6 Day Scenic Trains of New Zealand
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6 Day Scenic Trains of New Zealand

 

Sit back, relax and enjoy the incredible contrasting landscapes of the North and South Island. This tour includes New Zealand's three iconic trains, the Coastal Pacific, Northern Explorer, and the TranzAlpine, as well as free time to stretch your legs and explore Wellington and Christchurch.

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Departs every day - flexible independent travel

This suggested tour costs from NZD$1,695 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch

6 days/5 nights

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This tour departs every day and also includes

Private Taxi Transfer - Wellington Coach Depot or Railway Station to Accommodation

Private Taxi Transfer - Wellington Accommodation to Ferry Terminal

Private Taxi Transfer - Christchurch Railway Station to Accommodation

Private Taxi Transfer - Christchurch Railway Station to Accommodation

Private Taxi Transfer - Christchurch Accommodation to Railway Station

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Day 1 - Travel through fertile farmlands and volcanic peaks on your journey to Wellington

The Northern Explorer Scenic Train: Auckland to Wellington

The Northern Explorer is a journey through the heart of the North Island, travelling between Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, to Wellington, New Zealand's arts and culture capital. Along the way you pass the Central North Island ski towns of National Park and Ohakune. You also see fantastic views of New Zealand farmland, the volcanic plateau, Mount Ruapehu, the world famous Raurimu Spiral, and stunning river gorges - all from panoramic windows or open air viewing decks. All carriages feature large panoramic windows giving sweeping views of the magnificent North Island. The Observation Carriage includes a mix of seating including lounge-style seating. The lounge-style seating is arranged at the very rear of this glass-backed carriage enabling you to enjoy a totally unique Northern Explorer experience.

Taxi Transfer to your accommodation

Your accommodation: CityLife Wellington

City Life Wellington is a suite style hotel with every amenity required for a comfortable stay, as well as being in a superb location to explore the compact city centre. Situated on Lambton Quay, you’ll find the best shopping, tourist attractions and cultural landmarks all within easy walking distance.

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Day 2 - Explore Te Papa museum and the Wellington Botanic Garden

Guided Tour of Te Papa The Museum of New Zealand

Beginning over one hundred million years ago, join your guide on a journey through New Zealand's rich history and cultures. Hear stories of our adaptive wildlife, the resilience of the Māori people, and artistic interpretations of life in the South Pacific.
Whether you have limited time or here for an extended visit, this tour will give you a great opportunity to understand the vibrant landscapes and cultures you will encounter throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

Wellington Cable Car

Join locals and visitors alike in a historic trip on the Wellington Cable Car. For over a hundred years passengers have enjoyed the dramatic views of the growing cityscape and the surrounding hills that define Wellington's harbour. This five minute trip to the top of the Kelburn Hill offers a charming escape from the busy city streets. You will enjoy views of the city & harbour Te Whanganui-a-Tara from the indoor or outdoor platforms.
Once at the Kelburn Lookout, you can visit the Cable Car Museum located adjacent to the Kelburn Terminus. It houses the original winding machinery for the cable car system which operated from 1902 until 1978. Take a seat and enjoy a short film about the development of the Cable Car or browse through the gift shop for any last-minute presents! You can also visit the Space Place at Carter Observatory, located two minutes from the top of the Cable Car with multimedia exhibitions and some of New Zealand's most prestigious astronomical artefacts. Enjoy the show in the digital full-done planetarium and explore the Southern skies.
If you have time and feel like stretching your legs, you can choose to walk downhill back to the city through the beautiful Wellington Botanic Garden.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - 70 Minute Casual Sail with Megisti Sailing Charters

Board the Megisti, a luxury 42 foot catamaran for an exciting cruise through the Wellington Harbour. Enjoy incredible panoramic views of the capital city as you relax and sail in style. Have your camera at the ready as little blue penguins, dolphins and orca regularly visit the area - an incredible sight not to be missed!

Your accommodation: CityLife Wellington

City Life Wellington is a suite style hotel with every amenity required for a comfortable stay, as well as being in a superb location to explore the compact city centre. Situated on Lambton Quay, you’ll find the best shopping, tourist attractions and cultural landmarks all within easy walking distance.

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Day 3 - Cross Cook Straight and take the Coastal Pacific Train along the stunning east coast of the South Island

Taxi transfer from Wellington Accommodation to Ferry Terminal
Interislander Ferry: Wellington to Picton and Coastal Pacific Train: Picton to Christchurch

The 92 km journey between Wellington and Picton takes around 3 hours and has been described as 'one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world'. Leaving Wellington Harbour you cross the Cook Strait and into the Marlborough Sounds.
Then board the Coastal Pacific train for your journey between the delightful port of Picton and Christchurch, the South Island's largest city.

Taxi transfer from Christchurch Railway Station to accommodation

Your accommodation: Quest Worcester St

Quest Christchurch rooms offer guests a relaxed and comfortable experience perfect for short or long stays. Property is located within the Christchurch CBD, only a short walk to Cathedral Square, New Regent Street Entertainment Precinct, Isaac Royal Theatre, Botanic Gardens, Town Hall and Convention Centre, Christchurch Arts Centre, Art Gallery and Museum.

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Day 4 - A free day to stretch your legs and explore Christchurch

Explore Christchurch City

Following the 2011 earthquake that razed its centre and much of the outlying suburbs, Christchurch is well into a billion-dollar makeover.  In the middle of the Canterbury Plains, bordering the pacific ocean, New Zealand’s newest city is an ideal gateway to exploring the middle of the South.

Go punting on the Avon River, take a historic tram ride, catch the gondola to the rim of an extinct volcano or do all three! See the world's only Cardboard Cathedral and for nature enthusiasts - wander the renowned Christchurch Botanic Gardens, or head to Oxford Terrace in the city to find a great spot to eat or drink.

Drive an hour in any direction to ski, mountain bike, wine taste, whale-watch, bungy jump or play golf. Visit the International Antarctic Centre or take a day to go on safari at Orana Wildlife Park. Take the winding Port Hills road to the French settlement of Akaroa and tour the vines in Waipara for an authentic New Zealand wine-tasting experience.  

Christchurch Trams

Trams played an important role in transporting the people of Christchurch until 1954 when they were phased out.  In 1995 the Tramway historical society brought the beautiful trams back to the city centre for the public to enjoy.  Take the delightful journey from the top of New Regent Street near the junction with Armagh Street, through the quaint pedestrian-only arcade with it's Spanish style buildings and sunny cafes, and then through Cathedral Junction which is home to several of the city's restored hotels. Turning right at Worcester Street it then heads west through Cathedral Square, across the Avon River, past the Art Gallery and into Worcester Boulevard at the end of which the Arts centre and Botanic Gardens await. A commentary is given by the tram driver and you can hop on and off at the stops as you please throughout the day. It's a great way to explore the main city centre attractions.

Your accommodation: Quest Worcester St

Quest Christchurch rooms offer guests a relaxed and comfortable experience perfect for short or long stays. Property is located within the Christchurch CBD, only a short walk to Cathedral Square, New Regent Street Entertainment Precinct, Isaac Royal Theatre, Botanic Gardens, Town Hall and Convention Centre, Christchurch Arts Centre, Art Gallery and Museum.

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Day 5 - Traverse the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine Train

Taxi Transfer from Christchurch Accommodation to Railway Station
TranzAlpine Scenic Train: Christchurch to Greymouth Return

Considered one of the world's great train journeys, the TranzAlpine Scenic Train travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. From your carriage you'll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the Southern Alps before descending through lush beech rain forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth. You'll have a 40 minute wait at the Greymouth Railway Station before checking in for your return journey.

Taxi transfer from Christchurch Railway Station to accommodation

Your accommodation: Quest Worcester St

Quest Christchurch rooms offer guests a relaxed and comfortable experience perfect for short or long stays. Property is located within the Christchurch CBD, only a short walk to Cathedral Square, New Regent Street Entertainment Precinct, Isaac Royal Theatre, Botanic Gardens, Town Hall and Convention Centre, Christchurch Arts Centre, Art Gallery and Museum.

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Day 6 - Time to head home or join up with your next adventure

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