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Step aboard and straight into a bygone era, all while exploring the South Island’s majestic backyard.
ODT Journeys together with Pounamu Tourism Group have created something quite special to help us explore the beauty between Christchurch and Invercargill, all while taking an epic heritage steam train journey.
There are tour options from seven- to 13- days, which take place in April 2021.
3-Day Tour departing Christchurch
The journey through postcard-perfect vistas and dramatic scenery begins from Christchurch via Arthur’s Pass on the TranzAlpine. The transverse starts inland along the West Coast on luxury coaches to explore the wonders of Queenstown, Milford Sound, and Te Anau. At Invercargill, you will meet the star of the show; the historic World War 1 memorial steam locomotive Ab608 Passchendaele, named to honour New Zealand’s fallen solders at the battle of Passchendaele in 1917. Passchendaele is a “living, breathing, working monument” to railway heritage and is quite something to behold when it is thundering down the track under full steam, says Pounamu Tourism Group director Paul Jackson. Travelling in the comfort of its vintage carriers and a lounge car, the train explores the length of the South Island: Invercargill to Dunedin, Ōamaru, Christchurch, Kaikōura and Marlborough. The guided tour is escorted by a fleet of luxury coaches that provide seamless transfers from the train to the hotel each morning.
- Franz Josef Hot Pools
- Walter Peak Homestead visit
- Arrowtown Lakes District Museum
- Bill Richardson Transport World
- OCHO chocolate factory tour
- Moeraki Boulders
- Up close with Blue Penguins and Takahē
- TSS Earnslaw visit followed by homestead dinner at Walter Peak
- High tea and garden tour at Larnach Castle
- Seal colony guided walk in Kaikōura
Food and accommodation
Accommodation of at least 4-star rated properties. Cooked breakfast and sumptuous dinners including meals at Walter Peak Homestead and Wither Hills in Blenheim; lunches at Tuatapere, Southland and at The Store, Kekerengu; and high tea at Larnach Castle. A fleet of luxury coaches will escort the train throughout the journey, providing seamless transfers to your accommodation and excursions.
- 13-date tour departing Christchurch 24 April, 2021
- 10-Day tour departing Christchurch (return) 24 April, 2021
- 7-day tour departing Invercargill 30 April, 2021
Bookings: journeys.odt.nz or phone (03) 974-1812