New Zealand Railway Adventure
Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas
11 nights accommodation with private en suite
Christchurch to Auckland flight with Air New Zealand - other ports on application
Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
11 breakfasts and 9 dinners included
Northern Explorer train from Auckland or Hamilton to Wellington
Admission to Fell Locomotive Museum
Admission to Silver Stream Railway
Local train rides in Wellington
Interislander sailing from Wellington to Picton
Admission to Omaka Aviaition Heritage Centre
Private charter on the Weka Pass Railway
Admission to Ferrymead Heritage Park
Guided tour of Airforce Museum of New Zealand
Tranz Alpine Train from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass
Admission to Shantytown Heritage Park
Lake cruise on TSS Earnslaw including BBQ at Walter Peak Station
Admission to Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
Private charter on the Pleasant Point Railway
Dinner onboard the Christchurch Tram
Day 1 Monday 13 September 2021
HOME CITIES - WELLINGTON (D)
This morning we depart Hamilton (or Auckland by prior arrangement) on the Northern Explorer train for a full day scenic rail journey through the heart of the North Island to Wellington. Enroute pass through picturesque farming country and forests. A highlight will be the climb up the famous Raurimu Spiral, which was a masterpiece of 19th century railway engineering. See rural towns and villages, the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park and the sea views as you travel down the Kapiti Coast into Wellington. On arrival in Wellington, we’ll be met by our touring coach and driver and will be transferred to our accommodation. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel, Wellington – 2 nights
Day 2 Tuesday 14 September 2021
Today we take a rail journey to the town of Featherston on the local Wairarapa line, which passes the 8.8km long Rimutaka Tunnel. Here we’ll pay a visit to the fascinating Fell Locomotive Museum and discover an abundance of rail history and technology, including the H199, the only locomotive of its type in the world. Following this, we travel via coach a short way to Upper Hutt, where we’ll visit the eclectic collection of the Silver Stream Railway, and enjoy a ride on a diesel electric hauled goods train and an ex Public Works Department steam train (Barclay 1749)before travelling back to Wellington by coach, arriving in the late afternoon. Dine this evening at our hotel.
Day 3 Wednesday 15 September 2021
WELLINGTON - BLENHEIM (BD)
This morning board the Interislander for a journey described as, “one of the most spectacular ferry rides in the world”. Journey across the Cook Strait to Picton, then on arrival reboard the coach for a short drive to Blenheim. After stopping for lunch in Blenheim (own cost) we visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre home to a collection of military aircraft from both World Wars, displayed in brilliantly realistic dioramas created by the magic of Weta Workshop and WingNut Films, including Sir Peter Jackson’s own WW1 aircraft and artefact collection. Dinner tonight is included at our hotel.
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough, Blenheim
Day 4 Thursday 16 September 2021
BLENHEIM — CHRISTCHURCH (BD)
After breakfast this morning we depart Blenheim and travel down State Highway 1 through to Christchurch. Our first stop of the day will be in Kaikoura. Take some time in the town to have lunch and explore, before we continue the journey south. Next, stop at Waikari to embark on an exclusive private charter of a vintage railcar on the historic Weka Pass Railway. Travel on the 12.8 kilometre scenic line through stunning limestone formations, down the escarpment to the Canterbury Plain. This round trip is an hour in total, and it showcases the exceptional beauty of the Waikari and Waipara areas. Following this, continue onto Christchurch. Dinner tonight is at the hotel’s restaurant.
Accommodation: Quality Elms Hotel, Christchurch – 2 nights
Day 5 Friday 17 September 2021
CHRISTCHURCH - FOX GLACIER (BD)
Today we have a full day of railway highlights and changing landscapes. An early start this morning as we board the TranzAlpine train to Arthurs Pass, a scenic rail journey across the fertile Canterbury Plains and into the heart of the mighty Southern Alps. Travel across towering viaducts, through spectacular gorges and river valleys and into the lush forest of Arthurs Pass National Park. Our coach will meet us in Arthurs Pass then we descend to the West Coast and make our way to the popular heritage park, Shantytown. Here, there will be time to enjoy lunch and explore the living museum. Take a ride on the vintage steam train and experience gold panning in the alluvial streams that flow through the area. Departing, travel by coach along the scenic West Coast to arrive in Fox Glacier in the early evening. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.
Accommodation: The Westhaven, Fox Glacier
Day 6 Saturday 18 September 2021
FOX GLACIER - QUEENSTOWN (BD)
Today we enjoy a day of ever-changing spectacular coastal, rainforest, and alpine scenery. The journey along the West Coast features native rainforest, wetlands, bush-fringed lakes, sand dunes and surf-pounded shingle beaches. At Haast head in-land over the Haast Pass, the lowest of the South Island mountain passes crossing the Southern Alps. Once over the Pass the scenery changes dramatically as the road descends past the waters of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea and into Central Otago. Continue past stone fruit orchards and through the rock hewn Kawarau Gorge to Queenstown stopping enroute at the historic gold-mining town of Arrowtown. Dinner is included in the hotel restaurant.
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront, Queenstown – 2 nights
Day 7 Sunday 19 September 2021
We have a leisurely morning this morning, before being transferred to Steamer Wharf to board the TSS Earnslaw. Steeped in Queenstown’s pioneering history, your experience commences with a cruise across Lake Wakatipu in the 1912 vintage steamship, the TSS Earnslaw. Disembark at Walter Peak High Country Farm, one of the first farms set up in the region and still a working farm. Enjoy an entertaining brief farm experience including a sheep shearing demonstration. In the ambience of the Colonel’s Homestead, enjoy a delicious gourmet BBQ lunch which the chef will prepare in front of you. On the cruise home, enjoy the camaraderie of a sing-a-long with the ship’s pianist or breathe in the fresh alpine air on the decks as you watch Queenstown draw nearer. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Dinner tonight is at the hotel.
Day 8 Monday 20 September 2021
QUEENSTOWN - DUNEDIN (BD)
After breakfast, farewell Queenstown and travel by coach to Dunedin, stopping on the way at Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead, the legacy of English immigrants Ernest and Hannah Hayes, who settled in Central Otago after their arrival in 1882. Explore the historic homestead and workshop and enjoy lunch (own cost) at leisure in the little café. We then continue on our journey via coach to Dunedin. Founded in 1848 by Scottish settlers Dunedin was envisaged as the "Edinburgh of the South". The influence of its Scottish heritage is still strongly evident. It is a city of gracious dignity and charm, characterised by the permanence of many handsome stone buildings and historical monuments. Dinner tonight will be at our hotel.
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel Dunedin – 2 nights
Day 9 Tuesday 21 September 2021
This morning enjoy a tour of the city with highlights including the views of the harbour from the hill suburbs and the University of Otago with its historic blue stone buildings on the banks of the Leith River. Travel through the CBD along George and Princes Streets and through the Octagon which features the historic Town Hall and St Pauls Anglican Cathedral and a statue of the Scottish poet Robbie Burns. Also included is a visit to the fascinating Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, which highlights the culture, history, character, technology and art of the Otago province. The museum is also home to the steam locomotive Josephine. Josephine began her career on the Dunedin-Port Chalmers Railway – one of two Double Fairlie locomotives brought from England to operate the railway in 1872. She went on to work at various other locations throughout the country, before being sent to the scrap yard 45 years later. She avoided the scrap heap, however, and, since the latter half of the 1920s, has been on display at the Museum. One of only a handful of surviving Double Fairlies left in the world, Josephine is a much-loved icon of the Museum. Wander the exhibits and enjoy lunch (own cost) in the museum’s café in your own time. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are free for you to enjoy. Perhaps stroll around to Speight’s Brewery (producing ale since 1876) for a brewery tour (extra cost).
Day 10 Wednesday 22 September 2021
DUNEDIN - CHRISTCHURCH (BD)
On the last day of our adventure journey back to Christchurch by coach. On the way, stop at Oamaru, a gorgeous harbour town famous for some of New Zealand’s best 19th century architecture. Here, enjoy lunch in your own time (own cost) perhaps in the Victorian precinct of Oamaru. The next stop is the Pleasant Point Railway, to enjoy an exclusively chartered ride on their impressive little steam train. From here we travel to Christchurch. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold, Christchurch – 2 nights
Day 11 Thursday 23 September 2021
Hit by devastating earthquakes in 2011 and 2012, Christchurch lost many of its heritage buildings and churches. However, it is being rebuilt and the city is as vibrant as ever, with its open air markets and the innovative Cardboard Cathedral. Start the day with a half-day city tour with our first stop being the Ferrymead Heritage Park, an early 1900s (Edwardian) township complete with its own school, church, jail, railway station and more. Next, visit the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, the national museum for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and New Zealand military aviation. Set on the site of a former air base at Wigram, this is home to a collection of aircraft telling the story of military aviation in New Zealand. More than just planes, it also tells the story of the people who crewed and serviced them. From pre-World War I, through the formation of the RNZAF in the 1930s, and then World War II to the present day, the mostly original aircraft are supported by displays and other artefacts that bring the airman's experience to life. While here we enjoy a fully-guided ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour delving into the Collections areas. Celebrate the completion of a successful tour with a farewell dinner on the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant, a colonial-style dining tram, incorporating fine food with city sightseeing on the reconstructed, historic tram network.
Day 12 Friday 24 September 2021
DEPART CHRISTCHURCH (B)
Farewell from New Zealand, today you will be transferred from the hotel to Christchurch Airport to connect with
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ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
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TOUR PAYMENTS AND BOOKING TERMS:
Costs are based on the Travel Date selected and are subject to the availability of the accommodation and other services specified.
Until we have a confirmed booking from the requested services, we retain the right to adjust prices up or down based on services confirmed.
Once we have finalised all costs based on your confirmed itinerary you will be asked for a non-refundable deposit of no less than $200.00 per person.
Full pre-payment is due not later than 35 days prior to arrival in New Zealand. Bank account details and swift code for international telegraphic transfers will be on the invoice. Payment by Visa or Mastercard is also accepted at a 3% surcharge. Credit card payments may only be made in New Zealand Dollars.
BOOKING AMENDMENTS/CANCELLATION SCHEDULE:
Amendments: The first amendment made to a confirmed booking is free of charge. Any subsequent amendments made to the same booking will incur a NZ$50.00 fee per service already confirmed.
In the event of passengers cancelling their booking, the following cancellation fees will apply on a per person basis (not per booking).
31+ days prior to the client’s arrival, loss of non-refundable deposit plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees
15 to 30 days prior to arrival: 40% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (60% refund)
8 to 14 days prior to arrival: 60% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (40% refund)
2 to 7 days prior to arrival: 80% of holiday price plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees (20% refund)
0 to 1 days or less prior to arrival: 100% cancellation fee
Please note that any applicable airline content does not apply to the above refunds – see your airline for their specific cancellation/refund policies.
No refunds on any unused portions of any itinerary. The exception is if a sightseeing service is cancelled by operator due to weather conditions/safety concerns etc and the operator authorises a refund. Any such refunds will be processed through agent. Comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers.
COVID19 CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY:
Covid19 has created uncertainty for us all, therefore for cancellations directly related to Covid19, we have negotiated special terms with our suppliers which would override ‘normal cancellation’ terms as outlined above;
If the New Zealand Government imposes travel restrictions that would impact our ability to deliver your travel package prior to commencing travel, passengers will receive a full credit, less any applicable airline cancellation fees. If travel restrictions are imposed while on tour, we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers. Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required. Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.
If a passenger has been tested positive for Covid19 directly prior to travel or while on holiday with us, then with supporting documentation provided to us (a positive Covid19 test), we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers. Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required. Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.
CUSTOMS, IMMIGRATION AND NEW ZEALAND LAW
It is your responsibility to comply with any New Zealand immigration, customs and/or quarantine regulations when entering New Zealand and to comply with New Zealand laws when in the country. We will not, under any circumstances, have any liability or responsibility to you if you do not comply with any customs and immigration rules and regulations or if you fail to comply with any laws during your holiday.
Check in time at most hotels is 2pm or 3pm. If you are arriving earlier, the hotel will store your luggage until your room is ready. Alternatively, you may wish to pre-register your hotel room for immediate check in – an extra nights’ charge will apply. Upon check in, most hotels will request an imprint of your credit card to cover any personal extras. If you do not have a credit card, they may ask for a cash deposit.
The itinerary was correct at the time of printing, but it is subject to change without notice. Your itinerary could change due to road or weather conditions, changes imposed by other tour operators or a range of other factors outside our control. You agree that we have no liability to you for changes to your itinerary.
You agree that we have no liability to you and will not pay any compensation to you where the performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by circumstances amounting to “force majeure”. In these terms, ‘force majeure’ means any event that has an impact on your Packaged Tour which we or the other operator (where relevant) could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, pilferage, epidemics, pandemics, forced quarantine, medical or customs regulations, riot, fire, storm, flood, explosion, compliance with any law or government restraint order, rule regulation, strikes, lock outs, or any other cause not reasonably within the control of our control. We reserve the right to cancel, amend or reschedule your Packaged Tour during or following any force majeure and if we do so you agree that we will have no liability to you for any direct or indirect consequences of the cancellation, amendment or rescheduling.
ADDITIONAL TERMS WHEN APPLICABLE:
GREAT JOURNEYS OF NEW ZEALAND – LUGGAGE ALLOWANCES FOR RAIL SERVICES
(Northern Explorer; Coastal Pacific; Tranz Alpine)
One item of check-in baggage per person
Maximum weight for a single bag is 32kgs
Bags weighing over 23kgs will require two crew members to lift onto the train – assistance from the passenger may be required
Wheeled cabin bags and backpacks are classed as check-in luggage
Two additional items of baggage can be purchased for $20.00NZD including GST per piece – pay direct at the station
Repack bags available to buy at the station for $10.00NZD – pay direct at the station
BUDGET RENTAL CARS:
The following fees apply – they are extra and payable direct each time a vehicle is collected in a non-continuous hire. (Non-continuous hires mean hires with more than 24 hours break between them).
NZ$51.75 Airport/Ferry Terminal Collection/Return Fee
NZ$57.50 One Way Fee
Budget Protection Plan - Excess Reduction Applicable 1st April 2019 – 31st March 2020
Compact, Intermediate and full sized sedans: Budget Rentals have a standard excess of NZ$4025.00 for which the hirer is responsible for vehicle damage regardless of who is at fault. This excess liability can be reduced to NZ$258.75 by payment of an additional NZ$28.75 of hire a day direct to Budget Rentals on collection.
SUV, People Movers & Hybrid Sedan: Budget Rentals have a standard excess of NZ$4887.50 for which the hirer is responsible for vehicle damage regardless of who is at fault. This excess liability can be reduced to NZ$258.75 by payment of an additional NZ$33.35 of hire a day direct to Budget Rentals on collection.
$1610.00 incl GST will be charged if a windscreen (front or back) is cracked or broken that require replacement.
Chip on windscreen will cost $69.00 incl GST
“RSN” (Roadside Assistance Package)
This is an optional product on top of BPP. It can only be paid directly at the counter costing NZ$6.90 per day. Roadside Assistance when purchased provides the customer with a ‘no call out fee’ adding peace of mind to common issues that the customer may cause that are not included in the rental.
Roadside Assistance covers:
Out of fuel (Up to $10 fuel delivery)
Key replacement for lost keys/keys locked in vehicle
Flat Tyre Assistance
Tyre Replacement (just the tyre – the rubber) excludes the spare wheel/wheel cover/hubcap
Roadside Assistance PLUS Package (available from April 2019)
This is an optional product on top of BPP. It can only be paid directly at the counter costing NZ$11.50 incl GST per day. Roadside Assistance when purchased provides the customer with a ‘no call out fee’ adding peace of mind to common issues that the customer may cause that are not included in the rental.
Covers Roadside Assistance include the benefits as above plus 1 Windscreen replacement free of charge
At the time of vehicle collection, clients are required to present a bank issued credit card issued in their name (card must have embossed numbers on front of card). A preauthorisation will be taken as security and for any additional products and services. This is payable direct. The preauthorisation balance will vary, with a minimum of NZ$100.00 and any further amount calculated on estimated payable direct charges (for optional extras such as additional insurance coverage, airport/ferry terminal fees, one-way fees, or accessories such as baby seat, GPS unit etc). After return of the vehicle, the preauthorisation will be released (approximately 3-days after return of vehicle), and any actual charges will be processed.
The preauthorisation can be made by any major international credit cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard or Diners Club). Budget does not accept electronic or prepaid or preloaded or reloaded debit cards or cash payments for excess, bond etc.
Any additional charges over what has been included in the nett rate will be collected direct from the client – eg. fuel, additional coverages, additional hours, accessories, fees etc.
A card transaction may apply. This fee is general between 2-3% of the total payable direct charges.
Driver Licence/ Minimum Age
All drivers must be 21 years old or over and hold a current non-probationary drivers licence (with a full and accurate English translation shown on the licence) from their home county. An international driver’s permit must be accompanied by a home country licence. The international driver’s licence or permit must be in English, or an accurate English translation of the licence or permit must be given. An accurate English translation means that the translation must be given by a diplomatic representative at a high commission, embassy or consulate, or an overseas issuing authority or a translation service acceptable to the New Zealand Transport Authority.
There is no maximum age to hire a vehicle. There is no charge for additional authorised drivers, however they must meet the criteria of the Driver’s Licence requirements. Additional drivers must be registered on the Budget Rental Agreement, and prior to driving they must visit a Budget branch in New Zealand to show their full and valid driver’s licence.
Driver’s licence must be carried whenever driving in New Zealand.
GPS units are available with rental vehicles at extra cost. These GPS units can be reserved in advance if requested, but the customer must pay for the unit hire direct to Budget Rentals at the time of collection. Costs are NZ$11.45 per day, or NZ$57.45 per week, or NZ$114.95 per month incl GST. In the event of the unit being lost, damaged or stolen while on rent to client, the client will be charged NZ$230.00 incl GST.