8 Day Bay of Islands & Coromandel Vintage Rail Tour

Admire the sights from the vintage and heritage railways as you travel to the beautiful Bay of Islands and the Coromandel Peninsula during this 8 day tour.

8 Day Bay of Islands & Coromandel Vintage Rail Tour

With a bevy of beautiful islands, the Bay of Islands will take your breath away. Enjoy the Scenic Kawakawa Railway before heading south to Tauranga where railfans will love the Driving Creek, Goldfields & Glenbrook Rail journeys before returning to Auckland.

Tour Type: Rail Tour
From: Auckland to Auckland
Departs: Daily
Duration: 8 days
Tour Code: RT8BCV

Regions Visited

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Auckland, Bay of Islands, Tauranga, Coromandel

Tour Inclusions

  • Auckland arrival transfer
  • 7 day car hire
  • 7 Nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Bay of Islands Vintage Railway
  • Cape Reinga day tour
  • Driving Creek Railway
  • Goldfields Railway
  • Glenbrook Railway

Day By Day Itinerary


Welcome to Auckland. You will be met on arrival at Auckland airport and transferred to centrally located accommodation. Time to enjoy this City of Sails, you may wish to explore the vibrant viaduct area, enjoying some kiwi hospitality.

Stay: Auckland


Collect your car and travel to Bay of Islands. Crossing the grand harbour bridge, leave Auckland behind, then its beaches galore as you travel north. On arrival at Kawakawa, check in at Kawakawa Railway Station. Visitors from all over the world enjoy this locomotive, approximately 11 km historic train ride through Kawakawa main street into the scenic Northland countryside and back. Knowledgeable Guards will tell you about the History of the area and the role of the Railway in the development of North Island and New Zealand. From Kawakawa it is on to Paihia the main township in the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Stay: Paihia

New Zealand Tours

Today join a tour to the tip of New Zealand – Cape Reinga. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views, visit the iconic lighthouse, see the point where the Tasman Sea and the mighty Pacific Ocean come crashing together and drive along Ninety Mile Beach. Your journey back to Paihia will be equally as enjoyable as your tour guide’s combination of local insight, extensive historical knowledge and fantastic sense of humour create an unforgettable adventure.

Stay: Paihia

Kauri Tree, Bay of Islands

Today travel back to Auckland via the alternate route. Travel through Kaikohe to the Hokianga Harbour on the west coast. Continue south through the Waipoua Forest and Trounson Kauri Park to Dargaville and then on to Auckland’s city centre.

Stay: Auckland

New Zealand Tours

Leaving behind the bright lights of Auckland, take a leisurely drive south through Pukekohe before setting your compass east to the Lower Coromandel region. Enjoy the fresh green scenery of the Athenree Gorge before you come across the town of Katikati, known for its murals. The prosperous city of Tauranga sprawls along the edge of an attractive harbour. There’s a well-developed café culture and boat charters are available to take you big game fishing, snorkelling or dolphin watching. Nearby Mt Maunganui is a destination for surfing and beach walking.

Stay: Tauranga


Today is action packed with Coromandel Exploration. Visit Driving Creek railway (small gauge rail) and travel through the lush regenerated native plantings. Enjoy an outstanding panoramic view of the beaches and bays of the Coromandel.

Travel back in time and enjoy a ride on a heritage train with Goldfields Railway. Journey between Waihi and Waikino at the eastern end of the spectacular Karangahake Gorge. Enjoy an area rich in history, including historic goldmining which shaped much of this part of the Southern Coromandel. The remainder of the day you may wish to visit Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove.

Stay: Tauranga


Follow the sparkling waters of Tauranga Harbour to Katikati with its main street alive with colour and artistic talent on display. Green fields, sheep and dairy farms follow you through to fertile Pukekohe, New Zealand’s vegetable growing mecca.

Visit Glenbrook Vintage Rail for an enjoyable return trip Glenbrook to Wiauku. Glenbrook Vintage Railway is New Zealand’s premier heritage train attraction, with steam trains travelling the 7.5km historic track. Leave historic Glenbrook for the metropolis of Auckland City.

Stay: Auckland


Sadly your tour comes to an end after checking out of your accommodation. Return your rental car at Auckland airport prior to your departure flight.

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Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $1,611 NZD $2,357 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $1,315 NZD $1,910 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $2,834 NZD $4,131 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.

8 Day Bay of Islands & Coromandel Vintage Rail Tour

Tour Type: Rail Tour Tour Code: RT8BCV From $1,315 Per Person Departs: Daily Admire the sights from the vintage and heritage railways as you travel to the beautiful Bay of Islands and the Coromandel Peninsula during this 8 day tour. Enquire about this tour

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