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Escape to the Chateau Tongariro – Departing Auckland

Duration: 3 Days

Price: From $589 NZD

Departure From: Auckland

Departure Date: Monday, Thursday and Saturday

Tour Type: Short Break

Meal Plan: B&B and selected meals

Physical Grading: 1


Take a trip on the Northern Explorer from Auckland into the heart of the Central Plateau and escape to the Chateau Tongariro.

From the City of Sails your train journeys south through the green pastures and rolling hills of the mighty Waikato before ascending onto the Central Plateau and the magnificent sight of the 3 mighty volcanoes – Tongariro, Ngāuruhoe and Ruapehu.

At the very special and unique Chateau Tongariro you can immerse yourself in this unique landscape of ancient lava flows and dense beech forest while staying in the timeless atmosphere that the Chateau works hard to preserve, dating from the opulent days of the “Roaring ’20s” when it first opened.

This tour is completely flexible so if you want to add additional days, change activities and attractions, include pre or post accommodation or transfers, just let us know.

Escape to Chateau Tongariro Highlights

  • Northern Explorer Train Journey (return)
  • Soak up the timeless elegance and heritage at the Chateau Tongariro
  • Enjoy a High Tea Experience in the opulent Ruapehu Lounge
  • Take a short walk in the National Park amongst the rich forest and surrounded by majestic volcanoes
  • Take a journey into the clouds on the Sky Waka Gondola with floor to ceiling views across a spectacular landscape on Mt Ruapehu.
Chateau Tongariro - New Zealand - Vintage Travel Poster

Northern Explorer Scenic Class Experience

In Scenic Class you’ll experience spacious reclined seats with generous amounts of legroom and comfort, panoramic windows, glass shelves and skylights. And to heighten your comfort, state-of-the-art airbag suspension has been used to guarantee a smooth ride across our rugged New Zealand terrain.

While onboard, you might like a stroll to the Northern Explorer Scenic Cafe carriage where you’ll find a great selection of hot and cold snacks, drinks and ice creams. Indulge in a freshly brewed specialty tea or barista coffee married with a sumptuous cake? Or perhaps toast your special journey with a bottle of bubbles or craft beer?

The Open-air Viewing Carriage is also great place to get some fresh air and enjoy the great outdoors while on the move. Capture the magical views on camera and let your short break begin!

Enjoying your NZ rail journey

For a detailed itinerary, the Northern Explorer timetable, departure days, and Northern Explorer fare conditions, please see below.

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Departure Dates & Timetable

  • The Northern Explorer departs Auckland on Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 25 September 2022.
  • The service then departs National Park for Auckland on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
  • There is one departure on operating days.
  • The Northern Explorer departs Auckland at 07.45 arriving into National Park at 13.14.
  • The Northern Explorer departs National Park at 13.15 arriving in Auckland at 18.50.
  • You must be at the station at least 30 minutes prior to departure.

Tour Inclusions

  • Return train journey on the Northern Explorer in Scenic Class
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Chateau Tongariro in a Heritage room
  • Buffet Breakfast daily
  • High Tea at the Chateau Tongariro
  • Return journey on the Sky Waka Gondola
  • Return train station transfers

Pricing Notes

  • Advertised price based on per person twin share, subject to availability
  • Based on Monday departures.
  • If departing on Thursday or Saturday the package can be changed to include 1, 3 or 4 nights based on train schedule.
  • Single supplements available on request
  • Sky Waka is subject to operating season dates
  • Price is subject to change unless paid in full

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland to National Park
Your journey begins onboard the Northern Explorer Scenic Train. Make yourself comfortable as you travel through the City of Sails and out into the Heartland of New Zealand. You'll pass through the green countryside of the Waikato before ascending on to the Central Plateau and its volcanic landscape. On arrival at National Park Station, you will be transferred to the historic Chateau Tongariro where you will be taken back in time to the opulence of the 1920's. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
After breakfast your day is yours to explore. There are many walks in the area to choose from and you have time to take the Sky Waka Gondola taking in the spectacular views from Mt Ruapehu. End the afternoon with High Tea Experience back at the Chateau!
After breakfast you have the morning free before being transferred to the National Park railway station for your return journey to Auckland onboard the Northern Explorer train.

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