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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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Akaroa, New Zealand

15 day South Island Natural Discovery

15 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Boutique lodges & hotels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Family touring, Scenic trains, Luxury touring, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours
  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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Dunedin City, New Zealand

Northbound Explorer Christchurch to Auckland self drive tour

21 days from Christchurch to Auckland

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Food & wine, Adventure, Family touring, Scenic trains, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
  Starting in Christchurch this tour visits Mt. Cook National Park, travels through the Southern Lakes region and into the deep south. Time to explore Dunedin and wildlife of the Otago Peninsula before crossing the rich farmland of Southland toward Te Anau and Fiordland National Park. There is a full day to explore Milford Sound including a Real Journeys Nature Cruise. Then to Queenstown for two nights with time to relax or enjoy the countless activities here. The West Coast Glaciers are next and two nights allow time to enjoy one of the many guided walk options or scenic flights. Travel across the Southern Alps to Christchurch aboard the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train. Continue north to Kaikoura and a chance to view the resident whales before heading into Abel Tasman National Park. Crossing the Cook Strait to the North Island spend 2 nights exploring the capital city, Wellington. Through the central plateau to Rotorua and its bubbling mud pools and Maori culture before arriving into the city of sails, Auckland.more
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Bay of Islands, New Zealand

The Length & Breadth 30 days North to South

30 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Food & wine, Family touring, Scenic trains, Honeymoon, Walking & hiking, Classic driving tours
 Experience the iconic attractions and hidden gems in this 30 day tour exploring the North and South Island in great detail. Explore the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Kaikoura, Dunedin, Te Anau and Milford, Queenstown and the West Coast Glaciers as well as the major cities. You’ll also spend time in more out of the way locations such as the Coromandel, the Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa and Abel Tasman National Park. Experience the diverse geography between the north and south, spectacular landscapes and the rich wildlife that inhabits our land and seas. This tour has something for everyone. This tour primarily utilises 4 star hotels however where this isn’t possible you'll stay in excellent quality bed and breakfasts or lodges.more
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Crown Range, Queenstown, New Zealand

8 Day Southern Highlights Tour

8 days from Queenstown to Queenstown

 Accommodation: Hotel 3 star
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, Family touring, Scenic trains, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
  This short South Island highlights tour takes you through the countryside of Canterbury, Otago, Southland and the West Coast. Along the way you’ll pass alpine lakes, enjoy views of the Southern Alps, explore the historic city of Dunedin and ride the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.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, Family touring, Scenic trains, National parks, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
  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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Sunset over Mount Cook

The Southern Circuit self drive tour

12 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, Family touring, Scenic trains, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
  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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TranzAlpine, New Zealand

Southern Alps & Southern Lakes self drive tour - reversed

9 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Adventure, Family touring, Scenic trains, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
  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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Cruise by boat in Milford Sound

Fiords, Glaciers and Mountains self drive tour

10 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Hotel 4 star
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Family touring, Scenic trains, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
 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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Wanaka Wineries, New Zealand

9 day South Island Wine Adventure

9 days from Christchurch to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Luxury Lodges & hotels
 Interests: Wildlife & nature, Food & wine, Family touring, Scenic trains, Luxury touring, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
 Discover two of the South Island’s highly regarded boutique wine regions while exploring the magnificent scenery of the Southern Alps, Southern Lakes and West Coast on this 9 day adventure tour.more
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Wellington, New Zealand

Auckland to Christchurch Family Adventure

19 days from Auckland to Christchurch

 Accommodation: Motels
 Interests: Adventure, Family touring, Scenic trains, Honeymoon, Classic driving tours
  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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