New Zealand Up Close Guided Rail Experience

New Zealand Up Close Guided Rail Experience

Discover off the beaten track locations and bustling urban centers by three world-famous scenic rail experiences. Be led by a New Zealand expert as you experience thrilling activities on this scenic adventure of a lifetime.

New Zealand Up Close Guided Rail Experience

New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Hamilton & Waikato > Rotorua > Ruapehu > Wellington & Martinborough > South Island > Christchurch & Canterbury > Glaciers & West Coast > Queenstown & Wanaka 

19 Days, 16 Nights

On the Signature New Zealand Up Close tour you will see it all, travelling between Auckland and Queenstown aboard all four of our world-famous journeys.

Boarding in Auckland, your first few days are aboard our Northern Explorer train travelling through the volcanic heart of the North Island.

Cruising between islands, the Interislander journey takes a leisurely course around Wellington Harbour and through the magnificent Marlborough Sounds to Picton.

From Picton, you’ll voyage through vineyards and along the Pacific Coast to Kaikoura and then Christchurch aboard the Coastal Pacific train.

Your final journey is aboard the TranzAlpine train, traversing the Southern Alps on a breathtaking journey from east to West Coast before finishing in Queenstown.


  • Hamilton Gardens Tour
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Wellington Guided Tour
  • Marlborough Wine Tour
  • Wildlife Experience in Kaikoura
  • Christchurch Tramway Restaurant
  • Haast River Safari
  • TSS Earnslaw Dinner Cruise and Show
  • Milford Sound Day Tour and Cruise


  • Round-trip airfare on Air New Zealand from Los Angeles to Auckland, returning from Queenstown
  • 17 Day/15 Night Guided NZ Up Close Including:
    • One-way private arrival transfer Auckland Airport/Hotel
    • 1-night Auckland, 4-4.5-star Hotel including Welcome Drink and Dinner
    • Northern Explorer Scenic Train from Auckland to Hamilton
    • 2-nights Hamilton, 4-4.5-star hotel including breakfast
      • Hamilton  - Guided touring of Hamilton Gardens and Raglan Sunset Dinner Cruise, Maungatautari Sanctuary Mountain tour, Otorohanga, Waitomo Caves
    • Northern Explorer Scenic Rail Hamilton to Ohakune
      • Tongariro National Park – Mini-excursion to Turoa Ski field
    • 2-nights Ohakune, 4-4.5-star hotel including breakfast daily, and dinner on one evening
    • Northern Explorer Scenic Train – Okahune to Wellington
    • 2-nights Wellington, 4-4.5-star hotel including breakfast daily, and dinner on one evening
    • Interislander from Wellington to Picton, Premium Lounge
      • Picton - Marlborough Wine Tour
    • 1-night Picton, 4-4.5-star hotel including breakfast
    • Coastal Pacific Scenic Train from Picton to Kaikoura
    • 1-night Kaikoura, 4-4.5-star hotel including breakfast
      • Kaikoura - choice of Whale, Dolphin, or Albatross Experience
    • Coastal Pacific Scenic Train from Kaikoura to Christchurch
    • 2-nights Christchurch, 4-4.5-star hotel including breakfast
      • Christchurch - Historic Tramway Dinner
    • TranzAlpine Scenic Train Christchurch to Greymouth including breakfast, morning tea and lunch onboard.
      • Hokitika - Punakaiki Pancake Rock Excursion
    • 1-night Hokitika, 4-4.5-star hotel including breakfast
      • West Coast - West Coast Treetops Aerial Walkway & Café, Short Nature Walk to Glacier Viewing Point
    • 1-night Franz Josef, 4-4.5-star hotel including breakfast and a 5-Course Degustation Meal at Te Waonui Forest Retreat
    • 3-nights Queenstown, 4-4.5-star hotel including breakfast
      • Queenstown - Full-day Milford Sound excursion including nature cruise and lunch, a farewell Dinner at Walter Peak including TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Farm Show
    • One-way private departure transfer Queenstown Hotel/Airport
  • US/foreign taxes & fees including September 11 Security Fee


Based on Departures

Price per person from*

Based on Double Occupancy

September 9, 2024 12579
September 30, 2024 13049
October 18, 2024 12869
October 28, 2024 12699
January 20, 2025 12899 (Limited Seats)
January 27, 2024 12869

Group Size



September 9, 2024


From $12579 per person based on double occupancy*

Trip Terms

*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on twin share. Single supplements apply. Advertised price valid for departures September 9, 2024. Other date ranges are available, however seasonal surcharges apply. A weekend surcharge of US$50 each way applies to travel Thu-Sat (US$100 roundtrip) for Transpacific flights. Airlines frequently change their prices because of fare increases.  Seats and rooms are limited and subject to availability at the time of booking. Prices are current at the time of posting (14/3/2024) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. Airfare is non-refundable once ticketed as per airfare rules. Travel Answers Group terms and conditions apply to change fees and cancellations. Packages must be booked by May 31, 2024. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices based on availability. An ETA Visa is required to enter or transit in New Zealand.CA CST: 2076233-40 | WA ID: 601 684 531

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