Trip Overview…

The 7-night rail holiday really is the essential experience for any visitor to New Zealand.

Combine the vibrant and diverse cities of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch together with the 3 scenic rail journeys and unforgettable Inter-islander Ferry crossing, this great rail adventure will live long in the memory!

Package Includes


  • Discover the rich maritime history and the home of the Flat White coffee in cosmopolitan Auckland
  • Marvel at Volcanic peaks onboard The Northern Explorer Train
  • Spot Whales and Sea Lions from the comfort of Coastal Pacific Train
  • Cross the Southern Alps onboard the Tranz Alpine Train
  • Have your camera ready for the world’s most breath-taking ferry crossings aboard the Interislander ferry.
  • Learn about the rich history of this amazing land in the National Museum – Te Papa

Rail & Hotel Included:

  • All rail and coach journeys as per the itinerary including:
  • The Northern Explorer Train
  • Coastal Pacific Train
  • Tranz Alpine Train
  • All hotel and station transfers as per the itinerary
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Auckland
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Wellington
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Christchurch

Tours & Inclusions:

  • Seats aboard the Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton
  • Half day city tour of Auckland
  • One Hour guided tour of Te Papa in Wellington
  • Private airport transfers

At a glance

8 days
Departing May 22 – Sep 23
From AUD$

Your Itinerary


You will be met on your arrival on this amazing country and driven to your hotel to check in. Spend the rest of the day acclimatizing with this vibrant city and its beautiful harbour. The ‘City of Sails’ as its affectionally known as is full of world class restaurants to enjoy dinner. (Overnight Auckland)


Continue exploring Auckland today, starting with an extensive morning tour. Cross the Harbour Bridge and sample an authentic Flat White and a stroll on the beach in Devonport, then pay a visit to the Fish market for some delicious nibbles, and the pretty Viaduct Harbour. Here you could wander around the Auckland museum to discover its rich history, then enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure. (Overnight Auckland) B


Its an early start this morning as you are collected from your hotel and transferred to the station for a journey aboard the Northern Explorer Train* to Wellington. The train ploughs through some amazing and diverse scenery, from rolling countryside to the volcanic mountains of the Tongariro National Park and across the Central Plateau before arriving in the capital city. (Overnight Wellington) B

**Please note that the Northern Explorer only operates on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.


Following breakfast head over to Te Papa – New Zealand’s amazing National Museum where you have a one hour guided tour included. Then explorer at your own leisure. The cable-car to Kelburn is certainly a highlight as would be a tour of the impressive Parliament Buildings. (Overnight Wellington) B


Today you are escorted to the ferry terminal then cross the legendary Cook Strait onboard the Inter-islander ferry. Once across this busy and unpredictable stretch of water you will enjoy some jaw dropping scenery as the ship navigates the Fjord like Queen Charlotte Sound to Picton. From here take the scenic Coastal Pacific Train* down the pacific coastline to Christchurch where you will be escorted to your hotel. (Overnight Christchurch) B

**The Coastal Pacific is a seasonal train, running from Spring (October) through to Autumn (April). Between April-October, the rail service will be replaced by coach


Enjoy a day exploring ‘the most English city outside England’ today. Be sure to pay the Botanic Gardens a visit and ride the historic tram around the city. Also don’t miss the Canterbury Museum and the Christchurch Art Gallery. (Overnight Christchurch) B


You are collected this morning and transferred to the station for the early departure of the Tranz-Alpine train and one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. Travelling west crossing the Canterbury Plains, the train slowly ascends through spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River and on to Arthurs Pass. From here it heads into the Southern Alps where the views are breath-taking at times, prior to hitting the coast. Grab some lunch in this atmospheric old mining town before getting back on the train to make your way back to Christchurch. (Overnight Christchurch) B


Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before taking your car the airport for your flight home, or to continue your travels elsewhere. B


Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Please call for pricing.
Price based on May – Sep 22 departure
Maximum Flexibility
With Maximum Flexibility, we give travellers who book new reservations through 30 September 2021, the option to change their travel dates or cancel their rail holiday up to 5 days prior to departure without incurring any change or cancellation fees. Any existing reservations can be rescheduled up to 5 days prior to departure without incurring any change or cancellation fees.
Customers will be issued a future travel credit, which is valid for 24 months and can be used toward a new reservation with any of our brands, destinations, and itineraries for any travel date and length of trip without penalty*.
*Additional restrictions may apply for any rail vacations that include Cruises, Belmond, Rocky Mountaineer, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions, The Blue Train, El Transcantábrico, Tsars Gold, or other luxury trains. Please be aware that certain arrangements may not be amended after they have been confirmed and any alteration could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that portion of the travel arrangements.
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