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11 Night North to South Adventure
11 Night North to South Adventure
  • Duration: 11 Day
  • Category: Scenic Holidays
  • From: Auckland to Queenstown
  • Valid: 10 May 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
  • Package Code: AKLZQN10LH
  • Price Type: twin
  • Price: NZ $ 2229 per person
Tour Overview

Enjoy 11 nights touring the North and South Islands by train, ferry and coach.

NOTE: The Coastal Pacific train runs daily throughout the summer season between Christchurch and Picton. The 2019/20 season begins on 27 September 2019 through to 26 April 2020. Outside of these dates you will travel by coach from Picton to Christchurch.

Short Break Inclusions
  • Northern Explorer train journey from Auckland to Wellington
  • 2 nights in a central 3-star Wellington hotel
  • Interislander Ferry journey from Wellington to Picton 
  • 2 nights in a 3-star Picton hotel
  • Coastal Pacific Train journey from Picton to Kaikoura
  • Whale Watch Kaikoura half-day tour. Whale Watch is New Zealand's only vessel based whale watching company offering an exciting up-close encounter with
    the worlds largest toothed predator the Giant Sperm Whale in their natural environment at all times of the year
  • 1 night in a 3-star Kaikoura motel 
  • Coastal Pacific Train journey from Kaikoura to Christchurch NOTE: The Coastal Pacific train runs daily throughout the summer season between Christchurch and Picton. The 2019/20 season begins on 27 September 2019 through to 26 April 2020. Outside of these dates you will travel by coach from Picton to Christchurch.
  • 2 nights in a central 3-star Christchurch hotel
  • TranzAlpine rail journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • Coach travel from Greymouth to Franz Josef
  • 2 night motel stay in Franz Josef
  • Coach travel from Franz Josef to Queenstown
  • 2 night 3-star hotel stay in Queenstown 
  • Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Dinner tour from Queenstown return. Delicious gourmet barbeque buffet dinner Includes an array of New Zealand and local produce, from succulent meats to delicious vegetables and salads Enjoy travelling to/from Walter Peak High Country Farm on board the historic TSS Earnslaw. Entertaining farm demonstration included.
Itinerary Details

Day 1 KiwiRail Great Journeys of New Zealand - Northern Explorer Auckland to Wellington Train Service - Auckland to Wellington 0745 - 1825

Service : Train Service

Depart City : Auckland

Arrive City : Wellington

Depart Time : 07:45:00

Arrive Time : 18:25:00

Hotel Name :- Central Wellington 3-star hotel or apartment

Day 2 Hotel Service - Wellington -

Hotel Address :- Wellington

Hotel Name :- Central Wellington 3-star hotel or apartment

Day 3 Interislander Ferry - Wellington Picton (Aratere) Ferry Service - Wellington to Picton 1530 - 1900

Service : Ferry Service

Depart City : Wellington

Arrive City : Picton

Depart Time : 15:30:00

Arrive Time : 19:00:00

Hotel Name :- Picton 3-star motel or apartment

Day 4 Hotel Service - Picton -

Hotel Address :- Picton

Hotel Name :- Picton 3-star motel or apartment

Day 5 KiwiRail Great Journeys of New Zealand - Coastal Pacific Picton to Christchurch Train Service - Picton to Kaikoura 1415 - 1710

Service : Train Service

Depart City : Picton

Arrive City : Kaikoura

Depart Time : 14:15:00

Arrive Time : 17:10:00

Hotel Name :- Kaikoura 3-star hotel or apartment

Day 6 Whale Watch Kaikoura - Whale Watch Kaikoura Day Tour - Kaikoura to Kaikoura 1000 - 1330

Service : Day Tour

Depart City : Kaikoura

Arrive City : Kaikoura

Depart Time : 10:00:00

Arrive Time : 13:30:00


Service : Train Service

Depart City : Kaikoura

Arrive City : Christchurch

Depart Time : 17:20:00

Arrive Time : 20:30:00

Hotel Name :- Central Christchurch 3-star hotel or apartment

Day 7 Hotel Service - Christchurch -

Hotel Address :- Christchurch

Hotel Name :- Central Christchurch 3-star hotel or apartment

Day 8 KiwiRail Great Journeys of New Zealand - TranzAlpine Christchurch to Greymouth Train Service - Christchurch to Greymouth 0815 - 1305

Service : Train Service

Depart City : Christchurch

Arrive City : Greymouth

Depart Time : 08:15:00

Arrive Time : 13:05:00


Service : Bus Service

Depart City : Greymouth

Arrive City : Franz Josef

Depart Time : 13:10:00

Arrive Time : 17:00:00

Hotel Name :- Franz Josef Motel

Day 9 Hotel Service - Franz Josef -

Hotel Address :- Franz Josef

Hotel Name :- Franz Josef Motel


Service : Bus Service

Depart City : Greymouth

Arrive City : Franz Josef

Depart Time : 13:10:00

Arrive Time : 17:00:00

Day 10 Real Journeys - Walter Peak Gourmet BBQ Dinner Day Tour - Queenstown to Queenstown 1800 - 2200

Service : Day Tour

Depart City : Queenstown

Arrive City : Queenstown

Depart Time : 18:00:00

Arrive Time : 22:00:00

Accommodation Description :- Central Queenstown 3-star hotel or apartment

Day 11 Hotel Service - Queenstown -

Hotel Address :- Queenstown

Hotel Name :- Central Queenstown 3-star hotel or apartment

Terms and Conditions

Price and itinerary are subject to change and availability. Please refer to your booking confirmation for final details. 

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