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New Zealand Rail Adventure

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Trip Code: NTR15
  • Travelmarvel by APT
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • 14 nights in premium accommodation
  • The services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and experienced Driver
  • 23 meals – 14 breakfasts and 9 dinners, including special Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Take a ride aboard the Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train
  • Savour an authentic Maori Hangi feast in Rotorua
  • Ride the Coastal Pacific Train along the Kaikoura coastline
  • Take the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • Cruise Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with views of cascading waterfalls

Map & Itinerary

New Zealand Map 2022-23 NTR15
Auckland to Christchurch

Reverse Trip

Designed exclusively for our guests

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a range of included special or unique excursions and events

ENHANCE YOUR JOURNEY

Pursue your special interests and enhance your holiday with a range of optional experiences

Arrive in the ‘City of Sails’ and be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner as you get to know your fellow travellers.

Stay: Two Nights, Heritage Hotel Auckland

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  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Ride the historic Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train.


This morning travel to Glenbrook and board the Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train. Take a journey through the beautiful rural Franklin countryside before stopping at the Pukeoware Depot to explore the workshop, view other historic locomotives, and enjoy a morning tea. After your time here, return to Auckland by coach.

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  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a unique self-drive Rail Cruising experience. In your hybrid vehicle, you will have a first-class view of the ranges, with an audio guide to inform you about the region.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Delight in a Hangi feast and Maori cultural performance.


After breakfast, board your coach and head towards the Mamaku Ranges for a special rail experience. In Rotorua, visit Te Puia Cultural Centre, and tour the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute before an evening of traditional culture and food.

Stay: Two Nights, Two Nights, Sudima Rotorua or Distinction Rotorua

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

ENHANCE YOUR JOURNEY

Discover more with our Enhance Your Journey optional experience in Rotorua - Hobitton Movie Set (additional charges apply - enquire for details)


Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage. Your sightseeing continues with a visit to one of New Zealand’s best-loved attractions, the Agrodome, and then enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore further or simply relax.

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  • Breakfast

We leave Rotorua, headed for the national capital, Wellington. In the afternoon we visit the fascinating Fell Locomotive Museum, which houses the only remaining steam-powered Fell locomotive in the world. It ran from 1877, using a unique system of four grip wheels on a raised centre rail to enable it to pull carriages up the steep Rimutaka Incline. After your visit, continue on to Wellington.

Stay: Two Nights, Travelodge Hotel Wellington

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

After breakfast today, set off on a sightseeing tour of the city’s best-loved landmarks and sights, including New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa. This innovative and interactive museum celebrates the treasures of the country. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the city. Perhaps get a panoramic view of the city and harbour at the Mount Victoria Lookout. You may prefer to simply take a leisurely walk around the waterfront.

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  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

View the beautiful Pacific coastline from the Coastal Pacific Train.


This morning, step aboard the Interislander ferry to cruise from Wellington Harbour across Cook Strait and through the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte sounds to Picton. Join the Coastal Pacific train to Kaikoura. Re-board your coach to travel to Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch, Quality Hotel Elms

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

On your TranzAlpine journey, considered to be one of the world’s greatest rail adventures, you will follow the Waimakariri River and travel across the Southern Alps within Arthur’s Pass National Park.

ENHANCE YOUR JOURNEY

Discover more with our Enhance Your Journey optional experience in Franz Josef - Helicopter Ride (additional charges apply - enquire for details)


This morning after breakfast, you will board the renowned TranzAlpine trains to cross the South Island. Upon arrival at Greymouth, you will disembark and travel by coach to the incredible natural surrounds at Franz Josef and Fox glaciers.

Stay: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy a day of truly beautiful scenery as you travel to the alpine resort of Queenstown. Known as the country’s ‘adventure capital’. Queenstown is also renowned for its world-class culinary scene. This evening you may like to sample some of the region’s fresh flavours at one of the many restaurants in walking distance from your hotel (own expense).

Stay: Two Nights, Queenstown, Copthorne Hotel and Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

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  • Breakfast

ENHANCE YOUR JOURNEY

Discover more with our Enhance Your Journey optional experiences in Queenstown - Shotover Jet Boat Ride, TSS Earnslaw Cruise or the Million Dollar Cruise (additional charges apply - enquire for details)


Today you have the freedom to simply relax or choose one of Travelmarvel’s exciting Select Experiences. For the adventurous, perhaps head out on a jet boat ride. The Shotover Jet Boat roars through dramatic river canyons within centimetres of sheer rock walls.

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  • Breakfast
Aerial of Queenstown at night, New Zealand

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Cruise the full length of Milford Sound, a magnificent fiord with views of waterfalls, dense rainforest and sheer cliffs.


Follow The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu to Fiordland National Park. Today, enjoy a memorable cruise on Milford Sound.

Stay: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy spectacular scenery today as you drive from Te Anau to the Scottish-flavoured southern city of Dunedin.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Journey north to view the Moeraki Boulders then continue to Oamaru and visit the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Later, arrive at your resort.

Stay: Lake Tekapo, Peppers Bluewater Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

View majestic Aoraki Mt Cook, the highest point in Australasia.


Head into the stunning scenery of Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Later, head back to Christchurch for a special Farewell Dinner.

Stay: Christchurch, Commodore Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Your tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.

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  • Breakfast

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