Cruise Pacific Rail Journey Self-Drive New Zealand South Island by Rail & Sea

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Price
$2799 per person
Duration
9 days
Destination
New Zealand

DRIVE, CRUISE & RAIL 9 Days New Zealand South Island with Flights

Travel from Queenstown to Christchurch with stunning highlights en route, like an overnight small ship cruise on Milford Sound, seeing Franz Josef Glacier and travelling on the TranzAlpine Scenic Train. The wow moments come thick and fast on this exciting adventure!
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You wouldn't want to go to New Zealand's South Island without seeing stunning Milford Sound or exploring towns like Queenstown and Christchurch. This trip covers those and much more. Cruise through Fiordland National Park, witness the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier, travel west to east on the famously-scenic TranzAlpine Train and have time to discover more at your own pace on the self-drive days. You can see why this exciting combination is one of our most popular New Zealand itineraries!

What's included

Destination
New Zealand Discover New Zealand
Departure Location
Fly to Queenstown, New Zealand from Australia
Return Location
Fly from Christchurch to Australia
Tour Start Date & Time
Everyday
Additional Information
Booking Code: NZSFND9M
Price includes
  • Accommodation based on twin share room
  • Car hire with unlimited kilometres
  • Cruise as per itinerary
  • Cruise meals and non-chargeable entertainment
  • International flights from Australia
  • Local experience or activity
  • Rail travel as per itinerary
Price does not include
  • Airport transfers
  • Any items or services not specified in the itinerary
  • Car hire extras
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
Additional Prices
Single Supplement: Please contact us for solo traveller rates. Extend Your Stay: We can book hotels for you in New Zealand. Travel Insurance: Insurance is strongly recommended - please ask us for a quote.

Tour overview

This spectacular New Zealand adventure showcases the South Island with an amazing self-drive, rail and cruise combination.

Fly from Australia directly to picturesque Queenstown, famously known as the adventure capital of New Zealand. Then drive to Milford Sound for the most spectacular way to explore the stunning region – overnighting aboard the Fiordland Navigator. Cruise to the open sea with the nature guide and friendly crew, before anchoring for the night in sheltered Harrison Cove. Wildlife viewing opportunities and a special dinner are all part of the unforgettable experience.

Jump back in the car and head to Franz Josef Glacier, where you have two nights to explore the lively town in the heart of the West Coast and the unmissable glacier that stretches for 12 kilometres.

Next is another spellbinding highlight aboard one of the world’s great train journeys, the TranzAlpine Scenic Train. Travel across the South Island, from west to east, through Arthur’s Pass National Park and descend to the Canterbury Plains before arriving in Christchurch.

 

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Special deal

From $2799 per personnormally $3099 per person

Book this special deal by 14 October 2022, or before it’s sold out!

Note: Price in AUD is per person, based on twin share (single rates are available on request). Prices can change without notice and may vary depending on your travel date. Conditions apply. Please contact us for current rates.

Departs Tuesday, Thursdays & Saturdays

2022 – 11 October to 30 November
2023 – 26 January to 31 March & 10 October to 30 November

Note: Departures are subject to confirmation and price may vary depending on your travel date. Please contact us for travel at other times of the year.

Inclusions at a glance

  • Flights to New Zealand – Return economy airfare to Queenstown & from Christchurch
    • Fly from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane (ask us for other cities)
  • Car hire – 6 days Economy, automatic vehicle
    • Unlimited kilometres
    • Pick up Queenstown Airport, drop off Greymouth Rail Terminal
  • Accommodation – 7 nights in standard rooms, twin share
    • 3 nights Queenstown – Quest Hotel, Ramada Suites or Holiday Inn
    • 2 nights Franz Josef – Punga View or Glacier View Motel
    • 2 nights Christchurch – Quest on Manchester or Ramada Suites
  • Cruise – 1 night aboard Fiordland Navigator, private cabin, twin share
    • 3-course dinner & cooked breakfast prepared by the onboard chef
    • Kayaking & tender boat activities (weather dependent)
  • Train – TranzAlpine Scenic Train, one-way from Greymouth to Christchurch
  • Sightseeing – Christchurch Hop On Hop Off Tram Tour

 

Calm waters of Milford Sound New Zealand
Cruising the calm waters of Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park – just one of the many highlights of the South Island
  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • DAY 6
  • DAY 7
  • DAY 8
  • DAY 9
DAY 1

Fly to Queenstown, New Zealand

DAY 2

Explore Queenstown

DAY 3

Drive to Milford Sound for overnight cruise

DAY 4

Disembark to Fjord Navigator, drive to Queenstown

DAY 5

Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier (via Wanaka)

DAY 6

Explore Franz Josef Glacier

DAY 7

Franz Josef to Greymouth Train Station & TranzAlpine Scenic Train

DAY 8

Explore Christchurch

DAY 9

Depart Christchurch, Fly to Australia

More about New Zealand

For a country that’s only 18% bigger than the state of Victoria and has a population less than the city of Melbourne, it packs a whole lot of amazing experiences into a small space. Plus, an exchange rate in favour of the Australian dollar is nice bonus. Split into two main islands, the North Island is where you'll find the capital of Wellington and the country's largest city of Auckland. It also has proud Maori heritage and rich cultural experiences. On the South Island, also officially named Te Waipounamu, the natural wonders shine brightly. Explore stunning Abel Tasman National Park, the great Southern Alps and beautiful Milford Sound.
You wouldn't want to go to New Zealand's South Island without seeing stunning Milford Sound or exploring towns like Queenstown and Christchurch. This trip covers those and much more. Cruise through Fiordland National Park, witness the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier, travel west to east on the famously-scenic TranzAlpine Train and have time to discover more at your own pace on the self-drive days. You can see why this exciting combination is one of our most popular New Zealand itineraries!

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This South Island package ticks all the boxes with the ideal balance of included activities and time to explore on your own. Includes 7 nights hotel accommodation, 6 days car hire, Christchurch tram tour, overnight cruise on Fiordland Navigator, TranzAlpine train and flights from Australia.

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Tour departures

This travel package departs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between the following dates:
2022 - 10 October to 30 November
2023 - 25 January to 31 March and 10 October to 30 November

Prices can vary, depending on your travel date.

Please ask us for your preferred departure date and we will advise availability and current rates. Let us know if you would like to travel at other times of the year.

Tour start time

The start time listed for this tour is a guide only and will be confirmed by our office.

If you book international flights, you will be advised of your flight details and check-in times when your booking is confirmed.

Important to remember...

The day-by-day tour descriptions are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, sea or river conditions, road accessibility, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that are ultimately for the client's benefit. It is essential that travellers are flexible and open minded in this regard.

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Email [email protected]. Phone 1300 168 910 (in Australia) or +61 400 226 454 (from overseas or via mobile).

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The wellbeing and safety of our passengers and staff is always a priority, especially as we adjust to a new world for travellers. My Travel Experience is committed to ensuring your peace of mind with customer-friendly booking practices and enhanced health and safety standards on our trips.

We work closely with tour operators that have received the Safe Travels stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which enables travellers to recognise companies around the world that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.

To help you book with confidence, we will assist you if any unexpected situations arise and My Travel Experience also offers clients as much flexibility as possible when making bookings.

Safe travel requirements:
International regulations are constantly changing as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Travellers need to be prepared to take a COVID-19 test prior to departure from Australia and be able to provide proof of their fully vaccinated status.

Local authorities, as well as airlines and cruise companies, may have additional requirements in place for departures. We recommend you check these in advance and again before arriving at the airport. If you're transiting through other destinations during your trip, check on any local requirements at each transit destination and confirm any specific requirements for onward travel with your airline.

Only get tested through verified official testing centres. Scammers are taking advantage of travellers by charging for fake tests. If you're unsure where to get tested, contact the local health authority for advice.

You may still need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result even if you've been vaccinated. If you've had a COVID-19 vaccine, you should carry your International Vaccination Certificate along with your negative PCR test results while travelling from/to Australia, especially if you have one or more transit stops. Some destinations may ask for proof of testing and vaccination before allowing you to transit through or cross their border.

These guidelines are subject to change as the global situation evolves. The enforcement of certain measures (i.e. covid testing, social distancing, mask-wearing etc.) will vary in different regions. It's your responsibility to check with local health authorities for best practices in their region.

How to make a booking:

The special deal is valid until 14 October and may change without notice.

Published price is correct as of 5 September 2022. Please contact us for current rates.

Advertised price is based on lead-price departure(s) and rates will be advised for your preferred travel date prior to any payment being required.

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

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New Zealand South Island by Rail & Sea

Price
$2799 per person
Duration
9 days
Destination
New Zealand

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