17-day New Zealand Autumn Colours Tour - 2018

17 days, 10 destinations, 23 attractions, 27 meals

Experience New Zealand’s breathtaking beauty on a leisurely, fully escorted rail and coach tour that offers the best value and quality.

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"An unforgettable and amazing journey of New Zealand."
Peter & Helen, Australia

NZ$6495

Per person sharing.
Single room is NZ$1750 extra.
Prices in New Zealand Dollars.

Departs

5 April 2018

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Unique rail and coach tour

This fantastic rail and coach tour of New Zealand has many aspects unique to Reid Tours.

Three Iconic Rail Journeys break up the tour to provide an exciting mix of travel.

Additionally, a unique cultural experience at the Prestigious Turakina Maori Girls College, along with ancient geysers and caves that seem to have existed since time began, beat at the heart of what our tours are about.

That is, showcasing New Zealand from Milford Sound in the South, to Aukland in the North.

Included attractions

  • Welcome dinner
  • Tranz Alpine Train
  • Waimakariri Gorge and Hokitika Gorge
  • Treetop walk
  • Lake Matheson and Haast Pass
  • Cruise on Milford Sound
  • Cruise on the lady of the lake TSS Earnslaw
  • Edmond Hillary Centre, including a 3D movie and Planetarium
  • Coastal Pacific Train
  • Te Papa National Museum
  • Surprise dinner
  • Northern Explorer train journey
  • Volcanic Plateau and Huka Falls
  • Chateau Tongariro
  • Performing sheep show and shearing
  • Te Puia geysers, boiling mud pools and craft institute
  • Polynesian Pools (optional)
  • Waitomo Caves

And all the things we can't tell you yet, because that will spoil the surprise.

More about this tour

  • Luxury Five Star Coach featuring twin door access, rest room, reclining seats, air conditioning, refrigerator and phone charging stations.
  • Tour limited to 40 passengers maximum on a 49-seater coach.
  • One coach & driver/tour manager throughout the complete tour.
  • Meet and greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 16 nights superior accommodation on a twin share basis.
  • Multi night stays

Our standard inclusions of many multi night stays including free time for your leisure, minimal early starts, guaranteed empty seats in the coach for your comfort and knowledgeable hosts give you a genuine New Zealand experience.

When the premium accommodations including 3 nights at The Hilton Queenstown and the historic Chateau Tongariro are taken into account you will see that no compromise is made on our tours. 

Meals

Quality fine dining, including at the above mentioned Hotels, is also included along with full breakfasts each morning.

The lunchtime higlights are a BBQ Lunch at Walter Peak Station Queenstown and a buffet lunch while cruising on Milford Sound.

We also have freedom dining nights in selected locations where there are a wide variety of options so you can explore New Zealand’s fine Restaurants and Cafes at your own discretion.

The tour includes 27 meals. For more details, refer to the itinerary.

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The combination of our experience and feedback from clients means our tours offer a fine balance of quality, value and a leisure holiday experience.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch

Fly from your homeport to Christchurch, a Reid Tours representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel, the brand new Crowne Plaza. Spend the afternoon exploring the city. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow passengers, driver and tour manager.

Included meal: Dinner
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza, Christchurch

Activities and attractions

Welcome dinner

Day 2: Christchurch to Punakaiki and Hokitika

This morning we join the award winning Tranz Alpine train as it journeys across the Canterbury Plains then via the scenic Waimakariri Gorge onto the Alpine Village of Arthurs Pass in the Southern Alps. We then re-join our coach. After crossing Arthurs Pass we continue via Lake Brunner to Punakaiki. This is one of New Zealand’s best coastal roads. We then continue south to the Historic Gold town of Hokitika. Our hotel looks out over the Tasman Sea.

Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Hotel: Beachfront Hokitika

Activities and attractions

  • Tranz Alpine Train
  • Waimakariri Gorge

KiwiRail's scenic rail tour video, "Take a break. Take a train."

Day 3: Hokitika to Fox Glacier

You have time to visit the Greenstone shops before we visit the Scenic Hokitika Gorge where this river emerges from the Alps. We continue onto the Treetop walk at Lake Mahinapua. Experience life with the birds high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi Forest. Enjoy great views of the Southern Alps, rain forest and Lake Mahinapua. Our journey continues south to our overnight stop at Fox Glacier where you can dine at your leisure.

Included meal: Breakfast
Hotel: Westhaven

Activities and attractions

  • Hokitika Gorge
  • Treetop walk

The West Coast Treetop walk
The West Coast Treetop walk.

Day 4: Fox Glacier to Cromwell

This morning we visit Lake Matheson with its wonderful views of Mt Cook and the surrounding high peaks of the Southern Alps. Continuing south through ancient rain forests and past lakes we cross the Alps via the Haast Pass and onto Cromwell, your home for the evening. Enjoy a delicious meal in this iconic landscape.

Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Hotel: Golden Gate Lodge

Activities and attractions

  • Lake Matheson
  • Haast Pass

Day 5: Cromwell to Te Anau via Arrowtown

Plenty of time to explore Cromwell before we travel south to Arrowtown to visit this old gold mining settlement which is now a quaint tourist village. Our journey continues south to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. You have the rest of the day to explore the town.

Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Hotel: Distinction Hotels and Villas

Activities and attractions

Exploring Cromwell and Te Anau

Day 6: Te Anau to Queenstown via Milford Sound

Leaving Te Anau we travel via the Eglington valley and Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. You will enjoy a cruise on the majestic Milford Sound with lunch provided. View Mitre Peak and the numerous waterfalls of this picturesque sound. We return to Queenstown late afternoon and our accommodation at the Novotel Gardens where we stay the next 3 nights.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Hotel: Novotel Gardens, Queenstown

Activities and attractions

Cruise on the Sound

The Lady Bowen cruising on Milford Sound
The Lady Bowen cruising on Milford Sound. Image credit: Southern Discoveries.

Day 7: Queenstown

This morning after a wonderful breakfast it is a short walk to join the lady of the lake TSS Earnslaw, a vintage Steamship, for a cruise to Walter Peak Station for lunch. Returning to Queenstown mid-afternoon you are free to explore the town. This evening you are free to dine at one of the many cafes and restaurants in Queenstown.

Included meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Hotel: Novotel Gardens, Queenstown

Activities and attractions

Cruise on the lady of the lake TSS Earnslaw.

Day 8: Queenstown

Today is a free day to enjoy the wonderful setting of Queenstown. Your tour manager will advise you of the many options available.

Included meal: Breakfast
Hotel: Novotel Gardens, Queenstown  

Activities and attractions

Your tour manager will advise you of the many options available.

View of Aoraki Mount Cook and Lake Pukaki
View of Aoraki Mount Cook and Lake Pukaki. Image credit: Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook.

Day 9: Queenstown to Mount Cook

This morning we travel north via the Lindis Pass into the McKenzie Country. We travel to the unique location of Mt Cook following the shore of Lake Pukaki. Your tour includes access to the Edmond Hillary Centre and wonderful 3D Movie of the area and Planetarium. We are staying tonight in the magnificient Hermitage Hotel superior rooms, each with a perfect view of Mt Cook.

Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Hotel: Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook Village

Activities and attractions

Edmond Hillary Centre, including a 3D movie and Planetarium

Day 10: Mt Cook to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo

This morning you will have breakfast in the shadow of the majestic Mt Cook itself. Following breakfast, we will drive back along the Lake and rejoin the highway to Christchurch, complete with a stop in Geraldine for lunch. On arrival in Christchurch, we will arrive back at the Crowne Plaza.

Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Christchurch

Day 11: Christchurch to Wellington

This morning we join the Coastal Pacific train for the journey through North Canterbury and the seaside town of Kaikoura. The train follows the coast for 100 Kilometres before turning inland through Blenheim and onto Picton where you will enjoy the Interislander through to Wellington for the next 2 nights.

Included meal: Breakfast
Hotel: Rydges Wellington

Activities and attractions

Coastal Pacific Train

KiwiRail's Coastal Pacific, Kaikoura Coast
The Coastal Pacific train on the Kaikoura Coast.

Day 12: Wellington

After a great breakfast we will visit Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Wellington. Tonight includes one of our specialty surprise dinners which will showcase the diversity of this city.

Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Hotel: Rydges Wellington

Activities and attractions

  • Te Papa National Museum
  • Sightseeing tour of Wellington
  • Surprise dinner

Day 13: Wellington to Chateau Tongariro

This morning we join the Northerner Train in Wellington. We travel up the Kapiti Coast giving contrasting views from the Kaikoura coast two days ago. The train climbs from the Manawatu onto the Volcanic Plateau. We pass the stunning Mount Ruapehu crossing numerous viaducts before descending the amazing Raurimu spiral to Taumaranui. We then re-join our coach for a short drive to the stunning Chateau Tongariro located at the foot of Mount Ruapehu. Tonight enjoy a wonderful meal in this iconic setting.

Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Hotel: Chateau Tongariro

Activities and attractions

  • Northern Explorer train journey
  • Volcanic Plateau
  • Chateau Tongariro

Northern Explorer, Hapuawhenua viaduct
The Northern Explorer on the Hapuawhenua viaduct.

Day 14: Chateau Tongariro to Rotorua

After a wonderful breakfast we travel north via Lake Taupo New Zealand’s largest lake. We will visit Huka Falls before continuing onto Rotorua. We are staying at the Millenium Hotel on the Lakefront. Enjoy a meal at your leisure at one of the many establishments in downtown Rotorua.

Included meal: Breakfast
Hotel: Millennium Rotorua (Lakeview Rooms)

Activities and attractions

Huka Falls

The Chateau Tongariro
The Chateau Tongariro, located at the foot of Mount Ruapehu.

Day 15: Rotorua

This morning we visit the Agrodome where you will see a performing sheep show and shearing. Then on to Te Puia to see the geysers, boiling mud pools and craft institute. The afternoon is free to relax, explore the town or lie in the Polynesian Pools. We meet together this evening for a lovely meal in this fantastic setting.

Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Hotel: Millennium Rotorua (Lakeview Rooms)

Activities and attractions

  • Performing sheep show and shearing
  • Te Puia geysers, boiling mud pools and craft institute
  • Polynesian Pools (optional)

Geyser at Te Puia in Rotorua
A Geyser at Te Puia in Rotorua. Photo credit: Te Puia.

Day 16: Rotorua to Auckland

Our journey north takes us to visit the world famous Waitomo Caves for a guided tour. Travelling north we arrive Auckland city late after-noon. We check in to the Rydges Hotel in Auckland where you can enjoy one of the many culinary options that surround downtown Auckland.

Included meal: Breakfast
Hotel: Rydges Hotel.

Activities and attractions

Waitomo Caves

Glowworms in the Waitomo caves
Glowworms in the Waitomo caves.

Day 17: Auckland to your Homeport

After breakfast, we will organize your transfer to the airport for your flight home.
You will be met by a shuttle or taxi to take you to your door.

Included meal: Breakfast

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"The Turakina Maori Girls College Dinner & Concert will always remain one of life’s greatest memories."
Ray and Margaret, USA