This new Lower North Island Rail tour continues the expansion of our New Zealand Rail tour programme.
Our rail tour travels to Manawatu, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa and Wellington before travelling up the main trunk line to Auckland.
Experience the scenic lower North Island in style, travelling aboard our exclusive charter train – the refurbished Silver Fern Railcar.
Each carriage is comfortably equipped with full on-board facilities and spectacular viewing.
Panoramic windows offer uninterrupted views not seen when travelling by road.
Our tour escort and hosts ensure your seven day tour is relaxing, fun and memorable.
Each night we stay in comfortable hotels where all guest rooms have their own private facilities and all breakfasts are included.
Morning, afternoon teas and lunches on the train are included most days as well as many dinners.
Beginning in Auckland with selected pick-ups en-route, the ‘Silver Fern’ takes us through the lush farmlands of Waikato and King Country and up the iconic Raurimu Spiral to the Central Plateau with stunning views of Tongariro and Ruapehu (hopefully).
Highlights in Napier include a morning tannery tour, lunch at the Mission Estate and an afternoon with a difference at a local orchard.
Relax and enjoy the rail journey through the Central Hawkes Bay countryside that includes a special Mangatainoka Tui Brewery experience, including lunch in the Flagon Room.
The journey south continues through the Rimutaka Ranges before emerging at Upper Hutt and Wellington Harbour.
A morning city tour highlights New Zealand’s capital and the leisure afternoon allows time to explore Te Papa and the picturesque waterfront.
The main trunk line to National Park is another relaxing journey before arriving at the iconic Chateau Tongariro for a one night stay with time to explore the national park.
Board your Silver Fern Rail Car at The Strand in downtown Auckland or at any other regular station on the main trunk line for the daylight adventure through lush rolling hills to Hamilton, Otorohanga and Te Kuiti. Among today’s highlights are the circular climb up the famous engineering feat – the Raurimu Spiral to the Central Plateau and Tongariro National Park with spectacular views of Mt Ruapehu. Continue on to Ohakune, Waiouru and alongside the Rangitikei River to Palmerston North. Enjoy a welcome dinner at our centrally located hotel.
After breakfast our day begins with a city tour including Massey University, the Rose Gardens and a historic home.
Later take our chartered train from Palmerston North to Art Deco Napier for a two-night stay.
A leisurely start before a mid-morning tannery tour and onto the Mission Estate Vineyard for an included lunch. Continue on to a local orchard for a tour with a difference. Return to the hotel late afternoon with the evening free to relax and enjoy a meal at your leisure.
This morning we leave Napier by train through the Hawkes Bay countryside to the Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka for a tasting followed by a BBQ lunch. Continue our train journey to Wellington and transfer to our central city hotel. Dinner is included.
This morning enjoy a city tour including Mt Victoria and the spectacular Wellington Rose Gardens. In the afternoon enjoy free time in the Capital City.
After breakfast we re-join our chartered train and travel north crossing spectacular viaducts to our destination the Chateau Tongariro at National Park. Afternoon free to relax and enjoy this hidden gem of the central north island before our farewell dinner.
After a leisurely start, transfer to the National Park Station for our chartered train journey north. Experience the famous Raurimu Spiral for a second time before arriving in Auckland early evening.
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Twin Share||Single Supplement|
|Early Booking Discount if paid by 02 March 2018- Per Person||$200|
*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change
We strongly advise all participants to take out suitable travel insurance to cover cancellation costs. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.
Advantages of joining our chartered rail tours
Travelling alone? Don’t hesitate to book if you are on your own. Although we are unable to guarantee twin share accommodation for participants travelling individually, we will do our utmost to match suitable participants in share accommodation to avoid the single room supplement.
For those who prefer, we have rooms for sole use.
Can I extend my holiday?
Yes, it is possible to extend your holiday. Simply advise us before you make your final payment and we can organise your schedule.
At times, entering and exiting the train can be very demanding for those with limited mobility.
To ensure the tour is enjoyable for the whole group, a good standard of fitness is required and mobility frames and scooters are not practical or permitted.
Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change