19 Day Ultimate Rail & Coach Experience
19 Day Ultimate Rail & Coach Experience
Travel in style around New Zealand as you take in everything that this beautiful country has to offer by road, rail and water
Tour highlights
  • Travel by luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock while visiting the Bay of Islands
  • Enjoy a nostalgic trip on the Glenbrook Vintage Railway, including morning tea
  • Explore the mud pools and geysers at Rotorua before travelling the Thermal Explorer Highway
  • Journey over massive viaducts and spectacular gorges on the famous TranzAlpine line
  • Wake in one of the most beautiful places on earth following an overnight cruise on Milford Sound
  • Admire the incredible limestone caverns, waterfalls and mystery of the Glow Worm Grotto at Te Anau
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Day 1: Arrive Auckland
Arrive in Auckland where you will be transferred to your hotel ahead of the start of your trip
  • Crowne Plaza Auckland (D)
Days 2 & 3: Auckland – Bay of Islands
Leave Auckland and head north for the Parry Kauri Park to see an example of the Kauri Tree and to visit the Kauri Museum. The day ends with a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed by the British Crown and Maori Chiefs back in 1840. Finally, arrive at the hotel and enjoy some dinner. The following day is then free to take in one of the many optional activities around the Bay of Islands.
  • Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands (B)
Day 4: Bay of Islands – Auckland
Travel on a luxury cruise to Cape Brett to pay a visit to the famous Hole in the Rock and dolphin watching before bidding farewell to the Bay of Islands. Travel back south to Auckland before arriving at your hotel for a sumptuous dinner.
  • Crowne Plaza Auckland (B,D)
Days 5 & 6: Auckland – Rotorua
Leave Auckland for a city tour, beginning with the Glenbrook Vintage Railway and a trip down memory lane on a beautifully restored vintage steam train, with morning tea included. After lunch at Matamata, continue onwards  for a visit and photo opportunity at Paradise Valley before returning to your hotel for dinner. The following day, take a gondola ride to Cableway Restaurant before checking out the famous mud pools and geysers at Te Puia. A traditional Maori Hangi, where food is cooked using heated rocks buried in a pit oven, and a concert bring the curtain down on your time in the town.
  • Regent of Rotorua (Day 5: B,L,D – Day 6: B,HD)
Days 7 & 8: Rotorua – Wellington
Leaving Rotorua, travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the Huka Falls, where you can see the spectacular sight of 220,000 litres of clear blue water blasting by every second. Continuing on to Lake Taupo, and after a visit to the Southward Car Museum, the next stop is Wellington where the following day you can explore the city after Te Papa.
  • InterContinental Wellington (Day 7: B,D – Day 8: B)
Days 9 & 10: Wellington – Christchurch
Drive via Lewis down the coast and across the Northern Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, where the following day you will be taken on a city tour before visiting the International Antarctic Centre. The afternoon is then yours to spend at your leisure to enjoy a city tour or board the Christchurch tram to see more of the area.
  • The George (Day 9: B,D – Day 10: B)
Day 11: Christchurch – Fox Glacier
Board the famous TranzAlpine for a trip known as one of the great train journeys in the world. Travel over huge viaducts and through spectacular gorges as you travel through Arthur’s Pass in the middle of the Southern Alps. After your train journey, return to the coach to travel onwards to Hokitika and Franz Josef where you can visit Fox Glacier, with the opportunity of an optional scenic flight over the spectacular glaciers.
  • Distinction Fox Glacier (B,D)
Days 12 & 13: Fox Glacier – Queenstown
Take in the beauty of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast and journey through the stunning Haast Pass before arriving in Queenstown. The remainder of the evening and the following day are free for you to explore at your leisure before a trip onboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw allows you to cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Here, enjoy a feature dinner in the Colonel’s Homestead.
  • Millennium Hotel, Queensland (Day 12: B – Day 13: B,HD)
Day 14: Queenstown – Milford Sound
Travel to Arrowtown for a visit to the Lakes District Museum before journeying on to Te Anau to visit the stunning Milford Sound. Boarding the Milford Mariner, you’ll enjoy an overnight cruise that allows you to experience the spectacular waterfalls, rainforests and mountains that surround this most beautiful of locations.
  • Milford Mariner (B,D)
Day 15: Milford Sound – Te Anau
After a hearty breakfast onboard the Mariner, head out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) to explore more of the fiord before returning to the Wharf to meet the coach and continue your trip. After the scenic drive to Te Anau, take a cruise on the lake to visit the Glow Worm Caves to admire incredible limestone caverns and waterfalls, and gaze at the mystery of the Glow Worm Grotto.
  • Distinction Hotel & Villas (B,D)
Days 16 & 17: Te Anau – Dunedin
Leave Te Anau and head to Dunedin via Gore and Balclutha. Having arrived at the 'Edinburgh of the South', embark on a Seasider Dunedin to Waitati adventure. The following day, take an informative city tour that includes a visit to Olveston House – a historic home dating back to the early 1900s.  An optional afternoon tour by train of the Taieri Gorge is followed by transfer to your hotel.
  • Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (B,D)
Day 18: Dunedin – Christchurch
Travel to the town of Oamaru to explore the Victorian Precinct of shops, galleries and museums before continuing on to Christchurch for a farewell dinner.
  • The George (B,HD)
Day 19: Depart Christchurch
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
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  • 18 nights accommodation
  • Sightseeing & touring as shown
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast,L=lunch, D=dinner)
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