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New Zealand's Ultimate Rail, Cruise & Coach Tour

This fully escorted small group luxury tour combines rail, coach & an exclusive overnight cruise. Perfect for those who wish to enjoy the best of New Zealand at a relaxed pace. A traditional Maori concert and feast and a visit to the ancient glaciers of the West Coast are just some of the highlights of this spectacular New Zealand adventure.

Milford Sound Overnight Cruise, Five Rail Journeys, Dolphin Cruise, Maori Culture, Thermal Rotorua, Interislander Ferry, Antarctic Centre, Earnslaw Steam Boat, Glow Worm Caves, Larnach Castle.

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Itinerary

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1
Welcome to Auckland New Zealand

‘Haere Mai’ … Welcome to New Zealand!

You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel and, depending at what time you'll arrive, will then have some time to explore the city of Auckland before meeting your travelling companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink.

Some Activities and Sightseeing Options Available are:

Explore Waiheke Island Island Kayaking Adventure America’s Cup Sailing
Auckland's Sky Tower Relax on the Beach Rangitoto Island Cruise & Walk
West Coast Wine Tour Whale and Dolphin Safari Muriwai Surf Beach

 

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation Auckland - 1 night

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Auckland - Bay of Islands

Depart Auckland and travel to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe then pass through Whangarei to Paihia. Enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Bay of Island - 2 nights

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Bay Of Islands at Leisure

Enjoy your free day in the beautiful Bay of Islands and choose from the many optional activities available, including a Cape Reinga Coach trip via 90 Mile Beach  or a spectacular scenic flight. As the evening is also free,  you may enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Excursions available in the Bay of Islands:

Historical Island Cruise Diving Rainbow Warrior 4WD Adventure Cape Reinga
Sailing the Islands Dolphin Swimming Giant Kauri Forest Walk
Cultural Tour of Waitangi Golf at Kauri Cliffs Sea Kayaking the Bay

 

Meals: Breakfast

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Bay of Islands - Auckland

Your morning starts aboard a luxury catamaran to cruise around Cape Brett and the famous 'Hole in the Rock'. After returning to Paihia, farewell the Bay of Islands and drive south via Whangarei, Wellsford and Warkworth to Auckland. Enjoy a short city tour and free time before transferring to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Auckland - 1 night

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Auckland - Rotorua

Depart Auckland and travel to Glenbrook Vintage Railway for a nostalgic 15 kilometre trip back in time on a beautifully restored vintage steam train. Visit the restoration workshop and on return to Glenbrook Station, morning tea will be served. Depart Glenbrook and travel through magnificent countryside to Longlands Restaurant & Farm. Enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch hosted by a rural New Zealand family. Next, continue to Rotorua and visit Paradise Valley Springs, a superb wildlife park where you can see and learn about our famous kiwi bird.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation Rotorua - 2 night

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Rotorua

Today begins with a Gondola ride to Cableway Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. Travel to the Agrodome where you see performing sheep, a shearing display and sheep dog trial. Enjoy some free time before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome Geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.

Meals: Breakfast and Specialty Dinner

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Rotorua - Wellington

Travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the spectacular Huka Falls. Continue to Lake Taupo for some free time to enjoy this scenic lakeside town. Travel via the Tongariro National Park and this afternoon visit Southward Car Museum, home to a comprehensive collection of veteran and vintage cars. Enjoy afternoon tea before continuing south along the Kapiti Coast to Wellington.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Wellington - 2 night

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Wellington

Enjoy an extensive city tour in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. A highlight will be a guided tour of New Zealand’s National Museum Te Papa, with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. Enjoy free time at leisure this afternoon.

Some suggested outings around Wellington.

National Museum - Te Papa Visit Cuba Street Weta Workshop Tour
Zealandia Wildlife Reserve  Wellington Cable Car
 
Carter Observatory 

Meals: Breakfast

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Wellington - Christchurch

This morning board the Interislander Ferry, cross Cook Strait and travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific, a truly spectacular rail journey that showcases the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side and the rugged scenic coastline on the other. Travel through numerous tunnels and across several bridges before departing the train in Kaikoura. We then catch our ultimate coach across Canterbury Plains into Christchurch.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Christchurch - 2 night

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Christchurch

Today we enjoy an introductory tour of Christchurch City and onwards to the Antarctic Centre which was designed to provide an insight into the life within Antarctica. The afternoon is yours to relax in the atmosphere of your lodge.

Some Suggested Activities If You Have Time

Easygoing Cycling Tour Punting the Avon River Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise
Māori Cultural Evening French Akaroa Tour Southern Alps Ballooning
Christchurch Gondola Clearwater Golf Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike

Meals: Breakfast

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Christchurch - Fox Glacier

This morning we board the TranzAlpine, renowned for being one of the top rail journeys in the world, traveling through the great Southern Alps to Arthur's Pass. Afterwards, we board our coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before we continue through Franz Josef to Fox Glacier.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Fox Glacier - 1 night

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Fox Glacier- Queenstown

See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation Queenstown - 2 night

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Queenstown at leisure

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown. Your Tour Guide and Coach Captain are available to assist with the many options available. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back and relax, as you are treated to the best of New Zealand’s high country cuisine in the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano on your return cruise.

Recommended Excursions in Queenstown:

Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk Explore Historic Arrowtown Highest Bungy Jump
Wine Tasting Tour Central Otago Biking Skippers Canyon Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
TSS Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise Dart River Jetboat Safari Gibbston Valley Wine Trail
 

Meals: Breakfast and Specialty Dinner

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Queenstown - Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

This morning travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via Te Anau to Milford Sound and board the Milford Mariner for your overnight cruise. Enjoy the fiord's spectacular waterfalls, rainforest and mountains - and with a bit of luck you may encounter dolphins and penguins as well. This evening enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, prepared from your onboard chef.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Milford Sound - 1 night

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Milford Sound - Te Anau

After a hearty breakfast aboard you will explore more of the stunning scenery (weather permitting) and later on board your Ultimate Coach to enjoy the scenic drive to Te Anau. In the afternoon you'll cross Lake Te Anau to visit the famous Glow Worm Caves.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Te Anau - 1 night 

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Te Anau - Dunedin

Travel via Gore and Balclutha to Dunedin for an informative city tour including a visit to Olveston House, a prestigious historic home. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation Dunedin - 2 night

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Dunedin

Travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle for a guided tour. Visit Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens, view the superb collection of flowers followed by a delightful morning tea. Return to the city for some free time before boarding The Taieri Gorge Railway for a journey through spectacular scenery only accessible by rail. On return to Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station your coach will transfer you to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

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Dunedin - Christchurch

Travel to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. After a true Victorian welcome, enjoy an informative update on this unique Precinct. Continue to The Plains Vintage Railway to experience a ‘K‘88 Steam Locomotive at work, view informative displays and enjoy a delightful afternoon tea before travelling to Christchurch. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Meals: Breakfast and Specialty Dinner

Accommodation Christchurch - 1 night

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Homeward Bound

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!

There maybe time for some last minute excursions or shopping before making your way for your outbound flight. Our promise is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Some Suggested Activities If You Have Time

Easygoing Cycling Tour Punting the Avon River Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise
Māori Cultural Evening French Akaroa Tour Southern Alps Ballooning
Christchurch Gondola Clearwater Golf Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike

Meals: Breakfast