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Tranzalpine Train
TranzAlpine train, Southern Alps, New Zealand
Central Auckland
Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
On the point, Rotorua
Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand
Northern Explorer
Wellington
Coastal Pacific Train
Mount Cook, South Island
Queenstown
Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park
Queenstown
Franz Josef Glacier
Greymouth
TranzAlpine
Christchurch Tramway Restaurant, Exterior
Christchurch, New Zealand

New Zealand by Road & Rail

17 day Self Drive Holiday – from £2199

With flights from £3499

Explore both islands by combining three of New Zealand’s most spectacular railway journeys, with a self drive route around the Fiordland National Park and a cruise on Milford Sound.

Highlights:
  • Enjoy time in Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown
  • Travel the length of North Island on the Northern Explorer train
  • Board the Coastal Pacific train to travel from Picton to Christchurch
  • Cross the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine railway
  • Relax on a Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Your Itinerary

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You can customise your New Zealand Self Drive holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Central Auckland

Day 1 – Welcome to Auckland

Feel the excitement build as your flight lands at Auckland Airport, where you will be met…

Feel the excitement build as your flight lands at Auckland Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Sudima Auckland

Central Auckland
Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Day 2 – Auckland

A full day to explore the city of sails. Relax in one of the city’s waterfront…

A full day to explore the city of sails. Relax in one of the city’s waterfront cafes or take an optional day cruise to Waiheke Island. Collect your rental car today.

    Sudima Auckland

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
On the point, Rotorua

Day 3 – Rotorua

Make your own way to Rotorua through the undulating lush green rolling hills along the Geothermal…

Make your own way to Rotorua through the undulating lush green rolling hills along the Geothermal Highway.

    Auckland > Rotorua | 360 kms

    Distinction Rotorua

On the point, Rotorua
Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand

Day 4 – Rotorua

Today is free for you to explore this fascinating geothermal town, where steam rising from the…

Today is free for you to explore this fascinating geothermal town, where steam rising from the ground and mud pools bubble! There are a host of activities of offer to help you explore the region and in the evening we recommend experiencing a traditional Maori Hangi Feast.

    Distinction Rotorua

Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand
Auckland, New Zealand

Day 5 – Auckland

Make your way back to Auckland. Return your rental car to the Auckland City Depot on…

Make your way back to Auckland. Return your rental car to the Auckland City Depot on arrival. Make your own way to your hotel.

    Rotorua > Auckland | 240 kms

    Sudima Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand
Northern Explorer

Day 6 – Northern Explorer Train

You will get a coach transfer to Auckland Rail Station and depart on the

You will get a coach transfer to Auckland Rail Station and depart on the Northern Explorer from Auckland to Wellington – the national capital of New Zealand.

    Rydges Wellington

Northern Explorer
Wellington

Day 7 – Wellington

A full day at leisure to explore the nation’s capital, Wellington. Perhaps take a ride on…

A full day at leisure to explore the nation’s capital, Wellington. Perhaps take a ride on the cable car up to the Botanical gardens, or visit Te Papa – the national museum of New Zealand.

    Rydges Wellington

Wellington
Coastal Pacific Train

Day 8 – Costal Pacific Train

This morning you’ll be transferred from your hotel to the Ferry Terminal Depot. Board the InterIslander…

This morning you’ll be transferred from your hotel to the Ferry Terminal Depot. Board the InterIslander Ferry for your journey across Cook Strait to Picton. On arrival into Picton, you will connect with the Coastal Pacific Train for your scenic journey down the East Coast to Christchurch.

    Crowne Plaza

Coastal Pacific Train
Mount Cook, South Island

Day 9 – Mt Cook

This morning collect your rental car. Drive South and make your way to the village of…

This morning collect your rental car. Drive South and make your way to the village of Mt Cook.

    Christchurch > Mt Cook | 330 kms

    The Hermitage Hotel

Mount Cook, South Island
Queenstown

Day 10 – Queenstown

This morning is at your leisure before driving from Mount Cook to Queenstown.

This morning is at your leisure before driving from Mount Cook to Queenstown.

    Mt Cook > Queenstown | 260 kms

    Copthorne Resort Lakefront, Queenstown

Queenstown
Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park

Day 11 – Milford Sound

Enjoy a full day coach tour to Milford Sound where a nature cruise on the Sound…

Enjoy a full day coach tour to Milford Sound where a nature cruise on the Sound is included. There is the option to return to Queenstown by scenic flight (at extra cost).

    Copthorne Resort Lakefront, Queenstown

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park
Queenstown

Day 12 – Queenstown

Full day in Queenstown at your leisure. There’s plenty to do here, including guided walks, cycle…

Full day in Queenstown at your leisure. There’s plenty to do here, including guided walks, cycle rides, spa treatments and wine tours. You can pre-book your Queenstown activities before you travel.

Make sure to also leave a little time to relax and simply marvel at the beautiful scenery.

    Copthorne Resort Lakefront, Queenstown

Queenstown
Franz Josef Glacier

Day 13 – Franz Josef

Make your way to Franz Josef Glacier to take in the impressive sight of the massive…

Make your way to Franz Josef Glacier to take in the impressive sight of the massive ice flow.

    Queenstown > Franz Josef | 360 kms

    Scenic Hotel, Franz Josef

Franz Josef Glacier
Greymouth

Day 14 – Greymouth

Make your way from Franz Josef to Greymouth on New Zealand’s rugged West Coast.

Make your way from Franz Josef to Greymouth on New Zealand’s rugged West Coast.

    Franz Josef > Greymouth | 175 kms

    Copthorne Greymouth

Greymouth
TranzAlpine

Day 15 – TranzAlpine Train

This afternoon return your rental car to the rental car counter at the Railway Station. Depart…

This afternoon return your rental car to the rental car counter at the Railway Station. Depart on board the scenic TranzAlpine Train for your journey across Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch. On arrival in Christchurch transfer to your hotel.

    Crowne Plaza

TranzAlpine
Christchurch Tramway Restaurant, Exterior

Day 16 – Christchurch

Spend a full day at leisure in Christchurch.

Spend a full day at leisure in Christchurch.

    Crowne Plaza

Christchurch Tramway Restaurant, Exterior
Christchurch, New Zealand

Day 17 – Farewell from Christchurch

Tour ends with a transfer to Christchurch Airport.

Tour ends with a transfer to Christchurch Airport.

Christchurch, New Zealand

Your Itinerary

You can customise your New Zealand Self Drive holiday by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1

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Welcome to Auckland

Feel the excitement build as your flight lands at Auckland Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Sudima Auckland

Central Auckland

Day 2

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Auckland

A full day to explore the city of sails. Relax in one of the city’s waterfront cafes or take an optional day cruise to Waiheke Island. Collect your rental car today.

    Sudima Auckland

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland

Day 3

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Rotorua

Make your own way to Rotorua through the undulating lush green rolling hills along the Geothermal Highway.

    Auckland > Rotorua | 360 kms

    Distinction Rotorua

On the point, Rotorua

Day 4

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Rotorua

Today is free for you to explore this fascinating geothermal town, where steam rising from the ground and mud pools bubble! There are a host of activities of offer to help you explore the region and in the evening we recommend experiencing a traditional Maori Hangi Feast.

    Distinction Rotorua

Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand

Day 5

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Auckland

Make your way back to Auckland. Return your rental car to the Auckland City Depot on arrival. Make your own way to your hotel.

    Rotorua > Auckland | 240 kms

    Sudima Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

Day 6

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Northern Explorer Train

You will get a coach transfer to Auckland Rail Station and depart on the Northern Explorer from Auckland to Wellington – the national capital of New Zealand.

    Rydges Wellington

Northern Explorer

Day 7

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Wellington

A full day at leisure to explore the nation’s capital, Wellington. Perhaps take a ride on the cable car up to the Botanical gardens, or visit Te Papa – the national museum of New Zealand.

    Rydges Wellington

Wellington

Day 8

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Costal Pacific Train

This morning you’ll be transferred from your hotel to the Ferry Terminal Depot. Board the InterIslander Ferry for your journey across Cook Strait to Picton. On arrival into Picton, you will connect with the Coastal Pacific Train for your scenic journey down the East Coast to Christchurch.

    Crowne Plaza

Coastal Pacific Train

Day 9

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Mt Cook

This morning collect your rental car. Drive South and make your way to the village of Mt Cook.

    Christchurch > Mt Cook | 330 kms

    The Hermitage Hotel

Mount Cook, South Island

Day 10

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Queenstown

This morning is at your leisure before driving from Mount Cook to Queenstown.

    Mt Cook > Queenstown | 260 kms

    Copthorne Resort Lakefront, Queenstown

Queenstown

Day 11

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Milford Sound

Enjoy a full day coach tour to Milford Sound where a nature cruise on the Sound is included. There is the option to return to Queenstown by scenic flight (at extra cost).

    Copthorne Resort Lakefront, Queenstown

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park

Day 12

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Queenstown

Full day in Queenstown at your leisure. There’s plenty to do here, including guided walks, cycle rides, spa treatments and wine tours. You can pre-book your Queenstown activities before you travel.

Make sure to also leave a little time to relax and simply marvel at the beautiful scenery.

    Copthorne Resort Lakefront, Queenstown

Queenstown

Day 13

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Franz Josef

Make your way to Franz Josef Glacier to take in the impressive sight of the massive ice flow.

    Queenstown > Franz Josef | 360 kms

    Scenic Hotel, Franz Josef

Franz Josef Glacier

Day 14

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Greymouth

Make your way from Franz Josef to Greymouth on New Zealand’s rugged West Coast.

    Franz Josef > Greymouth | 175 kms

    Copthorne Greymouth

Greymouth

Day 15

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TranzAlpine Train

This afternoon return your rental car to the rental car counter at the Railway Station. Depart on board the scenic TranzAlpine Train for your journey across Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch. On arrival in Christchurch transfer to your hotel.

    Crowne Plaza

TranzAlpine

Day 16

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Christchurch

Spend a full day at leisure in Christchurch.

    Crowne Plaza

Christchurch Tramway Restaurant, Exterior

Day 17

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Farewell from Christchurch

Tour ends with a transfer to Christchurch Airport.

Christchurch, New Zealand

This Self Drive Includes

16 nights accommodation
10 nights car hire, with unlimited kilometers
Northern Explorer, TranzAlpine and Coastal Pacific rail journeys
Milford Sound Nature Cruise and InterIslander ferry

Flights & More

Ask your FREEDOM Consultant to include Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for a complete ABTA and ATOL protected package.

They can also add extra nights and experiences in places you choose, to create the exact holiday you are looking for. Popular options include:

  • An upgrade to deluxe hotels from £975
  • Extra nights in Auckland, Queenstown or Christchurch
  • A stopover to New Zealand in Dubai, Singapore or other destination

Next Step

Please get in touch with our New Zealand Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

New Zealand by Road & Rail

17 day Self Drive Holiday – from £2199

With flights from £3499

All prices are per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room, and include pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited kilometres. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard. Seasonal supplements may apply.

The Coastal Pacific operates from September to April.

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