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New Zealand by Rail, Road and Sea Tour

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New Zealand is a land of unique beauty and distinctive landscapes, whose two main islands offer sub-tropical rainforest and unspoilt beaches, ancient volcanoes and geothermal geysers, rolling pastoral scenery, rugged mountain ranges and fathomless fiords. If you’re looking to explore this amazing destination, then a rail tour is an unparalleled way to experience all it has to offer.

Our New Zealand rail tours are conducted at an unhurried pace, and our brand new, 27-day itinerary offers the ultimate in relaxed travel; a leisurely tour of both North and South Islands including three wonderfully scenic rail journeys.

We travel on the Northern Explorer train from Hamilton to Wellington, through the Tongariro National Park; on South Island we board KiwiRail’s Coastal Pacific to journey from Picton to Christchurch, and finally we enjoy one of the world’s great train journeys from Christchurch to Greymouth via the Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine.

Each rail tour offers stunning scenery at every turn, so sit back, relax and take in New Zealand’s magnificent landscapes from the comfort of your seat on this fabulous new touring holiday.

SPECIAL OFFER: SAVE up to £632 per couple! Book by 30th November 2021 on any tour to New Zealand departing after September 2022 and choose an amazing homebound stopover from only £29 per person.

New Zealand by Rail, Road and Sea, 27 days from only £4,695 per person

With three wonderfully scenic rail journeys in New Zealand included Distant Journeys’ brand new 27-day New Zealand by Rail, Road and Sea includes so many highlights and visits all the country’s must-see attractions. Read on to discover more.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Depart UK
  • Day 2: Singapore, 2 nights
  • Day 3: Singapore
  • Day 4: Depart Singapore
  • Day 5: Auckland, 2 nights
  • Day 6: Auckland
  • Day 7: Bay of Islands, 3 nights
  • Day 8: Bay of Islands
  • Day 9: Bay of Islands
  • Day 10: Rotorua, 2 nights
  • Day 11: Rotorua
  • Day 12: Wellington, 2 nights
  • Day 13: Wellington
  • Day 14: Christchurch, 2 nights
  • Day 15: Christchurch
  • Day 16: Franz Josef, 2 nights
  • Day 17: Franz Josef
  • Day 18: Queenstown, 4 nights
  • Day 19: Queenstown
  • Day 20: Milford Sound
  • Day 21: Queenstown
  • Day 22: Dunedin, 2 nights
  • Day 23: Dunedin
  • Day 24: Christchurch, 2 nights
  • Day 25: Christchurch
  • Day 26: Depart Christchurch
  • Day 27: Arrive UK

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart from the UK airport most convenient for you with Qantas & Emirates. Choose from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow. Alternatively, fly direct to Singapore with Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow or Manchester. No matter which airline or airport you choose, there will be no additional cost.

 

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

 

Day 2: Singapore, 2 nights

Flights from London Heathrow may travel direct to Singapore. All UK regional flights will travel via Dubai. Arrive into the wonderful city of Singapore and transfer to the four-star Copthorne Kings Hotel, situated in an enviable position close to the banks of the Singapore River.

 

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

 

Alternative stopover

We have based days 2-4 of this itinerary on a stopover in Singapore. If you have chosen to fly with Qantas & Emirates, you may choose to stop in Bangkok or Dubai for the same price. Your stopover includes transfers, accommodation, daily breakfast and a city sightseeing tour. Flight timings will vary. Please speak with one of our personal travel experts for more details.

 

Day 3: Singapore

Singapore is a perfect blend of east and west, with an interesting cultural mix of ancient Chinese and modern European influences. Highlights of this morning’s sightseeing tour of Singapore include the impressive Marina Bay, with its iconic architecture and world-famous Merlion. We also explore historic Thian Hock Keng Temple and the Civic District, as well as the city’s wonderful botanical gardens, which are home to an incredible array of orchids. The remainder of the days is ours to spend as we please. High Tea or a Singapore Sling at Raffles are both highly recommended and can be easily combined with a visit to the Gardens by the Bay, which are arguably at their most impressive after the sun sets.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Day 4: Depart Singapore

A day at leisure in Singapore until it’s time to leave for our evening flight to Auckland. Perhaps use your day to visit the nearby tropical island of Sentosa.

 

Included meals: Breakfast, in-flight meals and drinks

 

Day 5: Auckland, 2 nights

For those flying with Qantas & Emirates, there is a change of aircraft in Australia. If travelling Singapore Airlines, the flight is direct to Auckland. On arrival, we are transferred to the centrally located Sudima Auckland City Hotel or Grand Millennium Hotel (if travelling before September 2022) for the first two nights of our New Zealand adventure.

 

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

 

Day 6: Auckland

This morning we explore Auckland, taking in the natural beauty of Waitemata Harbour and the numerous volcanic hills dotting the landscape. We also visit fashionable Parnell Village, and the bustling Viaduct Harbour area with its many waterside bars and restaurants. The remainder of the day is free to relax or further explore Auckland. A trip to enjoy the views of Auckland and its harbour from the top of the southern hemisphere’s tallest building, Sky Tower, is highly recommended.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Day 7: Bay of Islands, 3 nights

We journey north from Auckland, crossing the city’s imposing Waitemata Harbour Bridge, into a landscape of rolling hills and farmland. In the afternoon we explore Northland’s Waipoua Kauri Forest Reserve, home to gigantic kauri trees, the most famous of which is Tane Mahuta, ‘Lord of the Forest’. A stop is made in Omapere, where the panoramic views of the spectacular sand dunes and Tasman Sea are truly magnificent. Our journey ends in Paihia, gateway to the Bay of Islands, and our next three nights at either the Scenic Hotel Bay of Islands or the Copthorne Hotel.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Day 8: Bay of Islands

Tour Highlight

This morning we board our catamaran as we go in search of the dolphins which inhabit the deep-sea fishing grounds around the Bay of Islands. We explore the spectacular scenery of Red Head Passage, Cape Brett and Piercy Island before our skipper navigates through the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. On the return journey, there’s an opportunity to visit the picturesque township of Russell to learn more about its history as a lawless trading centre of the 19th century. Our free afternoon provides an excellent opportunity for rail enthusiasts to experience the The Bay of Islands Vintage Railway, which has been in operation for over 150 years. Alternatively, visiting Waitangi National Reserve, where Maori and British chiefs signed the Waitangi Treaty in 1840, is a fascinating way to spend a few hours.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Day 9: Bay of Islands Freedom Day

Our day has been left at leisure to further explore the beautiful Bay of Islands. For many this provides a great opportunity to visit New Zealand’s northern tip at Cape Reinga, where the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea collide. This fabulous full day excursion also includes a journey along Ninety Mile Beach in a custom-built coach that moves effortlessly over the terrain of sandy beaches, rugged roads and quicksand streams.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Day 10: Rotorua, 2 nights

A full day travelling from the Bay of Islands to Rotorua, which is regarded as the being the centre for New Zealand’s rich Maori culture and is renowned for its geothermal landscapes. We spend two nights at the four-star Distinction Hotel, where we enjoy a Maori concert of traditional song and dance – and of course the world-famous Haka. Also included is a buffet dinner.

 

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner

 

Day 11: Rotorua

Following a tour of some of Rotorua’s most famous sights, including its tudor-inspired Bath House within the government gardens, we experience Rotorua’s incredible array of geothermal features. We explore Te Puia, home to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and its spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and hissing fumaroles. During our free afternoon you may wish to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, which was used during the filming of The Lord of the Rings. Other optional activities include relaxing at the Polynesian spa or a scenic flight over Mount Tarawera.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Day 12: Wellington, 2 nights

Tour Highlight

We leave Rotorua, cross the Mamaku Ranges and arrive into Hamilton where we board the Northern Explorer for our rail journey to Wellington. We view spectacular scenery through our carriage’s panoramic windows including rocky coastlines, river gorges, dense forest, rolling green farmland, quaint towns and the spectacular peaks of Tongariro National Park. We also experience an amazing feat of railway engineering as we wind our way through the Raurimu Spiral, before we arrive into Wellington and transfer to the Rydges Hotel, for the next two nights.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Day 13: Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city, beautifully located within a hook-shaped harbour and surrounded by mountains. The city’s downtown area is relatively compact, making it easy to explore its many theatres, galleries and museums on foot. This morning’s orientation tour features the key sights within the city, such as the government buildings, Parliament House and ‘the Beehive’, as well as enjoying wonderful views of the city and its picturesque harbour from the top of Mount Victoria. Our free afternoon provides an excellent opportunity to explore Wellington further, and a visit to Te Papa (New Zealand’s national museum) is highly recommended.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Day 14: Christchurch, 2 nights

Tour Highlight

We leave Wellington and board our ferry, crossing the Cook Strait to New Zealand’s South Island. Dolphins and sea birds can often be seen playing in the waters, and the scenery is truly magnificent as we enter Queen Charlotte Sound and reach Picton. In Picton, we board KiwiRail’s Coastal Pacific train, which is considered to be one of the most spectacular rail journeys in the world. From the comfort of our reclining seats, we are in the prime position to view lush native bush, soaring mountains, pretty coastal towns and the roaring Pacific Ocean, as we wind our way along the coastline. On arrival in Christchurch, we transfer to the Distinction Hotel Christchurch, located in the heart of the city, where we spend two nights.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

centre of Christchurch, with classic shops on the high street

Day 15: Christchurch

In the morning, we discover Christchurch on an orientation tour, and witness its remarkable development since its devastating earthquake in 2011. Later we journey to the Waipara Valley, whose warm and dry summers, followed by cool autumn nights, make this region perfect for growing olives, lavender, hazelnuts and grapes. We explore this pretty area before sampling its cool climate wines during a tasting and lunch in one of its wineries. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity to join the historic Weka Pass Railway, which uses both vintage steam and diesel-electric locomotives to travel through unique limestone landscapes.

 

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

 

Day 16: Franz Josef, 2 nights

Tour Highlight

After breakfast, we experience South Island’s striking natural landscapes in all their glory as we journey between Christchurch and Greymouth on the TranzAlpine. Considered to be one of the greatest rail journeys in the world, we cross the patchwork fields of the Canterbury Plains, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, view miles of native beech forest and traverse the Southern Alps. Leaving the epic backdrop of the Southern Alps in our wake, we arrive into Greymouth on the west coast, where our Coach Captain will be waiting to take us to Shantytown Heritage Park, where we learn more about the area’s gold rush in the late 1800’s. We continue south to Westland National Park, and the Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, which will be our home for the next two nights.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Day 17: Franz Josef

A relaxing day to take in the beauty of Franz Josef and the surrounding area at your leisure. Our Coach Captain will arrange a journey to the Franz Josef Glacier terminal for those who wish to take a short stroll to view the glacier. For those who want to experience a spectacular aerial view of the glacier and the nearby Alpine peaks, there is an opportunity to take an optional scenic helicopter flight. Timings of the helicopter flights are flexible to allow for the best weather conditions and visibility.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Day 18: Queenstown, 4 nights

South Island’s spectacular scenery never fails to impress as we embark on a journey crossing the Haast River Bridge and onwards via Clark Bluff and the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, to the Central Otago region. In the late afternoon, we arrive into Queenstown, situated within one of the most naturally stunning landscapes of New Zealand, on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by incredible mountains. The next four nights are spent at the conveniently located Copthorne Lakefront Hotel.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Day 19: Queenstown

This morning, we visit nearby Arrowtown, a picturesque town which has lovingly preserved its heritage of two very different goldrush communities – Chinese and European. It’s a lovely place to explore on foot, with a well-preserved avenue lined with galleries, craft shops and cafes. We return to Queenstown and join the iconic TSS Earnslaw for a cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Overlooking Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown’s alpine landscapes, Walter Peak is a wonderful place to enjoy a barbecue lunch within the homestead’s sweeping lakeside grounds. On returning to Queenstown, the remainder of our day is at leisure.

 

Included meals: Breakfast and lunch

 

Day 20: Milford Sound

Tour Highlight

This morning we take a scenic journey to Fiordland National Park for what will undoubtedly be one of the tour’s main highlights. The pot of gold at the end of the Milford Highway is incredible Milford Sound, where we enjoy a leisurely cruise. The scale of Milford’s glacier-carved scenery may only be appreciated from the water, where cruise ships and kayakers are dwarfed by towering peaks rising from the glittering water. The focal point for so many photographs is Mitre Peak, arguably the most dramatic mountain to appear from the fiord’s indigo waters. When the rain falls, dozens of waterfalls cascade into the calm waters below. There is also a good chance of sighting dolphins, fur seals and penguins, before we return to Queenstown later in the afternoon.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Day 21: Queenstown Freedom Day

A Freedom Day to enjoy our glamorous alpine setting as we please. From gentle wine-tasting tours in Central Otago to incredible walking trails, exhilarating jet boat rides and four-wheel drive excursions, there are so many ways to enjoy Queenstown’s beautiful scenery. Whatever you choose to do – enjoy!

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Dunedin railway station, with victorian era architecture

Day 22: Dunedin, 2 nights

After a hearty breakfast, we say goodbye to Queenstown. We enjoy wonderful scenery today as we travel through the Central Otago region, often referred to as New Zealand’s fruit bowl, with its many orchards and fruit plantations lining the hillsides. Our journey takes us via Lake Dunstan, created by the mighty Clyde hydro dam in 1994, and the former gold-mining settlements of Cromwell and Roxburgh. Later in the afternoon, we arrive at Dunedin, considered the country’s architectural heritage capital, thanks to its lovingly restored Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Enjoy two nights at the Scenic Hotel Southen Cross

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Day 23: Dunedin

This morning we take a scenic journey from Dunedin on the Taieri Gorge Railway. The beautiful landscapes we see are not accessible by road, as we travel through challenging terrain featuring numerous tunnels and countless bridges and viaducts. The train slows or stops at various scenic points for photo opportunities, and the journey is accompanied by an informative and entertaining commentary. We return to Dunedin in the afternoon and the remainder of the day is ours to spend as we please.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Day 24: Christchurch, 2 nights

The final leg of our journey in New Zealand takes us north as we return to Christchurch. A stop is made in Moeraki to view a collection of huge spherical boulders which are scattered along a beautiful stretch of beach. Maori legend says that the boulders are gourds washed ashore from a voyaging canoe called Araiteuri that was wrecked when it made landfall a long time ago. Scientists have discovered the boulders are actually calcite concretions, created about 65 million years ago, which have been raised from the seabed and uncovered one by one by the elements. Our final stop is the Distinction Hotel in Christchurch, where we spend our final two nights in New Zealand.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Day 25: Christchurch Freedom Day

A free day to spend as we please. Christchurch is a lovely city to explore on foot, with the Riverside Markets, Christchurch Botanic Gardens and many galleries and cafes within easy strolling distance. Alternatively, an excursion to the nearby historic village of Akaroa is highly recommended. The scenic journey takes us via the stunning Banks Peninsula to the former French settlement of Akaroa, with its harbourside streets lined with arts and craft stores. We join a nature cruise around the harbour which features majestic scenery and an opportunity to discover the rare and playful Hector’s dolphins, native fur seals, penguins and many seabirds.

 

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Day 26: Depart Christchurch

We depart New Zealand for our flights home. All journeys will require connection en-route to the UK, which will be dependent on your choice of airline, stopover, flight availability and your preferred UK airport of London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow.

 

Included meals: Breakfast and in-flight meals and drinks

 

SPECIAL OFFERSAVE up to £632 per couple!

If you would like to stopover on your way home, we have an amazing stopover offer for departures after September 2022 available from £29 per person for a stay in Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong or Dubai. If you prefer, you could enjoy a relaxing three-night stopover in Bali for £199 (£398 single occupancy) per person, or stay two nights on Sentosa Island for £129 (£258 single occupancy) per person. To take advantage of this amazing offer all you need to do is book by 30th November 2021.

 

When booking just tell our friendly travel professionals which offer you would prefer.

 

Day 27: Arrive UK

Breakfast is served shortly before our UK arrival, bringing an end to our New Zealand adventure.

 

Included meals: In-flight meals and drinks

 

Want to visit Australia too?

Our New Zealand by Rail, Road and Sea may be available to combine with our Wonders of Australia or Very Best of Australia tours. Please call for details.

New Zealand by Rail, Road and Sea – Departure dates & prices

Don’t forget, you can SAVE up to £632 per couple on a homebound stopover. Just make sure you book by 30th November 2021 for any departure after September 2022. Choose a two night homebound stopover in Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, or Bangkok for only £29 per person (£58 for single occupancy). The stopover includes return airport transfers, two nights in a four star hotel and full daily breakfast. Alternatively, you may consider a relaxing three night stay in Bali for only £199 per person (£398 for single occupancy) or a two night stop on Sentosa Island for £129 (£258 single occupancy) per person.

 Departure date Price (pp) Availability Offer
 2022
 16 January SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
 6 February SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
 27 February SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
 17 April SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
 23 October £5,595 HALF FULLSAVE up to £632 per couple
 13 November £5,595 HALF FULLSAVE up to £632 per couple
 2023
 22 January £5,695 ONLY 7 ROOMS LEFTSAVE up to £632 per couple
 05 February £5,595 ONLY 3 ROOMS LEFTSAVE up to £632 per couple
 26 February £5,595 JUST LAUNCHEDSAVE up to £632 per couple
 12 March £5,595 JUST LAUNCHEDSAVE up to £632 per couple
 16 April £4,795 JUST LAUNCHEDSAVE up to £632 per couple

 

Prices: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

Single occupancy supplement: £1,595; For the departures 17 April 2022 and 16 April 2023 £1,395.

Deposit: £1,000 per person if travelling in economy class, £1,950 per person if travelling in premium economy, and £3,750 per person for business class.

New Zealand Visa: Travellers to New Zealand are required to obtain a visa (NZeTA). The cost for this is $12NZD ($9NZD if applying via the smartphone app). An International Visitor Levy fee of $35NZD is also payable and will be charged when applying for the NZeTA.

Terms and conditions: Holiday prices are subject to the availability of flights in the lowest fare booking class and may change, however the correct price will always be confirmed before you book. For full terms and conditions see our terms and conditions page.

So much included

Escorted holidays to New Zealand are designed to include a lot in your tour. And the great news is that on the New Zealand by Rail, Road and Sea tour, so much of what you do and see is already included in the price. That’s all your scheduled international flights, overseas transfers, expertly chosen hotels, daily breakfast, experienced local tour managers and friendly coach captains, and many amazing excursions, already paid for. All you need to do is bring a bit of spending money.

Flights with leading scheduled airlines

  • Return economy class flights
  • Fly with Qantas & Emirates from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle or Glasgow
  • Alternatively, fly with Singapore Airlines & KLM from London Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Edinburgh or Glasgow.
  • All airport charges, security charges and any applicable fuel surcharges
  • UK Air Passenger Duty

Choice of outbound stopover

  • Two-night outbound stopover; choose from Singapore, Bangkok or Dubai
    (dependent on choice of airline)

Carefully selected hotels

  • Superior hotels in great locations
  • All hotel porterage
  • Applicable hotel taxes

Many meals

  • Daily breakfast, worth £342 per person
  • Dinner in Rotorua
  • Barbecue lunch at Walter Peak, Queenstown

Incredible rail journeys

  • The Northern Explorer
  • The Costal Pacific
  • The TranzAlpine

Unforgettable experiences

  • Sightseeing tours in Singapore (or Bangkok or Dubai), Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Dunedin and Christchurch
  • ‘Hole in the Rock’ cruise in the Bay of Islands
  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve
  • Maori concert
  • Cruise the Cook Strait
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Cruise on Milford Sound

On the ground

  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager and Coach Captains
  • All overseas transfers
  • Modern, air-conditioned coaches throughout

100% confidence

  • Your holiday is covered by our Price Promise
  • Your holiday is fully ATOL protected
  • Your holiday is covered by our Covid Guarantee

Copthorne King's Hotel, Singapore

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Imagine waking up with the most enchanting forest on your doorstep. Well, that is exactly what will happen when you stay at The Distinction Rotorua Hotel. Adjacent to the hotel is the Whakarewarewa Forest which is home some of the… Find out more >
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Rydges Hotel, Wellington

Rydges Wellington is centrally located on downtown Featherston Street, and features a unique combination of harbour and city views. The hotel is within easy walking distance of nearby Lambton Quay, once known as Beach Street and the heart of the… Find out more >
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Distinction Hotel, Christchurch

The Distinction Hotel Christchurch is newly refurbished and located right in the heart of the famous Cathedral Square. Described as ‘an urban escape combining sophisticated smarts and familiar warmth’ the hotel was renovated following the rejuvenation of Cathedral Square. Its… Find out more >
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Close to the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu and just 5 minutes' walk from the centre of Queenstown, the Copthorne Hotel & Resort is a four-star property overlooking the lake. The Copthorne Hotel Lakefront features a lovely rose garden, and… Find out more >
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Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin

Housed in a landmark building dating back to 1883, the Scenic Hotel Southern Cross combines traditional Dunedin heritage with modern day style and comfort. The hotel is located at the heart of Dunedin’s shopping, restaurant and entertainment district, and it’s… Find out more >
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Christchurch: Weka Pass Railway

After a leisurely lunch and wine tasting in the Waipara Valley, enjoy a heritage train ride through the scenic Weka Pass.  The volunteer-run Weka Pass Railway operates excursion trains, hauled...

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Christchurch: Akaroa Day Tour & Cruise

An easy drive from Christchurch, on the Banks Peninsula, the charming township of Akaroa has the unique distinction of being the only French settlement in New Zealand.  In 1838 a...

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Franz Josef – Glacier Valley Guided Walk

Experience Franz Josef Glacier in all its natural glory on a Franz Joesf Glacier guided walk. Your Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho...

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Franz Josef – Scenic Helicopter Flights

Experience the true untouched beauty and awe inspiring scenery of New Zealand’s South Island on a Franz Josef Glacier helicopter tour. This helicopter ride over the Franz Josef Glacier sweeps...

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Queenstown – Southern Discoveries & Mount Nicholas Farm

Follow the journey of merino wool in a fun, interactive environment from mustering/rounding up sheep through to the creating of Icebreaker clothing. Learn about the history of this family run...

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Queenstown – Nomad Safari to Skippers Canyon

The Nomad Safaris Skippers Canyon tour is a half-day heritage tour that follows the rugged and once treacherous Skippers Road. The Nomad Safari departs Queenstown to travel the road that...

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Queenstown – Skippers Canyon

The Queenstown Skippers Canyon Tour is the best way to experience all that Skippers Canyon has to offer. The Skippers Canyon Tour takes place in small groups and includes a...

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Queenstown – Wine Trail

Daily Wine Tours from Queenstown On these Queenstown wine tours, group sizes are small and travelling time is kept to a minimum. This means there is plenty of time for...

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Queenstown – Dart River Jetboat Safari

The only jet boat Queenstown operator allowed on the Dart River, the Dart River Jetboat Wilderness Safari is an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned...

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Queenstown: KJet Jetboat Ride

Experience Lake Wakatipu and the world-famous Kawarau and Shotover Rivers with 45km and 60 minutes of unforgettable thrills, 360 degree spins and exhilaration in one of the world’s most stunning...

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Queenstown – Shotover Jet

There are few experience as exhilarating, and as quite literally breath-taking as a ride on a Shotover Jet in Queenstown. The ‘Can you handle the canyons?’ jet boat ride experience...

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Queenstown – TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Station

Get a taste of New Zealand’s farming lifestyle at Walter Peak High Country Farm. Situated on picturesque Lake Wakatipu’s south-western shores, the farm is the perfect place to spend a...

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Royal Albatross Centre – Dunedin

The Otago Peninsula on South Island’s east coast is a top destination for nature lovers, known for its seals, penguins and seabirds. One of its premier wildlife attractions is the...

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Dunedin – Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour

The Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour is the perfect optional excursion for nature lovers. It includes transport to the Otago Peninsula, an Otago Harbour cruise on the ‘Monarch’ and a visit...

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Dunedin – Taieri Gorge Train Excursion

Your Taieri Gorge Train excursion begins at Dunedin’s beautiful railway station. Prepare to embark on a scenic journey into some of New Zealand’s most ever-changing, spectacular and iconic scenery. The...

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Bangkok – City and Temples Tour

Thailand has over 26,000 temples or Wats (local name). This Half Day City and Temples tour will bring you to three of the most distinguished temples in Bangkok, beginning with...

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Bangkok – Grand Palace

Bangkok’s Grand Palace Tour is a “must see” for all visitors to Bangkok. The Grand Palace complex, built in 1782, includes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)...

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Bangkok – Floating Markets

A glimpse of everyday life in Thailand can be seen at the Damnern Saduak floating market, situated around 100km south west of Bangkok. This Bangkok floating market can be explored...

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Dubai – Helicopter Flight Tour

All aboard an exhilarating Dubai helicopter tour. After take-off from Dubai Festival City you will follow the creek winding past the Creek golf course and continue over the Spice Souk...

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Dubai – an Evening of Elegance Dinner Cruise

A fabulous evening on a Bateaux Dubai dinner cruise awaits. This elegant two-and-a-half hour Dubai Marina dinner cruise offers the best sightseeing with fine dining, personalised service and a contemporary...

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Dubai – Desert Safari and Dinner

For a magical and memorable evening, join us on a Dubai Desert Safari tour. Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city and venture into the mysterious desert in...

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Dubai – Traditional Dubai City Tour

This fascinating half day Dubai City tour provides an insight into Dubai’s rich history. Your tour of Old Dubai passes the Zabeel Royal Palaces, visits historical buildings with their ancient...

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Dubai – New Dubai City Tour

Explore the highlights and landmarks of the city on a half-day tour. From The Palm, Jumeirah and Dubai Marina to Downtown Dubai and The Dubai Mall, see all of the...

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Afternoon Tea in the Grand Lobby, Raffles Hotel

The Afternoon Tea ritual, much like Raffles Hotel, Singapore, was fashioned in the 19th century. A cherished tradition since its founding in Great Britain, the experience journeyed to Asia during...

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Singapore by Night tour

The evening begins with a local Chinese Dinner along the Singapore River with a choice of either Hainanese Chicken Rice or Seafood Nasi Goreng (Menu is subject to seasonal changes). En...

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Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Recently voted one of the Top 10 Indoor Gardens of the World, the Gardens by the Bay is also Singapore’s number 1 attraction according to Trip Advisor. Featuring more than...

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Afternoon Tea at Tiffin Room, Raffles Hotel

The Tiffin Room has been synonymous with the Raffles Hotel, Singapore, since its establishment in 1892. The restored interior decor includes reinstating the wooden floorboards in the Tiffin Room to...

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Singapore Night Safari

The Singapore Night Safari is world’s first. Set in 40 hectares of secondary jungle, the mystery and drama of the tropical jungle after dusk unfolds at the Singapore Zoo Night...

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Lamma Island Dinner & Symphony of Lights

Combine a scenic cruise to Lamma Island with a delicious seafood dinner at a local restaurant; see locals in a fishing village go about their daily lives and enjoy an uninterrupted...

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Macau Day Excursion

Macau, a former Portuguese enclave, mixes colonial charm with modern Chinese zest and is just a short hour-long ferry ride from Hong Kong. Sometimes called the Las Vegas of the...

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Lantau Island tour

Hong Kong’s largest outlying island, Lantau Island seems a world away from the high rise modernity of Hong Kong Island. It offers unspoilt countryside, lush green valleys, pristine beaches, reflective...

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Hong Kong Island tour

This half day tour of Hong Kong Island begins with a visit to famous Stanley Market, one of the must-see places for visitors to Hong Kong. You will find an...

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Purifying Ceremony at Tirta Empul Temple, Bali

The Indonesian island of Bali is renowned not only for its beauty but also for its ancient temples. Tirta Empul temple is among the most famous, its waters said to...

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Jatiluwih Village & The Batukaru Mountains Nature Tour

Discover the ‘real’ Bali and escape off the beaten track with this small group tour to the centre of Bali, visiting mountains, farms, ancient villages and temples. There’s more to...

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Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise

Bali is one of the world’s most beautiful islands, and the Bali Hai cruise is one of the best ways to see the island in all its splendour, taking it...

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Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Temple Tour

Discover ancient temples, meet the local wildlife and explore the countryside of inland Bali with this half-day Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot tour. It’s one of several optional...

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Kecak at Uluwatu Temple in Bali & BBQ seafood dinner

Discover the real Bali with an immersive evening of culture, dance and food on this evening tour to Bali’s Uluwatu temple. If you decide to visit Bali on a homebound...

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Special Offers

Book now and SAVE up to £632 per couple!

Our most popular Special Offer – a two-night homebound stopover is available for only £29 per person (£58 for single occupancy) – on all our New Zealand tours departing after September 2022, just book by 30th November 2021.

There are several options for your £29 stopover – Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong or Dubai. Alternatively, you have the option to choose a relaxing three-night beach stay on the wonderful Indonesian island of Bali, for only £199 (£398 for single occupancy) per person. There is also the option to stay for two nights on Sentosa Island for £129 (£258 single occupancy) per person.

These stopovers normally cost as much as £690 per couple for two nights accommodation in a deluxe four star hotel, with full daily breakfast and airport transfers. So it really does pay to book early with Distant Journeys.

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Special Offer is £29pp in twin / double room, £58 for single occupancy and is subject to the availability of flights and accommodation. The Bali stopover is £199 per person (£398 for single occupancy). The Sentosa Island stopover is £129 per person (£258 for single occupancy).The saving of up to £632 per couple is based on the price of the homebound stopover. Available only on departures after September 2022.

 


Bangkok Offer, Pathumwan Princess Hotel

Busy, lively, colourful and above all welcoming, Bangkok should be on your list of must-see places to visit. Here you can experience things you simply can’t do in most cities, like sailing on a longtail boat through floating markets. Make sure…

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Singapore Offer, Copthorne Kings Hotel

There’s just so much to do and see in Singapore, that no matter how many times you visit, you’ll always find yourself wanting to go back again. Maybe it’s the myriad of cultures coming together to create such a unique…

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Dubai Offer, Marriott al Jaddaf Hotel

Stay in style at the five star Marriott al Jaddaf when you visit the gateway to Arabia. The numerous malls and labyrinth-like souks are enchanting to explore. And you really can’t complain about the year round sunshine, which you can make…

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Hong Kong Offer, Regal Kowloon

Hong Kong oozes energy. Even if you’re feeling a little tired after your travels, it’s guaranteed to perk you up again. While its skyline of sky scrapers is impressive, you simply need to look across the harbour to see the…

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Bali Offer, Meliá Hotel

The name Bali conjures up thoughts of an exotic tropical paradise, and the reality is every bit as wonderful.  Swaying palm trees, white sand beaches and the warm hospitality of the Balinese people await you in this blissful beachfront sanctuary.…

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Sentosa Offer, Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore

Stopover in style at the four star Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore, a beautiful beachside resort on Singapore’s Sentosa Island.  Perfect for a relaxing break, but close to the numerous exciting attractions of Singapore, the Rasa Sentosa stopover may be chosen as…

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The New Zealand by Rail, Road and Sea tour is a new itinerary with departures in 2022.  This page will be updated with reviews as soon as our returning customers are contacted by the independent reviews company Feefo. We suggest in the meantime, to look at the reviews for our Magnificent New Zealand tour.  We’re sure you will be impressed with the service our guests receive and the great reviews they kindly give us!

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The organisation and communication were first class. The flexibility in travelling to the destination was impressive and the hotels where we stayed  in were all of a good standard. Our Coach was driven by Ken, who was a character and nothing was too much for him.
Mr & Mrs Hall, Magnificent New Zealand
We both enjoyed the Magnificent New Zealand holiday immensely. The Coach Driver/Tour Guide was excellent and the hotels were really comfortable. The holiday was extremely good value and I would recommend it to anyone waning to taste the Antipodean holiday experience.
Mr & Mrs Kell, Magnificent New Zealand

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