Autumn provides a stunning panorama of magnificent southern mountain scenery, meandering rivers and coastal plains. Experience the scenic south in style travelling by train and luxury coach. We travel by rail from Auckland to Wellington then also from Picton, 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. The West Coast, Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Stewart Island are all included before a special day in The Catlins. Our tour is planned at a leisurely pace with frequent two night stops and our tour escort ensures your 14-day tour is relaxing, fun and hassle free.
Board your carriage on the Northern Explorer train for the daylight journey
from Auckland to Wellington. Among today’s highlights is the circular climb
up the famous engineering feat – the Raurimu Spiral and enjoy spectacular
views of Mt Ruapehu. Continue alongside the Rangitikei River to Palmerston North, before the scenic Kapiti Coast and the run into the capital for an overnight stay. Welcome dinner tonight.
Enjoy a morning city tour, before arriving at the ferry for an early afternoon Cook Strait crossing to the picturesque Marlborough Sounds. Arrive in Picton late afternoon and continue to Blenheim for a one night stay.
A leisurely morning before a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in
Blenheim followed by a vineyard lunch. We then continue our journey onboard
the Coastal Pacific Train travelling along the picturesque Kaikoura Coast to
Christchurch. We pass through Kaikoura famous for its whale watching and head inland through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury.
Depart by coach for a day on Banks Peninsula. The drive through natural
beauty has spectacular views overlooking bays and beaches before arriving in Akaroa. Time to enjoy the history, shops, harbour and French character. Lunch at own expense before returning to Christchurch.
This morning board the Tranz Alpine train to journey across the spectacular
Southern Alps to the rugged West Coast. We climb the mountain range
with scenic stops along the way including Arthurs Pass. We continue
through the renowned rain forests and wetlands to arrive in Greymouth.
Transfer to our coaches and enjoy a scenic drive to Franz Josef for our two
A sightseeing day to this unique part of New Zealand, passing through typical
west coast bush and rain forests to Hokitika (famous for its greenstone). If
you prefer an optional helicopter ride to Franz Josef Glacier and Mt Cook is
available. Return to Franz Josef for dinner and a relaxing evening.
Today our journey continues south past Fox Glacier winding through
lush forests and eventually back to the coast to Haast before catapulting
you into the mountains and over one of the most spectacular mountain
passes, the Haast Pass. The road then continues alongside the two
snow fed lakes of Wanaka and Hawea before entering the wine country at
Cromwell and on into the Kawarau Gorge arriving into Queenstown late
afternoon for a two night stay.
Today is at leisure to enjoy ‘The Jewel of the South’. Maybe take the gondola
to admire the panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu or for the more adventurous
a helicopter ride above Lake Wakatipu. The choices are extensive. This evening we enjoy a Lake Cruise on board the TSS Earnslaw for a special dinner at Walter Peak Station.
After breakfast we follow Lake Wakatipu shoreline through farmland to beautiful
Lake Te Anau for a two night stay. An afternoon optional tour is available to the
Te Anau Glow Worm Caves.
Drive through mountain beech forests framed by spectacular snow-capped
mountains and through Homer Tunnel before emerging at Milford Sound for
your lunch time cruise.
After breakfast we drive along the scenic southern route and rich Southland
countryside to Invercargill. After lunch the afternoon is free. 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
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.
Stewart 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 wonderful destination for people who value nature and wild places.
After breakfast we drive through the Catlins. Highlights include podocarp
forests, rugged coastlines, hidden lakes and stunning waterfalls. The natural
landscapes are enthralling. We continue north to Dunedin to our inner city hotel
and our farewell dinner.
After a leisurely morning we depart for Dunedin airport to fly home
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|$ 5259||$ 6,663|
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The optional tours have always proved popular
Tuesday 03 Franz Josef and Fox Glacier Helicopter Flight, $280 per person
Imagine flying the entire length of the Fox Glacier and there is time for a glacier snow landing before descending the Glacier Valley,
with the mountains behind.
Thursday 05 Queenstown Helicopter Flight $280 per person
Look down on spectacular scenery as you cross Lake Wakatipu with a special landing during the flight. Continue over Ben Lomond and the famous historic Skippers Canyon. See the renowned steep canyon walls of the Shotover River and fly past Coronet Peak and the Wakatipu Basin.
Friday 06 Te Anau Glow Worm Caves $99 per person
Described by the Sydney Morning Herald as “one of the most unusual limestone cave experiences on the planet’, the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves is a must-do for anyone visiting Fiordland.
Monday 09 Ulva Island Explorer $120 per person
With lunch included this cruise will showcase some of Paterson Inlet’s stunning scenery with its hidden coves and un-spoilt beaches. While on board, keep a look out for fur seals and penguins. Paterson inlet is home to renowned wildlife sanctuary Ulva Island and we’ll stop there for a 45 minute guided walk. (Group numbers are limited).
Monday 09 Stewart Island Village and Bays Tour $55 per person
Gain an entertaining insight into New Zealand’s southernmost community, and learn about the history and environment of Stewart Island. You will have plenty of
time to get off the bus for photo stops and short walks. Highlights include a visit to the gateway of Rakiura National Park, beautiful Horseshoe Bay and Observation Rock.
These optional tours attract a separate charge and can be included at time of final payment (see booking form)
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* Itinerary subject to change