Three Great Train Journeys

New Zealand Grand Journey

New Zealand Grand Journey.from $3,499.00pp

Various dates | Fly – Stay – Sail – Rail – Automobile 

This once-in-a-lifetime experience will see you explore the scenic wonders of New Zealand from Queenstown to Auckland aboard three iconic train journeys. Traverse the South Island’s breathtaking landscapes aboard the TranzAlpine. Journey to the top of the south along the spectacular coastline with the Coastal Pacific, cruise the Cook Strait before navigating the rugged terrain on the historic Northern Explorer.

Package Inclusions:
• Flights Sydney to Queenstown and Auckland to Sydney (call us for other airports)
• 11 Nights accommodation in centrally located 3.5/4 star Hotels
• 5 Days car hire from Queenstown Airport to Greymouth Station
• Milford Sound Cruise with lunch & transfers ex Queenstown
• TranzAlpine Rail Journey from Greymouth to Christchurch
• Coastal Pacific Rail Journey from Christchurch to Picton
• Interislander Ferry Journey from Picton to Wellington
• Northern Explorer Rail Journey from Wellington to Auckland


  • Accomodation
  • Car Hire
  • Ferry Transfers
  • Flights
  • Half Day Tour
  • Sightseeing


Aspects of the itinerary can be customized to your individual needs - the below is a suggested itinerary

DAY 1 
Fly from Sydney to Queenstown (Call us for other airports)
Collect your 5 Day car hire from Queenstown Airport
Make way to accommodation in Queenstown

Milford Sound Cruise with lunch & transfers ex Queenstown

Drive to your accommodation in Franz Josef

Day at Leisure

Drop car off at Greymouth Station
Board TranzAlpine from Greymouth to Christchurch
Experience one of the world’s most spectacular train journeys as you travel from Greymouth to Christchurch aboard the TranzAlpine. Here you will cross the Southern Alps, taking in the 73-metre-high Staircase viaduct, Arthur’s Pass National Park and the Otira tunnel along the way.
This 223-kilometre one-way journey takes just under 5 hours and will see you pass through 19 tunnels and four viaducts. Time flies as you drink in epic vistas such as the edges of the ice fed Waimakariri River and miles of native beech forest. The TranzAlpine also features an outdoor viewing carriage, to allow you to get even closer to the spectacular scenery. They say if you only do one train trip on your NZ holiday, make it this one.

Make your way to your accommodation in Christchurch

DAY 6:
Enjoy Christchurch at your leisure

DAY 7:
Coastal Pacific Rail Journey from Christchurch to Picton:
For a truly majestic view of the Pacific Ocean, hop aboard the Coastal Pacific, which runs between Christchurch and Picton. The Kaikoura Ranges rise steeply on one side, while seals and penguins can often be sighted on the rocky coastline on the other.
To extend your journey, spend the night at Kaikoura and take in a whale-watching safari. Once you hop back onboard, you will continue across the Canterbury Plains across a patchwork of horticultural and farming landscapes divided by vast rivers. In total, you will cross 175 bridges and 22 tunnels. Bonus points for anyone who counts them along the way!
Make your way to your accommodation in Picton

DAY 8:

Make your way to the Interislander Ferry Journey from Picton to Wellington
Make your way to your accommodation in Wellington

DAY 9:

Enjoy Wellington at your leisure

DAY 10:
Northern Explorer Rail Journey from Wellington to Auckland:

Take a remarkable 12-hour journey through the heart of the North Island with the Northern Explorer. Here you will traverse through the Tongariro National Park and the famous Raurimu Spiral, regarded as a triumph of railway engineering.  Enjoy these views from your vantage point behind large windows that afford panoramic views. You can also retreat to the observation carriage at the rear of the train that includes lounge-style seating surrounded by glass on three sites. Open-air observation areas and a buffet car for meals and drinks ensure you won’t be stuck for refreshments or fresh views!

Make your way to your accommodation in Auckland.

DAY 11:

Enjoy all that Auckland has to offer at your leisure.

DAY 12:
Fly home from Auckland to Sydney (Call us for other airports)






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Hotels may charge resort fees or a security bond not included or mentioned in this package, payable direct upon check in. Price is based on a twin room type for 2 adults.

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