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.
Day 2 | Auckland - Day trip to Glenbrook Steam Railway (B)
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.
Day 4 | Rotorua (B)
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.
Day 5 | Rotorua - Otorohanga - Northern Explorer Train - Ohakune - Wellington (B,D)
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.
Day 6 | Wellington (B)
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.
Day 8 | Christchurch - TranzAlpine Train - Greymouth - Fox Glacier (B, D)
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.
Day 9 | Fox Glacier - Queenstown (B)
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).
Day 10 | Queenstown (B)
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.
Day 11 | Queenstown - Milford Sound - Te Anau (B, D)
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.
Day 12 | Te Anau - Taieri Gorge Railway - Dunedin (B, D)
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.
Day 13 | Dunedin - Lake Tekapo (B, D)
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.
Day 14 | Lake Tekapo - Aoraki Mount Cook - Christchurch (B, D)
Head into the stunning scenery of Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Later, head back to Christchurch for a special Farewell Dinner.
Day 15 | Christchurch (B)
Your tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.
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