New Zealand Railway Adventure April 2024

Cruise Express

Australian owned and operated

New Zealand Rail Adventure

13 April 2024 - 17 days

from $8,935* pp twin | $11,230* solo

New Zealand has enjoyed a rail renaissance in recent years with large investments being made into new rolling stock, upgraded track and better on-board services. This has helped elevate it to a rail travel Mecca. There are also vibrant heritage train and vintage transport operations all over this great country and so, you have the ideal destination for rail and culture travelling.

On this all-encompassing adventure, you are treated to some of the best rail, road, and water journeys to be had anywhere in the world. And you can be assured that the destinations at the end of the line are as superb as the journey getting there. There are highlights galore on this classic adventure and chartering our own trains at Glenbrook, Weka Pass will be very special outings as will our time at the historic Ferrymead Heritage Park just south of Christchurch on the glorious South Island. It was here in 1863 that a short section of broad-gauge track was opened to the public and the story of one of the world’s most interesting railway systems began.

Your journey, led by Allan Boyer, an unashamed proud Kiwi native, will reveal unrivalled natural beauty, surreal scenery, living museums, and vibrant, colourful cities. These are just some of New Zealand’s unique and captivating features, and when you add the experience of spectacular train journeys, you have all the ingredients for an unsurpassed adventure in the Land of the Long White Cloud.


Departs 13 April 2024 - 17 days

  • 2 nights Auckland accommodation at the Sky City Hotel (or similar) with breakfast daily
  • Welcome dinner at your hotel with drinks
  • Half day sightseeing tour of Auckland with lunch
  • Return journey on the Glenbrook Vintage Railway
  • Journey aboard the Northern Explorer train from Auckland to Wellington
  • 2 nights Wellington accommodation at the Rydges Hotel (or similar) with breakfast daily
  • Full day sightseeing tour of Wellington
  • Ride on the Wellington Cable Car
  • One-way economy airfare from Wellington to Blenheim
  • 2 nights Blenheim accommodation at the Scenic Marlborough Hotel (or similar) with dinner on the first night and breakfast daily
  • Cruise from Picton on Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Visit the Omaka Heritage Centre
  • Journey aboard the Coastal Pacific train from Blenheim to Christchurch with dinner
  • 5 nights Christchurch accommodation at the Rydges Latimer Hotel (or similar) with one dinner and breakfast daily
  • Full day tour of Christchurch
  • Ride on the Christchurch heritage tram
  • Half day tour of Lyttelton
  • Visit Ferrymead Heritage Park
  • Return journey aboard the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • Ride on the Weka Pass Railway with lunch at a local winery
  • Visit the Plains Railway
  • Ride on the Pleasant Point Railway with lunch
  • 1 night Twizel accommodation at the Mackenzie Country Hotel (or similar) with dinner and breakfast
  • Day tour of the Mount Cook National Park with lunch at the Hermitage Hotel
  • Visit the town of Cromwell
  • 3 nights Queenstown accommodation at the Crown Plaza, Queenstown (or similar) with dinner on the first night and breakfast daily
  • Afternoon cruise on Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw
  • Visit the Colonel’s Homestead at Walter Peak with BBQ lunch
  • Farewell drinks at our hotel in Queenstown
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All tour admissions as per itinerary
  • Group transfers throughout
  • Services of a locally based Tour Manager

NOTE: Flights to and from New Zealand are not included but can be arranged for you by our Travel Specialists


from: $8,935* pp twin
from: $11,230* solo

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New Zealand Rail Adventure APR 2024

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