Grab a friend or a group of mates and head from Auckland to Hamilton on The Northern Explorer train for a fun-filled weekend at the great kiwi beer festival.
New Zealand’s favourite craft beer festival returns to Hamilton for the sensational second installment, arriving in the mighty Waikato on Saturday 13 March 2021.
Ditch the car and travel hassle-free by train on the iconic Northern Explorer. The train departs Auckland Strand and Auckland Papakura Railway Stations and arrives into Hamilton Frankton Station in plenty of time to get to the event. It’s a short 10min taxi ride, or catch the bus direct to the the Claudelands Events Centre upon arrival.
Be at Claudelands Events Centre for a day dedicated to the celebration of our love affair with the amber nectar! More than 35 craft breweries and cider producers will be pouring unique and inspired tipples that showcase the diversity of the booming craft beer industry – featuring more than 300 different brews!
Compliment the brews with a delectable selection of meals and snacks from Hamilton’s hometown-favourite foodies. With dozens of interactive workshops and beer tasting seminars – plus an awesome line-up of great Kiwi artists on the Music Stage, the Great Kiwi Beer Festival is a day dedicated to great craft beers, good mates and fun in the sun.
At the end of the day head out into town for a good meal or retire to your choice of accommodation.
The next day you have a leisurely day before catching the afternoon Northern Explorer train back to Auckland.
You have a choice of three accommodation options included in the package price.
Tudor Motor Lodge is in the city centre and is just 3 minute drive or 20 minute walk from Hamilton Train Station. There are a number of restaurants within a 10-minute walk. Each air-conditioned studio has a kitchenette with a microwave, a refrigerator and tea and coffee making facilities. Each room has electric blankets and a private bathroom.
Classic Motel is located only 2.5 km from Hamilton city centre, 6 minutes’ drive or 36 minute walk from Hamilton Frankton Station. Each studio has an en suite bathroom and air-conditioning. All have cooking facilities, including a stove, microwave and all kitchenware.
Novotel Tainui Hamilton is centrally located on the banks of Waikato River, 6 minutes’ drive or 23 minute walk from Hamilton Frankton Station. Its also just a 14 minute walk from Claudelands Event Centre. Novotel Tainui Hamilton offers an award-winning restaurant and a fitness centre. All accommodation features a flat-screen TV and an iPod docking station. Guests have easy access to shopping, dining and entertainment outlets. Guests can relax with a stroll along the river, or enjoy a fun afternoon in one of the many parks surrounding the hotel.
Check-in is from 2pm – it maybe possible to leave your luggage at your accommodation prior to the event.
Onboard the Northern Explorer you will journey to and from Hamilton in Scenic Class which includes 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.
Begin your weekend by grabbing coffee and a bite to eat at the onboard cafe. The Scenic Cafe opens for coffee and breakfast before the train departs so no need to travel on an empty stomach. You can take a seat in the Scenic Cafe carriage and feast upon the views whilst eating. But you are also welcome to return to your seat to dine and drink if you would prefer. The day is yours to do as you choose!
While onboard, you might like a stroll to the 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 weekend begin!
Duration: 2 Days
Price: From $319 NZD
Departure From: Auckland
Departure Date: 13 March 21
Tour Type: Overnight Package
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