15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure

Travelmarvel Rail Journey starting in Auckland and finishing in Christchurch

Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Travelmarvel's 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure. Discover some of the world's most captivating scenery from the comfort of your carriage on board some incredible trains including the Taieri Gorge Railway and the TransAlpine...read more
Operator: Travelmarvel
Type: Rail Journey (Affordable)
Max Group Size: 48
Duration: 15 Days
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Tour Code: NTR15
Visits: New Zealand
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Arrive Auckland
Arrive in the 'City of Sails' and be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner. Stay Two Nights: Rydges Auckland (D)
Auckland, Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train
This morning travel to Glenbrook and board the Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train. 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. (B)
Auckland, Rail Cruise Experience, Rotorua, Hangi Feast
After breakfast board your coach and head towards the Mamaku Ranges near Rotorua for a unique self-drive Rail Cruising experience. In a hybrid vehicle, you will have a front row seat to the view of the spectacular ranges with an audio guide to educate you on the region as well. In Rotorua, visit Te Puia Cultural Centre, and tour the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. This evening enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast which includes a Maori cultural performance. Stay Two Nights: Rydges Rotorua (B/D)
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. (B)
Rotorua, The Northern Explorer Train, Wellington
This morning, travel by coach to Otorohanga then board The Northern Explorer Train for a captivating journey, past a variety of different landscapes. Continue through to Ohakune where you will travel by coach to Wellington. Stay Two Nights: Travelodge Hotel Wellington (B/D)
This morning, set off on a sightseeing tour of the city's best-loved landmarks and sights, including New Zealand's national museum - Te Papa Tongarewa. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the city. (B)
Wellington, Picton, Coastal Pacific Train, Christchurch
This morning step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise from Wellington Harbour across the Cook Strait and through the natural beauty of the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Picton. Here, you'll board the Coastal Pacific Train and enjoy a thrilling journey past the picturesque landscapes of the enchanting South Island's rugged east coast with sensational views to keep you company the entire way. Arrive in Kaikoura and re-board your coach to travel to the South Island's largest city, Christchurch. Stay: Christchurch, Quality Hotel Elms (B/D)
Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Fox Glacier
This morning, board the TranzAlpine train for what is considered one of the world's greatest rail adventures. Follow the Waimakariri River and travel across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthur's Pass National Park. Disembark at Greymouth and travel by coach to Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (B/D)
Fox Glacier, Queenstown
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). Stay Two Nights: Queenstown, Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview (B)
Today, during time at leisure, you have the freedom to simply relax or choose one of Travelmarvel's exciting optional experiences (own expense). (B)
Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau
Follow The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. Today, cruise Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with views of waterfalls, dense rainforest and sheer cliffs. Stay: Kingsgate Te Anau (B/D)
Te Anau, Dunedin
This morning travel through the spectacular Southland countryside to Pukerangi where you will board the Taieri Gorge Railway, one of the world's greatest train trips. The train snakes through tunnels and over bridges as it makes its way through incredible landscapes to Dunedin. Known as the Edinburgh of the south, Dunedin was planned in Scotland and still maintains its grand Victorian heritage. Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (B/D)
Dunedin, Seasider Train, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo
This morning, board the Seasider Train. Travel along the edge of the Otago Harbour before climbing the gentle slopes of Port Chalmers and along the pacific coast, before disembarking at Palmerston and rejoining the coach to continue to Oamaru. Journey north to view the unusual Moeraki Boulders. These large spherical stones, formed over 60 million years ago, can be found along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the Otago Coast. Head into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia's highest mountain, Mt Cook before staying at Lake Tekapo. Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort (B/D)
Lake Tekapo, Christchurch
Today visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Built of locally gathered stone and oak, this charming church was erected as a tribute to the early pioneers of the region. Take a moment to reflect from inside the church and appreciate the breathtaking views that it offers. Later, head back to Christchurch where you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel (B/D)
Depart Christchurch
This morning your tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport. (B)
Travelmarvel Inclusions
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Journey Highlights
  • Take a ride aboard the Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train
  • Experience a unique self-drive Rail Cruise
  • Dine in traditional style with a Hangi Feast in Rotorua
  • Travel on The Northern Explorer train
  • See the South Island's rugged east coast on board the Coastal Pacific train
  • Take the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • Cruise the spectacular Milford Sound
  • Enjoy the journey to Dunedin on the Taieri Gorge Railway
  • Ride the Seasider Train along the Pacific coast
  • Visit Aoraki Mt Cook National Park
Trip Inclusions
  • 14 nights in premium accommodation
  • The services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and experienced Driver
  • Premium air-conditioned coach travel
  • Special Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • All sightseeing, cruises, rail travel and entrance fees as specified
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day
Included Meals
  • Includes 23 meals - Enjoy 14 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners and 3 Feature Dinners 
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Itinerary effective from 8 October 2017 to 11 March 2018. Tours outside of these dates follow a different itinerary
  • This tour is operated solely by Travelmarvel
  • Prices are for land/rail only. Flights not included
Travelmarvel Reviews: (254)
Tours on Sale: 129
Tour Accommodation: 4 Star
Tour Average Age: 45-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours & River Cruises
Budget: Premium & Affordable
Destinations: Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, New Zealand, South & Central America, USA
Reviews (2)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on New Zealand Rail Adventure with Travelmarvel.
VIC, Australia
Nov 2018
1 Trip
“New Zealand Rail Experience - mostly coach unfortunately!”
Booking With Global Journeys
We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. New Zealand is an amazing country and the scenery, especially within the mountainous and volcanic regions, is just mind-blowing. We were very fortunate with the weather, snow and ice in the South Island mountains and whilst we were on the North Island the rain seemed to be mostly a couple of days behind us, leaving us with mostly sunny skies and low 20s.

The description of the trip was misleading and we expected far more train and a lot less coach. On the positive side the coach driver (Trent) was exceptional and also kept us entertained with his commentary and jokes. We were however disappointed that on two occasions we were given a short train ride experience and then spent hours on the bus following the train line rather than riding the train. That said the TranzAlpine and other train experiences were in general exceptional.

On the negative side we felt somehow excluded from the rest of the group which significantly detracted from our holiday. On more than one occasion we did not receive the tour communication that all the others in the group did, and we even spoke to the Tour Director (Sharon) and suggested she should make certain that all the group paperwork was received by all the tour participants.

Sharon should really have been more communicative with her commentary also, frequently advising the coach of objects and places well before they were visible and also talking far too much about herself and her own circumstances rather than the more generic explanation. She also abandoned the standard coach seat rotation after the first 2 days leading to the same people seated in the front part of the coach and others in the rear part. Not important except that photo opportunities are much better through the front than the side windows. We also felt that on two occasions Sharon changed the tour itinerary largely to suit her own purposes, resulting in an afternoon free in Dunedin, and much reduced time at Mt. Cook exchanged for over 3 hours walking around Christchurch waiting for our hotel to be ready. These changes were made without consultation and, we suspect, so that Sharon could meet with her contractors and other friends.

Described as 4 star accommodation most of the hotels were of a reasonable to good standard with the notable exception of two. The Rydges Rotorua was abysmal. Our room was really dirty and with furniture that simply did not work. Filthy carpets and broken fittings were also a feature. Old, we can live with, but there is no excuse for dirty! The food was not good either and far from the standard expected. We experienced similar, although not so obvious at Te Anau where the hotel room had cobwebs in the corners and the bed sheets were not clean (hairs in bed- yuk!). Again the breakfast was very poor and the dinner the previous evening was also a big disappointment. We were asked to stagger our mealtimes to allow the chef to better cater so we chose to go a little later, however the food was the same as at the start of service, just now congealed and cold.

I have already conveyed these comments to APT/Travelmarvel and I believe they will take them on board, however it is clear that if you advertise a rail tour it should not be 80% by coach! To leave the entire group to fend for itself in Christchurch on the last afternoon for 2-3 hours is not acceptable. Fortunately it was not raining but there were less able individuals in the group who were less than impressed. Finally to ask for a donation to the coach driver's expenses was not in my view acceptable. We had already decided to have a whip-round for a tip for both of them anyway without a subtly disguised hint!

We will likely tour again with APT/Travelmarvel as they did a good job generally, next time we will be more world wise and careful however.
QLD, Australia
Feb 2018
“Trains till you drop”
Booking With Global Journeys
We had a great time. Everything went very smoothly. Luckily we were just ahead of a cyclone, and therefore we had some great weather. Some days the weather looked a bit dull, but by the time we arrived at the train station it always seemed to fine up. Unexpectedly we had a dusting of snow around Queenstown and also Mt Cook. We took some wonderful photos.

Our Guide Sharon and Driver Wayne (always had a tall tale to tell) were very good. The coach was always clean, our group was always on time leaving our accommodation, even though we had some older ladies in their 80's. Such a lot to see and do in such a short time. We also had some free time to explore on our own which was good.
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