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Enjoy New Zealand's scenic train trips on your holiday

New Zealand is home to some of the most memorable scenic train journeys in the world, including the iconic TranzAlpine. Take the opportunity to see the world-renowned beauty of New Zealand's wilderness from the comfort of purpose-built carriages. Browse touring holiday itineraries featuring New Zealand scenic train trip experiences.

 

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Fox Glacier, West Coast, New Zealand

9 Day Queenstown to Wellington Adventure

9 days from Queenstown to Wellington

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, National parks, Scenic trains
 This 9 day tour starts in the Queenstown in the heart of the Southern Alps for an unforgettable holiday touring the South Island highlights and finishing in the ‘Coolest Little Capital’ Wellington City.more
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Dunedin City, New Zealand

Northbound Explorer Christchurch to Auckland self drive tour

21 days from Christchurch to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Scenic trains
 Starting in Christchurch this 3-week tour takes you around New Zealand's South Island before heading north to immerse yourself in the Maori culture. First, you'll visit the Mt Cook National Park, the Southern Lakes, cruise Milford Sound and meander up the dynamic west coast. Once you cross the Cook Strait you'll spend time in the quirky capital, journey the central plateau to the cultural centre, Rotorua. Highlights for many include a ride on the world-famous TranzAlpine Scenic Railway and perhaps catching a glimpse of a whale off the Kaikoura coast.more
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Akaroa, New Zealand

15 day South Island Natural Discovery

15 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, Luxury touring, Scenic trains, Walking & hiking, Wildlife & nature
 Explore and enjoy some of New Zealand's unique flora, fauna and scenery on this 15 day South Island tour.  You begin with an Akaroa Harbour Nature cruise which takes you out to see the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin.  In Dunedin you’ll enjoy a full day encounter with the unique marine life that inhabits the Otago Peninsula before heading south towards Fiordland National Park.  Experience the ‘Sound of Silence’ with an overnight cruise in the remote untouched wilderness of Doubtful Sound. No South Island trip is complete without time spent in the alpine playground of Queenstown then you continue to the beautiful West Coast.  Here you’ll marvel at the glaciers during your on-ice adventure, before crossing the Southern Alps on board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train back to Christchurch.more
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Calm morning in Fiordland, Milford Sound

Milford Sound Highlights tour

7 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Scenic trains
 Leaving Christchurch you will journey into the Mackenzie county and the alpine village of Lake Tekapo. The following day you will pass Lake Pukaki with views of Mt Cook on route to the ‘adventure capital’ of Queenstown.  From Queenstown you will take a luxury coach to Milford Sound, where you’ll enjoy a scenic nature cruise in the pristine fiord. You then travel north stopping at Franz Josef for a night to explore the glacier, before heading back to Christchurch via the Tranz Alpine Train.more
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Sunset over Mount Cook

The Southern Circuit self drive tour

12 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, Scenic trains, Wildlife & nature
  From Christchurch this tour takes you along the foothills of the Southern Alps to Mt. Cook National Park. It’s then onto Dunedin where you have a whole day to discover the unique wildlife of the Otago Peninsula.  Continue south to Te Anau and Milford Sound for you Real Journeys Nature Cruise, then to the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown where you have time to enjoy the countless activities on offer here and explore the natural beauty of the region. On your return to Christchurch you journey up the West Coast, with the highlight being the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers which you can experience during a heli-hike or scenic flight if you choose.  You’ll return to Christchurch aboard the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.more
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Cruise by boat in Milford Sound

Fiords, Glaciers and Mountains self drive tour

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, Scenic trains, Wildlife & nature
 This 10 day tour takes you to the icons of the South Island, with extra nights in Christchurch, Fiordland and Queenstown you'll have time to discover the charms of each destination. You begin with a journey past the mountains of the Southern Alps and turquoise waters of alpine lakes before arriving into Mt. Cook National Park.  Next you venture further south to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park.  Here you’ll explore the pristine wilderness on a Milford Sound nature cruise.  In Queenstown, the Adventure Capital, there’s time to enjoy the scenery and endless activities on offer before returning to Christchurch via the magnificent West Coast Glaciers.more
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Tranzalpine train, Arthur's Pass

The Southern Circuit self drive tour

12 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 3 star
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, National parks, Scenic trains
 Highlighting the best of what New Zealand's South Island has to offer this 12-day tour takes you through the foothills of the Southern Alps, Mt Cook National Park, Milford Sound and the "adventure capital" Queenstown. With all the best activity suggestions this tour is easily customisable and an itinerary that is sure to please. more
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TranzAlpine, New Zealand

Southern Alps & Southern Lakes self drive tour - reversed

9 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Honeymoon, Scenic trains, Wildlife & nature
 Starting and finishing in Christchurch this tour begins the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train from Christchurch to the wild West Coast. The West Coast Glaciers are next and two nights allow time to enjoy one of the many guided walk options or scenic flights. Then to Queenstown for two nights with time to relax or enjoy the countless activities here. You finish with a journey along the base of the Southern Alps, staying in the magnificent Mt Cook National Park before returning to Christchurch.more
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Wellington, New Zealand

Auckland to Christchurch Family Adventure

19 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Classic driving tours, Family touring, Scenic trains
  Explore Auckland the ‘City of Sails’ before venturing south to Waitomo and the world famous glow worm caves.  Rotorua and its Maori culture and adventure activities are next before spending a night at the rural retreat of Tarata Fishaway.  You have 2 nights in the funky capital city of Wellington, before crossing the Cook Strait to the South Island on the Interislander Ferry.  A whale watching cruise in the wildlife mecca of Kaikoura is included before arriving into Christchurch.  You then take a trip to Akaroa and swim with the world's smallest dolphin.  Continuing south you reach Mt Cook National Park's towering mountains and enjoy an iceberg encounter on the Tasman Glacier Lake.  In the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown you have time to explore the many activities on offer or simply enjoy the atmosphere and relax. The wild West Coast is next where rainforests meet glaciers and a helicopter trip here will be a highlight of your trip. The final leg returns you to Christchurch on board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train.more
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Arthur's Pass, New Zealand

South Island 23 day self drive tour

23 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Classic driving tours, Family touring, Food & wine, Scenic trains, Wildlife & nature
 This comprehensive tour carves a figure eight through spectacular South Island scenery.  From Christchurch travel through the Mackenzie Country to Mt Cook then on to Otago and Dunedin. A detailed exploration of Fiordland National Park follows, before heading north to Queenstown and then to the West Coast Glaciers. Crossing the Southern Alps enjoy a night in Arthur's Pass National Park before heading to the east coast and Kaikoura. Enjoy the Marlborough wine region and the golden sands of Abel Tasman National Park before turning south along the wild west coast. You return to Christchurch on board the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.more
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