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Top of the South Island

in the Autumn

Kiwis enjoy nothing more than sitting back in comfort and watching the world go by – in this case, the picturesque Top of the South Island in the Autumn.

Two memorable train journeys are included – The Tranz Alpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch and the Coastal Pacific from Christchurch  to Blenheim on our private charter train.

Highlights include

  • A tranquil Marlborough Sounds cruise
  • Picturesque Kaikoura Coast
  •  Scenic Southern Alps
  • Wild West Coast
  • Buller Gorge Hinterland
  • Punakaiki Rocks
  • Marlborough Vineyard Lunch
  • the Abel Tasman Coastline

Carriages are comfortably equipped with full on-board facilities and spectacular viewing through panoramic windows, offering uninterrupted views not seen when travelling by road.Travelling by rail, coach and launch allows you to become part of the fabulous scenery. Your tour escort will ensure your nine-day tour is relaxing, fun and memorable. Each night we stay in comfortable hotels where all guest rooms have their own private facilities.

Daily breakfasts, most lunches and many dinners are included on tour.We look forward to welcoming you on exclusive ‘Top of the South’ Rail Tour in the Autumn. 


“Loved the pace and the diversity’ – Sue & Al

 “It was a tour that will be remembered for a long time” – Annie

Your travel itinerary

Monday 29 April

Auckland – Nelson

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Fly with Air New Zealand to Nelson for a two night stay. On arrival there is time to relax or explore the town before a welcome dinner tonight.

Tuesday 30 April

Sightseeing Day

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Our tour of the region includes travelling to Motueka and the seaside village of Kaiteriteri with its picturesque golden sands. Board the scenic cruise along the Abel Tasman National Park coastline to Totaranui, passing Split Apple Rock on the way and return to Kaiteriteri. Lunch is served on-board. Return to Nelson by coach with scenic attractions along the way.

Wednesday 01 May

Nelson – Hokitika

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After breakfast depart by coach for Murchison and the Buller Gorge, continue on the scenic drive down the West Coast, stopping off at the nationally-acclaimed Punakaiki Rocks. If possible a brief visit to the former Brunner Mine site, scene of New Zealand’s worst mining disaster in 1896. Arriving at Hokitika for a one-night stay.

Thursday 02 May

Hokitika – Christchurch

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After breakfast we have time to explore the town of Hokitika before continuing on to Greymouth. We will have some time before boarding the Tranz Alpine Express to traverse the spectacular Southern Alps. On arrival we transfer to an inner city hotel for a two night stay. 

Friday 03 May


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This morning we have a walking tour of Christchurch before the rest of the day is yours to explore the city. 

Saturday 04 May

Christchurch – Blenheim

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This morning board our private charter train on the Coastal Pacific route along the coastline through North Canterbury and Kaikoura to Blenheim. On arrival we transfer to our hotel for a two night stay. Afternoon yours free to enjoy. 

Sunday 05 May


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After breakfast we depart for the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre to explore this unique exhibition before enjoying a relaxing lunch at a prestigious local vineyard. 

Monday 06 May

Blenheim - Picton

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Today starts with a drive to Picton, where we then take a commentated boat cruise in the Marlborough Sounds with lunch at Furneaux Lodge before returning to our overnight stay in Picton. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Tuesday 07 May

Picton – Auckland

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Transfer to Blenheim airport for return flight to Auckland* (or other destinations  please ask)



• Return Air New Zealand flights Auckland – Nelson // Blenheim - Auckland ( other main centres please ask )

•Coastal Pacific Route by exclusive charter train

• Tranz Alpine Train

• Cruise the Abel Tasman Coastline

• Eight nights hotel accommodation

• Marlborough Sounds Boat Cruise with lunch at Furneaux Lodge

•Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

•Lunch at a local vineyard in Blenheim

•Cooked breakfasts daily

•Four lunches and six dinners

•All sightseeing and entrance fees as specified

•Commentaries provided by your drivers and local guides

•Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows

•All transfers

•Luggage handling on tour


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 




*This is a cash or direct debit 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


• Cancellation insurance
• Items of a personal nature

Booking Conditions

•A non-refundable deposit of $400 per person will secure a place on the tour.

•FULL PAYMENT is due no later than 10 March 2024

•Bookings made after  10 March 2024 will require full payment.



• Deposit – non refundable

• After 10 March 2024 – no refund

• All cancellation charges are on a per   person basis.


General Information

Coastal Pacific and Tranz Alpine train journeys -These two world-renowned train routes travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand. Rocky coastlines, picturesque sea views, agricultural farmland, the rugged Southern Alps and historical towns all make the journey a wonderful experience.

Punakaiki - This small West Coast community is a popular tourist attraction with its limestone pancakeshaped rocks and blowholes that produce spectacular water formations.

Buller Gorge - The scenic drive through gorges and dense forest follows the Buller River towards its source – Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes, passing through the iconic towns of Murchison and Inungahua on the way to Nelson.

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise all participants to take out suitable travel insurance to cover cancellation costs. Please contact us for a quote.  



Health and Fitness

At times, entering and exiting the train can be very demanding for those with limited mobility. A good standard of health and fitness is required and clients should be independently mobile. Mobility frames and wheelchairs are not practical or permitted.

Termns and Conditions

• For full terms and conditions please visit our website www.pukekohetravel.co.nz/termsandconditions or ask our tour consultant for a copy

Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change