New Zealand Rail Adventure

15 Day Rail Journey from Auckland to Christchurch with Travelmarvel

Read 3 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 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: Ride the historic Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train.
3 Auckland, Rail Cruise Experience, Rotorua
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 Māori Arts and Crafts Institute before an evening of traditional culture and food. Stay Two Nights: Sudima Rotorua (B/D)

Insider Experience: Enjoy a unique self-drive Rail Cruising experience. In your hybrid vehicle, you will have a first-class view of the ranges, with an audio guide to inform you about the region.
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
This morning, travel by coach to Otorohanga to board the Northern Explorer train. Afterwards, continue through to Ohakune where you will travel by coach to Wellington. Stay Two Nights: Travelodge Hotel Wellington (B/D)

Insider Experience: Ride 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: View the beautiful Pacific coastline from the Coastal Pacific Train.
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: On 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.
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
Today you have the freedom to simply relax or choose one of Travelmarvel's exciting Select 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. (B)
11 Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau
Follow The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. Today, enjoy a memorable cruise on Milford Sound. Stay: Kingsgate Te Anau (B/D)

Insider Experience: Cruise the full length of Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with views of waterfalls, dense rainforest and sheer cliffs.
12 Te Anau, Dunedin
The Taieri Gorge Railway is today's highlight as you head to Dunedin. Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City (B/D)

Insider Experience: Travel through spectacular Southland countryside from Dunedin to Pukerangi on the Taieri Gorge Railway. The train snakes through incredible landscapes on a track which highlights engineering marvels.
13 Dunedin, Seasider Train, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo
Ride the Seasider Train, and journey north to view the Moeraki Boulders. Rejoin your coach to Oamaru and visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of immense Lake Tekapo. Later, arrive at your resort. 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 Aoraki/Mt Cook, Christchurch
Head into the stunning scenery of Aoraki/ Mt Cook National Park. Later, head back to Christchurch for a special Farewell Dinner. Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel (B/D)

Insider Experience: View majestic Aoraki/Mt Cook, the highest point in Australasia.
15 Depart Christchurch
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 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 (3)

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

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“New Zealand Highlights”
- QLD, Australia Feb 2020 View Photo

Tour group was excellent and well managed by Travelmarvel. What could have been frustrating was organised well with the way bus seat rotation was implemented - everyone was happy. We travelled over 4000km and had a good taste of the country and culture with excellent information, much of it humorous, from the tour leader. We would have enjoyed more photo opportunities but the roads just did not allow a large bus to park safely at times. For the length of the tour time spent in places was more

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“Fabulous tour of New Zealand”
- United Kingdom Nov 2019 View Photo

Our Tour Director and both drivers ensured that we had an excellent rail tour of New Zealand. The APT tour was varied and enjoyable, with well-paced days and something for everyone. The hotels were good, most of the included breakfasts and dinners were of a good standard and the hotels well located for when we had personal time. Couldn't expect any more from a tour (and we've done maybe 15) so we would be happy to travel with APT again in the future. Jemma at Global Journeys was excellent in more

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“Trains till you drop”
- 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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