TranzAlpine Slip Update - Track is now Open !

We are pleased to advise that remedial work on the Omoto Slip has been completed and the TranzAlpine is now operating to Greymouth & return.

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Train and Ferry Adventure
Train and Ferry Adventure
  • Duration: 6 Day
  • Category: Independent Travellers
  • From: Auckland to Christchurch
  • Valid: 26 Sep 2019 to 23 Apr 2020
  • Package Code: AKLCHC5EX
  • Price Type: twin
  • Price: NZ $ 1440 per person
Tour Overview

Travel by scenic train and ferry from Auckland to Wellington, Picton and Christchurch and enjoy a return rail daytrip from Christchurch to Greymouth on the TranzAlpine

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 can travel by coach from Picton to Christchurch.

Short Break Inclusions
  • Northern Explorer train journey from Auckland to Wellington. The Northern Explorer train service is a scenic rail journey through the five unique geographical regions of the North Island - travelling between Auckland, New Zealand's largest city - home of the Sky Tower, through the central heartland of the North Island to Wellington - New Zealand's harbour capital and arts and culture centre. Along the way, you will see fantastic views of New Zealand farmland, rugged bush landscapes before ascending up the world famous Raurimu Spiral to the volcanic plateau passing the majestic volcanoes of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu - the home of the North Island skifields and descending through stunning river gorges to the farming landscapes and rocky sea scapes of the lower North Island - all from large panoramic windows and the open air viewing deck of the Northern Explorer train.
  • 2 nights in a 3-star Wellington hotel or apartment
  • Half-day Wellington City and Bays Tour including the Beehive and Parliament buildings, Historic architecture, Botanic Gardens and Mount Victoria, Wellington harbour and coastline
  • Interislander Ferry journey from Wellington to Picton 
  • 1 night in a 3-star Picton hotel or motel
  • Coastal Pacific Train journey from Picton to Christchurch. The Coastal Pacific train operates between the delightful port of Picton - the gateway to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds - to Kaikoura - the home of whale watching and onto Christchurch - the South Island's largest city. Your journey takes you through the wine growing region of Blenheim to the rugged Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train, the Pacific Ocean coastline on the other with views of marine wildlife such as seals and penguins to some of New Zealand's finest horticultural and farmland areas of the Canterbury Plains, all from the comfort of your carriage. 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 3-star Christchurch hotel or motel
  • Daytrip on the Tranz Alpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth return Travelling west crossing the Canterbury Plains, the train slowly ascends through spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River towards the Southern Alps to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass for a short break before descending through the Otira Tunnel to the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, through lush alpine beech rain forests to Greymouth - a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always popular glaciers at Franz Josef and Fox Glacier.
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 Address :- Wellington

Hotel Name :- 3-star Wellington Hotel or Apartment

Day 2 GreatSights - Wellington City and Bays Tour (morning) WLG WLG GSWW1 (0900 1200) Day Tour - Wellington to Wellington 0900 - 1200

Service : Day Tour

Depart City : Wellington

Arrive City : Wellington

Depart Time : 09:00:00

Arrive Time : 12:00:00

Day 3 Interislander Ferry API - Wellington to Picton (Kaitaki) Ferry Service - Wellington to Picton 0845 - 1215

Service : Ferry Service

Depart City : Wellington

Arrive City : Picton

Depart Time : 08:45:00

Arrive Time : 12:15:00

Hotel Address :- Picton

Hotel Name :- 3-star Picton Hotel or Motel

Day 4 KiwiRail Great Journeys of New Zealand - Coastal Pacific Picton to Christchurch Train Service - Picton to Christchurch 1415 - 2030

Service : Train Service

Depart City : Picton

Arrive City : Christchurch

Depart Time : 14:15:00

Arrive Time : 20:30:00

Hotel Address :- Christchurch

Hotel Name :- 3-star Christchurch Hotel or Motel

Day 5 KiwiRail Great Journeys of New Zealand - TranzAlpine Day Excursion Christchurch Greymouth Christchurch Train Service - Christchurch to Greymouth 0815 - 1831

Service : Train Service

Depart City : Christchurch

Arrive City : Greymouth

Depart Time : 08:15:00

Arrive Time : 18:31:00

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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