Road and Rail - 17 days

A 17 day tour combining the leisurely essence of self drive with New Zealand's iconic rail journeys with a Milford Sound and Waitomo Cave tour included.


  • Waitomo Glowworm caves
  • Travel on the Northern Explorer and Tranz Alpine train
  • Milford Sound day trip
  • Energetic Queenstown

Day 1 - Auckland

On arrival at Auckland Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Standard: Sky City Hotel
Deluxe: Eden Park, B&B Basis

Day 2 - Auckland
A full day to explore the city of sails. Relax in one of the city's waterfront cafes or take an optional day cruise to Waiheke Island

Day 3 - Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves (200km & 160km)
This morning collect your rental car. Make your own way to Rotorua via the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Entrance to the caves is included.

Standard: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
Deluxe: Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel, B&B basis

Day 4 - Rotorua
Time for sightseeing by your rental car. Entrance is included to the Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts Institute and Thermal Reserve, the Agrodome Farm Show, Rainbow Springs, a Skyline Gondola ride and the Polynesian Spa.

Day 5 - Rotorua to Auckland (240km)
Make your way back to Auckland. Return your rental car to the Auckland City Depot on arrival. Make your own way to your hotel.

Sky City Hotel
Deluxe: Eden Park, B&B Basis

Day 6 - Auckland to Wellington by rail
Seat in Coach Shuttle transfer to Auckland Rail Station. Depart Auckland on the Northern Explorer Train to Wellington. On arrival in Wellington you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Standard: Ibis Hotel Wellington
Deluxe: Museum Hotel, B&B basis

Day 7 - Wellington
A full day at leisure to explore the nation's capital, Wellington. Perhaps take a ride on the cable car up to the Botanical gardens, or visit Te Papa - the national museum of New Zealand.

Day 8 - Wellington to Christchurch via Picton
This morning return your rental car to the Ferry Terminal Depot. Board the InterIslander Ferry for your journey across Cook Strait to Picton. On arrival in Picton board the Coastal Pacific Train for your journey down the East Coast to Christchurch. On arrival in Christchurch transfer to your hotel. 

 The Chateau on the Park
Deluxe: The Classic Villa, B&B basis

Day 9 - Christchurch to Mt Cook (330km)
This morning collect your rental car. Make your way to Mt Cook.

Standard: Hermitage Hotel - Standard room
Deluxe: Hermitage Hotel - Superior room

Day 10 - Mount Cook to Queenstown (260km)
Make your way to Queenstown.

Standard: Mercure Resort Queenstown
Deluxe: Browns Boutique Hotel, B&B basis

Day 11 - Milford Sound day trip 
Enjoy a full day Coach Tour to Milford Sound where a launch cruise on the sound is included. There is the option to return to Queenstown by scenic flight (at extra cost).

Day 12 - Queenstown
Full day at your leisure to select your optional sightseeing: thrilling jet boat rides, vintage steamer lake cruises, visit to high country sheep stations, mountain gondola rides — the list is endless and you also have time to relax and simply marvel at the beautiful scenery.

Day 13 - Queenstown to Franz Josef (360km)
Make your way to Franz Josef Glacier.

Standard: Punga Grove Motor Lodge
Deluxe: Holly Homestead, B&B basis

Day 14 - Franz Josef  to Greymouth  (175km) 
Make your way to Greymouth on New Zealand's rugged West Coast

Standard: The Ashley Hotel
Deluxe: Breakers Boutique Accommodation, B&B basis

Day 15 - Greymouth or Hokitika to Christchurch by rail
This afternoon return your rental car to the rental car counter at the Railway Station. Depart on board the scenic Tranz Alpine Train for your journey across Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch. On arrival in Christchurch transfer to your hotel.

Standard: The Chateau on the Park
Deluxe: The Classic Villa, B&B basis

Day 16 - Christchurch
Spend a full day at leisure in Christchurch

Day 17 - Christchurch
Tour ends with a transfer to Christchurch Airport.

17 day self drive and rail from £2079

17 day Deluxe Road and Rail Self Drive including Rail - from £2905

All prices are per person and based on 2 sharing a double or twin room. Standard tours include comfortable touring hotels. Deluxe tours include breakfast and more intimate accommodation in lodges, country houses and small hotels, offering a warm welcome and personal service. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard.

Self Drive Tour

Relaxed and enjoyable self drive touring. Book them as they are or ask your consultant to add extra days in the places you choose. Available in both directions.

Your self drive tour includes:

  • Well planned route
  • Air conditioned car
  • Standard or deluxe hotels
  • Time to explore
  • Maps and information
  • Flexible itineraries


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