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Northern Explorer Rail, Sail and Heli Tour

Auckland to Auckland, 13 days 12 nights self drive tour, staying in Boutique lodges & hotels

Northern Explorer Rail, Sail and Heli Tour
Northern Explorer Rail, Sail and Heli Tour
Northern Explorer Rail, Sail and Heli Tour
Northern Explorer Rail, Sail and Heli Tour

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On this 13 day tour of the North Island, you'll visit places where the memory of the locomotive engine is alive and well maintained! Enjoy the magic of the old railroad, and then travel between Wellington and Auckland on the Northern Explorer scenic train, taking in the engineering masterpiece of the Raurimu Spiral. When you're not traveling by rail, you will drive to beautiful destinations including the art deco town of Napier and the Waipoua Forest, home to the giant Jauri trees. In the Bay of Islands you will have the opportunity to help sail a magnificent tall ship, and from Rotorua the outstanding helicopter flight to a marine volcano will be an absolute highlight.

The approximate total driving distance and time for this itinerary is: 1530 kms / 949 miles, 20.4 hours

You can expect to spend around NZ$221 in fuel cost on this itinerary based on an intermediate sized car.

 

Day 1

Welcome to Auckland, transfer to your accommodation and rest of day at leisure

Personal meet and greet, and private transfer to your accommodation

On arrival you will be met by one of our team and driven to your Auckland accommodation.

Your tour documentation pack and support

Your tour documentation pack and support
Your tour documentation pack and support
Your tour documentation pack and support
Your tour documentation pack and support

Once you touch down in New Zealand your detailed tour pack will be hand delivered by one of our trusted representatives. The pack contains everything you need for the duration of your stay. It will include a comprehensive, printed and bound version of your itinerary as well as clear driving instructions and maps for each leg of your journey. It also contains all the reservation details for your accommodation and activities - along with relevant brochures and information. While in New Zealand we offer 24 hour support - details on how to contact us at any time will be well documented.

Welcome to Auckland City

Welcome to Auckland City
Welcome to Auckland City
Welcome to Auckland City
Welcome to Auckland City

Auckland, New Zealand’s self-proclaimed ‘City of Sails’ is the country’s largest metro area. Resting between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, this urban paradise has something for everyone. Surrounded by native bush, rainforests and an abundance of beaches, Auckland is a playground for both the city savvy and those with an eye for adventure. Explore the central museums and galleries on foot, or take a drive through one of over 800 regional National Parks to see deserted beaches, waterfalls and native forest.

Your accommodation - Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Style: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 2-5 mins
  • Parking: onsite paid parking NZ$35-NZ$45 per 24 hrs
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Breakfast service available
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Room service available
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry facilities: Drycleaning service available
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym/fitness centre
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
 

Day 2

Collect your rental car then head north to the 'big trees', stopping at Matakohe Kauri Museum if time allows

Driving distance and time: 254 kms / 158 miles : 3.1 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday

Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday
Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday
Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday
Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday

Collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday.  You can choose from an extensive range of late model cars and 4WD vehicles, from Europcar, Budget or Hertz.

GPS navigation system

Use the latest GPS technology as you tour New Zealand. Your portable GPS features a simple touch screen interface with automatic route calculation and turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions including street name announcement. The automotive-grade GPS unit is easy to use and has multiple language options.

Auckland to Hokianga via Waipoua Forest

Auckland to Hokianga via Waipoua Forest
Auckland to Hokianga via Waipoua Forest
Auckland to Hokianga via Waipoua Forest
Auckland to Hokianga via Waipoua Forest

The drive north to Waipoua Forest and the Kauri Coast takes you along the remote West Coast of the North Island and around one of the world's largest natural harbours, the Kaipara Harbour. The region was worked by immigrant Dalmatians who toiled to make a living from the gum fields. A visit to the Kauri Museum at Matakohe tells the story of their hardships and pioneering spirit and of the remarkable impact this tree had on the region and the wider world - and is must do. You'll have plenty of opportunity to stop along this spectacular route, so be sure to leave time for sightseeing.

Matakohe Kauri Museum

Matakohe Kauri Museum
Matakohe Kauri Museum
Matakohe Kauri Museum
Matakohe Kauri Museum

The Kauri Museum is located approximately 90 minutes drive north of Auckland, in the rural backdrop of Matakohe. Offering insight into the region's pioneering history, It charts the rise and fall of the great Kauri forests with stunning displays and detailed exhibitions including: The largest collection of Kauri Gum in the world, a fully furnished 1900's era Kauri house, the largest collection of Kauri furniture in the world, a huge 22 metre long Kauri slab and a magnificent collection of original photographs and pioneering memorabilia.

Your accommodation - The Heads Luxury Villas

Style: Boutique lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room paid access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Breakfast service available
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Room service available
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry facilities: On site
  • Swimming pool
  • All rooms non smoking
The Heads Luxury Villas
The Heads Luxury Villas
The Heads Luxury Villas
The Heads Luxury Villas
 

Day 3

Cross to Bay of Islands, passing through Kawakawa home to Gabriel the vintage steam train on your way

Driving distance and time: 98 kms / 61 miles : 1.7 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Hokianga to Russell, Bay of Islands

Hokianga to Russell, Bay of Islands
Hokianga to Russell, Bay of Islands
Hokianga to Russell, Bay of Islands
Hokianga to Russell, Bay of Islands

Heading east from the Hokianga, a detour to Rawene is recommended (signposted) to view the historic wooden buildings on the harbour and stop for a break at the Boatshed Cafe, sitting on the water with fantastic views, the nearby boardwalk through the Mangroves is also interesting. Crossing from the west coast to the east you pass through the township of Kawakawa, home to the remarkable Hundertwasser public toilets, designed by the Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.  Kawakawa is also known as the ‘Train Town’ as the train tracks run through the centre of town with the vintage trains running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the middle of town.  Continue east to Opua where you’ll board the car ferry to Russell.  The historic village of Russell sits on the waterfront and is the launching point for many marine encounters, swim with the dolphins, kayak or cruise the beautiful Bay of Islands - there are many ways to experience this paradise.

Bay of Islands Vintage Railway - suggested activity

Bay of Islands Vintage Railway - suggested activity
Bay of Islands Vintage Railway - suggested activity
Bay of Islands Vintage Railway - suggested activity
Bay of Islands Vintage Railway - suggested activity

The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway Trust is a heritage Steam railway in Kawakawa, home of the world famous Hundertwasser toilets, in the Bay of Islands region of Northland, New Zealand. The railway at Kawakawa was the North Island’s first railway to be opened and the first to run a rail passenger service in the North Island. The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway is unique in the world as it is the only working railway in the world where the trains travel down the middle of a State Highway and right through the middle of the town. The star attraction Gabriel, built in 1927 is a fine example of a working steam engine and is the only one in her class left in the world. Today the railway operates on part of the former Opua track and offers train rides to visitors using both steam and diesel locomotives. See a working vintage steam engine and enjoy a ride through scenic countryside for a unique experience and a great family day out!

For current operating days and prices visit Bay of Islands Vintage Railway website.

Your accommodation - Arcadia Lodge, Russell

Style: Boutique lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 3 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 2-5 mins
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Includes continental breakfast
  • Includes cooked breakfast
  • Hairdryer
  • All rooms non smoking
Arcadia Lodge, Russell
Arcadia Lodge, Russell
Arcadia Lodge, Russell
Arcadia Lodge, Russell
 

Day 4

Explore the islands and bays today on board the tall ship R Tucker Thompson

Sail the R Tucker Thompson tall ship

Sail the R Tucker Thompson tall ship
Sail the R Tucker Thompson tall ship
Sail the R Tucker Thompson tall ship
Sail the R Tucker Thompson tall ship

Experience the unique opportunity of sailing on a working tall ship, in one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands. You don't often get the chance to sail on a working tall ship, help set the sails or take the helm, but on the Tucker, you are welcome! With harnesses provided if you want the challenge of climbing the rigging or out on the bowsprit to ride the waves. If you would like to relax, that's fine too - enjoy the delicious food and chat with our friendly crew. Enjoy complimentary freshly baked scones from the galley, a lunchtime swim and island stopover in a sheltered bay and a delicious BBQ lunch served on board.

Explore the Bay of Islands

Explore the Bay of Islands
Explore the Bay of Islands
Explore the Bay of Islands
Explore the Bay of Islands

Commonly known as the ‘winterless north’ New Zealand’s Bay of Islands is made up of over 140 subtropical atolls. Renowned for its untouched beaches, abundant marine life and idyllic climate, this tropical paradise ticks all the boxes. Spend some time on a remote stretch of beach, or cool off during a ‘swim with dolphins’ ocean safari. If diving is your thing, take the morning to descend the Rainbow Warrior - The Greenpeace flagship sunk by French saboteurs in 1985. Wander around Russell, a whaling port founded in 1843. Learn about our culture in historic Waitangi, the site where The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the Maori and European settlers dictating the terms by which New Zealand would become a British colony. Take a travel day to Cape Reinga, the very top of the North Island.

Your accommodation - Arcadia Lodge, Russell

Style: Boutique lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 5

Enjoy a scenic drive from Bay of Islands to Auckland

Driving distance and time: 220 kms / 137 miles : 2.8 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Bay of Islands to Auckland

Bay of Islands to Auckland
Bay of Islands to Auckland
Bay of Islands to Auckland
Bay of Islands to Auckland

Today leave the Bay of Islands behind as you head south towards Auckland, City of Sails. You'll go through Kawakawa, famous for its unique Hundertwasser toilets, before passing the port-side town of Whangarei. Continue on through Warkworth and take a side trip to Matakana, renowned for its beaches and boutique vineyards. As you near the outskirts of Auckland, stop for a breather in Puhoi, New Zealand's only Bohemian settlement, before passing through the North Shore and into the heart of Auckland City.

Your accommodation - Eden Villa

Style: Boutique lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 2-5 mins
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Includes continental breakfast
  • Includes cooked breakfast
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • All rooms non smoking
Eden Villa
Eden Villa
Eden Villa
Eden Villa
 

Day 6

Today you'll take a scenic drive to Coromandel Township for a ride on the Driving Creek Narrow Gauge Railway

Driving distance and time: 191 kms / 118 miles : 2.7 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Auckland to Coromandel Township and Kuaotunu

Auckland to Coromandel Township and Kuaotunu
Auckland to Coromandel Township and Kuaotunu
Auckland to Coromandel Township and Kuaotunu
Auckland to Coromandel Township and Kuaotunu

As you leave the Auckland City boundary the landscape changes to lush farmland. You'll cross the fertile Hauraki Plains - one of New Zealand's largest dairy producing regions. Pass the Thames Estuary, a haven for wildlife and shore birds. Take a short detour to nearby Miranda (well sign posted) to see the large flocks of godwits and oystercatchers. Arriving into the old gold mining town of Thames, there are two different routes to the east coast of the Coromandel. Directly over the Coromandel Ranges will deliver you in a snappy 45 minutes or if you're after more leisurely route, head North to Coromandel Town along the Pohutukawa Coast (part of the Pacific Coast Highway). This is one of the most spectacular drives in the region and not to be missed. Once you arrive in the main township, it's only a short 30 minute hop to beach-side Kuaotunu - your destination for the night.

Goldmine Experience - suggested activity

Goldmine Experience - suggested activity
Goldmine Experience - suggested activity
Goldmine Experience - suggested activity
Goldmine Experience - suggested activity

The Goldmine Experience at Thames offers a fascinating insight into a once thriving industry on the Coromandel peninsular - the extraction of gold from the hills. A guided tour takes you through an operational, 19th century Stamper Battery & into one of the richest goldmines of the time. A self-guided tour allows you to explore the photographic museum, view a video presentation, discover mining relics, see steam-powered machines, & become acquainted with a Cave Weta colony.

For opening hours and prices visit the Goldmine Experience.

Driving Creek Railway & Potteries - EyeFull Tower Tour

Driving Creek Railway & Potteries - EyeFull Tower Tour
Driving Creek Railway & Potteries - EyeFull Tower Tour
Driving Creek Railway & Potteries - EyeFull Tower Tour
Driving Creek Railway & Potteries - EyeFull Tower Tour

Driving Creek Railway and Potteries has become a Coromandel icon. The dream of Barry Brickell was to establish a pottery workshop on his land. Using a railway he would have access to the clay on the land and the pine kiln fuel. Over the next 15 years the railway developed until in 1990 it was finally licensed to carry fare paying passengers and ever since thousands of visitors have made the trip to Coromandel to experience this unique attraction. The 1 hour return train trip on the innovatively designed trains takes you through replanted native kauri forest and includes 2 spirals, 3 short tunnels, 5 reversing points and several large viaducts as it climbs up to the mountain-top terminus. The pottery is still producing and you can watch the artists at work as well as purchase items.

Your accommodation - Kuaotunu Bay Lodge

Style: Boutique lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 3 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Includes continental breakfast
  • Includes cooked breakfast
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Hairdryer
  • All rooms non smoking
Kuaotunu Bay Lodge
Kuaotunu Bay Lodge
Kuaotunu Bay Lodge
Kuaotunu Bay Lodge
 

Day 7

From your Coromandel retreat, head along the scenic east coast to Rotorua

Driving distance and time: 238 kms / 148 miles : 3.6 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Kuaotunu (Coromandel) to Rotorua

Kuaotunu (Coromandel) to Rotorua
Kuaotunu (Coromandel) to Rotorua
Kuaotunu (Coromandel) to Rotorua
Kuaotunu (Coromandel) to Rotorua

Heading down the east coast you pass through the town of Whitianga and from here you can take the small foot ferry over to Cooks Beach and Flaxmill Bay. A little further south is the famous Hot Water Beach and the holiday town of Hahei. Cathedral Cove is a popular walk and is well worth the effort to view the massive limestone formation aptly named on the golden sand beach. Tairua is also a great location and Paku Hill offers spectacular views over the natural harbour and the Pacific Ocean.

Heading south from the Coromandel Peninsula you pass through the seaside town of Whangamata. A popular location for Kiwi holidaymakers the town boasts one of the best beaches in the region. The old mining town of Waihi still has an operating open cast gold mine and you can view the workings of the Martha Mine from a vantage point signposted from the town centre. For rail enthusiasts the Goldfields Railway operates passenger trains along a scenic and historic section of track towards Waikino.

The route now takes you into the Bay of Plenty and the port town of Tauranga before you head along the scenic Pyes Pa Road to Rotorua. For Lord of the Rings fans a detour to Matamata is recommended as this is the location of Hobbiton. Arriving into Rotorua from the north you are welcomed with some great views of the lake.

Goldfields Railway, Waihi - suggested activity

Goldfields Railway, Waihi - suggested activity
Goldfields Railway, Waihi - suggested activity
Goldfields Railway, Waihi - suggested activity
Goldfields Railway, Waihi - suggested activity

In the early 1900's the expansion of the Waihi mine meant that more materials and people were needed in the region and so the government of the day linked Waihi to the main trunk line in 1905. Further expansion 23 years later and Waihi connected with the east coast and the port of Tauranga. The steep gradients, the tight curves and the 9km long tunnel on this section of track became difficult and expensive to maintain for the ever increasing freight traffic and so in the early 1980's the track was dismantled leaving just a short section between Waihi and Waikino. Soon after  the Goldfields Steam Train Society purchased the track with the objective to run a passenger service using heritage machinery and preserving this districts railway history for the enjoyment of future generations. Today you can enjoy a relaxing trip on the Goldfields Railway pulled by one the many restored engines as you travel along the Ohinemuri River.

To see the train timetable, prices and for operating days visit Waihi Rail.

Your accommodation - Black Swan Boutique Lodge

Style: Boutique lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 3 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Includes continental breakfast
  • Includes cooked breakfast
  • Dinner service available
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Swimming pool
  • All rooms non smoking
Black Swan Boutique Lodge
Black Swan Boutique Lodge
Black Swan Boutique Lodge
Black Swan Boutique Lodge
 

Day 8

Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight and fascinating exploration of volcanic White Island

White Island Helicopter tour with Volcanic Air Safaris

White Island Helicopter tour with Volcanic Air Safaris
White Island Helicopter tour with Volcanic Air Safaris
White Island Helicopter tour with Volcanic Air Safaris
White Island Helicopter tour with Volcanic Air Safaris

Today take an exhilarating helicopter flight north over Hell's Gate Thermal Valley to active volcano, White Island. Land inside the crater and enjoy an hour long guided tour. See the main erupting crater, active steam vents known as 'fumaroles', hot streams and vibrant sulphur formations. You'll also be able to view the remains of the old sulphur mine and see the deposits left behind.

Your accommodation - Black Swan Boutique Lodge

Style: Boutique lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 9

Today head south-east to the Art Deco city of Napier

Driving distance and time: 210 kms / 131 miles : 2.4 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Rotorua to Napier

Rotorua to Napier
Rotorua to Napier
Rotorua to Napier
Rotorua to Napier

This drive will take you through the thermal region just south of Rotorua. Home to a plethora of unique geothermal attractions including boiling mud pits, natural hot springs and steaming geysers, this area is a must do before you move on to Napier. Notable attractions are Wai-O-Tapu, Waimangu and Craters of the Moon.Continue on to Taupo and marvel at the lake - a giant crater formed following a volcanic eruption in the year 180 CE. As you approach the city, be sure to stop at Huka Falls to view the spectacular sight of 58,000 gallons (222,000 liters0 of water spilling every second down the narrow 11 meter drop.For an extra thrill take a jet-boat ride to the base of the falls. Leaving Taupo, follow the road as it climbs the rugged Ahimanawa Range before descending back down the Pacific Coast to art deco Napier.

Your accommodation - McHardy Lodge

Style: Boutique lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 30 mins +
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Includes continental breakfast
  • Includes cooked breakfast
  • Hairdryer
  • Swimming pool
McHardy Lodge
McHardy Lodge
McHardy Lodge
McHardy Lodge
 

Day 10

Journey through the Wairarapa to Wellington

Driving distance and time: 322 kms / 200 miles : 4.1 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Napier to Wellington City via Masterton

Napier to Wellington City via Masterton
Napier to Wellington City via Masterton
Napier to Wellington City via Masterton
Napier to Wellington City via Masterton

The rolling countryside of the Hawke's Bay leads you into some of New Zealand’s richest farmland, located around the Manawatu region. Passing along the Manawatu Gorge the Wairarapa welcomes you. Masterton is home to the golden shears sheep shearing competition while just further south Greytown boasts the largest concentration of historic wooden buildings in the country.

Nearby Martinborough is home to dozens of boutique wineries. The route takes you over the Rimutaka Range and along the magnificent natural harbour that the capital city of Wellington sits upon.

Your accommodation - Bolton Hotel Wellington

Style: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 3 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 2-5 mins
  • Parking: valet paid parking NZ$20-NZ$30 per 24 hrs
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Breakfast service available
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Kitchen/kitchenette in room
  • Hairdryer
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym/fitness centre
Bolton Hotel Wellington
Bolton Hotel Wellington
Bolton Hotel Wellington
Bolton Hotel Wellington
 

Day 11

Explore Wellington and take the cable car to the Botanic Gardens for great views

Wellington

Wellington
Wellington
Wellington
Wellington

Wellington, home to New Zealand’s centre of government has a largely cosmopolitan feel. Often referred to as ‘mini-Melbourne’, this (self described) windy city is a melting pot of art, culture, food and fashion. Quirky laneway bars, underground art shows, and hipster eateries make up its inner city vibe, while a host of sandy beaches outside the urban bustle bring a cheerful holiday feel.

Take a turn on the boardwalk en-route to Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum or catch a historic cable car from Lambton Quay and soak up the city sights. Wander the boutiques on Cuba St and check out the aptly named ‘Beehive’ off Parliament House.

Play hobbit for day and book a tour through Weta Workshop, the Oscar Award winning design studio for Lord Of The Rings. If eating is your thing, drive an hour out of town to Martinborough and experience some of the region's best food and wine. For those interested in New Zealand's native species, a trip to Zealandia is a must - the world's first fully fenced eco-sanctuary. Then kick off your evening in style - search ‘Metro Eats’ to choose from a plethora of the city’s best restaurants to dine.  

Your accommodation - Bolton Hotel Wellington

Style: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 12

Today journey through the heart of the North Island on the Northern Explorere Scenic Train

Driving distance and time: 0 kms / 0 miles : 0.0 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Private transfer to Wellington train station

You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Wellington train station to meet your train.

The Northern Explorer Scenic Train: Wellington to Auckland

The Northern Explorer Scenic Train: Wellington to Auckland
The Northern Explorer Scenic Train: Wellington to Auckland
The Northern Explorer Scenic Train: Wellington to Auckland
The Northern Explorer Scenic Train: Wellington to Auckland

The Northern Explorer is a journey through the heart of the North Island, travelling between Wellington, New Zealand's arts and culture capital and Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. Along the way you pass the Central North Island ski towns of National Park and Ohakune. You also see fantastic views of New Zealand farmland, the volcanic plateau, Mount Ruapehu, the world famous Raurimu Spiral, and stunning river gorges - all from panoramic windows or open air viewing decks. All carriages feature large panoramic windows giving sweeping views of the magnificent North Island. The Observation Carriage includes a mix of seating including lounge-style seating. The lounge-style seating is arranged at the very rear of this glass-backed carriage enabling you to enjoy a totally unique Northern Explorer experience.

Private transfer Auckland train station to hotel

A private transfer will meet you from your train and drive you to your Auckland accommodation.

Your accommodation - Eden Villa

Style: Boutique lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 13

Relax in Eden village, before your private transfer to Auckland Airport for your departing flight

Transfer to Auckland airport

Transfer to Auckland airport
Transfer to Auckland airport
Transfer to Auckland airport
Transfer to Auckland airport

You will be collected from your Auckland hotel and transferred to the airport to meet your departing flight.

 
 
price from
NZ$ 5,356.00 pp (small car, low season - details)

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