7 Day Coromandel & Central Plateau Railways

Explore the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula & driving creek railway, travel onboard the Northern Explorer train to the Central Plateau and marvel at 44 hobbit holes during a guided walk at Hobbiton.

7 Day Coromandel & Central Plateau Railways

Take in the stunning scenery of the Coromandel Peninsula and travel on the Driving Creek railway. Board the Northern Explorer train as you head South to National Park and see the extraordinary views of Tongariro National Park with its stunning volcanic cones before visiting Matamata and the super landscape of Hobbiton.

Tour Type: Rail Tour
From: Auckland to Auckland
Departs: Daily
Duration: 7 days
Tour Code: RT7CC

Regions Visited

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Auckland, Coromandel, Tongariro National Park, Hobbiton

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Coromandel day tour & Driving Creek Railway
  • Northern Explorer train
  • Half day guided walk, Tongariro
  • Hobbiton Express day tour

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO AUCKLAND

Welcome to Auckland, the “City of Sails”. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation.

As you are staying in the Heart of the city, you may wish to wonder down to the viaduct for dinner, overlooking the many boats and yacht’s.

Stay: Auckland

DAY 2: COROMANDEL DAY TOUR - DRIVING CREEK RAILWAY

This morning you will collected from your hotel for an exciting day trip to Coromandel Peninsula. Your small guided tour will include Hot water Beach (tide dependent) and Driving Creek Railway where you can ride the personally designed and built mountain railway through the rugged landscape and native forest. The views across to the harbour from the top are stunning. Visit Cathedral Cove, amazing ancient native kauri trees, white sand beaches on the east coast and sheltered bays on the west. Return travelling around the frith of Thames to the vibrant City of Auckland.

Stay: Auckland

DAY 3: AUCKLAND / NATIONAL PARK - NORTHERN EXPLORER TRAIN

Join the Northern explorer train – New Zealand’s longest running passenger service. Leave the Metropolitan Auckland area behind as you follow the Waikato River through fertile Waikato dairy lands and small agricultural service towns with their distinct railway stations and platforms. Wind your way into the Central Plateau and the Tongariro National Park. As you are transferred to your accommodation, embrace the three spectacular volcanic mountains, Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu.

Stay: National Park

DAY 4: NATIONAL PARK

Explore the breathtakingly volcanic fields of Tongariro National Park with a half day Volcanic Explorer tour. Enjoy a four hour hike through the Tongariro National Park led by an experienced guide passing on their wisdom as you explore. Get your camera charged for incredible views, Taranaki Falls, Lake Rotopounamu, Soda Springs, Whakapapanui River and Silica Rapids, depending what route is taken. The landscapes may look familiar as National Park was a popular filming site for the Lord of the Rings trilogies.

Stay: National Park

DAY 5: NATIONAL PARK / AUCKLAND - NORTHERN EXPLORER TRAIN

Today board the Northern Explorer train and re-trace your steps back to Auckland. See the volcanic peaks fade into the distance, making way for the farmlands once again. On arrival back into Auckland you will be taken to your centrally located accommodation.

Stay: Auckland

DAY 6: HOBBITON DAY TOUR
Hobbiton and Waitomo Experience

Today join a small guided tour to Hobbiton. A specialist Hobbiton movie set guide will take you on an easy walking tour around 44 Hobbit holes. Capture the moment with a photo in the doorway of a Hobbit house. Visit the Party Tree, Bilbos house “bag end”, the bridge by the mill and not to be missed, the Green Dragon. Included is a feast in the Party Marquee and a complimentary drink at the green Dragon Inn. All in all a day creating your own Hobbit memories.

Stay: Auckland

DAY 7: FAREWELL FROM AUCKLAND

It’s time to farewell to the City of Sails. You will be transferred to Auckland airport for your departure flight.

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Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $2,163 NZD $2,960 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $2,002 NZD $2,781 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $2,853 NZD $4,389 NZD Enquire / Book
Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

Frequently Asked Questions – Rail Tours

What is a Rail Tour?
Our rail tours are designed to make the most of New Zealand’s intricate Scenic Rail network. As New Zealand’s passenger rail services are limited, we have taken the worry out of the logistics. We have connected the dots for you, so you can travel by rail as much as possible during your time on tour. Our packages include the iconic Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine train journeys. Where possible we have added in some local gems operated by volunteers with in certain regions – all our rail tours have been created with the ferroequinologist in mind. Essentially it’s a very relaxing way to travel.

What dates do your tours depart?
Due to train timetables, rail journeys leave on specific days of the week. Most major services run at least 3 times a week, so let us know your arrival date and we will work out the day your tour will start.  All tours are subject to availability at time of booking.

What is included in the tour cost?
All tours include transfers, rail journeys, car hire (if required), accommodation and sightseeing activities where specified. A detailed travel wallet with your travel vouchers and comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you or delivered to your pre tour accommodation for you to collect on check in.

What is not included in the tour cost?
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing (except where stated in the itinerary) are not included in the tour cost.

What services are provided on the rail journeys?
The major rail services (Great Journeys of New Zealand), offer a buffet dining car providing drinks, tea and coffee, snacks and meals. Bathrooms are also provided. You can upgrade (additional cost) to “Scenic Plus”. This upgrade includes a fully serviced carriage with local cuisine. Please advised us should you wish to upgrade.

Do the local trains run by volunteers offer services on the excursion train?
All these services are round trip excursions, there will be a local café and restrooms usually at the starting pointing and sometimes both ends of the track. Parking is available at these stations. Note: These services are usually historical trains and are short excursions.

What is required to hire a vehicle within New Zealand?
A valid driver’s licence in English is required to hire a rental vehicle within New Zealand.  Please note drivers must be over 21 years to hire a vehicle. If you are aged between 21 – 25 years, a young driver surcharge is applicable. We recommend all clients have a credit card for car rental, the card number is then held for a bond. All vehicles are automatic transmission, we do not offer manual transmissions. Winter conditions may see the need to hire snow chains.

I am travelling alone – can I pay the triple or twin share rate and be linked with other travellers?
No, unfortunately. You must pay the single room – per person cost.

I am travelling with children, what price will I pay?
Please contact us for information on child fares, as these vary based on the specific product you require. Some sightseeing activities are unsuitable for children.

Are any meals included in the tour cost?
Our Superior and Premium accommodation option includes breakfast. No other meals are included in the tour cost except where stated in the itinerary.

Is Halal and other speciality food available in New Zealand? 
Along with a small population of Muslims, New Zealand has an increasing number of Muslim visitors. Halal food and restaurants are now found in many areas of the country, let us now if you require this and we will compile a list for you. We can also offer advice in regards to Vegan and other special requirements.

Can I add in additional nights to a tour?
Yes you can. All tours are very flexible. Please ask one of our Travel Consultants for extra nightly rates.

What is the difference between the two tour types Standard, Superior Tours?
Standard:  Motor Lodge, apartment style accommodation, self-contained accommodation, ensuite bathrooms. Your rental car is a small compact car.

Superior: 4 star hotel accommodation, includes breakfast. Your rental car is a mid-size car.

Note all accommodation is reviewed regularly by staff, we have high standards and good relationships with all our providers.

What if I cannot find exactly what I am looking for on the website?
Let us know what is on your wish list to see and do and we are more than happy to help you plan a customised tour.

How much luggage can I take on my tour?
Each passenger may take 2 pieces of luggage (max 25kg each). For safety reasons, each passenger is limited to one carry on item (max 5kg). We also advise you check the maximum baggage allowance with your chosen airline.

How do I make a payment for a tour?
For bookings made more than 30 days prior to travel, Pacific Travel require a deposit of NZ$50 per person. This deposit is non-refundable. Balance of payment is due 30 days prior to travel. For bookings made 30 days or less prior to travel, full payment is required at the time of booking. Visa & MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. A 2.5% Credit Card Fee applies to all payments by credit card. You may pay via direct bank transfer to avoid the credit card fee. Bank details will be on your booking advice. All prices advertised are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive.

What is your cancellation policy?
If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
Cancellations 30 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit.
Cancellations 0 – 29 days prior to travel: no refund.
Booking amendments made by you. An amendment fee may be charged, to cover our administration and communication costs. We may also need to pass on any amendment/cancellation fees imposed by our suppliers.

Conditions of travel
Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel Ltd shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage or personal effects and/or damage resulting in death or personal injury, which may arise whilst travelling with Pacific Travel Ltd or its nominated suppliers. All transportation, both land and sea, is subject to the terms and conditions of the company providing the transport, some of which limit or exclude liability. These are available from the carriers concerned on request.

Will I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Factors may arise that require you to cancel or amend your holiday, so it is essential you are covered for any costs that may be incurred. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time as you book your tour and flights. Pacific Travel Ltd does not sell travel insurance.

Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
If you wish to reward someone for a job well done it is always much appreciated.

Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter for the purpose of a holiday or vacation under the visa waiver program. If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand then you should contact the New Zealand consulate in your home country well before your departure date. We recommend you also check with your local travel agent or airline for any visa requirements to New Zealand particularly if you are passing through Australia. Information on the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) can be found here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta

What currency is used in New Zealand?
The New Zealand dollar is the only legal tender in New Zealand. View a guide between your local currency and the New Zealand dollar. Please note: Your tour and all purchases using a credit card in New Zealand will be charged in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the current exchange rate at the time of purchase.

7 Day Coromandel & Central Plateau Railways

Tour Type: Rail Tour Tour Code: RT7CC From $2,002 Per Person Departs: Daily Explore the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula & driving creek railway, travel onboard the Northern Explorer train to the Central Plateau and marvel at 44 hobbit holes during a guided walk at Hobbiton. Enquire about this tour

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