Sydney Stopover
TranzAlpine Crossing
Sydney, New South Wales
Bay of Islands
Northern Explorer
Franz Josef Glacier

New Zealand Train Trio

22 day Rail & Self Drive Holiday - from £1835

With flights from £3485

An exciting three week holiday travelling on all three great rail journeys of New Zealand – the Coastal Pacific, Northern Explorer and famous TranzAlpine.


  • Sydney harbour and city sights
  • Auckland and the beautiful Bay of Islands
  • Kaikoura marine life
  • The mountain scenery of Queenstown
  • Christchurch’s heritage architecture

Your Holiday Includes:

  • 3 night hotel stay in Sydney
  • 2 nights in the beautiful Bay of Islands
  • Northern Explorer from Auckland to Wellington
  • Coastal Pacific from Picton to Christchurch via Kaikoura
  • TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • 3 night stay in scenic Queenstown
  • Optional UK flights
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 – Sydney

Make the most of your time in Australasia with an extended three-night stopover in the exciting harbour city of Sydney. Explore this most popular of Australian cities – relax on one of the many surrounding beaches, spend time on the famous harbour – home to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge or travel further afield to the Blue Mountains.

Day 4 – Auckland

Today is a tale of two cities as you fly from Sydney to Auckland. Spend the night in another famous harbour front city enjoying the rest of the day at leisure to explore.

Day 5 to 6 – Bay of Islands

Today sees you embark on a 3 day Bay of Islands explorer tour. Following a four hour scenic coach transfer you will visit the historic Waitangi Treaty House and enjoy a 2 night stay in the pretty resort town of Paihia. Enjoy a ‘Hole in the Rock’ dolphin cruise around the islands before returning to Auckland.

Day 7 – Auckland

Return to Auckland for an overnight stay before your early departure to Wellington on board the Northern Explorer the following day.

Day 8 – Northern Explorer to Wellington

Hop on board the Northern Explorer train for an 11 hour scenic journey through the length of the North Island from the fertile farmlands of Waikato to the volcanic peaks of the Central Plateau before arriving into the national capital of Wellington for a two night stay.

This journey will need to depart on Monday.

Day 10 - Picton

Cruise over the Cook Strait and through the Marlborough Sounds to the port of Picton, signifying your arrival into the South Island.

Day 11 to 12 – Coastal Pacific to Kaikoura

The Coastal Pacific provides passengers with a scenic glimpse into the varied coastal landscape of the spectacular East Coast. Break the journey with a 2-night stay in Kaikoura which is home to an abundance of marine life and dramatic mountain scenery.

The Coastal Pacific does not operate  30 Apr – 26 Sep.

Day 13 – Christchurch

Arrive into Christchurch late afternoon giving you the rest of the evening to explore the city and its bars and restaurants.

Day 14 – TranzAlpine to Greymouth

Your last train journey is considered one of the world’s most spectacular. The TranzAlpine meanders through the mountain ranges and valleys of the Southern Alps and provides some prime photo opportunities along the way. Arrive into Greymouth located on the rugged west coast where you will pick up your rental car and spend the night in this historic mining town.

Day 15 – Franz Josef

Begin your South Island self-drive as you journey down the West Coast to the impressive natural wonder of the Franz Josef Glacier. We recommend pre-booking a scenic helicopter flight or glacier valley walk to truly appreciate the spectacle of the ice flow.

Day 16 to 18 – Queenstown

An action packed four days await as you arrive into the adventure capital of New Zealand. Queenstown plays host to a range of activities to cater for all levels of adrenaline and interests. Soak up the scenery over a refreshing glass of wine at one of the region’s vineyards or test your nerves at the AJ Hackett Bungy jump at Kawarau Bridge.

Day 19 – Dunedin

Travel to the Scottish town of Dunedin and soak up the culture and dramatic coastal scenery of this historic settlement.

Day 20 to 21 – Christchurch

Journey through the Southern Alps and over the Canterbury Plains and return to Christchurch. Enjoy a two-night stay exploring the laneways, museums and gardens of this beautiful city.

Day 22 – Farewell from Christchurch

Return your car to the airport depot before your onward flight back to the UK or to extend your holiday opt for a stopover in an Asian, American or Australian destination.

22 day Rail & Self Drive Holiday - from £1835

With flights from £3485


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HOLIDAY IDEAS to inspire you

We hope this holiday idea will inspire you. We have combined:

  • An exciting city stay in Sydney
  • Three scenic rail journeys
  • Modern, air-conditioned car hire
  • City and rural stays with a choice of hotels
  • Optional UK flights

You can book this holiday idea as it is or we can tailor it to suit what you want to do. Or ask our team to design a holiday just for you, anywhere in New Zealand.

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