Christchurch-City-Tram Canterbury-Julian-Apse New ZEaland Touring

New Zealand Self Drive Trains & Planes Tour, North & South Islands 16 days

£3,149.00

Discover New Zealand by rail, with this 16 day northbound exploration of New Zealand’s scenery and transport history. You’ll begin with the world renowned TranzAlpine scenic train journey across the Southern Alps to the West Coast. Vintage rail experiences include a steam train on the West Coast and the Taieri Gorge Railway Journey with its multitude of bridges, viaducts and tunnels. At the top of the South Island you explore mining days of old at Denniston and in Mt Cook there’s a magnificent Ski Plane Flight with snow landing to look forward to. This rail adventure ends with the Northern Explorer Scenic Rail Journey from Wellington to Auckland, with the highlight being the engineering feat of the Raurimu Sprial. This tour is a must for all train buffs who appreciate spectacular scenery and the engineering achievements of our past.

Discover New Zealand by rail, with this 16 day northbound exploration of New Zealand’s scenery and transport history. You’ll begin with the world renowned TranzAlpine scenic train journey across the Southern Alps to the West Coast. Vintage rail experiences include a steam train on the West Coast and the Taieri Gorge Railway Journey with its multitude of bridges, viaducts and tunnels. At the top of the South Island you explore mining days of old at Denniston and in Mt Cook there’s a magnificent Ski Plane Flight with snow landing to look forward to. This rail adventure ends with the Northern Explorer Scenic Rail Journey from Wellington to Auckland, with the highlight being the engineering feat of the Raurimu Sprial. This tour is a must for all train buffs who appreciate spectacular scenery and the engineering achievements of our past.

The approximate total driving distance and time for this itinerary is: 1931 kms / 1198 miles, 23.4 hours. Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

You can expect to spend around NZ$343 in fuel cost on this itinerary based on an intermediate sized car.

Image: Christchurch © Julian Apse

Your tour documentation pack and support

On arrival into New Zealand your tour pack is hand delivered to you by our representatives. The pack contains all the documentation you will need for your tour including a printed and bound detailed version of your itinerary with driving instructions and maps for each leg and all the reservation details for your accommodation and activities. You’ll also receive a wonderful New Zealand picture atlas and lots of relevant brochures and information on the destinations you’ll be visiting. While travelling throughout New Zealand we offer 24 hour support and help should you need it.

Complimentary New Zealand cell phone for your holiday

You will receive a New Zealand cell phone for the duration of your tour with $50 credit pre-loaded for your use. The number is allocated to you around 14 days before your arrival so you can leave this with friends and family if you wish. Receiving calls (including international) does not cost anything on this phone so there are no expensive roaming charges. It’s a great option to help you make dinner reservations, book an activity, call ahead to your accommodation or for calling us if you need any help.

You can read a blog post here about walking tracks in and around Franz Josef area, South Island New Zealand. (?? Billy)