Mountains and Lakes

Queenstown to Christchurch


The adventure day starts in Queenstown with a cruise on the Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station. After a sumptuous lunch we board 4 WD vehicles to travel the backroad via Mt Nicholas, past Lake Movara and Bullock Creek to arrive in Te Anau late afternoon. 

Our very comfortable charter train journey travels on lines now closed to general passenger services. Starting at Invercargill you will travel through to Christchurch with sightseeing stays in both Dunedin and Oamaru.


Your travel itinerary

Wednesday 23 August

Auckland - Queenstown

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Depart Auckland on a early afternoon Air New Zealand flight. On arrival you will transfer to your hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner.


Thursday 24 August


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Today is at leisure to enjoy ‘The Jewel of the South’. Maybe take the gondola to admire the panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu or for the more adventurous a helicopter ride above Lake Wakatipu. The choices are extensive. Dinner tonight is included.

Optional Helicopter Ride $360 per person - Fly past the canyons of the Shotover River, the ski slopes of Coronet Peak, and rural retreats and villages that Queenstowners call home. Experience an alpine landing on a craggy mountain precipice as you take in the striking views.

Friday 25 August

Queenstown - Te Anau

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A late morning departure and join the TSS Eanslaw and cruise to Walter Peak Station where a Gourmet BBQ lunch is served. During the stay there will be a rural demonstration plus time to visit their gardens. On the backroad journey there will be photostops. Two breaks enroute at Old Mt Nicholas Cottage and Bullock Creek.

Saturday 26 August

Milford Sound Cruise

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Drive through mountain beech forests framed by spectacular snow-capped mountains and the Homer Tunnel before emerging at Milford Sound for your lunch time cruise.

Sunday 27 August

Te Anau- Invercargill

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After a leisurely breakfast we travel along the scenic southern route and rich Southland countryside to Invercargill. A relaxing afternoon before dinner in our centrally located hotel. Why not discover the world class vintage truck collection at Bill Richardson Transport World, or learn about the legend of speed - Burt Munro at E Hayes Motorworks or visit the classic motorcycle meca. Or simply take a stroll through the Botanical Gardens.

Monday 28 August

Invercargill - Dunedin

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Join our private charter train and travel to Balclutha where we will join our coach and have a visit into the Caitlin’s to Nugget Point lighthouse before continuing onto Dunedin for a two night stay.


Tuesday 29 August


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This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the ‘Edinburgh of the South’ including Signal Hill, the world’s steepest street, Botanical Gardens, University and the Forsyth Barr sports stadium. The afternoon is free.

Optional Tour Royal Albatross Centre $55 per person

Albatross are the world’s largest seabirds. They normally breed on remote islands and spend at least 85 percent of their lives at sea, well away from land and human view. Dunedin’s Taiaroa Head is the only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony in the world and is a great day out from Dunedin (group numbers are limited).

Wednesday 30 August

Dunedin – Oamaru

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After breakfast rejoin our private train and continue to North Otago’s major city - Oamaru. This afternoon there is a local guided walking tour of Oamaru with its Victorian Precinct built of Oamaru stone. Steampunk has grown rapidly over the past 10 years to make Oamaru the “capital of Steampunk” in the world. 

Optional Tour Blue Penguin Colony visit (Oamaru) $38per person

The birds return from their days fishing, make their way across the beach, up a stony ramp and cross to the colony. The colony began when a small number of blue penguins began nesting in a rock quarry area at the edge of Oamaru Harbour in the early 1990s. Today it is Oamaru’s largest tourist attraction.


Thursday 31 August

Oamaru to Christchurch

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After breakfast continue north along the coastal rail route through Timaru and the plains via Ashburton to Christchurch, where we farewell our charter train. Dinner tonight in the hotel.

Friday 01 September


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A walking tour of the central city is included this morning, afternoon free. Enjoy a farewell Dinner tonight to end our wonderful southern rail experience.

Optional Tour Tranz Alpine $399 per person

Board the Tranz Alpine train to traverse the spectacular Southern Alps to the West Coast. Cross the Canterbury Plains through Darfield and climb the mountain range including a stop at Arthurs Pass. Our descent takes us through Otira and the renowned rain forests and wetlands to Greymouth. After some time to explore this West Coast town rejoin the train for your return journey to Christchurch.

Saturday 02 September

Christchurch – Auckland

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Transfer to the airport for return flights to Auckland or other destinations (please ask)



  • Airfare Auckland – Queenstown / Christchurch – Auckland. Other home destinations please ask.
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation
  • Travel by comfortable coach with panoramic windows
  • Travel by private exclusive charter train Invercargill to Christchurch
  • Cooked breakfast daily
  • 9 dinners
  • Four lunches
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as specified
  • Christchurch walking tour
  • TSS Earnslaw cruise and gourmet BBQ lunch at Walter Peak Station
  • An exclusive backroad journey in 4WD vehicle from Walter Peak Station to Te Anau
  • Milford Sound Luncheon Cruise
  • A side trip to Nugget Point, Catlins
  • Pukekohe Travel escorts


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 
   $5,395  $6,391

*This is a cash price. Credit cards will incur a 1.5% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


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Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required to secure your place on the tour.

  • Full payment is due not later than 01 July 2023

  • Bookings made after 01 July 2023 require full payment at time of booking


• Deposit – non-refundable

• Full payment – non-refundable

• No refund can be made one the tour is underway.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend participants to take out suitable travel insurance. Please ask for quote.


• If this tour is cancelled/postponed due to Covid-19 Government travel restrictions Pukekohe Travel reserves the right, in addition to any supplier imposed amendment and cancellation fees, to charge a service and administrative fee of $300 per person.

• If self-isolation requirements are imposed by the Ministry of Health whilst on tour, Pukekohe Travel accepts no liability for any additional
costs incurred.
• Pukekohe Travel will assist in every way possible to ensure any additional travel arrangements required are made with the minimal amount of disruption and in the most cost-effective manner.
• You cannot begin or continue to travel if you have received a positive Covid-19 test in the last 7 days or have been classed as a close contact by the Ministry of Health.

Health and Fitness

Walking tours are an important part of the itinerary and a good standard of health is required with the ability to walk on uneven surfaces and negotiate stairs. 

Terms and Conditions

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* Itinerary subject to change