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TravelmarvelTravelmarvel 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure

If you're a rail fanatic or just want to see New Zealand off the beaten track this is the tour for you.  You'll travel the majority of the country in a comfortable coach directed by a very knowledgeable driver and guide. With all the usual tourist stops this tour also offers something a little special, rail journeys. Starting in the busiest of New Zealand's towns, Auckland you will head south to Wellington before looping the South Island.  A journey not to be missed. 

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch
 15 days/ 14 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Included in this tour package

Tour map
Rail Track
Maori village

At a glance - Travelmarvel 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland and begin your tour. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Day trip from Auckland to enjoy the Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland

Day 3: Auckland to Rotorua, enjoy the Rail Cruise Experience. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Rotorua

Day 4: Explore Rotorua. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Rotorua

Day 5: Rotorua on to Wellington including The Northern Explorer Train. Accommodation: Travelodge Hotel Wellington

Day 6: Enjoy a day in New Zealand's capital, Wellington. Accommodation: Travelodge Hotel Wellington

Day 7: Wellington to Christchurch using the Interislander and the Coastal Pacific. Accommodation: Quality Elms Hotel Christchurch

Day 8: Christchurch to Fox Glacier including the TranzAlpine train. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Glacier Country

Day 9: From Fox Glacier to Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Day 10: A day to adventure in Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Day 11: Head through the Fiords and witness the impressive Milford Sound. Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

Day 12: Te Anau to Dunedin. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 13: Take the Seasider train up the coast before heading inland to Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo. Accommodation: Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo

Day 14: Finish your New Zealand travels with a last journey to Christchurch. Accommodation: Commodore Hotel, Christchurch Airport

Day 15: Depart Christchurch.

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Travelmarvel 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland and begin your tour

Travelmarvel 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure - Day 1

Arrive into Auckland

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. 

Your Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland

Nestled in the heart of Auckland's CBD, Rydges Auckland offers an ideal location. The hotel is a short stroll from business and retail districts, the Casino, the America's Cup Viaduct Village and superb waterfront restaurants.

Meals included: Dinner

Rydges Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Day trip from Auckland to enjoy the Glenbrook Vintage Steam Train

Travelmarvel 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure - Day 2

A trip on the Glenbrook 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 Pukeoware depot to explore the workshop, view other historic locomotives, and enjoy a morning tea.  After your time here, return to Auckland by coach. 

Your Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland

Nestled in the heart of Auckland's CBD, Rydges Auckland offers an ideal location. The hotel is a short stroll from business and retail districts, the Casino, the America's Cup Viaduct Village and superb waterfront restaurants.

Meals included: Breakfast

Rydges Hotel Auckland

Day 3: Auckland to Rotorua, enjoy the Rail Cruise Experience

Travelmarvel 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure - Day 3

Auckland, Rail Cruise Experience, Rotorua

After breakfast, board your coach and head towards the Mamaku Ranges near Rotorua for a unique self-drive Rail Cruising experience. In a hybrid vehicle, you will have front row seat view of the ranges with an audio guide to educate you as well.  In Rotorua, visit Te Puia Cultural Centre, and tour the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. This evening enjoy a traditional Hangi Feast and Maori cultural performance.

Your Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Rotorua

Rydges Rotorua is an elegant 4.5 star hotel located on the edge of Rotorua's Racecourse in a park like setting. Rydges Rotorua boasts panoramic views across the city to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Rydges Hotel Rotorua

Day 4: Explore Rotorua

Travelmarvel 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure - Day 4

A full day in Rotorua including a visit to the Agrodome

Rotorua captures the essence of New Zealand, with its geothermal geysers, fascinating Maori culture and rich heritage.  Enjoy some exploration time and continue your sightseeing with the group as you attend the famous Agrodome. Later on, the time is again yours perhaps you will choose to enjoy an optional helicopter flight over White Island volcano. 

Your Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Rotorua

Rydges Rotorua is an elegant 4.5 star hotel located on the edge of Rotorua's Racecourse in a park like setting. Rydges Rotorua boasts panoramic views across the city to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island.

Meals included: Breakfast

Rydges Hotel Rotorua

Day 5: Rotorua on to Wellington including The Northern Explorer Train

Travelmarvel 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure - Day 5

From Rotorua catch the The Northern Explorer Train and on to Wellington

This morning, travel by coach to Otorohanga. Board the Northern Explorer Train for a captivating journey, past a variety of different landscapes.  Continue through to Ohakune where you will travel by coach to Wellington.

Your Accommodation: Travelodge Hotel Wellington

Located right in the city centre the Travelodge Wellington offers great value accommodation and facilities all within easy walking of the city attractions.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Travelodge Hotel Wellington

Day 6: Enjoy a day in New Zealand's capital, Wellington

Travelmarvel 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure - Day 6

A day in the capital, Wellington

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.

Your Accommodation: Travelodge Hotel Wellington

Located right in the city centre the Travelodge Wellington offers great value accommodation and facilities all within easy walking of the city attractions.

Meals included: Breakfast

Travelodge Hotel Wellington

Day 7: Wellington to Christchurch using the Interislander and the Coastal Pacific

Travelmarvel 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure - Day 7

Wellington to Picton, Coastal Pacific to Christchurch

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

Your Accommodation: Quality Elms Hotel Christchurch

The Elms Hotel in Christchurch, is located 5 minutes from the city and is the closest hotel to the largest enclosed Shopping Mall in New Zealand. Renowned for its professional and friendly staff you are guaranteed a pleasant stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Quality Elms Hotel Christchurch

Day 8: Christchurch to Fox Glacier including the TranzAlpine train

Travelmarvel 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure - Day 8

Christchurch, TranzApline Train and on to Fox Glacier

This morning after breakfast you will board the renowned TranzAlpine train for what is considered to be one of the world's greatest rail adventures. Along your journey, you will follow the Waimakariri River and travel across the Southern Alps within Arthurs Pass National Park.  Upon arrival at Greymouth, you will disembark and travel by coach to the incredible natural surrounds at Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers.

Your Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Glacier Country

Heartland Hotel Glacier Country is located right in the centre of Fox township putting you in easy reach of the unique experiences available within Westland National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Heartland Hotel Glacier Country

Day 9: From Fox Glacier to Queenstown

Travelmarvel 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure - Day 9

Fox Glacier to Queenstown

Today travel inland from the rugged West coast to alpine Central Otago. Home to Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital.  Tonight you settle into a relaxing two-night stay overlooking Lake Wakatipu.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is located on Frankton Road, the main arterial route into Queenstown - with the centre of town only a short 10 minute stroll away.

Meals included: Breakfast

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Day 10: A day to adventure in Queenstown

Travelmarvel 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure - Day 10

A free day in Queenstown

With a day of leisure to fill, choose an activity to suit your desires. Perhaps experience a cruise to Walter Peak Station, take the gondola from town to the top of Bob's peak and some spectacular views or even enjoy the world famous Shotover Jet Boat ride. Whatever you are into Queenstown can deliver, you will be spoilt for choice.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is located on Frankton Road, the main arterial route into Queenstown - with the centre of town only a short 10 minute stroll away.

Meals included: Breakfast

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Day 11: Head through the Fiords and witness the impressive Milford Sound

Travelmarvel 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure - Day 11

Queenstown to Te Anau including a Milford Sound cruise

Follow The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu to the incredible Fiordland National Park.  Experience the fiords up close as you cruise through Milford Sound.  This world-renowned natural wonder engulfs you with towering peaks, cascading waterfalls and the chance to possibly spot seals, dolphins or even penguins that inhabit these cool waters.

Your Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

The hotel is conveniently located only a short five-minute walk along the shore of beautiful Lake Te Anau to reach the town centre set amongst manicured gardens on the tranquil shores of Lake Te Anau.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

Day 12: Te Anau to Dunedin

Travelmarvel 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure - Day 12

Travel Te Anau to Dunedin including castle tour

Journey away from the mountains today and toward the rolling hills of the East coast. Before arriving into Dunedin you stop off at Larnach castle and tour this lovingly restored home overlooking the Otago peninsula.  

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Just two blocks from the Octagon in the heart of the city, Scenic Hotel Dunedin City is close to shops, parks and the best city attractions and services. The hotel provides excellent 4-star accommodation to Dunedin's visitors.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

Day 13: Take the Seasider train up the coast before heading inland to Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo

Travelmarvel 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure - Day 13

From Dunedin aboard the Seasider Train to Mt Cook and on to Lake Tekapo

Board the Seasider Train today and travel along the edge of the Otago Harbour, and along the Pacific Coast.  Rejoin your coach to Oamaru.  Journey north to view the unusual Moeraki Boulders. Then, head into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and marvel at your surrounds.

Your Accommodation: Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo

Peppers Bluewater sits overlooking Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps and is just a short walk to the small towns facilities. Also close by is the new Alpine Springs Spa, a great place to relax after a day exploring. Facilities include an on site restaurant and bar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Peppers Bluewater Resort, Lake Tekapo

Day 14: Finish your New Zealand travels with a last journey to Christchurch

Travelmarvel 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure - Day 14

Lake Tekapo to Christchurch

On the way out of Lake Tekapo, this morning take time to visit the Church of the Good Shepherd. A tiny church with incredible views of the immense lake and alpine surrounds. This is the final leg of your journey and you will arrive into Christchurch with many fantastic memories of your last two weeks.

Your Accommodation: Commodore Hotel, Christchurch Airport

The Commodore Hotel stands at the gateway to Christchurch on seven acres of award-winning native New Zealand gardens. This stylish airport accommodation offers all the facilities you need for a relaxing stay.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Commodore Hotel, Christchurch Airport

Day 15: Depart Christchurch

Travelmarvel 15 Day New Zealand Rail Adventure - Day 15

Depart Christchurch

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

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