NZ Rail Adventure

Duration: 15 Days

Price: NZ$7,395 - Includes $400pp Saving

Departure From: Auckland

Departure Date: Spring/Summer 23/24

Tour Type: Escorted Tour

Meal Plan: B&B and selected meals

Physical Grading: 2/5


Enjoy a taste of each of New Zealand’s scenic rail experiences on this NZ rail adventure, including a distinctive ride on the Glenbrook Vintage Steam Railway.

Across fifteen days full of sightseeing, we will tour the length of the country enjoying the highlights on offer and, of course, take the opportunity to ride on New Zealand’s popular train journeys.

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Enthralling scenery and breathtaking views stretch as far as the eyes can see. Check out the tour map and highlights below of this marvelous NZ rail adventure.

NZ Rail Adventure Travel Marvel

NZ Rail Adventure Highlights

  • Time in Auckland, the City of Sails
  • A day out to Glenbrook Steam Railway including ‘behind the scenes’ viewing
  • Enjoy ‘Rail Cruising’ a new on-rail adventure activity
  • Savour an authentic Maori Hangi and Concert
  • Take a ride on scenic segments of the Northern Explorer and Coastal Pacific rail journeys
  • Take time in New Zealand’s capital Wellington
  • We ride the famous TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • Enjoy Queenstown and the beautiful scenery
  • Discover the delights of Milford Sound by boat
  • Experience stunning views in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
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For a detailed itinerary, departure details, and booking conditions, please see below.

2023-2024 New Zealand Rail Adventure Departure Dates

15 Day Tour, Auckland to Christchurch

  • 2 December 2023 – SOLD OUT
  • 20 January 2024 – from $7,795 Now $7,395 – Save $800 per couple
  • 3 & 17 February 2024 – from $7,795 Now $7,395 – Save $800 per couple
  • 2 March 2024 – SOLD OUT
  • 16 March 2024 – from $7,795 Now $7,395 – Save $800 per couple
  • 30 March 2024 – SOLD OUT
  • 6 April 2024 – from $7,795 Now $7,395 – Save $800 per couple
  • 20 April 2024 – SOLD OUT
  • 4 May 2024 – SOLD OUT

Please note, couple savings are based on a per person discount and subject to change.

2023-2024 New Zealand Rail Adventure Departure Dates

15 Day Tour, Auckland to Christchurch

  • 7 & 21 September 2024 – from $8,295 Now $7,895 – Save $800 per couple
  • 5, 19 & 26 October 2024 – from $8,495 Now $7,895 – Save $1,200 per couple
  • 2, 16 & 30 November 2024 – from $8,495 Now $7,895 – Save $1,200 per couple
  • 14 December 2024 – from $8,295 Now $7,695 – Save $1,200 per couple
  • 11 & 25 January 2025 – from $8,495 Now $7,895 – Save $1,200 per couple
  • 8 & 22 February 2025 – from $8,495 Now $7,895 – Save $1,200 per couple
  • 8, 22 & 29 March 2025 – from $8,495 Now $7,895 – Save $1,200 per couple
  • 12 & 26 April 2025 – from $7,995 Now $7,395 – Save $1,200 per couple

Please note, couple savings are based on a per person discount and subject to change.

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Tour Inclusions

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Meals as indicated within the itinerary; 14 breakfasts (B), and 9 dinners (D)
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Premium air-conditioned coach travel
  • All sightseeing, cruises, rail travel and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
  • The services of an experienced tour director

Pricing Notes

  • Advertised price based on per person, twin share
  • Price based on Summer 2023/24 departures
  • From price includes discount
  • Non-refundable deposit of $200 per person is due within 7 days of booking
  • Full non-refundable balance of tour payment will be advised at the time of booking
  • Full payment is required 100 days prior to departure
  • A single supplement is available on request
  • Price is subject to change unless paid in full

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 | Auckland (D)
Arrive in the ‘City of Sails’ and be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner as you get to know your fellow travellers.
Today we head through the Auckland suburbs to ride the vintage Glenbrook Steam Railway. Take a journey through the beautiful rural Franklin countryside before stopping at the Pukeoware Depot to explore the workshop, view other historic locomotives, and enjoy a morning tea. Re-board and travel back to Glenbrook before returning to Auckland by coach.
After breakfast, board your coach and head towards the Mamaku Ranges for a special rail experience. In Rotorua, visit Te Puia Cultural Centre, and tour the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute before an evening of traditional culture and food.
Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, and then enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore further or simply relax.
This morning, travel by coach to Otorohanga to board the Northern Explorer train for a captivating journey, past a variety of different landscapes. Afterwards, continue through to Ohakune where you will travel by coach to Wellington.
After breakfast today, set off on a sightseeing tour of the city’s best-loved landmarks and sights, including New Zealand’s national museum - Te Papa Tongarewa. This innovative and interactive museum celebrates the treasures of the country. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the city. Perhaps get a panoramic view of the city and harbour at the Mount Victoria Lookout. You may prefer to simply take a leisurely walk around the waterfront.
This morning, step aboard the Interislander ferry and cruise from Wellington Harbour across Cook Strait, through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Picton. You will then join the Coastal Pacific train to Kaikoura. Afterwards, re-board your coach and travel to Christchurch.
This morning after breakfast, you will enjoy your TranzAlpine journey, considered to be one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. You will follow the Waimakariri River and travel across the Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park. Upon arrival at Greymouth, you will disembark and travel by coach to the incredible natural surrounds at Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.
Enjoy a day of truly beautiful scenery as you travel to the alpine resort of Queenstown. Known as the country’s ‘adventure capital’. Queenstown is also renowned for its world-class culinary scene. This evening you may like to sample some of the region’s fresh flavours at one of the many restaurants in walking distance from your hotel (own expense).
Today you have the freedom to simply relax or choose one of Queenstown’s exciting experiences. For the adventurous, perhaps head out on a jet boat ride. The Shotover Jet Boat roars through dramatic river canyons within centimetres of sheer rock walls.
Follow The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. Today, enjoy a memorable cruise on Milford Sound. Cruise the full length of the fiord with views of waterfalls, dense rainforest and sheer cliffs.
Travel through spectacular Southland countryside from Pukerangi to Dunedin on the Taieri Gorge Railway. The train snakes through incredible landscapes on a track which highlights engineering marvels. The Taieri Gorge Railway is today’s highlight as you head to Dunedin but is subject to operating.
Today you will journey north to view the Moeraki Boulders before continuing to Oamaru. Afterwards, visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Later, arrive at your resort.
Head into the stunning scenery of Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Later, head back to Christchurch for a special Farewell Dinner.
Your tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.

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