New Zealand is known for incredible scenery, hospitable people and an exceptional quality of life.
What better way to see this magnificent country than by a combination of stunning rail journeys, exciting cruises and scenic coach touring. On this unique tour we will enjoy the geological wonders, picturesque beaches and traditional Maori culture that defines the North Island; and revel at the rugged peaks, deep fjords and rural atmosphere of the South Island.
On the North Island we will travel aboard the Overlander Train, enabling us to view the snowcapped peaks, plummeting gorges, sprawling plains and the famous Raurimu Spiral (an engineering masterpiece).
On the South Island, the TranzCostal Train is considered one of the world’s most scenic train journeys as it snakes through 22 tunnels and over 175 bridges. We will cross the great Canterbury plains on the TranzAlpine and follow the Waimakariri River into the magnificent Southern Alps. Dunedin’s prestige tourist train, the Taieri Gorge Rail, will take us on a spellbinding journey across wrought iron viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago.
This tour will also include some wonderful adventures on the sea. In the Bay of Islands we will cruise crystal waters to Cape Brett Lighthouse and the famous “Hole in the Rock”. From Wellington, the inter-island ferry will take us through the picturesque Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sounds to the South Island. An evening steamship ride on the TSS Earnslaw across Lake Wakatipu will take us to a special farm house dinner and wine tasting. One of the most scenic cruises will be on Milford Sound in Fjordland National Park - an opportunity to view Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak. Our final cruise will be along the beautiful Otago Peninsula - home to an exciting diversity of wildlife including fur seals, dolphins, sea lions, penguins, albatross and other rarely seen ocean birds.
So join us on this unique tour of one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
* This tour is suitable only for the fit and active traveller.