19-Day New Zealand By Rail, Cruise & Coach

 

From scenic drives to picturesque train rides, this fantastic 18-night luxury escorted coach tour offers fantastic ways to explore New Zealand and its untouched beauty. Starting in Auckland and ending in Christchurch, you’ll discover a plethora of ‘pinch me’ moments, including embarking on an overnight cruise through the stunning Milford Sounds, dining on a gourmet BBQ with a friendly local, and discovering Rotorua’s geological wonders. You’ll be exploring in style too. With reclining seats and panoramic windows, you’ll have wonderful views every day, and will feel incredibly relaxed in between your exciting excursions in your 4-star and 4-star+ accommodation.

Why you’ll love this trip

  • Enjoy an overnight cruise on Milford Sound
  • Sail to Cape Brett on a luxury catamaran
  • Tuck into a unique breakfast on the Skyline Rotorua gondola
  • Discover Rotorua’s boiling mud pools and geysers
  • Devour a gourmet BBQ after a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Visit the Glow Worm Caves in Te Anau
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK
  • 18 cooked breakfasts including a speciality at Skyline restaurant, Rotorua
  • 14 dinners including Maori Hangi & Concert; Walter Peak Homestead & a Farewell dinner
  • 2 morning teas including an Ultimate High Tea at Larnach Castle
  • Travel on a modern 48 seater coach with reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Return airport transfers
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Experienced tour guide
  • 17 nights of 4* and 4*+ accommodation
  • Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
  • 3 rail journeys
  • 5 cruises
  • All sightseeing excursions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack

This incredible 19 day self-drive New Zealand trip starts at £5,499 per person.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Auckland

Upon arrival in Auckland you will be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel. Here you will meet your travel companions over a complimentary pre dinner drink.

Overnight: Grand Millenium Hotel – Dinner included

Day 2: Bay of Islands

Today you will depart Auckland and journey to Parry Kauri Park to discover the unique Kauri Tree, before enjoying an informative talk at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe. Afterwards, you’ll travel via Whangarei to Paihia, a gorgeous town nestled in the Bay of Islands. Here you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds – where the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British took place.

Overnight: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands – Breakfast and dinner included

Day 3: Bay of Islands

The whole day is free for you to explore the Bay of Islands at your own pace. There are plenty of optional activities you could enjoy, including the Coach Reinga coach trip via Ninety Mile Beach, or a laidback dinner cruise.

Overnight: Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands – Breakfast included

Day 4: Auckland

In the morning you will hop on a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett, to see the impressive Hole in the Rock. After your cruise, you will venture south via Whangarei, call into the Parry Kauri Park to see an example of a Kauri Tree before returning to Auckland.

Overnight: Spencer on Byron – Breakfast and dinner included

Day 5: Rotorua

Your day will begin with a city tour around Auckland, before heading off to Glenbrook Vintage Railway for a 15km trip back in time on a charming, restored vintage steam train. Explore the restoration workshop before returning to Glenbrook Station for a morning tea.

Once you’ve departed Glenbrook, you will journey through spectacular countryside to Rotorua, where you’ll discover the beautiful Paradise Valley Springs – a pretty wildlife park where you’ll get to hand feed rainbow trout.

Overnight: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua, superior room – Breakfast and dinner included

Day 6: Rotorua

Begin the day with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua, even making time for a fun luge ride. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Agrodome to enjoy a vibrant hour of farming entertainment and education.

The start of the afternoon is free for you to explore, and then you will journey to Te Puia to see the impressive boiling mud pools and geysers. In the evening, you and your fellow travellers will be treated to an entertaining Maori Hangi and concert.

Overnight: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua, superior room – Breakfast and dinner included

Day 7: Wellington

Today you will venture along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the wonderful Huka Falls, before continuing on to Lake Taupo for a bit of free time in this picturesque seaside town. After a few hours of exploring and relaxing, you’ll travel via Tongariro National Park and then continue south to Wellington.

Overnight: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor – Breakfast and dinner included

Day 8: Wellington

The morning presents a great highlight of the trip, explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Informative and entertaining, you’ll enjoy cutting edge technology as you learn about extraordinary New Zealanders. The rest of the morning will be spent on a guided city tour, and then the afternoon and evening will be free.

Overnight: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor – Breakfast included

Day 9: Wellington - Christchurch

In the morning you will board the Interisland Ferry, crossing Cook Strait and travelling through the stunning Marlborough Sounds to Picton. Once there, you will journey to Picton and venture through the Alpine village of St Arnaud, the enchanting beech Maruia Forest and the scenic Lewis Pass to the garden city of Christchurch.

Overnight: Distinction Christchurch – Breakfast and dinner included

Day 10: Christchurch

Today you will explore the quaint alpine village of St Arnaud, as well as the enticing beech Maruia Forest and the Lewis Pass. In the afternoon, you’ll continue south to the Garden City of Christchurch for a fascinating city tour.

Overnight: Distinction Christchurch – Breakfast included

Day 11: Arthur’s Pass and Franz Josef

Day 11 will be spent on the TranzAlpine, one of the world’s best train journeys. Travelling over magnificent viaducts, over sweeping river valleys and over scenic gorges, there’ll be plenty of photo opportunities on your trip. Once you’ve discovered the stunning Arthur’s Pass in the centre of the Southern Alps, you’ll board your coach again and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone. The last port of call is Franz Josef, where you’ll have time for an optional scenic flight over the breath-taking glacier.

Overnight: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier – Breakfast and dinner included

Day 12: Queenstown

Today you will travel to Queenstown via the Haast Pass, and check in to your hotel overlooking Lake Wakatipu. The evening is free for you to explore the delicious restaurants Queenstown has to over.

Overnight: Millennium Hotel Queenstown or similar – Breakfast included

Day 13: Queenstown

The whole day is free for you to explore Queenstown. In the evening you’ll board the TTS Earnslaw, a vintage steamship, and sail across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Here you’ll tuck in to a sumptuous gourmet BBQ dinner, watching as the chef cooks up a feast at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner you’ll have a short farm tour before reboarding the TSS Earnslaw for a sing-along by the piano.

Overnight: Millennium Hotel Queenstown or similar – Breakfast and dinner included

Day 14: Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

This morning travel to Arrowtown visiting the Lakes District Museum, continue via Te Anau to Milford Sound, boarding the Milford Mariner for an astounding overnight cruise. As you cruise through the pristine beauty of Milford Sound, naturalist guides will provide commentary and point out the resident wildlife, gorgeous waterfalls, rainforest and mountains – you’re bound to encounter seals and if you’re lucky maybe even dolphins and penguins. When evening falls enjoy a delicious carvery buffet prepared freshly by the onboard chef.

Overnight: Milford Mariner – Breakfast and dinner included

Day 15: Te Anau

Begin the day with a tasty breakfast, before travelling back out to see more of the fiord. You’ll then return back to the wharf to meet your coach and embark on a picturesque drive to Te Anau. A cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the Glow Worm Caves is a great way to spend the afternoon today.

Overnight: Distinction Luxmore – Breakfast and dinner included

Day 16: Dunedin

Today you will travel to Dunedin. After a quick lunch you’ll board the Silver Fern railcar to soar up high into the clifftops and overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Blueskin Bay. Next up is the historic Edwardian Railway Station, and a great city tour. On return to Dunedin’s historic Edwardian Railway Station, board the coach for an informative city tour before arriving at your hotel.

Overnight: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross – Breakfast and dinner included

Day 17: Dunedin

A guided tour around Larnach Castle is the first port of call today. Afterwards, you’ll visit Glenfalloch Restaurant for a lovely morning tea before returning to the city for a bit of leisure time.

Overnight: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross – Breakfast and dinner included

Day 18: Christchurch

In the morning you will visit Olveston House – a prestigious historic home – before journeying to Oamaru to see its famous limestone. Your last evening will be spent at a farewell dinner with your fellow travel friends.

Overnight: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport – Breakfast and dinner included

Day 19: Christchurch

Today marks the end of your tour. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

What’s Included:

This incredible 19 day self-drive New Zealand trip starts at £5,499 per person…

  • Return scheduled flights from the UK
  • 18 cooked breakfasts including a speciality at Skyline restaurant, Rotorua
  • 14 dinners including Maori Hangi & Concert; Walter Peak Homestead & a Farewell dinner
  • 2 morning teas including an Ultimate High Tea at Larnach Castle
  • Travel on a modern 48 seater coach with reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Return airport transfers
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Experienced tour guide
  • 17 nights of 4* and 4*+ accommodation
  • Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
  • 3 rail journeys
  • 5 cruises
  • All sightseeing excursions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack

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