The opportunity to enjoy whale watching at Kaikoura and spend two nights at Aoraki / Mount Cook staying in the Hermitage Hotel are two of the highlights of our new rail / coach tour of central South Island.
Travel by train to observe the recovery of earthquake-torn Kaikoura, enjoy time to explore the beauty and serenity of the Mt Cook National Park and relax in the coastal city of Oamaru.
Our exclusive chartered train and coach travels alongside snow-fed lakes, rivers, hydro dams, majestic alps and high country stations – all in sharp contrast to the fertile plains of Canterbury.
Depart Auckland Airport to arrive in Christchurch around midday. Transfer to inner-city hotel with the balance of the day free to explore the city centre at leisure.
Welcome Dinner tonight.
This morning join the Silver Fern railcar for the picturesque journey across the Canterbury Plains to Oamaru. Check into hotel. After lunch enjoy time to explore the heritage stone architecture, public gardens, museums and possibly the penguin colony.
Depart by coach and travel up the Waitaki Valley past Aviemore and Benmore power stations to Omarama – the gliding capital of New Zealand and on to Twizel. Enjoy the scenic drive alongside Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook / Aorangi for a two night stay.
A day to explore the national park at leisure. The many optional activities include numerous day walks and a weather-permitting Big Sky Stargazing experience. An all-day pass to the Sir Edmond Hillary Alpine Centre is included. A day in the area is very special.
Drive alongside the lakes and tussock of Mackenzie Country, Tekapo and Fairlie to Timaru where we re-board the Silver Fern for our return rail journey to Christchurch. Check into our hotel.
A special day as we join our Silver Fern for our journey through farmland and along the coastline to a rejuvenated Kaikoura following the 2016 earthquake. The highlight will be the wonderful whale-watching experience and your camera is a necessity. Later return by train to Christchurch for our Farewell Dinner.
Transfer to the airport for return flights to Auckland or other main destinations.
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Auckland - Auckland
|One night Auckland - pre tour||Price on application|
|Extra night Christchurch – post tour||Price on application|
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* Itinerary subject to change