Tues 05 Auckland – Christchurch L D
Your adventure begins as we fly south to Christchurch with Air New Zealand. Enjoy lunch and then a city sights afternoon tour before enjoying a welcome dinner tonight at our central city hotel.
Wed 06 Christchurch - Dunedin B L D
We join our exclusive chartered train and travel south through rolling farmland and coastal inlets via Timaru and Oamaru, to arrive in Dunedin for an overnight stay.
Thurs 07 Dunedin – Invercargill B L D
After breakfast, board our train and travel through Gore and Balclutha before arriving in Invercargill after lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy one of the southernmost cities in the world.
Fri 08 Invercargill – Stewart Island - Invercargill B D
This morning we travel to Bluff and cross Foveaux Strait by large modern catamaran
to Stewart Island. Once on the island you can enjoy an optional leisurely cruise of
beautiful Paterson Inlet and Ulva Island or explore the small township of Oban by foot.
Return mid-afternoon to our Invercargill hotel. Dinner is included tonight. Stewart Island’s densely forested hills, tiny population and untouched coastline of rocky outcrops and creamy golden sand beaches make it a natural refuge for marine and bird life and a wonderful
destination for people who value nature and wild places.
Stewart Island Paterson Inlet Cruise with lunch included, this cruise will showcase some of Paterson Inlet’s stunning scenery with its hidden coves and unspoilt beaches. While on board, keep a look out for fur seals and penguins – you will see a lot of them around this area.
Paterson inlet is home to renowned wildlife sanctuary Ulva Island and we’ll stop there
for a 45 minute guided walk. The island is home to weka (native wood hen), bush
robins, rare saddlebacks and yellowheads amongst other species. (Group numbers are limited).
Stewart Island Village and Bays Tour
Gain an entertaining insight into New Zealand’s southernmost community and learn about the history and environment of Stewart Island. Our local guides enjoy sharing their knowledge of the area on this minibus tour of the Island. You will have plenty of time to get off the bus for photo stops and short walks. Highlights include a visit to the gateway to Rakiura National
Park at Lee Bay, beautiful Horseshoe Bay and Observation Rock with its stunning views of Paterson Inlet.
Sat 09 Invercargill – Catlins - Dunedin B L D
After breakfast we drive through the Catlins. Highlights include podocarp forests, rugged coastlines, hidden lakes and stunning waterfalls. The natural landscapes are enthralling
and the wildlife is extraordinary. We re-join the train in Balclutha before we continue
north to Dunedin.
Sun 10 Dunedin B
A free day to enjoy the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. Why not venture out to Signal Hill, the world’s steepest street or the Botanical Gardens. An optional tour to the Royal Albatross Centre on the Otago Peninsular is not be missed.
Mon 11 Dunedin - Christchurch B L D
After breakfast we head north along the coastal rail route through Palmerston, Oamaru Timaru and the plains via Ashburton to return to Christchurch and say farewell to our charter train. Farewell Dinner tonight to end our wonderful southern rail experience.
Tue 12 Christchurch – Auckland B
Transfer to the airport for return flights to Auckland or other destinations.
*Itinerary and costs subject to change.