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  • Viaduct Harbour, Auckland. Credit: Visit Auckland

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7 Day Great Rail Journeys of NZ

  • Explore the diverse landscapes of New Zealand by rail
  • Ride the TranzAlpine, Northern Expl. & Coastal Pacific
Includes 4-star hotels, Interislander Ferry & more

New Zealand’s natural beauty never gets old. Each road leads to another jaw-dropping sight, from smoking volcanoes to jewel-like islands, vineyards and rugged peaks that catch the clouds. And while it’s great to explore by road, it can get hard to concentrate on driving each time you round the bend to another stunning sight. That’s where this great rail journey comes in - all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the view as you explore some of the country’s most unforgettable landscapes.

Combining three of New Zealand’s greatest rail journeys in one tour, with ample free time to enjoy the urban delights of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, this is the trip you’ve been waiting for. Journey through Tongariro National Park aboard the Northern Explorer train, skirt the Pacific Coast between Christchurch and Picton aboard the Coastal Pacific, feel like you’ve arrived in Middle Earth on the TranzAlpine train through the Canterbury Plains - and more! A scenic crossing aboard the Interislander Ferry is sure to be another highlight. Sound like your kind of adventure?

This self-guided package also includes six nights 4-star accommodation.

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Today make your own way to your centrally located Auckland accommodation. Check in is from 2pm.

Overnight: Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City or similar, Auckland
Meals included: None

Today is free at leisure to explore Auckland. 

It’s hard to imagine a more geographically blessed city. Its two harbours frame a narrow isthmus punctuated by volcanic cones and surrounded by fertile farmland. From any of its numerous vantage points you’ll be surprised how close the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean come to kissing and forming a new island.

Whether it’s the ruggedly beautiful west-coast surf beaches, or the glistening Hauraki Gulf with its myriad islands, the water's never far away. And within an hour’s drive from the city's high-rise heart, there are dense tracts of rainforest, thermal springs, wineries and wildlife reserves. No wonder Auckland is regularly rated one of the world's top cities for quality of life and livability.

Overnight: Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City or similar, Auckland
Meals included: None

Today make your own way to Auckland Train Station for a 7.45am departure onboard the famous Northern Explorer train.

New Zealand's longest running passenger service, the Northern Explorer is a long distance scenic train service running between Auckland and Wellington, stopping at Palmerston North, Ohakune, National Park and Hamilton.

The journey through Tongariro National Park, with its three spectacular volcanic mountains – Tongariro, Ngāuruhoe and Ruapehu – is a highlight, a place of extremes and surprises, where snow-blanketed fields, ancient lava flows and dense beech forests can be seen side by side.

Arrive in Wellington this evening and make your own way to your centrally located Wellington accommodation.

Overnight: Rydges Hotel or similar, Wellington
Meals included: None

Today is free at leisure to explore the capital city.

On a sunny, windless day, Wellington is up there with the best of them. For starters it’s lovely to look at, sitting on a hook-shaped harbour ringed with ranges that wear a cloak of snow in winter. Victorian timber architecture laces the bushy hillsides above the harbour, which resonate with native birdsong.

As cities go, it's really rather small but the compact nature of the downtown area gives it a bigger-city buzz and, being the capital, it's endowed with museums, theatres, galleries and arts organisations completely disproportionate to its size. Wellingtonians are rightly proud of their kickin' caffeine and craft-beer scene, and there's no shortage of beard-wearing, skateboard-lugging, artsy types doing interesting things in old warehouses across town.

Overnight: Rydges Hotel or similar, Wellington
Meals included: None

This morning check out of your hotel and make your way to the ferry terminal for your 9am departure on the Kaitaki Interislander Ferry.

Connecting our North Island and South Island together since 1962, the Interislander ferry service is New Zealand's original Cook Strait ferry. Sailing between Wellington and Picton several times a day, the Interislander journey is considered one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world and one of New Zealand's most iconic experiences.

Arrive in Picton on the north of the South Island at approximately 12.30pm where you will disembark and make your own way to the Picton Station for a 1.40pm departure on the Coastal Pacific Train Journey. The station is very close to the ferry terminal, approximately 5 minutes walk.

Climb aboard one of the most picturesque journeys on New Zealand railways, meandering along the Pacific coast between Picton and Christchurch. Upon arrival in Christchurch make your own way to your centrally located accommodation.

The Coastal Pacific train takes you along rugged coastlines, across remote beaches, between mountains and sea, on a timeless journey of breathtaking beauty.

Explore the stunning Kaikōura Coastline, famous for its marine life and whale watching. Voyage through the vineyards of Blenheim, dripping with New Zealand's premium crop. Canter amidst the idyllic Canterbury countryside to the Garden City of Christchurch.

Travelling between Christchurch and Picton, the Coastal Pacific meanders breathtakingly close to the sea, where the roaring Pacific Ocean meets the rising Kaikōura mountains. The Coastal Pacific isn't just a scenic activity, combined with the Interislander Ferry it is the perfect way to connect between Wellington, Blenheim, Kaikoura and Christchurch. 

Overnight: Quest Hotel or similar, Christchurch
Meals included: None

Today make your own way to Christchurch Train Station for an 8.15am departure onboard the famous TranzAlpine train. This will be a return journey finishing back in Christchurch.

Experience the South Island’s striking natural landscape by taking a train between Christchurch and Greymouth. Along this journey you’ll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest.

The TranzAlpine is one of the world's great train journeys covering 223 kilometres (139 miles) each way. You’ll traverse the majestic Canterbury Plains, to the backdrop of the mighty Southern Alps - the journey of a lifetime.

Return to Christchurch station in the evening and make your own way back to your centrally located accommodation.

Overnight: Quest Hotel or similar, Christchurch
Meals included: None

Today check out and make your own onwards arrangements.


Meals included: None

Tour Inclusions

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  • A self guided tour from Auckland to Christchurch
  • Experience 3 iconic New Zealand rail journeys
  • See the sights of Auckland and Wellington at leisure
  • Take the Northern Explorer from Auckland to Wellington through the central North Island
  • Journey between the mountains and sea aboard the Coastal Pacific train
  • Experience the South Island’s striking natural landscape on the TranzAlpine train
  • Journey through Tongariro National Park, with its three spectacular volcanic mountains 
  • Marvel at the beautiful Marlborough Sounds from the Interislander Ferry
  • Witness the stunning Kaikōura Coastline, famous for its marine life and whale watching
  • Voyage through the vineyards of Blenheim, one of NZ’s top wine growing areas
  • Canter amidst the idyllic Canterbury countryside to the Garden City of Christchurch
  • Travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River and traverse the Southern Alps
  • 6 nights centrally located 4-star accommodation
  • Train & ferry tickets

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
CANCELLATION POLICY
Covid-19 Booking Policy
- TripADeal Tour packages are non-refundable. If your Tour package is affected by Covid-19 related travel restrictions and you are unable to travel, you will receive either a free date change (credit that is specific to your original package and purchase value) or an open credit less any non-recoverable supplier fees to the value of your original purchase for use on any other package available via the TripADeal website. 
Please note: Date change credits are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed by TripADeal, not the property you are due to stay with.
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 15th March 2022.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share. 
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers, a mandatory single supplement of $650 applies. 
 
Departure Dates
2021
December: 14 
 
2022
January: 11, 18, 25
February: 1, 8, 15, 22
March: 1, 8, 15
Please note: See checkout for live dates and availability.
 
Departure City
Auckland



Accommodation Used


4 Star (self-rated)

- Auckland: Hotel Grand Chancellor or similar

- Wellington: Rydges Hotel Wellington or similar

- Christchurch: Quest Serviced Apartments or similar

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
Not available at check-out. 
Please note: If you are interested in booking additional nights accommodation pre or post tour, please wait until you receive your travel documentation approximately 6 weeks prior to departure for the confirmed list of hotels. If booking your own additional accommodation directly with the hotel please be aware that you may be required to change rooms at the start/end of your tour. 
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not available
 
Bedding Configuration
2 x Single or 1 x Queen/King (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



- International / domestic flights
- Airport & rail transfers
- Visa fees and requirements (A visa is not required if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Optional gratuities/tipping
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Strongly recommended)



CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
New Zealand
- New Zealand has a largely temperate climate. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10 C in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant sunshine.
- Because New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere, the average temperature decreases as you travel south. The north of New Zealand is subtropical and the south temperate. The warmest months are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20 - 30ºC and in winter between 10 - 15ºC.
- New Zealand's summer months are December to February, bringing high temperatures and sunshine. Days are long and sunny, nights are mild. Summer is an excellent time for walking in the bush and a variety of other outdoor activities. New Zealand's many gorgeous beaches are ideal for swimming, sunbathing, surfing, boating, and water sports during summer. Summer is the best time of year to go camping in New Zealand.
- Average High Temperature Ranges in Auckland and Christchurch in Summer are 21°C to 24°C
 
Luggage
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility
Please note: a basic level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.



New Zealand
A tourist visa is not required if travelling to New Zealand on an Australian passport.
 
Important: Visa rules may have changed since COVID-19. Check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

· Changes - $100.00 per booking + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
· If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $100.00 per booking + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.
 
Supplier Fees
In the event the Travel Offer you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the Travel Offer due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. TripADeal has committed to these costs as your Agent and will endeavour to recover all funds committed and/or paid for your Travel Offer, but this may not be possible in all circumstances. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event, TripADeal is unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee. This fee is not revenue-raising and is paid to or withheld by our suppliers when recovering payments.