New Zealand returns to Railbookers’ portfolio

Train specialist Railbookers has reintroduced New Zealand to its portfolio, with the addition of six itineraries in the destination.

The trips, which range from eight to 19 days, include three trains: The Northern Explorer, which travels between Auckland and Wellington on the North Island; the Coastal Pacific, travelling between Picton and Christchurch; and the Tranzalpine from Christchurch to Greymouth.

The new itineraries also feature the Interislander ferry, which crosses the Cook Strait between the two islands.

Sightseeing excursions and activities include the Waitomo Caves, Fiordland National Park and a traditional Maori feast.

Frank Marini, Railbookers Group president and chief executive, said: “With New Zealand, we’re thrilled to answer the growing customer demand for independent rail holidays to one of the world’s top bucket-list destinations.

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“Our collection of New Zealand trips allow travellers to enjoy everything that the North and South Islands have to offer, without the hassles of driving or figuring out how to make it all work.”

Sarah Handley, Tourism New Zealand’s general manager for the Americas & Europe, commented: “An itinerary here can take you to national parks, beautiful beaches, thrilling diving spots, stunning fjords, bubbling geothermal areas, exciting adventures, scenic wine regions and iconic Hollywood film locations.”

Travellers can take advantage of a discount worth up to £500 per couple on all New Zealand trips, based on trip length.

Pictured: Tranzalpine train, which links Christchurch and Greymouth.

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