The Sir Edmund Hillary Explorer

$6,950 / per person

South Island Rail & Coach Tour | 13 Days

Departing Wellington 26 March 2022

From $6,950 per person twin share

Single supplement of $995

Package includes 2x complimentary beverage vouchers to be enjoyed onboard each heritage train day.

A journey from Wellington going through Marlborough, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Aoraki/Mt Cook, Dunedin, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown & Franz Josef, before the home stretch to Christchurch via Arthur’s Pass using a combination of Train & Luxury Coach.

A fleet of luxury coaches will escort the train throughout the journey, providing seamless transfers to your accommodation and excursions. You will be accompanied by experienced Tour Leaders who are there to guide and assist you throughout your journey.

 

Attractions that are included:

  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Morning Tea at The Wine Station, Blenheim
  • Visit The Store, Kekerengu
  • Tram ride in Christchurch
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre at Aoraki/Mt Cook
  • Celebrity guest speaker, Peter Hillary
  • High Tea & Castle Tour at Larnach Castle
  • Takahe Sanctuary
  • Milford Sound Day Trip & Cruise
  • Arrowtown Lakes District Museum
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Walter Peak Homestead
  • Franz Josef Hot Pools
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey

 

Heritage rail highlights: 

From Marlborough to Kaikoura, you will be hauled under a full head of steam by the historic WW1 memorial steam locomotive Ab608 Passchendaele, named in honour of our fallen soldiers at The Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. South of Kaikoura, your rail journey continues with two magnificent heritage 1950’s DA locomotives in an impressive & powerful double-header formation. Further in the tour, a return journey between Kingston & Fairlight on the iconic Kingston Flyer steam train will the icing on the cake for our railfans.

 

Meal inclusions: 

  • 12 cooked breakfasts
  • 10 sumptuous dinners
  • Morning Tea at The Wine Station
  • High Tea at Larnach Castle
  • Gourmet BBQ lunch at Walter Peak Homestead
  • Other included lunches: Kekerengu, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Oamaru, Invercargill, Milford Sounds (other lunches on your own)

 

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For your own safety and enjoyment during the tour,  please note that a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required as there will be the need to climb and descend stairs (on coaches, excursions, and at hotels), carry your own bag, and walk some distances on uneven ground.

Ref: POUN

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