Great Southern Steam Train Tour – from Invercargill

Experience the adventure, the nostalgia, the romance of steam train travel on this 7 day tour from Invercargill to Wellington. Take a step back in time to a bygone era for an epic steam train journey exploring the majestic South Island of Aotearoa.

Journey with us in the deep south of New Zealand and experience the postcard perfect vistas and dramatic alpine scenery that this part of the
world is renowned for.

You will start your journey departing Invercargill on the star of the show, the historic WW1 memorial steam locomotive Ab608 Passchendaele, (named in honour of our fallen soldiers at The Battle of Passchendaele in 1917).

Travel the entire length of the South Island visiting Dunedin, Oamaru, Christchurch and Kaikoura steam-hauled, in the comfort of vintage carriages.

Tour Highlights

  • A OCHO Chocolate Factory tour in Dunedin
  • High Tea & Garden Tour at Larnach Castle
  • Visiting Moeraki Boulders
  • Whitestone Cheese Tour in Oamaru
  • Blue Penguin viewing in Oamaru
  • Steam Tug Boat OR City & Tram Tour in Christchurch
  • Seal Colony Guided Walk in Kaikoura
  • Visit to the Store Kekerengu and Winterhome Garden tour
  • Yealands Estate winery tour
  • Farewell Reception at The Wine Station, Blenheim
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry

Tour Options

There are several tour options. Here’s a guide to help you find the right departure:

  • Christchurch to Christchurch, 10 days – departs 24th April 2021
  • Christchurch to Wellington, 13 days – departs 24th April 2021
  • Wellington To Christchurch, 13 days – departs 22nd April 2021
  • Blenheim to Christchurch, 12 days – departs 23rd April 2021
  • Wellington to Invercargill, 8 days – departs 22nd April 2021
  • Blenheim to Invercargill, 7 days – departs 23rd April 2021
  • Invercargill to Wellington, 7 days – departs 30th April 2021

Please note, southbound departures from Wellington & Blenheim are now SOLD OUT

Duration: 7 Days

Price: From $3,450 NZD

Departure From: Invercargill

Departure Date: 30 April 2021

Tour Type: Group Coach and Rail Tour

Meal Plan: B&B and selected meals

Physical Grading: 2

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Tour Inclusions

  • Transportation by train and luxury coaches that will escort the train throughout the journey, providing seamless transfers to your accommodation and excursions.
  • Prepaid Attractions:
    – OCHO Chocolate Factory Tour
    – High Tea & Garden Tour at Larnach Castle
    – Moeraki Boulders
    – Whitestone Cheese Tour
    – Blue Penguin viewing in Oamaru
    – Steam Tug Boat OR City & Tram Tour
    – Seal Colony Guided Walk in Kaikoura
    – Visit to the Store Kekerengu and Winterhome Garden tour
    – Yealands Estate winery tour
    – Farewell Reception at The Wine Station, Blenheim
    – Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Accommodation of at least 4-star rated properties
  • Services of a professional tour guide
  • Meals as indicated within the itinerary; 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners including:
    – Farewell Dinner at The Wine Station in Blenheim
    – High Tea at Larnach Castle
    – Lunch at The Store, Kekerengu

Pricing Notes

  • Advertised price based on per person, twin share
  • A 10% non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking and 40% due in December 2020
  • Optional activities listed in itinerary will be booked and billed separately.
  • Full balance of tour payment due in March 2021.
  • A single supplement is available for $300NZD
  • Price is subject to change unless paid in full
  • Flights to and from your points of arrival/departure
    are not included. Please contact LOCO Journeys if you would like a quote.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Invercargill to Dunedin
Your journey begins with a Meet and Greet at Invercargill Railway Station and we introduce you to the star of the tour, the historic WW1 memorial steam locomotive Ab608 Passchendaele, (named in honour of our fallen soldiers at The Battle of Passchendaele in 1917) - the Marlborough Flyer steam train as she is more recently known. Departing Invercargill, we traverse the Southern Scenic Route travelling past the edge of the Blue Mountains to the town of Gore, and then northwards to Dunedin. The tour is escorted by a fleet of luxury coaches that provide seamless transfers from the train to your accommodation each evening. Passengers will stay at Scenic Hotel Southern Cross which is Dunedin’s most established hotel, nestled in the heart of the city.
The morning starts with a guided tour and tasting at the new OCHO craft chocolate factory where they turn cacao into chocolate bars. OCHO moved into the new premises in January 2019 and are eager to share the OCHO experience with chocolate lovers with every part of their production process on display. We will then coach to historic Larnach Castle, is one of New Zealand’s premier visitor attractions, which is situated on the picturesque Otago Peninsula. Lovingly restored by the Barker Family, the Castle and surrounding grounds are at the heart of the Dunedin visitor experience. Passengers arrive in time for refreshing high tea in the Ballroom Café followed by a guided garden tour. Passengers will stay at Scenic Hotel Southern Cross which is Dunedin’s most established hotel, nestled in the heart of the city.
It is “all aboard” and onward North towards Oamaru. We call in to Moeraki Boulders, a group of large spherical “stones” on Koekohe Beach near Moeraki on the Otago coast. These boulders are actually concretions that have been exposed through shoreline erosion from coastal cliffs. The boulders are one of the most fascinating and popular attractions on the South Island. We arrive in one of New Zealand’s many towns of character, Oamaru. Gourmet cheese is then on the menu as we explore the Whitestone Cheese Factory, home of some of the world’s finest cheeses and you’ll be treated on a guided tour which includes a cheese and wine pairing. The Blue Penguin Colony in Oamaru is similarly not to be outdone, has specially designed nesting boxes for your convenience as well as stadium grandstand seating for your viewing pleasure, to see the penguins arrive home in the evening. Passengers will stay at Brydone Hotel – “fine accommodation and libations since 1881”- or the North Star.
The morning departure from Oamaru is by steam train as we set out further towards Timaru where we stop for lunch. Afternoon options on arrival in Christchurch include exploring the harbour on the historical steam tugboat (Tug Lyttelton Est. 1907)or a historical tram tour of “the garden city”. Passengers will stay at the luxurious and newly renovated Distinction Hotel in Cathedral Square, located in the heart of Christchurch.
Our destination is Kaikoura, home of resident whales, where the guardians of the seas – the mountains of the Southern Alps – rise majestically from the deep trenches of the Pacific Ocean. Several different species of whale can be seen off the coast of Kaikoura at different times of the year, and most of the time, the huge resident Sperm Whales can be sighted. The ocean trench just off the coast means sperm whales are often seen close to shore. There will be a leisurely Seal Colony Walk followed by optional excursions for whale, dolphin and seal watching (by boat or plane). Passengers will stay at The White Morph Hotel (or equivalent), taking in spectacular views of the Kaikoura Esplanade.
We continue to take in the spectacular coastal journey as we depart Kaikoura. We steam ahead for Kekerengu where we disembark for lunch overlooking the Pacific Ocean at “The Store”. We also enjoy a garden tour at the beautifully manicured Winterhome formal garden. Boarding again, we stop at Seddon and disembark for a wine tour at the award winning, Yealands Estate. Then it is “all aboard” and onward North via the Dashwood Pass and Awatere Valley into Blenheim – the famous Marlborough wine region boasting over 100 vineyards. A farewell reception is appropriately held at The Wine Station where guests can taste from a selection of 80 of the region’s finest wines and craft beers, barista coffee and gourmet platters of local produce. Passengers will stay at Scenic Hotel Marlborough, a modern and stylish property located in the heart of Marlborough’s wine country town of Blenheim.
On the final day of the tour, we coach from Blenheim to Picton, where one of the mos

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