Mountains and Lakes by Exclusive Charter

Duration: 11 Days

Price: $4,450 NZD

Departure From: Auckland

Departure Date: 18 August 2021

Tour Type: Escorted

Meal Plan: B&B and selected meals

Physical Grading: 3


We hope you will be captivated by our mountains and lakes by exclusive charter. Everyone loves adventure and we have found a little gem travelling via a backroad from Queenstown to Te Anau. 

Your mountains and lakes journey begins for real once you arrive in Queenstown with a cruise on the Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station. After a sumptuous lunch board 4WD vehicles to travel the backroad via Mt Nicholas, past Lake Mavora and Bullock Creek to arrive in Te Anau late afternoon. This truly is mountains and lakes country.

Our very comfortable charter train journey travels on lines now closed to general passenger services. Starting at Invercargill you will travel through to Christchurch with sightseeing stays in both Dunedin and Oamaru.

Mountains and Lakes Tour Highlights

  • Oamaru and Christchurch walking tours
  • Dunedin City Tour
  • Exclusive winery dinner
  • Earnslaw cruise on Lake Wakatipu and gourmet BBQ lunch at Walter Peak Station
  • An exclusive back-road journey in 4WD vehicular from Walter Peak to Te Anau
  • A cruise on lake Te Anau
  • A side trip to Nugget Point
  • Travel by private charter train

Mountains and Lakes Optional Excursions

Each option is highly recommended to make the most of your tour.

TranzAlpine Travelling through the snow
A snowy, mid-winter TranzAlpine journey.

For a detailed itinerary, departure details, and booking conditions, please see below.

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Tour Inclusions

  • Airfare Auckland – Queenstown
  • Christchurch – Auckland
  • Ten nights hotel accommodation
  • Travel by comfortable coach with panoramic windows
  • Travel by private charter train
  • Cooked breakfast daily
  • Nine dinners
  • Two lunches
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary.
  • Travel escorts


Pricing Notes

  • Advertised price based on per person, twin share
  • Pricing is for departure on 18 August 2021
  • Non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due at time of booking
  • Full non-refundable balance of tour payment is due 2 July 2021
  • Bookings made after 2 July, full payment is required
  • A single supplement is available for $930 NZD,
  • Price is subject to change unless paid in full

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland to Queenstown (D)
Depart Auckland on a mid-afternoon Air New Zealand flight. On arrival you will transfer to your hotel. This evening we have a welcome dinner.
Today is at leisure to enjoy ‘The Jewel of the South’. Maybe take the gondola to admire the panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu or for the more adventurous a helicopter ride above Lake Wakatipu. The choices are extensive. Dinner tonight is included.
A late morning departure and join the TSS Eanslaw and cruise to Walter Peak Station where, a Gourmet BBQ lunch is served. During the stay their will be a rural demonstration plus time to visit their gardens. On the backroad journey there will be photostops. Two breaks enroute at Old MT Nicholas Cottage and Bullock Creek.
After breakfast we plan a boat excursion on the lake before travelling along the scenic southern route and rich Southland countryside to Invercargill.
This morning we will have an excursion to Bluff before a free afternoon to explore the city. Why not discover the world class vintage truck collection at Bill Richardson Transport World, or learn about the legend of speed - Burt Munro at E Hayes Motorworks or visit the classic motorcycle meca. Or simply take a stroll through the Botanical Gardens.
Join our private charter train and travel to Balclutha where we will join our coach and have a visit into the Caitlin’s to Nugget Point lighthouse before continuing onto Dunedin for a two night stay.
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ including Signal Hill, the world’s steepest street, Botanical Gardens, University and the Forsyth Barr sports stadium. The afternoon is free. An optional tour to the Dunedin Royal Albatross Centre is available this afternoon Optional Tour Royal Albatross Centre $52 per person Albatrosses are the world’s largest seabirds. They normally breed on remote islands and spend at least 85 percent of their lives at sea, well away from land and human view. Dunedin’s Taiaroa Head is the only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony in the world and is a great day out from Dunedin (group numbers are limited).
After breakfast rejoin our private train and continue to North Otago’s major city - Oamaru. This afternoon there is a local guided walking tour of Oamaru with its Victorian Precinct built of Oamaru stone. Steampunk has grown rapidly over the past 10 years to make Oamaru the “capital of Steampunk” in the world. Continue onto Duntroon to visit the Vanished World Centre and learn about the unique fossil history of this area. Optional Tour Blue Penguin Colony visit (Oamaru) $32 per person The birds return from their days fishing, make their way across the beach, up a stony ramp and cross to the colony. The colony began when a small number of blue penguins began nesting in a rock quarry area at the edge of Oamaru Harbour in the early 1990s. Today it is Oamaru’s largest tourist attraction.
After breakfast continue north along the coastal rail route through Timaru and the plains via Ashburton to Christchurch, there we farewell our charter train. Dinner tonight in the hotel.
A walking tour of the central city is included this morning, afternoon free. Enjoy a farewell Dinner tonight to end our wonderful southern rail experience. Optional Tour Tranz Alpine $198 per person Board the Tranz Alpine train to traverse the spectacular Southern Alps to the West Coast. Cross the Canterbury Plains through Darfield and climb the mountain range including a stop at Arthurs Pass. Our descent takes us through Otira and the renowned rain forests and wetlands to Greymouth. After some time to explore this West Coast town rejoin the train for your return journey to Christchurch. Transfers not included.
Transfer to the airport for return flights to Auckland or other destinations

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