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New Zealand Rail Adventure

Auckland to Christchurch
Trip Code: NTR15
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation
  • Pricing & Availability

Trip Highlights

Take Control Of Your Journey

Take a rail cart along a decommissioned railway line for a self-drive rail cruising experience past charming towns

Milford Sound Cruise

Enjoy a cruise that explores the picturesque and pristine Milford Sound fiord

The Scenic Way To Christchurch

Sit back and relax on the Coastal Pacific train as you journey through the rugged east coast

Your Vacation Includes

  • Immersive Insider Experiences
  • 14 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners and 3 Feature Dinners
  • Travelmarvel Tour Director, plus local guides in select locations
  • Arrival and departure transfers in New Zealand
  • Luggage porterage and tipping

Map & Itinerary

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New Zealand Map NTR15 2017/18

Auckland to Christchurch

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a range of included special or unique excursions and events

On arrival in Auckland, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This evening you will enjoy a Welcome Feature Dinner with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Two Nights: Rydges Auckland

Daily :
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Today you will travel to Glenbrook and board the Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train. This resplendent locomotive will take you on a journey through the beautiful rural Franklin countryside before stopping at the Pukeoware Depot.


After your rail journey, return Auckland by coach and enjoy a free evening to explore as you wish.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

For this evening’s feature dinner, enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast which includes a stirring Maori cultural performance of song and dance.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Head towards the Mamaku Ranges near Rotorua for 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 around you, with an audio guide to educate you on the region as well.


In Rotorua, pay a visit to Te Puia, New Zealand’s premier cultural centre, 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.

Stay: Two Nights: Rydges Rotorua

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Board The Northern Explorer Train for a captivating journey past a variety of different landscapes including rolling green countryside and the captivating volcanic plateau within Tongariro National Park. You’ll see quaint country towns dotted along the coast and marvel at three snow-capped volcanic peaks jutting out of thick beech forests.


Arriving in Ohakune, a coach will be waiting to take you to Wellington. Enjoy dinner with your group tonight.

Stay: Two Nights: Travelodge Wellington

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
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.


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. Arrive in Kaikoura and reboard your coach to travel to the South Island’s largest city, Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch, Quality Hotel Elms

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Board the TranzAlpine train for what is considered one of the world’s greatest rail adventures. 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 to Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. Tonight you will stay close to Fox Glacier and enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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.

Stay: Two Nights: Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Today, during time at leisure, you have the freedom to relax or choose one of Travelmarvel’s exciting optional experiences (own expense). The Shotover Jet Boat Ride is a popular choice, or perhaps take a walk along the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Board a boat and cruise the full length of Milford Sound.


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.

Stay: Kingsgate Te Anau

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway, 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 the town of Dunedin.


This morning, you will travel through the spectacular Southland countryside to Pukerangi where you will board the Taieri Gorge Railway to Dunedin. Known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’, Dunedin was planned in Scotland and still maintains its grand Victorian heritage.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

This morning, 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.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Stay overlooking the shores of Lake Tekapo.


Arrive in Palmerston and travel to Oamaru, then northwards to view the unusual Moeraki Boulders. Continue to Lake Tekapo via Mt Cook National Park.

Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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 feature Farewell Dinner.

Stay: Christchurch, The Commodore

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today you will be transferred to the airport.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

New Zealand's Cultural Flavours

Savour feature dinners including a traditional Hangi feast in Rotorua

Stay On The Shores Of Lake Tekapo

Prepare yourself for the most spectacular mountain views as you reside just off the shores of the crystal clear turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo

Stay Amid The Mountains

Enjoy views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range from your room at Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Lakeview

From the Australian Outback and Europe’s waterways to the icescapes of Antarctica and far beyond, we won’t just take you there, we’ll immerse you in the wonders of each and every place you visit

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