The Great Southern Steam Train Tour

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Travel Dates

22 April 2021

Sale Ends

Apr 22, 2021

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Trip Information

Experience the adventure, the nostalgia, the romance of Steam Train travel. Step back in time to a bygone era for an epic steam train journey exploring the majestic South Island of Aotearoa.

What's Included

  • 4 star accommodation
  • A fleet of luxury coaches that will accompany you throughout your journey
  • Prepaid attractions:
    • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
    • Welcome Reception at The Wine Station, Blenheim
    • Yealands Estate winery tour
    • Visit to the Store Kekerengu and Winterhome Garden tour
    • Seal Colony Guided Walk in Kaikoura
    • Akaroa Township Tour
    • Steam Tug Boat OR City & Tram Tour
    • Blue Penguin viewing in Oamaru
    • Whitestone Cheese Tour
    • Moeraki Boulders
    • High Tea & Garden Tour at Larnach Castle
    • OCHO Chocolate Factory Tour
    • Bill Richardson Transport World
    • Takahe Sanctuary
    • Milford Sound Day Trip (cruise is optional)
    • Arrowtown Lakes District Museum
    • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
    • Walter Peak Homestead
    • Franz Josef Hot Pools
    • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • 12 cooked breakfasts
  • 12 sumptuous dinners, including:
    • Dinner at Walter Peak Homestead
    • Welcome Dinner at The Wine Station in Blenheim
    • Lunch at The Store, Kekerengu
    • High Tea at Larnach Castle
    • Lunch at Tuatapere, Southland

Flights not included.


You will spend the first week travelling the entire length of the South Island (visiting Marlborough, Christchurch, Oamaru, Dunedin and Invercargill), in the comfort of vintage carriages hauled by the historic WW1 memorial steam locomotive Ab608 Passchendaele, (named in honour of our fallen soldiers at The Battle of Passchendaele in 1917). Once you have reached Invercargill at the bottom of the mainland, we begin the traverse inland on luxury coaches to experience the wonders of Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown and Franz Josef, before the home stretch to Christchurch on the iconic TranzAlpine via Arthur’s Pass.

  • Day 1: Wellington - Blenheim
  • Day 2: Blenheim - Kaikoura
  • Day 3: Kaikoura - Christchurch
  • Day 4: Christchurch ANZAC DAY
  • Day 5: Christchurch - Oamaru
  • Day 6: Oamaru - Dunedin
  • Day 7: Dunedin - Invercargill
  • Day 8: Invercargill - Te Anau
  • Day 9: Te Anau - Milford Sound
  • Day 10: Te Anau - Queenstown
  • Day 11: Queenstown
  • Day 12: Queenstown - Franz Josef
  • Day 13: Franz Josef - Christchurch
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