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Stewart Island and the Catlins

By Exclusive Charter Train

Experience the scenic south 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 8 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.

This exclusive tour will include a day trip to Stewart Island. The 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 ‘must do’ for every New Zealander.

The Journey through the Catlins by luxury coach will include podocarp forests, rugged coastlines, hidden lakes and stunning waterfalls. The natural landscapes are enthralling and the wildlife is extraordinary.

This is a special tour; seats are limited and will sell quickly.

We look forward to welcoming you on our Stewart Island and the Catlins Rail Tour.

Your travel itinerary

Tuesday 27 November

Auckland – Christchurch

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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.

Wednesday 28 November

Christchurch - Dunedin

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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.

Thursday 29 November

Dunedin – Invercargill

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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.

Friday 30 November

Invercargill – Stewart Island - Invercargill

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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.

Saturday 01 December

Invercargill – Catlins - Dunedin

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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.

Sunday 02 December

Dunedin

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.

Monday 03 December

Dunedin - Christchurch

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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.

Tuesday 04 December

Christchurch – Auckland

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Transfer to the airport for return flights to Auckland or other destinations.

Inclusions

  • Travel on an exclusive chartered train
  • Seven nights hotel accommodation (see details)
  • Cooked breakfasts daily
  • Five lunches and six dinners
  • Morning and afternoon tea on board the train
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as specified
  • Commentaries provided by your experienced escort, drivers and local guides
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows
  • Return airfares from Christchurch to Auckland and other destinations (conditions apply)
  • Luggage handling on tour

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle Supplement
   $3,367 +$615

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment

Exclusions

  • 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 28 September 2018
  • Bookings made after 28 September 2018 will require full payment.

Cancellations

  • Deposit – non refundable
  • After 28 September 2018 – no refund
  • All cancellation charges are on a per-person basis.
  • No refund can be made once tour is underway.

Travel Insurance

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

Optional Tours

 Fri 30 Nov   Ulva Island Explorer                  $95 per person

With lunch included this cruise will showcase some of Paterson Inlet’s stunning scenery with its hidden coves and un-spoilt 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 woodhen), bush robins, rare saddlebacks and yellowheads amongst other species. (Group numbers are limited).

 Fri 30 Nov              Stewart Island Village and Bays Tour                     $45 per person

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 mini-bus 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 of Rakiura National Park at Lee Bay, beautiful Horseshoe Bay and Observation Rock with its stunning views of Paterson Inlet.               

 Sun 2 Dec            Royal Albatross Centre (Dunedin)                 $50 per person

Albatrosses 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 wonderful day out from Dunedin. The tour includes some walking to see the nesting Albatross (numbers are limited).

  These optional tours attract a separate charge. These options can be included at time of final payment (see booking form)

         

Health and Fitness

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 with the ability to comfortably walk 400 metres. Mobility frames 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

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