New Zealand Rail Adventure - Advance Notice

Holiday Highlights

  • Stopovers in Singapore and Hong Kong
  • Journeys on the TranzAlpine, Coastal Pacific & the Northern Explorer trains
  • Kingston Flyer and Marlborough Flyer steam trains
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Lake cruise on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Journeys on 5 railways by steam and chartered diesel
  • Travel in a self-drive Rail Cruiser
  • Rotorua & the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Time in Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin, Picton, Wellington & Auckland
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Tour Dates:
February/March 2024

Due to the continued closure of New Zealand's border to tourists and that it may be some time before schedules return to pre pandemic levels, we have decided to postpone this tour until February 2024.    

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A fabulous 27-day rail tour that covers highlights of both North and South Islands of New Zealand including spectacular rail journeys, scenic ferry journeys and the unique opportunity to self-drive a railcruiser! Truly a trip of a lifetime.


Day 1 – London to Singapore

Overnight flight to Singapore, arriving the following day.

Day 2 – Arrive Singapore

Evening arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3 – Singapore to Christchurch

A half day guided sightseeing tour of Singapore before an evening flight to Christchurch.

Day 4 – Arrive Christchurch

Morning arrival in Christchurch and rest of the day at leisure.

Day 5 – Weka Pass Railway

Morning guided sightseeing tour before transferring to the Weka Pass Railway for a return journey by chartered diesel train.

Day 6 – TranzAlpine Train

Today we travel from Christchurch to Greymouth, continuing by road to Shantytown Heritage Park with a steam train journey included. Overnight at Fox Glacier.

Day 7 – To Queenstown

Morning at leisure before transferring to Queenstown by road.

Day 8 – SS Earnslaw Cruise

Cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard the iconic century-old coal fired steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, with BBQ lunch included.

Day 9 – Kingston Flyer

We aim to travel on the Kingston Flyer steam train today if operational, or there will be time at leisure in Queenstown before transferring by road to Te Anau for a 2-night stay.

Day 10 – Milford Sound Cruise

We take an unforgettable journey into the heart of Milford Sound, travelling the length of the Fjord out to the Tasman Sea.

Day 11 – To Dunedin

Travel by road to Dunedin for a 3-night stay.

Day 12 – Taieri Gorge or Sightseeing

A return journey on the Taieri Gorge Railway if operating or guided sightseeing.

Day 13 – Seasider Train

A return journey on the spectacular Seasider Train followed by an afternoon at leisure in Dunedin.

Day 14 – Moeraki Boulders

Return by road to Christchurch visiting the Moeraki Boulders and Pleasant Point Railway & Musuem en route.

Day 15 – Coastal Pacific Train

We take the Coastal Pacific train to Picton for a 3-night stay.

Days 16 & 17 – Marlborough Flyer

Travel to Blenheim and return on the world famous Marlborough Flyer steam train and a full day at leisure to explore the seaside town of Picton.

Day 18 – Interislander Ferry

We take the Interislander ferry to Wellington. Optional evening visit to Steam Inc’s depot at Paekakariki.

Day 19 – At Leisure in Wellington

Full day at leisure with lots of sightseeing options available.

Day 20 – Northern Explorer Train

We board the Northern Explorer train and head for Hamilton for an overnight stay.

Day 21 – To Rotorua

Travel by road to Rotorua, visiting the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves and experiencing the unique self-drive Mamaku Rail Carts en route.

Day 22 – Famous Geysers and Auckland

A morning’s guided sightseeing tour of Rotorua’s thermal area before continuing by road to Auckland.

Day 23 – At Leisure in Auckland

A full day at leisure in Auckland.

Day 24 – Glenbrook Vintage Railway

A return journey by steam on the Glenbrook Vintage Railway with workshop visit included.

Day 25 – Fly to Hong Kong

Morning flight to Hong Kong for an overnight stay.

Days 26 & 27 – Hong Kong to London

Half day guided sightseeing tour before an evening transfer to the airport for our overnight flight home.

At the time of going to press we were informed that Dunedin Railways have closed the Taieri Gorge line. We are hopeful that this decision will be reversed in time for our visit in 2024. The final confirmed itinerary will be available in May 2023.

Tour Route

Tour route map

Price per person

Escorted holiday: TBC
Single room supplement: TBC
Deposit for this holiday: TBC

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