New Zealand has its own Winter Wonderland. We have combined a coach into the Hermitage at Mt Cook with a chartered private train that will give you the opportunity to experience the lower South Island at a different time of year.
Your journey starts by private train down the coast from Christchurch pauses for two nights in Oamaru to explore this Victorian town and sightsee in the area. Then rejoin the train and travel on to Invercargill for a further two nights before returning to Dunedin. From here travel is by coach up the Waitaki River via Lake Aviemore and Omarama to Mt Cook and the iconic Hermitage Hotel which promises to be a winter highlight.
Depart mid-morning from Auckland on Air New Zealand to arrive Christchurch at midday. This afternoon enjoy walking tour of rebuilt Christchurch, with the balance of the day free. Welcome Dinner tonight.
We join our exclusive chartered train and travel south through rolling farmland and coastal inlets via Timaru to arrive in Oamaru for a two night stay. This evening join an optional tour to visit the Blue Penguin Colony of Oamaru.
Optional Tour Blue Penguin Colony visit (Oamaru) $32 per 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.
After breakfast join our local guide for a fascinating 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. Free time to enjoy lunch. Continue onto Duntroon to visit the Vanished World Centre and learn about the unique fossil history of this area.
After breakfast, board our train and travel through Dunedin, Gore and Balclutha before arriving in Invercargill, to enjoy one of the southernmost cities in the world.
This morning we will have an excursion to Bluff before a free afternoon to explore the city. 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 simply take a stroll through the botanical gardens.
Rejoin our train and travel to Balclutha where we will join our coach and have short visit into the Caitlin’s to Nugget Point lighthouse before continuing onto Dunedin for a two night stay.
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. An optional tour to the Dunedin Royal Albatross Centre is available this Afternoon
Optional Tour Royal Albatross Centre $52 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 great day out from Dunedin (group numbers are limited).
After breakfast we travel north to Oamaru and then inland alongside the Waitaki river passing through Duntroon, Kurow, the Benmore Dam, Omarama, the gliding Capital of New Zealand before arriving at Mt Cook for our two night stay.
A day to participate in optional activities and / or simply enjoying the area at your leisure. The Sir Edmond Hilary Alpine Centre is included in your stay.
Where science meets entertainment for an unrivalled 360 degree cinematic experience in New Zealand’s first full dome, digital Planetarium. Leave Earth, fly to the edge of our galaxy and far beyond to the reaches of our known universe.You will be given an introduction and orientation in the Planetarium, a guided tour through our solar system and beyond.
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
Your Explorer pass will enable you to visit the centre which features a 3D movie theatre, planetarium and museum – valid for the duration of your stay. You’ll find the museum showcasing the history of the Mount Cook region through transport, climbing, and pioneer extraordinaire, Sir Edmund Hillary himself.
Mt Cook Day Walks
For the more energetic walks are available, taking in some of the breath-taking views of the mountains and valleys. The Hooker Valley walk is the best.
Tasman Lake Cruise Enjoy an hours cruise on Tasman Lake and see Icicles and the glacier up close.
We depart Mt Cook National Park after breakfast returning again past the azure waters of Lake Pukaki, through Tekapo, Fairlie and Geraldine across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Farewell dinner tonight.
Transfer to the airport for return flights to Auckland or other destinations (please ask)
We offer an extension on the Tranz Alpine
Thursday 26 Christchurch - Greymouth - Christchurch B
Today 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
Friday 27 Christchurch - Auckland B
Return flight to Auckland or other destinations (please ask)
Extension Cost Per Person
Twin Share $325
Transfers not included
• Airfare Auckland - Christchurch return (other destinations please ask)
• Ten nights hotel accommodation
• Travel by exclusive charter train
• Travel comfortable coaches with panoramic windows
• Cooked breakfast daily
• Three lunches, Seven dinners
• All sightseeing and entrance fees as specified
• Christchurch and Oamaru walking tours
• Dunedin city sights tour
• Pukekohe Travel escorts
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Auckland - Auckland
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• Cancellation insurance
• Items of a personal nature
• Items not specified
A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required to secure your place on the tour.
Full payment is due not later than 25 June 2021
Bookings made after 25 June 2021 – full payment at time of booking
• Deposit – non-refundable
• After full payment – non-refundable
• All cancellations are on a per person basis
• No refund can be made once the tour is underway.
• If this tour is cancelled due to Covid 19 government travel restrictions, and a refund is available,Pukekohe Travel reserves the right in addition to any supplier imposed amendment and cancellation fees, to charge a service and administrative fee of $100 per person
• We strongly recommend participants to take out suitable insurance to cover cancellation costs. Please ask for quote.
• Christchurch 12 3
• Invercargill 11 2
• Mt Cook 10 0
To ensure the tour is enjoyable for the whole group, a good standard of fitness is required and clients should be able to walk comfortably for at least 500 metres.
Walking frames and wheelchairs are not practical or permitted.
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* Itinerary subject to change