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The Ultimate Train Journey

Auckland to Invercargill

Spring provides a stunning panorama of magnificent 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.

Our Auckland to Invercargill South Island Rail Tour gives you an armchair ride through some of the world’s most stunning scenery – Aotearoa

Your travel itinerary

Thursday 11 November

Thursday 11 Auckland – Wellington

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Board the popular ‘Northern Explorer’ train at The Strand in Parnell, Auckland or at any other designated stations on the main
trunk line. 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.

Friday 12 November

Wellington – Picton - Blenheim

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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 to Blenheim and check into our centrally located hotel.

Saturday 13 November

Blenheim – Christchurch

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After breakfast, we include the Omaka Aviation Museum before lunch at a local Marlborough Vineyard. We join the Coastal Pacific 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 two night stay.

Sunday 14 November

Christchurch

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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.

Monday 15 November

Christchurch – Greymouth – Christchurch

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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 a shortbreak to explore this West Coast town rejoin the train for your return journey to Christchurch.

Tuesday 16 November

Christchurch – Oamaru

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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 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.

Wednesday 17 November

Oamaru

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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.

Thursday 18 November

Oamaru – Dunedin

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After breakfast, board our train and experience spectacular coastal views as we approach the Southern City of Dunedin. The
afternoon is free to enjoy the city.

Friday 19 November

Dunedin

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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).

Saturday 20 November

Dunedin – Invercargill

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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 Invercargill for a two night stay.

Sunday 21 November

Invercargill

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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.

Monday 22 November

Invercargill - Queenstown

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After breakfast we drive north through the rich Southland countryside into Otago following the Lake Wakatipu shoreline to Queenstown. This afternoon is at your leisure. Maybe some final shopping or take the gondola to admire the panoramic views or for the more adventurous a helicopter ride above the lake and mountains.  Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner.

 

Tuesday 23 November

Queenstown – Auckland

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Transfer to the airport for return flights to Auckland or other destinations (please ask)

Inclusions

• 12 nights hotel accommodation
• Travel by Exclusive Charter Train
Christchurch to Invercargill
• Northern Explorer Train
• Coastal Pacific Train
• Trans Alpine Train return 
• Cooked breakfasts daily
• Six lunches and 10 dinners
• All sightseeing and entrance fees as specified
• Commentaries provided by your drivers and guides
• Comfortable air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows
• One way airfare home from Christchurch to Auckland (other destinations please
ask)
• All gratuities are included
• Blenheim Vineyard Lunch
• Omaka Aviation Centre
• Oamaru guided walking Tour
• Duntroon Vanished World Centre
• Dunedin City Sights Tour

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 
   $5,895  $6,642

*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

•Travel insurance – please ask us for a quote

•Items of a personal nature

Booking Conditions

•A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on the tour
•FULL PAYMENT is due no later than 08 October 2021

•Bookings made after 08 October 2021 must be paid in full at time of booking

Cancellations

• Deposit – non refundable
• After 08 October 2021 – 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 $250 per person

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

The options below proved popular with our previous groups. They attract a separate charge and can be included at time of final payment (see booking form)


Tuesday 16 November 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.


Friday 19 November Royal Albatross Centre ( Dunedin ) $55 per person
Olveston is an authentic and original historic home depicting the life of a wealthy merchant family in the early part of the twentieth century.
It is a time capsule as little has changed inside the house since it was occupied as a family home between 1906 to 1966.

Health and Fitness

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


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

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