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New Zealand Discovery Rail & Drive Tour

Auckland * Waitomo * Rotorua * Wellington * Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine trains * Franz Josef Glacier * Queenstown * Milford Sound Cruise * Christchurch

For those with limited time, this tour visits many of the "must-see" locations in both the North and South Islands. Included are two world famous scenic train journeys together with the ferry across the Cook Strait. With the freedom of your self-drive car, you can explore this beautiful land to your heart's content.

12 days from £2,995 per person twin share including 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 is by private car to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the "City of Sails".

Overnight (1): Auckland

Day 4 - Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua (366 kms/229 miles)

Collect your rental car from the downtown depot and make your own 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.

Overnight (1): Rotorua 

Day 5 - Rotorua - Wellington (460 kms/287 miles)

Spend some time exploring the geothermal wonders of Rotorua before heading south via Lake Taupo and the volcanic Tongariro National Park to Wellington - the capital city of New Zealand.

Overnight (1): Wellington

Day 6 - Wellington - Picton - Christchurch - on-board the InterIslander Ferry and Coastal Pacific train

Return the rental car to the Avis Rental Car Counter at the Interislander Ferry Terminal. Take the morning Interislander Ferry across Cook Strait and the picturesque Marlborough Sound to Picton. Upon arrival in Picton take the courtesy shuttle bus to the Rail Station. Depart Picton o­n the Coastal Pacific Train and travel down the East Coast during the afternoon to Christchurch. On arrival in Christchurch in the early evening, transfer by private car to your accommodation.

Overnight (1): Christchurch 

Day 7 - Christchurch - Greymouth (on-board the TranzAlpine train) - Franz Josef Glacier (driving distance, 205kms/128miles)

There is a private car transfer to the Rail Station before you depart Christchurch o­n the TranzAlpine train. Travel across Arthurs Pass to Greymouth o­n the West Coast. Upon arrival in Greymouth collect your Avis intermediate hire car, Toyota Camry or similar, and make your way south along the West Coast to Franz Josef Glacier.

Overnight (2): Franz Josef Glacier 

Day 8 - Franz Josef Glacier

Day at leisure to explore the Glacier.

Day 9 - 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 10 - Milford Sound Nature Cruise 

Today enjoy the Real Journeys scheduled seat-in-coach tour to Milford Sound via Te Anau. o­n arrival in Milford enjoy a cruise o­n the sound o­n board Real Journey's 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 with Real Journeys to Queenstown. 

Day 11 - Queenstown - Christchurch (484 kms/303 miles)

Depart Queenstown and travel via Lake Tekapo and the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. 

Overnight (1): Christchurch 

Day 12 - 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 an Air New Zealand flight back to the UK via Los Angeles. 

Day 13 - Arrive UK 


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*Available daily to New Zealand via Los Angeles

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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.

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2017 - 2018

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AucklandCopthorne Hotel Auckland CitySkycity Hotel Auckland
RotoruaHoliday Inn RotoruaRydges Rotorua
WellingtonMercure Wellington Abel TasmanCopthorne Hotel Oriental Bay
ChristchurchNovotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Heritage Christchurch
Franz Josef GlacierScenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Graham WingScenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Graham Wing
QueenstownCopthorne Resort Lakefront Millenium Queenstown
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
  • 9 nights’ accommodation (room only)
  • Private transfer from Auckland Airport to Auckland hotel
  • 7 days (2-North Island and 5-South Island) hire car - fully inclusive rental -intermediate, Toyota Camry or similar, automatic with unlimited kms
  • Entrance to Waitomo Caves
  • Interislander ferry
  • Transfer from Picton Harbour to railway station
  • Coastal Pacific train, Picton to Christchurch
  • 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
  • Airport drop charge of NZ$ 45.00 plus tax payable locally

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Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

This property is located 21.1 kilometres from Auckland International Airport (approximately 30 minutes) in central Auckland. It is within easy walking distance of Queen Street shopping, the Central Business District, Auckland University and many other key attractions. Auckland’s Viaduct Basin and Vector Arena are less than 10 minutes walk away and there is easy motorway access to greater Auckland and northern and southern gateways.
Sitting on the hills above Auckland's famous waterfront, the hotel offers both city and seascape views. Facilities available include porter services, same day dry cleaning/laundry, disabled access, postal & parcel services, wireless broadband internet access in public areas,

Number of Rooms: 110

All Standard Rooms are equipped with Sky TV, air-conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, high speed internet access, charge applies, sound proofed 'hush windows' and a balcony, views ranging from cityscapes, park lands or Waitemata Harbour views.


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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