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INDEPENDENT ITINERARIES / Australia INDEPENDENT RAIL ITINERARIES / New RAIL Zealand - Ways to Travel INDEPENDENT INDEPENDENT RAIL RAIL ITINERARIES ITINERARIES / / Australia New Zealand - Ways to Travel Great Journeys of New Zealand The Coastal Pacific | Kiwi Rail From the iconic Interislander cruise from Wellington and Picton and first- class carriages of these scenic rail journeys, there’s a spectacular range of scenery waiting for you. Interislander’s three large ships, Kaitaki, Aratere and Kaiarahi, cruise through the stunning Marlborough Sounds in three hours. The Great Journeys of New Zealand brings together KiwiRail’s four iconic passenger journeys – Northern Explorer, Interislander, Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine. Each of our journey's has a distinctive flavour, but all embody the same unique and authentic Kiwi character. Coastal Pacific Rail Route The Coastal Pacific train travels between Christchurch and Picton in the South Island, making convenient connections with the Interislander ferry through to Wellington. A dramatic tour of New Zealand’s coastline between the Pacific Ocean and the breath-taking Kaikōura ranges. Journey through 22 tunnels and cross 175 bridges, enjoying a scenic feast with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side and the rugged Pacific Coastline on the other. GreatSights and InterCity GreatSights Coach GreatSights offers a variety of day tours throughout New Zealand which can combine to create flexible itineraries. InterCity coach routes then fill the gaps where GreatSights doesn’t go – together, these complementary products represent quality and value. InterCity Coach GreatSights Over 50 premium day sightseeing tours in all the key destinations allow you to experience the very best of New Zealand your way. GreatSights offers the flexibility to tailor your travel and create a bespoke itinerary that suits you perfectly. Tours include the sparkling waters of the Bay of Islands, the stunning sight of glow worms at Waitomo Caves, the mythical movie set of Hobbiton, a taste of Māori culture and the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua as well as Mt. Cook, the highest peak in the Southern Alps, the tourist mecca of Queenstown, the majestic fiords of Milford Sound and the glaciers of the West Coast. Our specialty is ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences, whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, authentic cultural experiences, wildlife and nature, or all combined. If you have limited time, you can rest assured you’ll get all the unmissable scenic highlights, and know that every detail is taken care of. If you have longer to spend, we can make extra stops and combine day tours to make your time truly memorable. InterCity Views from the Northern Explorer | Kiwi Rail Northern Explorer Rail Route An iconic, ever-changing journey through the heart of the North Island bringing you a diverse range of scenery in one day. New Zealand's longest running passenger service, Northern Explorer is a long distance scenic train that travels between Auckland and Wellington. Make a stop at Otorohanga for the magical Waitomo glow worm caves or take a tour around Hobbiton. Whatever your itinerary, the Northern Explorer is a truly memorable way to discover the best of the North Island. TranzAlpine | Kiwi Rail TranzAlpine Rail Route One of the world’s great train journeys, travelling coast to coast through forests and farmland and over the spectacular Southern Alps. Experience spectacular views of dramatic alpine landscapes, snow-capped mountain peaks, thrilling viaducts, braided rivers, and sub-tropical rain forests. You’ll enjoy all this in the comfort of award-winning carriages featuring panoramic sky view windows, an onboard licensed café, GPS triggered at- seat commentary and open air viewing. KEY TO MAP InterCity provides New Zealand's largest passenger transportation network, with coaches taking people to more than 600 destinations around the country. The network is designed for independent travellers to experience New Zealand like a local. With InterCity, you get access to more than 130 daily bus services to take you between towns and cities. With economic fares, and frequent and reliable services, travelling with InterCity offers great value. InterCity’s high level of service and comfort, breadth of network, and frequency of service and flexibility make it the ideal New Zealand transport choice. Its modern coach fleet offers a comfortable trip between destinations, experienced drivers, good seating and free WiFi. KEY TO MAP Northern Explorer InterCity Services Coastal Pacific GreatSights Auckland Interislander Ferry Auckland Tranzalpine Waitomo New Plymouth Picton Wellington New Zealand Interislander Ferry Greymouth Christchurch New Zealand 72 Interislander Ferry | Great Journeys of New Zealand Nelson Picton Coromandel Lighthouse, Cape Regina | GreatSights You’ll travel in style and comfort with GreatSights – our coaches are equipped with air conditioning and WiFi, reclining seats and onboard video. Tours provide multi-lingual commentary, while our Milford Sound coaches feature glass roofs to view the region’s spectacular scenery. Our expert local drivers give you informative and entertaining commentary on the history and geography of the locations you visit. Rotorua Taupo Napier Wellington Greymouth Interislander operates three large ferries across the Cook Strait between Wellington and Picton. Carrying both passengers and vehicle on up to ten sailings per day, the journey takes just over three hours and cruises through the stunning Marlborough Sounds. As New Zealand’s longest running Cook Strait ferry service, the Interislander journey between the capital city Wellington and the port of Picton is one of New Zealand’s most iconic tourist experiences. ANDERSON VACATIONS Franz Josef Fox Glacier Mt. Cook Milford Sound Queenstown Christchurch Dunedin Invercargill Sandboarding at Paki Stream | GreatSights 73