New Zealand Travellers – Iconic Trains Of The South

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7 Nights / 8 Days
Departures : October 2022 to March 2023
Start: Christchurch
End: Christchurch

TranzAlpine & Coastal Pacific

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

29 September 2022 to 31 March 2023 (Fri/Sat/Sun departures only)

  • Transfer from Christchurch airport to Sudima City Hotel
  • 1-night Sudima Christchurch City, Luxe King room including cooked breakfast
  • Transfer from Sudima City Hotel to Train station
  • TranzAlpine train – Christchurch to Greymouth – Scenic class
  • Car rental – Greymouth to Picton, 4 days, unlimited kilometres, standard insurance
  • 1-night Punakaiki Resort, standard room including cooked breakfast
  • 2 nights The Honest Lawyer, Nelson -Deluxe King Room including continental breakfast
  • Abel Tasman – Boat & Walk eco tour
  • Boat transfers Picton – Furneaux Lodge – Picton
  • 2 nights Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet with breakfast & dinner
  • Coastal Pacific train – Picton to Christchurch – Scenic class
  • Transfer from Christchurch Train Station to Sudima City Hotel
  • 1-night Sudima Christchurch City, Luxe King room including cooked breakfast


Start & Finish Location

Christchurch Return

Departure & Arrival Info

Own arrangements to/from Christchurch Airport


Day 1Christchurch Airport - Christchurch City

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel, shared shuttle
  • Overnight at Sudima Christchurch City, Luxe King Room including breakfast

Day 2Christchurch - 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.
  • Upon arrival into Greymouth collect your vehicle and head north to Punakaiki for the night.
  • Overnight at Punakaiki Resort, standard room including breakfast.

Day 3Punakaiki - Nelson (B)

  • Today you will head north from Punakaiki to Westport via the scenic coast line and continue on to Nelson city.
  • Overnight at the Honest Lawyer, Deluxe King Room including breakfast

Day 4Nelson - Kaiteriteri/Marahau - Nelson (B,L)

  • 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
  • Overnight at the Honest Lawyer, Deluxe King Room including breakfast

Day 5Nelson - Picton - Endeavour Inlet (B,D)

  • From Nelson make your way to Havelock and take the stunning Queen Charlotte Drive to Picton. Drop off your vehicle hire at the ferry terminal and board your ferry transfer to Endeavour Inlet.
  • Overnight at Furneaux Lodge, 1 bedroom Junior Suite

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

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

  • Overnight at Furneaux Lodge, 1 Bedroom Junior Suite including breakfast & dinner

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

  • 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
  • Overnight at the Sudima Christchurch City, Luxe King including breakfast

Package Terms and Conditions

Sales by 31st March 2023

  • Contact New Zealand Traveller for full details of this specific itinerary, inclusions and area highlights.
  • Package fares are NZD, per person, share twin, based on current promotional fares which are subject to change without notice, based on two people travelling together and share accommodations.
  • Package fares are made up of individual components from multiple suppliers and each component is subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • Deposit required: $250 per person at time of booking
  • Final payment: Due 35 days prior to departure
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  • Cancellation:
  1. Deposit is refundable less a $50 per person admin fee up to 35 days prior to departure.
  2. Final payment is due 35 days prior to departure all monies paid are non-refundable
  • Passenger information form to be completed.

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