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Complete New Zealand Rail & Drive Tour

Auckland * Bay of Islands * Waitomo * Rotorua * Wellington * Picton * Christchurch * TranzAlpine Train * Greymouth * Franz Josef Glacier * Queenstown * Te Anau * Milford Sound cruise * Invercargill * Dunedin * Christchurch

Our ever-popular Complete New Zealand Fly drive tour with the addition of the renowned TranzApline Train from Christchurch to Greymouth. Take in the scenic splendour of the Southern Alps, in what has been described as o­ne of the world’s most spectacular train journeys. With ample time to explore New Zealand’s iconic sights this tour includes admission to several attractions, together with cruises around the Bay of Islands and the incomparable Milford Sound.

23 days from £4,586 per person twin share + flights


Day 1 - UK - Auckland

Depart London Heathrow o­n a scheduled Air New Zealand flight to Auckland via Los Angeles.

Day 2 - In flight

Day 3 - Arrive Auckland

Arrival in Auckland is during the late morning. Transfer by private car to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure to start to explore the "City of Sails".

Overnights (2): Auckland 

Day 4 - Auckland - Bay of Islands 

Join the full day scheduled seat-in-coach tour to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Upo­n arrival enjoy the famous "Hole in the Rock" cruise. A picnic lunch is included today. At the end of your tour the driver will drop you off at your hotel.

Day 5 - Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua (370 kms/231 miles) 

Collect your hire car and depart Auckland and make your way south to Rotorua via Waitomo. Entrance to the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves is included for you to experience a guided tour of this ancient labyrinth of limestone caverns.

Overnights (2): Rotorua

Day 6 - Rotorua

Today enjoy sightseeing the Rotorua area. Visits are included to Te Puia - Maori Arts & Crafts Institute and Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, Paradise Valley Springs or Rainbow Springs, the Agrodome Sheep Show, Skyline Gondola and the Polynesian Spa. This evening enjoy a Maori "Hangi" (dinner) and concert held o­n a local Marae. 

Day 7 - Rotorua - Wellington (460 kms/287 miles)

Depart Rotorua and head south via Lake Taupo and the volcanic Tongariro National Park to Wellington - the capital city of New Zealand.

Overnights (2): Wellington 

Day 8 - Wellington

A day to explore this attractive city. Perhaps visit the internationally renowned "Te Papa" museum or take the cable car to the top of Mount Victoria and walk back through the glorious botanic gardens.

Day 9 - Wellington – Picton

Time to swap the North Island for the South Island. Return your hire car to the Counter at the Interislander Ferry Terminal and take the morning Interislander Ferry across the Cook Strait taking in the picturesque Marlborough Sound en route to Picton.

Overnights (1): Picton 

Day 10 – Picton - Christchurch

Today take the Intercity Coach from Picton to Christchurch taking in some amazing scenery along the way. Travel along the Wairua Valley as you head into Victoria Forest park, as you wind your way to the coast and Christchurch.

Overnights (2): Christchurch 

Day 11 - Christchurch

Spend today in the lovely "garden city" of Christchurch - renowned for its historic architecture. Perhaps stroll through the gardens of Mona Vale, or take a punt o­n the River Avon. 

Day 12 - Christchurch - Greymouth on-board the TranzAlpine Train

There is a private car transfer to the Rail Station before you depart Christchurch o­n the TranzAlpine train and travel across Arthurs Pass in the Southern Alps to Greymouth o­n the West Coast. O­n arrival at Greymouth collect your hire car and make your way to your accommodation.

Overnight (1): Greymouth 

Day 13 - Greymouth - Franz Josef (205 kms/128 miles)

Depart Greymouth/Hokitika and continue south to Franz Josef Glacier.

Overnights (2): Franz Josef

Day 14 - Franz Josef 

Spend time today in the area around Franz Josef. Perhaps take part in a guided walk to the foot of the Franz Josef Glacier, or onto the ice itself. Alternatively, enjoy a helicopter sightseeing flight over the icefields.

Day 15 - Franz Josef Glacier - Queenstown (404 kms/253 miles) 

Depart Franz Josef and continue down the West Coast via Haast Pass, the Kawarau Gorge and along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea to Queenstown.

Overnights (2): Queenstown

Day 16 - Queenstown

Experience some of the range of activities that this township offers or, for those seeking a more tranquil day, perhaps take a cruise across the lake o­n the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. 

Day 17 - Queenstown - Te Anau (170 kms/106 miles)

Depart Queenstown and make your way to Te Anau, gateway to the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park.

Overnights (2): Te Anau

Day 18 - Milford Sound 

Today enjoy the Real Journeys scheduled coach tour to Milford Sound. In Milford enjoy a cruise o­n the sound o­n board a Nature Cruise (only operates 01 Oct-30 Apr, during May-Sep the Nature Cruise will be substituted with the Scenic Cruise). Picnic lunch is available o­n board at an extra cost. After your cruise return to Te Anau for overnight.

Day 19 - Te Anau - Invercargill (160 kms/100 miles)

Depart Te Anau and make your way to Invercargill.

Overnight (1): Invercargill 

Day 20 - Invercargill - Dunedin (220 kms/138 miles)

Depart Invercargill and drive to Dunedin via the Southern Scenic route along a wild coastline and through the magnificent landscape of the Catlins (one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets) to the university town of Dunedin.

Overnight (1): Dunedin

Day 21 - Dunedin - Christchurch (360 kms/225 miles) 

Depart Dunedin and make your way back up the East Coast to Christchurch.

Overnight (1): Christchurch 

Day 22 - Depart Christchurch 

Time this morning for final sightseeing or last minute souvenir shopping before you make your way to Christchurch Airport to return your rental car. Check in for your flight to Auckland, where you will connect with a Air New Zealand flight via Los Angeles back to the UK. 

Day 23 - Arrive UK  


Why not extend your holiday with a stopover in Los Angeles? This can be included as part of your outward or return journey (or both) and for many the journey thus becomes part of the holiday. Please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss accommodation options, as well as transfers and sightseeing possibilities - we are very happy to tailor make your holiday to your own requirements.

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Available in conjunction with your TransAtlantic and TransPacific Flights with Air New Zealand between London and to/from Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle. Details on request.

 Departing Between  

2017 - 2018

 Standard Hotels 

Twin Share

 Superior Hotels 

Twin Share

November 01 - 30 £4,635 £4,915
December 01 - 08 £4,586 £4,832
December 09 - 13 £4,846 £5,114
December 14 - 19 £4,940 £5,114
December 20 - 23 £4,490 £5,364
December 24 - 31 £4,846 £5,295
January 01 - 06 £4,949 £5,315
January 07 - 19 £4,949 £5,237
Januay 20 - 21 £4,949 £5,276
January 22 - 26 £4,949 £5,226
January 27 - 31 £4,949 £5,295
February 01 - 14 £4,934 £5,376
February 15 - 16 £4,651 £5,093
February 17 - 25 £4,714 £5,016
February 26 £4,792 £5,016
February 27 - 28 £4,686 £5,016
March 01 - 31 £4,686 £5,016
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Standard HotelsSuperior Hotels
AucklandRamada Suites AucklandSkycity Hotel Auckland
RotoruaHoliday Inn RotoruaRydges Rotorua
WellingtonMercure Wellington Abel TasmanCopthorne Hotel Oriental Bay
PictonBeachcomber InnBeachcomber Inn
ChristchurchNovotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Heritage Christchurch
GreymouthKingsgate Hotel Greymouth Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth
Franz Josef GlacierScenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Graham WingScenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Douglas Wing
QueenstownCopthorne Lakefront Hotel & ResortMillennium Hotel Queenstown
Te AnauKingsgate Hotel Te AnauDistinction Te Anau Hotel
InvercargillAscot Park Hotel Ascot Park Hotel
DunedinMercure Dunedin Leisure LodgeScenic Hotel Dunedin City
ChristchurchNovotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Heritage Christchurch


  • Scheduled Air New Zealand flights in Economy Class from London Heathrow to Auckland with return from Christchurch
  • All pre-payable airport taxes, security charges and the UK Air Passenger Duty
  • 19 nights’ accommodation room only unless stated
  • Private transfer from Auckland Airport to Auckland hotel
  • 15 days fully inclusive rental of an intermediate, Toyota Camry or similar, automatic car with unlimited kms
  • Full day excursion to Bay of Islands, including return coach transfers and "Hole in the Rock" cruise
  • Entrance to Waitomo Caves and Rotorua attractions
  • Maori "Hangi" and concert
  • Interislander ferry
  • InterCity Coach
  • TranzAlpine train, Christchurch to Greymouth
  • Return private transfers from Christchurch railway station to Christchurch hotel
  • Full day excursion to Milford Sound, including return coach transfers and cruise
  • All taxes

Not Included

  • Fuel for hire car
  • Meals (unless indicated)
  • Airport drop charge of NZ$45.00 plus tax payable locally

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Ramada Suites Auckland


Skycity Hotel Auckland

This property is located 20.7 kilometres from Auckland International Airport (approximately 30 minutes), in the heart of Auckland City. It is within two minutes walking distance of the main shopping area of Queen Street and a quick 10 minute walk from Britomart – Auckland's central bus and train station, as well as being adjacent to the Sky Tower complex.
Experience New Zealand's premier entertainment destination. Recently refurbished, this modern and spacious hotel allows you to relax in style while enjoying the world-class casino, more than 25 restaurants, cafes and bars, a theatre and free live entertainment, all right on your doorstep. Enjoy all of the guest services and amenities that make a top-class hotel, including 24 hour room service, a babysitting service, multi-lingual staff and daily laundry and dry-cleaning services.  Free Wifi Property Wide

Number of Rooms: 325

The Premium Non Harbour Rooms have a modern bathroom with combined bath/shower, SKY TV, a minibar and refrigerator, air-conditioning, a chaise lounge, a sound proofing and complete blackout curtains and an in room safe. The Premium Harbour Rooms have all the luxury and space of the Non Harbour Rooms, but with harbour views and a  separate bath and shower. The Premium Suites include a spacious living and dining area, a separate bedroom, a modern bathroom with separate bath and shower, two plasma televisions, bathrobes for in-room use, a business desk and expansive city or courtyard views.



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