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Global Morning News – New Zealand Grand Rail Explorer

Posted on: November 21, 2023

I have a great opportunity for New Zealand. A beautiful destination and you get to visit during their summer – and our winter!!

This tour is a combination of self drive, iconic train trips and guided tours. The best of all worlds!

Grand Rail Explorer

This once-in-a-lifetime rail holiday will combine three iconic train journeys with five days of driving the untamed West Coast from Queenstown, home to giant glaciers, waterfalls and blowholes. Traverse the South Island’s breathtaking landscapes aboard the TranzAlpine, one of the world’s great train journeys from Greymouth to Christchurch. Journey along the spectacular coastline from Christchurch to Picton aboard the Coastal Pacific before cruising the Cook Strait to New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington. Explore the rural heart of the North Island as you step aboard the historic Northern Explorer to Auckland before collecting another car and heading to Northland. After a 3-night stay in the Bay of Islands, you head back to Auckland which concludes your iconic New Zealand rail holiday.

What a fantastic way to enjoy New Zealand without doing too much driving but also being more independent.

8 fixed departure dates to choose from Jan – March 2024

New Zealand Grand Rail Explorer from Queenstown to Auckland

Duration: 14 Nights
Departure Date: January 8, 2024
Price: $4,239 CAD per person


  • Accommodation for 14 nights in double occupancy
  • 5-day car hire from Queenstown Airport to Greymouth Station including insurance
  • Private transfers between train stations, hotels and ferry terminals
  • Milford Sound Cruise with a packed lunch and transfers from Queenstown
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey from Greymouth to Christchurch
  • Coastal Pacific Rail Journey from Christchurch to Picton
  • Interislander Ferry Journey from Picton to Wellington
  • Northern Explorer Rail Journey from Wellington to Auckland
  • 4-day car hire from Auckland City and return including insurance
  • Hole in the Rock Cruise ex Paihia


Captivating Panama Canal 9-Night Cruise with Oceania Cruises

Duration: 9 Nights
Departure Date: March 17, 2024
Price: $3,678 CAD per person


  • 10 days Panama Canal cruise in an ocean view suite on upscale Oceania Cruises
  • Complimentary house beverage package
  • Free WIFI and gourmet dining
  • $800 USD excursion credit
  • Airfare from Calgary and transfers
  • All taxes
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