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Shore Excursion: Dunedin City Highlights, Coastal Train and Castle GardenPorts of Call Tours

Shore Excursion: Dunedin City Highlights, Coastal Train and Castle Garden

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Combine top Dunedin experiences into a single day of sightseeing on a Port Chalmers shore excursion that includes a city tour, Larnach Castle Garden, and a 90-minute ride on a coastal train through the scenic Otago Peninsula. A flexible mix of guided and independent activities gives you the best of both worlds: you’ll get a fascinating, guided introduction to Dunedin highlights, but enjoy the freedom to explore on your own.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Arthur's Pass Full-Day Tour Includes TranzAlpine Express Train from ChristchurchRail Tours

Arthur's Pass Full-Day Tour Includes TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch

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Explore the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps on this Arthur’s Pass day tour from Christchurch. Travel through the pastureland of the Canterbury Plains to Springfield with your guide. Hop aboard your TranzAlpine train and journey through the Waimakariri Gorge. Explore the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass in the Otira Gorge and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Visit a sheep farm, and admire native birdlife in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Upgrade to include a hair-raising jet-boat ride on the mighty Waimakariri River!
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes

Taieri Gorge Railway Journey from DunedinRail Tours

Taieri Gorge Railway Journey from Dunedin

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Take a scenic round-trip through the wilds of New Zealand’s South Island on this Taieri Gorge railway journey from Dunedin. Depart from downtown Dunedin’s attractive railway station and head deep into the Taieri Gorge by train. Gaze out over ever-changing corners of the New Zealand countryside inaccessible by road. With informative and entertaining live commentary on board, gain insight into the railway’s construction and the challenges faced by the engineers. Enjoy sightseeing stops en route and discover top attractions around Dunedin.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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The Seasider Rail Journey from DunedinHistorical & Heritage Tours

The Seasider Rail Journey from Dunedin

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The Seasider is a scenic railway route between Dunedin and Waitati, affording spectacular views along the Pacific coast. On this tour, enjoy a hassle-free experience with prepaid tickets and soak up the scenery on-board the 90-minute round-trip train ride. Along the way, admire views of the Otago Peninsula, including Otago Harbour, Port Chalmers, Careys Bay, and Blueskin Bay.
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  • 2 hours 25 minutes
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  • 2 hours 25 minutes
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Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from ChristchurchDay Trips

Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch

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Travel by TranzAlpine railway to Arthur's Pass National Park, riding across the Canterbury Plains, then winding through Waimakariri Gorge and into the heart of the Southern Alps on this day trip from Christchurch.  An informative guide takes you on a minivan tour of Arthur's Pass, including short rain forest walks past rivers to mountain vistas at Castle Hill. Enjoy a hotel lunch and light refreshments before the return trip via Waimak Gorge. This small-group tour is limited to eight participants, ensuring a more personalized experience.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Picton Shore Excursion: Marlborough Flyer Train TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Picton Shore Excursion: Marlborough Flyer Train Tour

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When your ship pulls into port, board the Marlborough Flyer, a restored heritage steam train, and see two towns in one day. Follow your guide on a scenic rail journey between Picton and Blenheim, where you’ll have free time to explore Marlborough attractions—or sample regional wine—at your leisure. Shuttle and round-trip train fare included.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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7-Day North to South Island Grand Tour from AucklandRail Tours

7-Day North to South Island Grand Tour from Auckland

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This action-packed seven-day tour encompasses the highlights of both New Zealand islands. It's ideal for first-time visitors who are short on time. Starting in Auckland, stop at Waitomo, Rotorua, Wellington, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Mt. Cook, Queenstown, and more. Ride a scenic train and spot whales on a boat tour. You'll see and do so much more than you could fit in if traveling independently.
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  • 7 days
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  • 7 days

Tramway Restaurant 4 Course Dinner Service through ChristchurchHistorical & Heritage Tours

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Tramway Restaurant 4 Course Dinner Service through Christchurch

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Enjoy a 4-course dinner aboard the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant and travel in heritage style through the city center, round-trip from Cathedral Junction. Relax and enjoy views of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Avon River from your window-side table. The journey in this elegant restaurant on wheels includes a welcome drink upon arrival, with tea and coffee to accompany your gourmet meal, served by professional waitstaff.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Day Trip to Arthur's Pass including TranzAlpine Train from ChristchurchRail Tours

Day Trip to Arthur's Pass including TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch

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The TranzAlpine train is often referred to as one of the world’s most scenic train journeys, and this tour will allow you to experience it. Enjoy the convenience of a day trip where all transport is taken care of— round-trip transfers in a luxury minivan, and a TranzAlpine train ticket are included. See Canterbury Plains, the Southern Alps, Lake Pearson, and get the chance to walk in Arthur’s Pass National Park.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tasting Tour Including Lunch from WellingtonWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Martinborough Gourmet Wine Tasting Tour Including Lunch from Wellington

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Treat your taste buds to award-winning wines on a day trip to the renowned Martinborough wine region. Departing by train from Wellington, meet an expert driver-guide for the coach trip to boutique Martinborough vineyards. Enjoy wine tasting and meet the passionate winemakers, indulge in a gourmet antipasto lunch in the charming wine village, and finish with a cheese platter and coffee.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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5-Tunnel Forgotten Railway Adventure from Taumarunui4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

5-Tunnel Forgotten Railway Adventure from Taumarunui

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Ride a RailCart over the decommissioned railway lines of the Forgotten World Railway on a half-day trip from Taumarunui that passes through a series of five exciting tunnels. You’ll cover 20 miles (32 km.) of track on the round-trip outing, including a .9 mile (1.5 km.) tunnel that’s the longest on the line, pausing for tea and snacks before returning to the Taumarunui depot. Choose between morning and afternoon departures for this RailCart excursion, which is ideal for train buffs and adventure lovers alike.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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6 Day South Island Circut: Milford Sound, Queenstown and GlaciersMulti-day Tours

6 Day South Island Circut: Milford Sound, Queenstown and Glaciers

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Gorgeous fiords, magnificent glaciers and other scenic landscapes of the South Island comprise this 6-day semi-independent tour by narrated coach and railway. Travel round-trip from Christchurch and climb aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway and TranzAlpine passenger trains — two of New Zealand's  top-rated scenic rail routes. Catch a complimentary shuttle to the Fox Glacier or Franz Josef Glacier lookout point, cruise on Milford Sound, and ride the Queenstown Skyline Gondola above Lake Wakatipu. Overnight stays allow for plenty of free time to explore at your own pace.
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  • 6 days
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  • 6 days

10-Day South Island Adventure from ChristchurchMulti-day Tours

10-Day South Island Adventure from Christchurch

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Experience top sights of the South Island during this 10-day, guided, small-group trip that includes transportation and nine nights’ accommodation. See glaciers, take in coastal views, and enjoy walking trails before spending your evenings relaxing at your accommodations in the rainforest and more. Enjoy a scenic bike ride and dare to jump from the A.J Hackett bungy jumping site before visiting places like Queenstown, Mount Cook and more.
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  • 10 days
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  • 10 days

5 Day South Island Circut: Trains, Glaciers and Milford Sound from ChristchurchMulti-day Tours

5 Day South Island Circut: Trains, Glaciers and Milford Sound from Christchurch

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See the South Island by coach and railway on a semi-independent 5-day tour, traveling round-trip from Christchurch. Hear informative commentary on your sightseeing coach, gaze at the scenic Southern Alps while aboard the TranzAlpine train, and visit the World Heritage–listed Fiordland on a Milford Sound cruise with lunch. Overnight stays in Fox Glacier and Queenstown allow for plenty of free time to explore New Zealand’s magnificent glaciers and national parks.
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  • 5 days
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  • 5 days

Coromandel Town ExplorerCultural Tours

Coromandel Town Explorer

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Enjoy Coromandel's most popular day trip. Visit New Zealand's only narrow gauge mountain railway with superb views and unique art features. Plus join a guided tour to Coromandel's most majestic grove of ancient Kauri. Our experienced local guide will unfold the story of the Coromandel Kauri and the rich history of the area.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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7 Day South Island Lick TourRail Tours

7 Day South Island Lick Tour

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Starting and ending in the “Garden City” of Christchurch, we show you the ultimate highlights of New Zealand’s stunning South Island over 7 action-packed days. From turquoise lakes to towering mountains and glaciers, the South Island’s scenery will blow your mind, and the nation’s adventure capital, Queenstown, has all the adrenalin activities on offer that you could possibly wish for. Activities can be pre-booked or purchased on the road - just let your tour guide know. We can't always guarantee availability when booking on the road, so we suggest pre- booking any activities you especially want to do. As the tour starts early in the morning, you can opt to book accommodation in Christchurch with us the night before the tour – only having to walk downstairs on day 1 makes for a stress-free morning. Accommodation is included on the last night of your tour, but we can also book a few extra nights for you if you would like to extend your stay.
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  • 7 days
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  • 7 days
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Tranz Alpine Train TourDay Trips

Tranz Alpine Train Tour

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 A wonderful day tour to Arthurs Pass which includes a train journey on one of the worlds famous train journeys, a visit to the National Park including some short walks to see the mountain flowers and incredible mosses in this high rainfall area. A delicious 2 course homemade picnic, scenic location and much grown in my Organic garden glasshouse. I bake Wholemeal Walnut bread and a selection of fillings and dependent on season make homemade soup or dessert.Lots of photo stops and short walks on the return via Highway 73 passing many beautiful lakes & limestone formations. As an option can add on jet boat trip on Waimakariri River or a farm visit including sheep dogs and shearing demonstration followed by a homemade afternoon tea in the Woolshed. Tour leaves at 7.45am and returns at 5.15pm. Central City pick ups ok. Tour is aimed at small numbers. Happy to tailor it to guests wishes and although not always private usually caters for family groups.Can charter and drive a bus if needed.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours

Spectacular Half-Day TranzAlpine Excursion: Christchurch to ChristchurchDay Trips

Spectacular Half-Day TranzAlpine Excursion: Christchurch to Christchurch

Tour through the Canterbury Plains, with a lunch stop on route at Terrace Downs resort. If time and weather permits, a short walk should you wish, to view the rock formations. Head west through Arthur's Pass to the Otira Viaduct lookout. Spot a cheeky "Kea”. Return to Arthur's Pass and board the famous TranzAlpine train.The train journey between Arthur's Pass and Springfield is the most scenic as the train clings and descends the cliffs following the aqua blue Waimakariri River. Travel through 15 short tunnels and over 4 dramatic viaducts, including the Staircase viaduct. On arrival into Springfield, you will disembark the train and meet your driver for the short trip back to Christchurch .
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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4 Day Southern Circuit: Glaciers, Christchurch and Mt Cook Tour from Queenstown4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

4 Day Southern Circuit: Glaciers, Christchurch and Mt Cook Tour from Queenstown

Discover the scenic beauty and natural wonders of the South Islands mountains, lakes and glaciers in four days. Explore the West Coast Glaciers, enjoy the sights on the renowned TranzAlpine Scenic Train journey and spend a night at Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's highest mountain!This is an Independent coach tour, where you travel on a combination of touring coaches and sightseeing services with commentary and/or point to point coaches which may not have commentary. You will be with different people on each part of the tour and different drivers. You have free time to explore on your own and are free to choose where and when to eat, meals are not included unless specified.
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  • 4 days
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12 Day Southern Explorer Haka Plus TourCultural Tours

12 Day Southern Explorer Haka Plus Tour

Welcome to the 12 Day Southern Explorer Haka Plus Tour! This tour kicks off in Wellington and wraps up 12 days later in Christchurch. Over the course of your week and a half in Aotearoa New Zealand, you’ll travel through some of the most magical scenery you could hope to see in your lifetime. National Parks, rainforests, mountain ranges, UNESCO World Heritage Areas… everywhere you turn, there’s something different to behold.You’ll have the opportunity to swim, kayak, surf, jet boat, bungy jump, quad bike, skydive, canyon swing, hike, heli hike, bike, luge, horse ride, see kiwis (and whales, dolphins and albatrosses), relax in hot pools, eat and drink like a local, and more! But only if you want to; this is your trip. It’s designed to be flexible – we include some absolute essentials, but let you make the call on what kind of activities appeal to you. You can pre-book the things you are certain you want to do before the trip starts – and then add more on while you’re on tour.
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  • 12 days
  • Free Cancellation
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