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Ride the spectacular TranzAlpine train from Greymouth to Christchurch
15 days priced at 2995, flight and hotel inclusive
Tailor-made Journey

15 days from £2995pp

Highlights

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Admire waterfalls and cliffs of Milford Sound on a relaxing cruise
  • Ride the spectacular TranzAlpine train from Greymouth to Christchurch
  • Take to the skies in a helicopter and touch down on the Franz Josef Glacier
  • Visit a traditional Maori village in Rotorua

Holiday Type

Wildlife & Nature
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Culture
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What's included
  • Indirect international flights & internal flights
  • 11 nights in 4-5* hotels
  • 3 days' car hire
  • Milford Sound day tour with lunch
  • Franz Josef heli hike
  • Tamaki Maori Village Tour
  • TranzAlpine train from Greymouth to Christchurch
  • Airport transfers
Need to know
  • Arrives: Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
  • Time difference: GMT+13
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders do not require a visa
  • Language: English and Maori
  • Currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD)
  • Flying time from UK: around 27 hours
  • Plug type: 3-prong flat blade plug
  • Voltage: 240 volts/50 cycles
Your route
 

Itinerary

Days 1-2
Fly from UK to
Days 3-5
Queenstown

Perhaps try jetboating on the Shotover River, or skydive over the beautiful Lake Wakatipu. Once you’ve got your breath back, set sail on a relaxing cruise on the still waters of Milford Sound. Get your camera ready and look out for dolphins as you sail among the towering cliffs, plunging waterfalls and pretty forests.

5* Hilton Queenstown

Milford Sound Day tour

Days 6-7
Franz Josef

See the glacier’s icy face in all its glory with a thrilling helicopter ride over the top of the creeping ice, then take a walk on its surface, visiting the ice caves, pools and pinnacles of this other-worldly place, glittering in various shades of blue and white. Later, drive to Greymouth and hop on board the TranzAlpine Railway, taking you through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular landscapes to Christchurch.

4* Franz Alpine Retreat

Franz Josef heli hike TranzAlpine train from Greymouth to Christchurch

Hikers in Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Day 8
Christchurch

Here you can while away the days in the cafés and restaurants, shop ‘til you drop in the boutiques or sample a cocktail or two in the bars. Be sure to take a look at the quirky Cardboard Cathedral, a temporary replacement for the one that fell in the 2011 earthquake, and explore the greener side of the city with a punting trip on the pretty River Avon.

4* Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

Days 9-10
Rotorua

Rotorua is also at the heart of New Zealand’s Maori culture so is the perfect place to learn more about local traditions and legends. While you’re here you’ll take a day trip to Tamaki Maori Village, in the midst of a 200-year-old forest. Here you’ll be treated to a cultural performance and a hangi meal, cooked under the ground.

4* Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Tamaki Maori Village Tour

Day 11
Coromandel

While Coromandel itself offers a number of gift shops and cute cafés, it’s the area around town that you’ll want to explore the most. Hit the hiking trails at Coromandel Forest Park for unbeatable views over the region or kayak Cathedral Cove to admire the rugged cliffs that plunge into bright blue waters.

4* Marina Park Apartments

A beach in Coromandel
Days 12-13
Auckland

If you prefer the outdoors, perhaps take the ferry to peaceful Waiheke Island, where you’ll find pristine beaches and pretty vineyards just 35 minutes by boat from Auckland. Alternatively, drive down to the suburb of Titirangi, dotted with art galleries, cafés and parks.

4* VR Queen Street

Days 14-15
Depart Auckland and return to the UK

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2995 for mid-season travel up to 11 months in advance
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