is one of the first places in the world to see the light each day, with our Napier hotel enjoying a premium waterfront location on Napier's Marine Parade. The hotel’s slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay and guests are treated to sweeping views out over the water. A fresh, contemporary style hotel, Scenic Hotel Te Pania is just a short stroll from Napier’s main art deco style street and is located in close proximity to many of Napier's attractions.

Novotel Rotorua

Novotel Rotorua

Check in to comfort with the lake at your doorstep at Novotel Rotorua Lakeside Hotel. Rejuvenate in the spa's natural geothermal mineral pools and experience a delicious Maori hangi at Matariki. Your room is a calm haven with earthy colours, wood furniture and picture windows to make the most of the spectacular scenery at Novotel.

Conveniently located in the heart of Rotorua township, Novotel Rotorua Lakeside is the perfect base to see all that New Zealand's geothermal capital has to offer. Take a short stroll to the lakefront.

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor Wellington

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor Wellington

The James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor is located in the heart of Wellington's city center and features two onsite restaurants, onsite spa, complimentary gym and guest yoga as well as 24 hour room service, Concierge and complimentary wi-fi. The hotel is walking distance to many fantastic attractions including the cable car and famous Lambton Quay - on the "golden mile" of shopping in Wellington.

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef

In the heart of the village and edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier is only a breath away from the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier. Our hotel offers an exceptional restaurant and bar, private hot pools and luxury spa as well as free wifi and concierge service.

Scenic Suites Queenstown

Scenic Suites Queenstown

Take in the picturesque beauty from this luxurious Queenstown hotel. Enjoy the comfort and impressive style of the hotel then head out to explore the many attractions Queenstown has to offer.

Scenic Suites Queenstown provides one of the most sought after locations for Queenstown hotels. The hotel’s elevated position gives fantastic views of the Southern Alps and over Lake Wakatipu. It’s hard to go past Scenic Suites Queenstown with its convenience and quality of four-star apartment style accommodation.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travelers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports are required when traveling outside the United States including crossing the Canadian border.

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