New Zealand Rail Adventure

15 Day Rail Journey from Auckland to Christchurch with Travelmarvel

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Travelmarvel's 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure. Embrace New Zealand by rail as you journey through the North & South Islands on this Land Journey. Discover the majestic landscapes of the countryside while traveling onboard more

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1 Arrive Auckland
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. Stay Two Nights: Rydges Auckland (D)
2 Auckland, Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train
This morning travel to Glenbrook. 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)

Insider Experience: Board the Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train.
3 Auckland, Rail Cruise Experience, Rotorua
After breakfast, board your coach and head towards the Mamaku Ranges near Rotorua. In Rotorua, visit Te Puia Cultural Centre, and tour the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. Stay Two Nights: Sudima Rotorua (B/D)

Insider Experience: Enjoy a unique self-drive Rail Cruising experience. In a hybrid vehicle, you will have a front row seat to the view of the ranges with an audio guide to educate you on the region as well.
4 Rotorua
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)
5 Rotorua, The Northern Explorer Train, Wellington
Continue through to Ohakune where you will travel by coach to Wellington. Stay Two Nights: Travelodge Hotel Wellington (B/D)

Insider Experience: Board the Northern Explorer Train for a captivating journey, past a variety of different landscapes.
6 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. (B)
7 Wellington, Picton, Coastal Pacific Train, Christchurch
This morning, step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise from Wellington Harbour across Cook Strait and through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Picton. After your Coastal Pacific journey re-board your coach to travel to Christchurch. Stay: Christchurch, Quality Hotel Elms (B/D)

Insider Experience: Board the Coastal Pacific Train and enjoy a thrilling journey past the picturesque landscapes of the enchanting South Island's rugged east coast.
8 Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Fox Glacier
This morning after breakfast, journey along 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. Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (B/D)

Insider Experience: Board the renowned TranzAlpine train for what is considered to be one of the world's greatest rail adventures.
9 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)
10 Queenstown
During time at leisure today, you have the freedom to simply relax or choose one of Travelmarvel's exciting optional experiences. For the more adventurous, perhaps you would like to head out on a thrilling jet boat ride. The Shotover Jet Boat allows you to take a ride through dramatic canyons in a truly unique fashion. (B)
11 Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau
Follow The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. Stay: Kingsgate Te Anau (B/D)

Insider Experience: Cruise Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with views of waterfalls, dense rainforest and sheer cliffs.
12 Te Anau, Dunedin
The train snakes through incredible landscapes to the city of Dunedin. Stay: Mercure Leisure Lodge (B/D)

Insider Experience: Travel through the spectacular Southland countryside to Pukerangi where you will board the Taieri Gorge Railway, one of the world's greatest train trips.
13 Dunedin, Seasider Train, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo
Rejoin your coach to Oamaru and discover some of New Zealand's finest 19th-century architecture. Journey north to view the unusual Moeraki Boulders scattered along a stretch of Koekohe Beach. Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort (B/D)

Insider Experience: Board the Seasider Train today and travel along the edge of the Otago Harbour, and along the Pacific Coast.
14 Lake Tekapo, Christchurch
Today visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd. Later, head back to Christchurch where you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel (B/D)
15 Depart Christchurch
Your tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport. (B)

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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 Hāngī Feast in Rotorua
  • Travel on The Northern Explorer train
  • Board the Coastal Pacific and see the Kaikoura coast by rail
  • Take the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • Cruise Milford Sound and enjoy spectacular views
  • Enjoy the journey to Dunedin on the Taieri Gorge Railway
  • Ride the Seasider Train along the Pacific coast
  • Experience stunning views in 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
  • All sightseeing, cruises, rail travel and entrance fees as specified
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day
Included Meals
  • Includes 23 meals - 14 breakfasts and 9 dinners
  • Special Welcome and Farewell Dinners
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Prices are for land/rail only. Flights not included

Reviews (1)

15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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- QLD, Australia Feb 2018 View Photo

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, more

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