During the Train trip travelling on Northern Explorer, Pacific Coastal, Taieri Gorge Railway and TranzAlpine you are traveling without a guide, since the tour bus will be taken to the respective stations where you will board the bus again.
Owing to possible changes beyond our control (eg. weather or unpredictable changes in accommodation, schedules of KiwiRail), we will confirm the final itinerary approximately 2 weeks prior to departure.
Breakfast on the day of arrival is included in the price and offers the opportunity to meet the tour guides and group. On other days you can have breakfast either in the hotel or visit any of the nearby cafes. Prices range between $18 and $30 NZD (e.g. “Continental”or “Cooked” breakfast). Two dinners are also included and most accommodation have cooking facilities, microwave and sink, partly electric cooker or hob / electric frying pan, if you want to cater for yourself. Your guide will give you tips for shopping and usually knows a good restaurant.
The right choice of overnight stays is very important to us, for at the end of an active day, every guest wants to relax in comfortable and pleasant surroundings. In cities such as Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown, we choose centrally located 3-4 star hotels/motels. In other areas we prefer selected accommodation, “NZ-owned and operated” where possible, combining authenticity with the comfort of good 3-4 star accommodation.
Queen Charlotte Track Options
Early morning boat trip into the picturesque Marlborough Sounds. Target is one of the bays, such as Ship Cove. From here, the most beautiful section of the Queen Charlotte track starts to Furneaux Lodge (approx. 5 hours). Alternatively, you can also go directly to Furneaux Lodge by boat and do easier and shorter walks and enjoy the bay. In the afternoon, the boat returns to Picton. Requirements for the walk from Ship Cove: Moderate coastal hike with some steep ascents and descents, especially in the beginning, height difference 150m.