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Stewart Island and The Catlins Rail Tour 2017

New Zealand

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.

  • Nugget Point- Catlins Coastline
  • Nugget Point Lighthouse
  • Stewart Island Bay
  • Oban-Stewart Island

Your travel itinerary

Tuesday 05 December

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 06 December

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 07 December

Thurs 07 Dunedin – Invercargil

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After breakfast, board our train and travel through Balclutha and Gore before arriving in Invercargill after lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy one of the southernmost cities in the world.

Friday 08 December

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.

Saturday 09 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 10 December


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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 11 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 12 December

Christchurch - Auckland

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Transfer to the airport for return flights to Auckland or other destinations.
*Itinerary and costs subject to change.


  • 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 Per Person * NZD Twin share

From Auckland & other joining towns $3,249

Single room supplement $550

Pre and Post tour accommodation available - please ask

*This is a cash / cheque price. Credit cards incur a 2% fee


  • 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 2017
  • Bookings made after 28 September will require full payment



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

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.

Travel Insurance

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

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