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New Zealand Rail Adventure: Value Plus Escorted Vacation

Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,846

Hop aboard and rediscover the romance of rail travel, taking in some of the world's truly remarkable landscapes from a unique vantage point on this escorted vacation including travel on the Northern Explorer train from Auckland to Wellington, the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth plus other great New Zealand rail experiences.


This 15-day New Zealand trip focuses on the country’s railways, taking you from Auckland, the country’s largest city, around the South Island, all the way to Christchurch.

Auckland is commonly said to be one of the world’s most liveable cities, and welcomes you to New Zealand with a trip to Glenbrook via the Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train. Then go on to Rotorua, where you’ll visit the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, and see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley before ending the day with a traditional Hangi feast, Maori style. This is New Zealand’s natural geothermal laboratory, where geysers and bubbling mud pools dot the landscape. The following day, visit the Agrodome for a sheep shearing demonstration and dog trial.

Transfer to Wellington, then climb aboard the Northern Explorer Train to see some of the beautiful surrounding country. The following day, take a sightseeing tour of Wellington, including Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum. Spend the rest of the day exploring ‘the world’s coolest capital city.’ With more cafes and bars per capita than New York City, Wellington is a town that takes its leisure time seriously, so you’ll have no shortage of options when it comes to enjoying yours.

Board the ferry for your crossing to the South Island. Upon reaching Christchurch, you’ll board what may be the most impressive train journey in New Zealand, the TranzAlpine. Cross the South Island through the Southern Alps and Arthur’s Pass, bound for the spectacular West Coast. Spend the night at Fox Glacier, one of two massive accessible sheets of slow-moving ice working their way down the West Coast.

Wind through the mountains and Haast Pass to Queenstown, the ‘adventure capital’ of New Zealand. With a full day at leisure, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to take a ride on the Shotover Jet Boat, zip line through the rainforest, learning about its ecology, or just walk or bike around Lake Wakatipu. The following day, take perhaps the most spectacular day trip one can take from Queenstown, to Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a cruise through this mighty fjord. Spend the night in charming Te Anau, giving you time to relax instead of taking the long drive back to Queenstown.

Your next stop, Dunedin is the most Scottish town in New Zealand, and a major university town as well. Take theTaleri Gorge Railway to enjoy the landscapes of the Otago wine region, then spend a delightful evening (perhaps tasting its riches) in the ‘Edinburgh of the South.’ In the morning, take the Seasider around Otago Harbour and up the Pacific coast before turning inland toward Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. You’ll also visit Lake Tekapo before returning to Christchurch for a farewell dinner, flying home the next day.


 

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,846

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Day 1

Arrive Auckland

Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Rydges Auckland

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    Rydges Auckland



    The hotel's close proximity to the centre of the city make it ideal for both business and leisure, with the Casino and the Viaduct's thriving bars and restaurants just a short walk away. And for exploring beyond downtown Auckland, access to the motorway system is ...

    The hotel's close proximity to the centre of the city make it ideal for both business and leisure, with the Casino and the Viaduct's thriving bars and restaurants just a short walk away. And for exploring beyond downtown Auckland, access to the motorway system is close at hand. Rooms at Rydges Auckland are designed to exude warmth and sublime comfort. All rooms enjoy views of the inner city, while some enjoy sweeping views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the picturesque Waitemata Harbour.

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    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
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    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Auckland, Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train

Travel to Glenbrook and board the Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train. This iconic locomotive will take you on a journey through the Franklin countryside before stopping at the Pukeoware Depot. Reboard the train and travel back to Glenbrook, before returning to Auckland by coach.

Insider Experience
Board the Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train for a picturesque train journey.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Auckland, Rail Cruise Experience, Rotorua

After breakfast, board your coach and head towards the Mamaku Ranges near Rotorua. Later in Rotorua, pay a visit to Te Puia, where a tour of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute will reveal the region's heritage and customs. You will also see the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness the natural erupting geysers and bubbling mud pools.

Insider Experience
Delight in a unique self-drive Rail Cruising experience. In a hybrid vehicle, you will have a front-row seat to views of the spectacular mountain ranges, with an audio guide to educate you on the region as well.

Insider Experience
Enjoy a traditional Hangi feast which includes a stirring Maori cultural performance.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

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    Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua



    Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, Sudima Lake Rotorua is the largest hotel in Rotorua. Adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa, Rotorua Museum and Government Gardens, the hotel is a short stroll from Rotorua's vibrant city centre, Convention Centre and the Energy ...

    Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, Sudima Lake Rotorua is the largest hotel in Rotorua. Adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa, Rotorua Museum and Government Gardens, the hotel is a short stroll from Rotorua's vibrant city centre, Convention Centre and the Energy Events Centre. Sudima Lake Rotorua offers 250 guest rooms in a range of accommodation options, many with superb views across Lake Rotorua.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Golf
    • Laundry facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa

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Day 4

Rotorua

Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage. Your sightseeing here continues today with a visit to one of New Zealand's best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, with its entertaining sheep shearing demonstration, dog trials and animal nursery. The afternoon has been left free for you to discover the region independently. Voted New Zealand's most beautiful city six times, Rotorua is filled with fascinating attractions and surrounded by natural wonders, so you won't find it difficult to fill your time. The city is situated beside the sparkling blue waters of Lake Rotorua, so you may like to take a stroll through the vibrant streets down to the foreshore, or take a dip in the mineral hot springs for a relaxing end to the day.

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Day 5

Rotorua, The Northern Explorer Train, Wellington

This morning, enjoy a special rail experience. You'll pass a variety of different landscapes including rolling green countryside and the captivating volcanic plateau within Tongariro National Park. You'll see quaint country towns and marvel at three snow-capped volcanic peaks jutting out of thick beech forests. Continue through to the small town of Ohakune where a coach will be waiting to take you to Wellington. Enjoy dinner with your group tonight.

Insider Experience
Travel by coach to Otorohanga then board The Northern Explorer Train for a captivating journey.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Travelodge Wellington

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    Travelodge Wellington



    Travelodge Wellington is an ideal place to stay for any traveller. The hotel is situated in the town centre and is just a short stroll to cafes, shops and the beautiful Wellington harbour. Visitors to Wellington can enjoy close access to the Te Papa Tongarewa ...

    Travelodge Wellington is an ideal place to stay for any traveller. The hotel is situated in the town centre and is just a short stroll to cafes, shops and the beautiful Wellington harbour. Visitors to Wellington can enjoy close access to the Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the Museum of Wellington's City and Sea. The hotel offers 132 spacious rooms.

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    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 6

Wellington

This morning, set off on a sightseeing tour of the city's best-loved sights, including New Zealand's national museum - Te Papa Tongarewa. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore as you please.

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Day 7

Wellington, Picton, Coastal Pacific Train, Christchurch

After two exciting Insider Experiences, arrive in Kaikoura and reboard your coach to travel to the South Island's largest city, Christchurch.

Insider Experience
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.

Insider Experience
Board the Coastal Pacific Train and enjoy a thrilling journey past the picturesque landscapes of the South Island's rugged east coast with sensational views to keep you company along the way.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Quality Hotel Elms

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    Quality Hotel Elms



    Quality Hotel Elms at 456 Papanui Road is ideally situated on the Northwest corner of the city offering easy access for out of town guest's proximity to the airport for North Island and International guests, without the hassle of entering the central city. The Quality ...

    Quality Hotel Elms at 456 Papanui Road is ideally situated on the Northwest corner of the city offering easy access for out of town guest's proximity to the airport for North Island and International guests, without the hassle of entering the central city.

    The Quality Hotel Elms offer a variety of facilities and services, like our brand new Fiber optic super-fast internet that we now offer to all guests on a complimentary basis. Conferencing facilities for up to 200 delegates, and our new wedding venue has been constructed with the latest design specifications to ensure you and your guests are catered for in a beautiful setting.

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    • Bar
    • Conference Room
    • Restaurant
    • Wedding Facilities

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Day 8

Christchurch, TranzAlpine Train, Fox Glacier

Cross the rolling green countryside of the Canterbury Plains and enjoy exciting views out over deep gorges. Follow alongside the Waimakariri River and travel across the magnificent Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park. Disembark the train at Greymouth and travel by coach through Franz Josef to Fox Glacier. Tonight you will stay close to the glacier and enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Insider Experience
Board the TranzAlpine train for what is considered one of the world’s greatest rail adventures.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

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    Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier



    The historic Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier originally opened in 1928 and has provided a comfortable bed for the night for more than its fair share of climbers and adventurers from all corners of the world. Restored in 2007, the hotel proudly continues its tradition with ...

    The historic Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier originally opened in 1928 and has provided a comfortable bed for the night for more than its fair share of climbers and adventurers from all corners of the world. Restored in 2007, the hotel proudly continues its tradition with modern comforts. With the mighty Southern Alps as its backdrop, the hotel offers fantastic rural and mountain views. The hotel has 67 guest rooms and suites. Standard rooms and suites are equipped with; free Wi-Fi, refrigerators, hairdryers and tea and coffee making facilities.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking (for Self Park)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 9

Fox Glacier, Queenstown

Enjoy a day of truly beautiful scenery as you wind your way from Fox Glacier through unspoiled countryside to the alpine town of Queenstown. Known as the country's 'adventure capital', there is no shortage of activities available to you during your two-night stay. And within close proximity to premier wine-growing regions, it is also renowned for its world-class culinary scene, which you may like to discover on your free evening. Alternatively, spend the night simply relaxing amid the comfortable surrounds of your hotel.

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Duration2 Nights
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Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

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    Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview



    Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is in the perfect location. Queenstown town centre is a short stroll away, complete with shopping, entertainment and adventure activities. The hotel rooms and apartments are extremely spacious with large private balconies so you can enjoy the magnificent views ...

    Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is in the perfect location. Queenstown town centre is a short stroll away, complete with shopping, entertainment and adventure activities. The hotel rooms and apartments are extremely spacious with large private balconies so you can enjoy the magnificent views of Lake Wakatipu and the remarkable mountain range from the comfort of your room. Hillary's Restaurant with its breathtaking mountain and lake views features a conservatory style decor and serves a wide variety of Kiwi and international cuisine.

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    • Business Centre
    • Internet Access
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    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 10

Queenstown

Today, during time at leisure, you have the freedom to relax or choose one of Travelmarvel's exciting select experiences (own expense). The Shotover Jet Boat Ride is a popular choice, or perhaps you might like to cycle along the Station 2 Station Cycle Trail.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 11

Queenstown, Milford Sound, Te Anau

After breakfast, follow along the base of The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu into Fiordland National Park. Journey along the Milford Road to Milford Sound.

Insider Experience
Board a boat and cruise the full length of the famous fiord Milford Sound.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

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    Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau



    The Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau is situated amidst lush gardens, and offers enviable views over the mountains and lakes. Guest rooms are comforting and modern, while an excellent range of amenities are provided. With an on-site restaurant and bar, you needn't look far for entertainment ...

    The Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau is situated amidst lush gardens, and offers enviable views over the mountains and lakes. Guest rooms are comforting and modern, while an excellent range of amenities are provided. With an on-site restaurant and bar, you needn't look far for entertainment during your stay. The hotel boasts 94 guest rooms, with twin, double and adjoining rooms for families.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
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Day 12

Te Anau, Dunedin

Aboard one of the world's greatest rail journeys, you will traverse through tunnels and over bridges as you make your way through incredible landscapes of the world-famous Central Otago wine region, to Pukerangi. Known as the 'Edinburgh of the South', Dunedin was planned in Scotland and still maintains its grand Victorian heritage. Spend one night in the second-largest city on New Zealand's South Island.

Insider Experience
This morning, you will travel through the spectacular Southland countryside to Dunedin where you will board the Taieri Gorge Railway.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge

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    Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge



    Nestled in landscaped gardens, Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge is located adjacent to the Dunedin Botanic Gardens, within walking distance of Otago University. A short drive from Dunedin shopping and attractions and easily accessible from State Highway 1, Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge is the perfect destination ...

    Nestled in landscaped gardens, Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge is located adjacent to the Dunedin Botanic Gardens, within walking distance of Otago University. A short drive from Dunedin shopping and attractions and easily accessible from State Highway 1, Mercure Dunedin Leisure Lodge is the perfect destination for your next escape. The hotel features 76 spacious rooms and suites, each with a balcony or outside patio, plus ample complimentary parking and the delicious McGavins Restaurant and Bar.

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    • Concierge
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Day 13

Dunedin, Seasider Train, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo

This morning, embark on a special rail journey. Disembark at Waitati and rejoin the coach to continue to Oamaru and northwards to view the unusual Moeraki Boulders. This evening, dine at your hotel's restaurant.

Insider Experience
Board the Seasider Train for a journey along the edge of the Otago Harbour before climbing the gentle slopes of Port Chalmers and along the pacific coast.

Insider Experience
Journey into Mt Cook National Park to view Australasia’s highest mountain, Aoraki (Mt Cook), and admire the alpine scenery. Arrive this afternoon at your hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo.

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Duration1 Night
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Peppers Bluewater Resort

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    Peppers Bluewater Resort



    Peppers Bluewater Resort is located overlooking the breathtaking Lake Tekapo between Christchurch and Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island. The hotel has spectacular views across Lake Tekapo, the focal point of the Mackenzie Basin. This is the perfect base for exploring the region including Mt ...

    Peppers Bluewater Resort is located overlooking the breathtaking Lake Tekapo between Christchurch and Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island. The hotel has spectacular views across Lake Tekapo, the focal point of the Mackenzie Basin. This is the perfect base for exploring the region including Mt Cook National Park. There are 60 stylish lakeside rooms offered in a range of accommodation options including one, two and three bedroom luxury villas and apartments. Rakinui Restaurant and Lounge is a place to eat, drink and relax amongst warm friendly surroundings.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Internet Access
    • Lounge(s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
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Day 14

Lake Tekapo, Christchurch

Today visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, built of locally gathered stone and oak. Later, head back to Christchurch where you will enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

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Duration1 Night
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Commodore Hotel Christchurch Airport

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    Commodore Hotel Christchurch Airport



    Situated on Christchurch's Memorial Avenue on an idyllic seven acres of land featuring award-winning native New Zealand gardens, Commodore Hotel Christchurch Airport is just minutes away from the Christchurch International Airport and ten minutes into the centre of Christchurch. The hotel features 137 guest accommodation ...

    Situated on Christchurch's Memorial Avenue on an idyllic seven acres of land featuring award-winning native New Zealand gardens, Commodore Hotel Christchurch Airport is just minutes away from the Christchurch International Airport and ten minutes into the centre of Christchurch. The hotel features 137 guest accommodation rooms, conference and meeting facilities and extensive free parking.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 15

Depart Christchurch

Today you will be transferred to the airport.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Jan 20; Feb 10; Mar 10; Oct 6; Nov 3, 17
2020: Jan 12, 26; Feb 9, 23; Mar 8

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Meals as indicated by BLD
  • Serviced of a dedicated Tour Director and Driver
  • Local guides in select locations
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Immersive Insider Experiences
  • Arrival and departure transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage and tipping

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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