The scenic south island by exclusive charter train. Autumn provides a stunning panorama ofmagnificent southern mountain scenery, meandering rivers and coastal plains.
Experience the scenic south in style travelling by exclusive charter train. We travel by rail from Auckland to Wellington then also from Blenheim, along the Kaikoura coastline to Christchurch. We take the time to explore the City of Christchurch and the Akaroa Peninsula before we travel on the TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Greymouth and return. We continue by train South to Oamaru, Dunedin and Invercargill with surprises along the way. Our tour is planned at a leisurely pace with frequent two night stops and our tour escort ensures your 12 day tour is relaxing, fun and hassle free.
Board the popular ‘Northern Explorer’ train at The Strand in Parnell, Auckland or at any other designated stations on the main trunk line for the daylight adventure through lush rolling hills to Hamilton, Otorohanga and the King Country. Among today’s highlights are the circular climb up the famous engineering feat – the Raurimu
Spiral to the Central Plateau and Tongariro National Park with spectacular views of Mt Ruapehu. Continue on to Ohakune, Waiouru and alongside the Rangitikei River to Wellington for a one night stay. Enjoy a welcome dinner at our centrally located hotel.
After breakfast, enjoy a Wellington city tour including the Botanical Gardens and Mt Victoria before crossing Cook Strait by ferry to Picton. On arrival, travel by coach and check into our centrally-located hotel in Blenheim.
After breakfast, we include the Omaka Aviation Museum before a local vineyard lunch. We join our exclusive Charter Train for a leisurely journey to Christchurch. This special section of picturesque coastline railway line has recently opened following the 2016 earthquake and the opportunity to see the progress as you pass through Kaikoura, will create a lot of interest. Continue inland through the hill country of North Canterbury to Christchurch, arriving at our inner city hotel in the evening for a three night stay.
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.
Depart by coach for a tour of the Banks Peninsula. The drive has spectacular views overlooking bays and beaches before arriving in Akaroa with time to enjoy the history, harbour and French character. We return to Christchurch and the afternoon is free for you to enjoy the city.
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 to Christchurch.
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)
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 then travel 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 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 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. Enjoy a farewell Dinner tonight to end our
wonderful southern rail experience.
Transfer to the airport for return flights to Auckland or other destinations (please ask)
• 12 nights hotel accommodation
• Travel by Exclusive Charter Train Christchurch to Invercargill
• Northern Explorer Train included
• Coastal Pacific Train included
•Trans Alpine Train – return included
• Cooked breakfasts daily
• Seven lunches and 10 dinners
• All sightseeing and entrance fees as specified
• Commentaries provided by your drivers and guides
• Vanished World Experience in Duntroon
• Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows
• One way airfare home from Christchurch to Auckland (other destinations please ask)
• All gratuities are included
• Oamaru guided walking Tour
• Dunedin City Sights Tour
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Auckland - Auckland
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• A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on the tour
• FULL PAYMENT is due no later than 30 March 2022
• Bookings made after 30 March 2022 must be paid in full at time of booking
• Deposit – non refundable
• After 30 March 2022 – the tour is non refundable
• 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 $350 per person
We strongly advise all participants to take out suitable travel insurance to cover cancellation costs.
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The optional tours have always proved popular
Tuesday 10 May 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.
Sunday 15 May Royal Albatross Centre ( Dunedin ) $55 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).
These optional tours attract a separate charge and can be included at time of
final payment (see booking form).
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
• All travellers must be fully vaccinated and be able to provide a copy of the Ministry of Health Vaccine Record Card with proof of your full Covid-19 vaccination. It is important that the date of vaccination of your final dose is at least 14 days before the tour departure date.
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* Itinerary subject to change