What better location to enjoy a mid-winter celebration than in the alpine surroundings of Mount Cook.
Our fourth New Zealand Rail Tour combines rail and coach with two nights at the Hermitage Hotel at Mount Cook, situated at the head of Lake Pukaki - a major highlight.
Last year’s group experienced beautiful sunshine and clear blue skies.
Meander by rail across the South Canterbury plains to Timaru and journey by coach through the McKenzie countryside to Mount Cook.
Enjoy two nights in the pristine alpine surroundings with several exciting optional activities and a sumptuous Mid-Winter Christmas Dinner.
Travelling down the Waitaki Valley past Benmore Dam and Lake Aviemore to the North Otago city of Oamaru will be a first for many.
Re-join our train in Oamaru for the journey back to Dunedin and fly home the same day.
Depart mid-morning from Auckland on Air New Zealand to arrive Christchurch at midday. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, followed by a city tour. Check into hotel with the balance of the day free. Welcome Dinner.
After breakfast, board the train for our journey across the Canterbury Plains to Timaru. Transfer by coach through Fairlie and Tekapo, passing the azure waters of Lake Pukaki on the way to Mount Cook. After checking in, there will be time for orientation of the Mount Cook National Park before dinner.
A day to participate in optional activities and / or simply enjoying the area at your leisure. Tonight’s highlight will be a sumptuous Mid-Winter Christmas Dinner served in traditional winter surroundings.
After breakfast, leave the national park for our scenic journey down the Waitaki Valley passing through Omarama, the gliding capital of New Zealand, Benmore Dam, Kurow and Duntroon. Arrive in Oamaru for a one-night stay. Afternoon at leisure before our Farewell Dinner tonight.
After breakfast, transfer to the station for our train journey through rolling farmland and past coastal inlets to Dunedin. Transfer to the airport for our flight to Auckland or other destinations.
Flights can be arranged from any other New Zealand airport and the tour is available as a land-only option (Christchurch to Dunedin). Please contact us for a quote.
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Auckland - Auckland
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Where science meets entertainment for an unrivalled 360 degree cinematic experience in New Zealand’s first full dome, digital Planetarium. Leave Earth, fly to the edge of our galaxy and far beyond to the reaches of our known universe. You will be given an introduction and orientation in the Planetarium, a guided tour through our solar system and beyond.
Sir Edmond Hillary Alpine Centre
Your Explorer pass will enable you to visit the centre which features a 3D movie theatre, planetarium and museum – valid for the duration of your stay.
Mt Cook Day Walks (Optional)
For the more energetic, full and half-day guided walks are available, taking in some of the breath-taking views of the mountains and valleys.
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