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New Zealand Rail Adventure

Auckland to Christchurch
15 Days Request Quote
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 and 9 Dinners
  • Travelmarvel Tour Director, plus local guides in select locations
  • Luggage porterage and tipping

Map & Itinerary

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New Zealand Map NTR18F 2018/19

Auckland to Christchurch

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a range of included special or unique excursions and events

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

Stay: Two Nights, Rydges Auckland

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  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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.


Travel to Glenbrook for your Insider Experience, before returning to Auckland by coach.

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  • Breakfast
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Embark on 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

This evening, enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast which includes a stirring Maori cultural performance.


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.

Stay: Two Nights: Rydges Rotorua

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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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  • 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.


This morning, travel by coach to Otorohanga for your Insider Experience. 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.

Stay: Two Nights, Travelodge Wellington

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  • 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.

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  • Breakfast
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

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

Stay: Christchurch, Quality Hotel Elms

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  • 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.


Ride the TranzAlpine train. 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.

Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

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  • 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. 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.

Stay: Two Nights, Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
INSIDER EXPERIENCE

This morning, you will travel through the spectacular Southland countryside to Pukerangi where you will board the Taieri Gorge Railway. 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 the town of Dunedin.


Enjoy your Insider Experience this morning. 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.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
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.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Arrive this afternoon at your hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo. This evening, dine at your hotel’s restaurant.


Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort

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  • 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

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today you will be transferred to the airport for flight home.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

New Zealand's Cultural Flavours

Savour feature dinners including a traditional Hangi feast in Rotorua

The Shores Of Lake Tekapo

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

Stay Amid The Mountains

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

We know that great service is more than just taking care of you on holiday… it’s the unprecedented warmth, care and consideration you’ll be afforded from your first call until after your return home