Iconic Trains of the South

Deal Details

Travel Dates

29 Sep 22 - 31 Mar 23

Sale Ends

Mar 31, 2023

Priced From

$2,829 per person

Christchurch Return

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Discovering NZ by road and rail. This independent itinerary showcases the iconic trains of the south. TranzAlpine train - Christchurch to Greymouth, and the Coastal Pacific train - Picton to Christchurch. Two of the world’s great scenic train trips, combined with self-drive independence from Greymouth to Picton, driving the dramatic West Coast and the stunning Queen Charlotte Sound coastal road. A two night stop in Nelson with a full day Abel Tasman nature eco cruise and walk, and two nights at Furneaux Lodge on Queen Charlotte Sound put an exclamation mark on this exceptional package!

Package Highlights & Inclusions:

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• 1-night Sudima Hotel Christchurch City
• Transfer from Hotel to Train station
• TranzAlpine train - Christchurch to Greymouth - Scenic class
• Car rental - Greymouth to Picton, 4 days, unlimited km, standard
insurance
• 1-night Punakaiki Resort
• 2 nights The Honest Lawyer, Nelson
• Abel Tasman - Boat & Walk eco tour
• Return boat transfers Picton to Furneaux Lodge
• 2 nights - Furneaux Lodge, Queen Charlotte Sound
• Coastal Pacific train, Picton to Christchurch - Scenic class
• Transfer from Train station to Hotel
• 1-night Sudima Hotel Christchurch City
• Included meals - 7x Breakfast, 1x Lunch, 2x Dinner

Itinerary

Day 1: Christchurch City

Transfer from the airport to your hotel, shared shuttle:  The shuttle company will be waiting for you outside of the airport. You will be transferred to your accommodation.

The world-famous 'Garden City', Christchurch's well-established expansive parks and public gardens owe much to the planning and foresight of the city's founding fathers. The central city area and some eastern suburbs were heavily affected by the earthquake of February 2011. The rebuild of the CBD has brought with it a new vibrancy to the ever-changing city.

Sudima Christchurch City, Christchurch: Luxe King room

Included: transfers; accommodation including cooked breakfast

Day 2: Christchurch – TranzAlpine train – Greymouth – Punakaiki (B)

Transfer from your hotel to the train station, by shared shuttle.

TranzAlpine Train Christchurch to Greymouth: Experience the South Island’s striking natural landscape by taking a train between Christchurch and Greymouth. Along this journey you’ll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest. The TranzAlpine is one of the world's great train journeys covering 223 kilometres (139 miles) one-way, taking just under 5 hours. You’ll traverse the majestic Canterbury Plains, to the backdrop of the mighty Southern Alps - the journey of a lifetime.

The rental company will pick you up at the train station. You will pick your car up and sign the contract.

Day 3: Punakaiki – Nelson City (B)

Drive north on SH6 to Westport where you will follow the signs to Nelson.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS:

- CHARLESTON is 25 minutes’ drive south of Westport, on the Coast Road. The site of a major gold rush in the 1860s, Charleston is now famous for its extensive limestone caves and caving experiences, the Nile River, and the beachfront area around Constance Bay.

- WESTPORT - A port town near the mouth of the Buller River, is the largest town inthe Northern West Coast. It offers a range of retail, banking and other services that you would expect in a large centre, including an airport. The mild climate makes the area an ideal outdoor destination for travellers of all ages. Here you can enjoy caving, rafting, jet skiing, jet boating, horse trekking, underworld rafting, surfing, walks, and many other outdoor pursuits. The area also offers some of the region’s finest heritage experiences, and a variety of quality restaurants, cafes and accommodation.

- CAPE FOULWIND/TAURANGA BAY - Is a 20 minutes’ drive to the West, where you will find one of New Zealand’s most accessible fur seal colonies (reached via an excellent walking track). 40 minutes to the North of Westport are the friendly coastal villages of Granity and Hector, with fine arts and crafts studios.

- BULLER GORGE - We recommend a photo stop at Lower Buller Gorge which is on your way.

NELSON - An irresistible blend of lifestyle and stunning landscape, with New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours is well known.  Nelson is New Zealand's second oldest city, settled in 1841 - do not miss South Street with its 16 old cottages. It is a paradise for lovers of coffee and fine art with its numerous galleries and street cafes. Enjoy the year-round sunshine, fine local wines, abundant seafood, and a relaxed holiday atmosphere. Take a walk down a heritage trail, drive out to Richmond for a laidback shopping experience, or perhaps indulge in a glass of the region's finest wines in the vineyards just beyond the centre of Richmond. You can also bring back your own souvenir from the jeweller Jens Hansen Goldsmith, who created the “One Ring” for the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. And the Richmond Harrington’s Brewers makes Prancing Pony beer, once again, inspired by the movies. CENTRE OF NEW ZEALAND - Go to the hill named “The Centre of New Zealand” Some people say (arguably) this is the centre of the country. It is worth taking a look around as the views on Nelson and Abel Tasman are simply great. It is located at the Botanical Reserve, at the end of Hardy Street.

The Honest Lawyer, Deluxe King Room

Included: accommodation including continental breakfast

Day 4: Nelson City- Kaiteriteri – Marahau - Nelson City (B, L)

From Nelson, you follow the direction of Motueka, on the SH60 and a few kilometres after Riwaka, turn right towards Kaiteriteri.

Included: Abel Tasman Boat & Walk Eco Tour: a fun and relaxing journey through the ecosystems of the Abel Tasman National Park. We explore the wonderous Islands, forests, beaches, rivers and seas of Te Tai Tapu (The Sacred Coast). Your expert guide is a trained biologist and will ‘open your eyes’ to the rich history and ecology of this stunning area.   This is a small group of less than 20 guests. This tour is authentic and personal, and skippered by a world-class guide.  

Explore Inlets, rock pools, open sea, predator free islands, marine mammals, land and sea birds, fish, plants, invertebrates and more. The walk is an easy and stunning guided walk around Pitt Head ecological island, with incredible views. Hot drinks and snacks are provided.

The Honest Lawyer, Deluxe King Room

Included: boat tour including local guide, transport and lunch; accommodation including continental breakfast

Day 5: Nelson City – Picton – Endeavour Inlet (B, D)

Take SH6 to Picton / Blenheim. At Havelock head towards Picton on Queen Charlotte Drive, an outstanding road with many great places to stop for photos.

The rental company is located just beside the ferry terminal where you will drop off your car.

Boat return transfer from Picton to Furneaux Lodge: Transfer from Picton to Furneaux Lodge.

Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet, Queen Charlotte Sound: Tobias 1-bedroom Junior suite

Included: boat transfer ticket; accommodation including continental breakfast and dinner (no drinks)

 

Day 6: Endeavour Inlet, Queen Charlotte Sound (Furneaux Lodge) (B, D)

A day to relax or be as active as you want at Furneaux Lodge. Walk the Queen Charlotte Track, swim, kayak plus many other activity options to choose from.

Furneaux Lodge:   

Located at the head of Endeavour Inlet in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, Furneaux Lodge has a backdrop of native forest and lush rolling lawns right to the stunning green-blue water. Walk or bike the Queen Charlotte Track, or relax and unwind, soaking up the peaceful natural surroundings. Indulge in delicious, perfectly fresh Marlborough food at any time of the day, paired with local wine or coffee and tea, while enjoying sweeping sea views. Furneaux Lodge truly epitomises getting away from it all.

During your 2-night stay, relax in the comfort of a Tobias Junior Suite, which offers incredible views across the calm waters of Endeavour Inlet, best enjoyed from your private deck or patio. The one-bedroom suites accommodate up to two people in a king-sized bed or twin singles and includes a bathroom with a shower. Each airy unit has a well-appointed lounge/dining area with sea views. Enjoy the convenience of your own tea and coffee making facilities and mini fridge, heating and cooling options and easy access to all Furneaux Lodge facilities. Dine on delicious local cuisine at the lodge, and spend your stay relaxing in your suite, in the lodge hot tub or numerous waterfront hammocks, or explore the Queen Charlotte Track or Endeavour Inlet.

Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet, Queen Charlotte Sound: Tobias 1-bedroom Junior suite

Included: accommodation including continental breakfast and dinner (no drinks)

Day 7: Endeavour Inlet – Picton – Coastal Pacific Train – Christchurch (B)

Boat transfer from Furneaux Lodge to Picton.

Coastal Pacific Train – Picton to Christchurch. Alongside mountains and sea, this memorable journey between Picton and Christchurch is 98 kilometers of ruggedly beautiful coastline. You will get astonishingly close to the surging Pacific Ocean and steeply rising Kaikoura Ranges. The train travels through beautiful wine growing regions of Waipara, across broad, braided rivers and the rich patchwork farming landscape of the Canterbury Plains.

Transfer from the Christchurch train station to your accommodation

Sudima Christchurch City, Christchurch: Luxe King room

Includes: boat transfer ticket; train ticket; transfers; accommodation including breakfast

Day 8: Christchurch (B)

End of arrangements.

 

 

 

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