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NEW ZEALAND New Zealand by Rail Embark on an epic adventure across New Zealand, and discover rugged mountain scenery, dramatic seascapes and fertile farmlands as you journey across the country by rail. Along the way, you'll get the chance to experience incredible nature reserves, including the Marlborough and Milford sounds, discover Maori culture, and explore charming town and cities. NEW The TranzAlpine passes Lake Sarah ACTIVITY LEVEL Days 1-2: UK-Auckland. Fly to Auckland, arriving on the morning of day three. Day 3: Auckland. Stay two nights in this cosmopolitan city, and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. A welcome dinner and drinks is included this evening. D Day 4: Auckland. Embark on an included half-day city sightseeing tour with highlights including Auckland harbour Bridge and the Viaduct Harbour, War Memorial Museum and Joseph Savage Memorial Park. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. B. Day 5: Auckland-Rotorua. Travel by coach to Rotorua, the Maori homelands, for an overnight stay. A place of lush forests, green pastures and lakes, Rotorua is also known as Sulfur City, which you'll discover for yourself on an included guided tour of the Te Puia Thermal Reserve. This evening witness a performance of traditional Maori dance. B, D Auckland Hamilton New Zealand Picton Rotorua Hokitika Wellington Greymouth Franz Josef Queenstown Milford Sound Christchurch Dunedin Te Anau Day 6: Rotorua-Hamilton-Wellington. Today you'll embark on your first rail journey, an eight-hour journey travelling over 500-kilometres aboard the Northern Explorer. Travel past the snow-capped volcano Ruapehu, over the viaducts of Tongariro National Park and along the rocky shoreline of the Kapiti Coast. Stay two nights in Wellington. B, L, D Day 7: Wellington. Join an included sightseeing tour of Wellington taking in the beautiful waterfront, Mount Victoria, the Gothic-revival Old St Paul's Cathedral and Wellington Botanic Gardens. Spend the afternoon at leisure. B, D Day 8: Wellington-Picton-Christchurch. Board the Inter-Island ferry for your three-hour crossing through the Malborough Sounds to the South Island. Take the Coastal Pacific Train to Christchurch, a six-hour train ride that takes you along wild coastlines, past rugged sea cliffs and isolated beaches. Stay two nights in Christchurch. B Day 9: Christchurch. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour that visits the innovative Re:START shopping area and New Brighton Pier. Take a punting trip on the River Avon, before spending the afternoon at leisure. B, D Day 10: Christchurch-Hokitika. Step aboard the TranzAlpine train this morning for a six-hour rail journey to Greymouth on the west coast of the South Island. Travel 223 kilometres through the Canterbury Plains, endless native beech forest, the majestic Southern Alps, the lush Otira Valley, and along the edge of the ice-fed Waimakariri River. Travel by coach to the nearby town of Hokitika for an overnight stay. B, L, D Day 11: Hokitika-Franz Josef. Travel by coach to Franz Josef, where you'll stay overnight, at the foot of New Zealand's most famous glacier. The afternoon is at leisure to explore your surroundings. B, D Day 12: Franz Josef-Queenstown. Embark on a scenic drive south, past Fox Glacier and over the Haast Pass, into the heart of the beautiful South Westland Region, one of the least populated parts of New Zealand. Continue past Lake Hawea, heading south to Queenstown for a three-night stay. B, D Day 13: Queenstown. Visit the old gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown, faithfully restored with timber houses and shops. This evening ride on the Skyline Gondola cable car taking you nearly 1500 feet above the city to Bob's Peak for wonderful views of Queenstown below. Look forward to dinner at the Skyline Stratosfare Restaurant. B, D Day 14: Queenstown. At leisure. B Day 15: Queenstown-Te Anau. Travel to Milford Sound for a cruise on the fjord-like inlet of stunning beauty with forest-clad peaks, tumbling waterfalls and wildlife that includes dolphins and seals. Travel south to Te Anau and stay overnight. B, L, D 228 Please quote TRNG7 Questions on an existing booking? Call FREE on 0800 068 5054 or visit saga.co.uk/managemybooking