Tranzalpine Train

Road & Rail

17 day Self Drive Holiday - from £2169

With flights from £3149

An incredible 17 day self drive holiday, with New Zealand’s three most spectacular rail journeys, a Milford Sound cruise and Waitomo Cave tour thrown in!

Highlights:

  • Time in Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown
  • The geothermal wonders of Rotorua
  • Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine rail journeys
  • Milford Sound and Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Mount Cook and the Franz Josef Glacier
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Auckland

On arrival at Auckland Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: Skycity Hotel (Standard) or Eden Park (Deluxe)

Day 2 - 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.

Hotel: Skycity Hotel (Standard) or Eden Park (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 3 - Waitomo Caves (360 kms)

Make your own way to Rotorua via the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Entrance to the caves is included.

Hotel: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Standard) or Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 4 - Rotorua

Time for sightseeing by your rental car. Entrance is included to the Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts Institute and Thermal Reserve, the Agrodome Farm Show, Rainbow Springs, a Skyline Gondola ride and the Polynesian Spa.

Hotel: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Standard) or Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 5 - Auckland (240 kms)

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

Hotel: Skycity Hotel (Standard) or Eden Park (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 6 - Northern Explorer Train

You will get a coach transfer to Auckland Rail Station and depart on the Northern Explorer Train to Wellington. On arrival in Wellington you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Wellington (Standard) or QT Museum Hotel (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 7 - 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.

Hotel: Ibis Wellington (Standard) or QT Museum Wellington (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 8 - 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.

Hotel: Chateau on the Park (Standard) or The Classic Villa (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 9 - Mt Cook (330 kms)

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

Hotel: The Hermitage Hotel (Standard) or Superior Room (Deluxe)

Day 10 - Queenstown (260 kms)

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

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Lakefront, Queenstown (Standard) or Browns Boutique Hotel (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 11 - 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).

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Lakefront, Queenstown (Standard) or Browns Boutique Hotel (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 12 - 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 activities before you travel.

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

Hotel: Copthorne Resort Lakefront, Queenstown (Standard) or Browns Boutique Hotel (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 13 - Franz Josef (360 kms)

Make your way to Franz Josef Glacier.

Hotel: Bella Vista, Franz Josef (Standard) or Holly Homestead (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 14 - Greymouth or Hokitika (175 kms)

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

Hotel: The Ashley Hotel (Standard) or Breakers Boutique (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 15 - 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.

Hotel: Chateau on the Park (Standard) or The Classic Villa (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 16 - Christchurch

Spend a full day at leisure in Christchurch.

Hotel: Chateau on the Park (Standard) or The Classic Villa (Deluxe)
Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

Day 17 - Farewell from Christchurch

Tour ends with a transfer to Christchurch Airport.

Meals: Breakfast (Deluxe)

17 day Self Drive Holiday - from £2169

With flights from £3149

Options

  • Upgrade to deluxe hotels from £875
  • Add extra nights in Auckland, Queenstown or Christchurch
  • Choose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class
  • Add a stopover in Dubai, Singapore or other destination

Our deluxe accommodation includes handpicked lodges, country houses and boutique hotels, with daily breakfast.

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All prices are per person, based on 2 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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Self Drive Touring

Relaxed and enjoyable self drive tour. Book them as they are or ask your consultant to add extra days in the places you choose.

Your self drive holiday includes:

  • 16 nights accommodation at your choice of standard or deluxe hotels
  • Air conditioned car
  • Northern Explorer, TranzAlpine and Coastal Pacific rail journeys
  • Rotorua Attraction Pass
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Interisland ferry
  • Inclusive vehicle insurance
  • Maps and driving information
  • Flexible itineraries

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