Traverse by Train

28 day Holiday Idea - from £3988

An all encompassing rail adventure on board all the great rail journeys of New Zealand as well as the ultimate outback voyage on board Australia’s iconic Ghan Expedition from Darwin to Adelaide.


  • 4 day/3 night Ghan Expedition from Darwin to Adelaide
  • Northern Explorer rail from Auckland to Wellington
  • Journey on the Coastal Pacific from Picton to Christchurch
  • Travel on the scenic TranzAlpine through the Southern Alps
  • 8 day Touring the South self drive tour
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 to 2 - Darwin

On arrival into Darwin, soak up this atmosphere of this laid-back city or relax on the waterfront and enjoy the safe swimming lagoon pool and beach.  Relax in the tropics with a two night stay.

Day 3 to 6 - Ghan Expedition to Adelaide

The Ghan train is seen to one of the great rail journeys of the world. Meandering its way along the backbone of Australia this epic locomotive and carriages span over 1km in length and provides comfortable cabin accommodation, lounges and restaurants from which to watch the country pass your window. The Ghan Expedition is an inclusive 4 day journey which includes touring through Katherine Gorge, Alice Springs and the unique underground mining town of Coober Pedy.

The Ghan Expedition departs every Wednesday April – October & March.

Day 7 - Adelaide

Spend the night in this beautiful city famed for its food and wine produce. Venture out to the neighbouring Adelaide Hills or just enjoy a city stay exploring the streets and museums of the South Australian Capital.

Day 8 to 9 - Auckland

Arrive into the gateway city of Auckland for a two night stay. Choose to continue with the food and wine theme and venture over to Waiheke Island, enjoy a sky high dinner at the Sky Tower or even a harbour cruise to take in the city skyline.

Day 10 to 11 - Bay of Islands

Our two night Bay of Islands explorer whisks you to a world away from the city. A scenic coach journey will take you to Paihia, the gateway to the Bay of Islands where you will be able to learn about the cultural significance of the region at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds as well as appreciating the natural beautiful of the islands on the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ dolphin cruise.

Day 12 to 13 - Auckland

Return to the city for a further two night stay, in which time you will venture to the geothermal capital of Rotorua on an action packed day excursion taking in the natural phenomenon of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves as well as Te Puia reserve and the fun filled Agrodome farm experience.

Day 14 - Northern Explorer to Wellington

Travel the length of the North Island on board the Northern Explorer passing Volcanic plateaus, sweeping farmland and dramatic forest scenery. A relaxed two night stay in Wellington follows your rail journey. Take the famous tram to the top of the Botanical Gardens, learn about the fascinating history of New Zealand at Te Papa Museum or relax on the harbour with a refreshing glass of New Zealand’s finest produce.

Day 16 - Coastal Pacific to Kaikoura

Trade the rails for sails as you board the Interisland Ferry to the South Island. Your arrival will co-inside with the departure of the newly redeveloped Coastal Pacific railway. Climb on board and enjoy the scenery before arriving into the Coastal resort town of Kaikoura, famed for its abundance of marine life and spectacular surrounding mountain scenery. A two night stay here will allow you to jump on board a whale watching cruise or flight to see the migrating whales in their element.

Day 18 - Coastal Pacific to Christchurch

Journey down the coast on board the Coastal Pacific as you complete its route, eventually arriving into Christchurch. Spend two days exploring this fascinating city and learn about the ways it has rebuilt itself following the tragic earthquake of 2011.

Day 20 - South Island Self Drive

Begin your 8 day Self Drive tour around the South Island with a journey on board the scenic TranzAlpine rail through the dramatic Southern Alps to Greymouth where you will pick up your car to drive down the rugged West Coast, Queenstown and eventually back to Christchurch. Check out our Touring the South itinerary for more information. All accommodation and car hire is included.

Day 28 - Farewell from Christchurch

Return your car to Christchurch airport in time to board your onward flight.

28 day Holiday Idea - from £3988

With flights from £5198

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The Ghan departs Darwin every Wednesday April to October and March and an additional service every Saturday June to August.

Guide prices shown are per person based on two sharing standard accommodation and include full ABTA/ ATOL protection. Prices vary according to season and standard of accommodation chosen.

Holiday Ideas

This itinerary shows the type of holiday you can enjoy with Freedom New Zealand. You can change it to suit your individual needs.

Your holiday includes:

  • Accommodation throughout
  • Cabin accommodation and excursions onboard the Ghan
  • Bay of Islands Explorer and Rotorua day tour
  • Touring the South Self Drive Tour

You can:

  • Choose the standard of your accommodation
  • Add day tours and activities in the places you visit
  • Extend your stay in either the North or South Island
  • Add other destinations or visit family and friends

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