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23-Day New Zealand Cruise & Rail Tour


Set sail for New Zealand aboard Holland America Line’s impressive Noordam. Enjoy the luxurious facilities on board and rare opportunity spend time in Milford Sound, as well as exploring Dunedin, Kaikoura, Napier and more. Plus, see more of New Zealand with a spectacular 8-night rail journey, including the famous TranzAlpine train!

Trip Details:

Cruise from Sydney to New Zealand with Rail Tour – 23 days

This exciting travel package cruises to New Zealand, then see more of the North and South Islands on a spectacular rail journey.

The carefree holiday starts in Sydney, where you’ll board Holland American Line’s impressive Noordam. The stylish mid-size ship’s cruise itinerary takes you to Melbourne and Tasmania, then across the Tasman to Milford Sound on New Zealand’s South Island. From here cruise to Dunedin, Timaru and Kaikoura. Cross to the North Island with stops in Wellington, Napier and Tauranga, before docking in Auckland.

Then your self-guided rail tour begins, when your time will be free to enjoy the exploring Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. After a 4-night stay in Auckland, journey through Tongariro National Park aboard the Northern Explorer train. Following an overnight stay in Wellington, take the scenic crossing from the North Island to the South Island aboard the Interislander Ferry.

On arrival in Picton, skirt the Pacific Coast en route to Christchurch aboard the Coastal Pacific. During the 3-night stay in the charming city, another highlight awaits as you ride the famous TranzAlpine train through the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps.

Why you’ll love this cruise & rail package:

  • Cruise from Sydney to New Zealand, or take the trip in the reverse from Christchurch
  • Experience the amazing facilities & entertainment aboard HAL’s Noordam
  • Enjoy city stays in Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch with time to explore at your leisure
  • Plus, ride three spectacular train journeys in New Zealand!

Your Holiday Includes:

  • Cruise – 14 nights Grand New Zealand Cruise from Sydney to Auckland
    • Choice of cabin aboard Holland America Line’s Noordam
    • All meals and non-chargeable entertainment on board the ship
  • Accommodation – 8 nights in hotels, standard rooms based on twin share
    • 4 nights Auckland – VR Auckland Hotel or Parnel Hotel
    • 1 night Wellington – Mercure Hotel or Astelia hotel
    • 3 nights Christchurch – ibis Christchurch or Canmore Hotel
  • Rail – 3 legendary train rides
    • Northern Explorer from Auckland to Wellington
    • Coastal Pacific from Picton to Christchurch
    • TranzAlpine return from Christchurch to the West Coast
  • Ferry – Interislander scenic ferry from Wellington to Picton

Prices & Departures:

Special rates are available for a limited time:
Inside Cabin – from $3999
Oceanview Cabin – from $4399
Balcony Cabin – from $4999

Depart from Sydney: 12 November 2023; 13 January & 09 March 2024

Depart Christchurch (reverse itinerary): 18 November 2023; 19 January & 15 March 2023

Note: Prices in AUD are per person based on twin share. Departures are subject to confirmation at time of booking and price may vary depending on when you book. Contact us for other departure dates and cruise options.

Get the Brochure:

View Brochure

Click on the button to view or download a copy of the brochure. The brochure includes more details and the itinerary.

Want to Stay Longer or Upgrade?

You can add hotel nights in Sydney before the cruise and extend your stay in New Zealand.

Check out the amazing prices to upgrade your cruise cabin.

Ask us today about adding sightseeing tours or more services. We are happy to design a holiday that will suit you best.

Travelling Solo?

We can look after you. Please contact us for the price to have sole use of a cabin and hotel rooms.

Booking Conditions:

This special deal is valid for a limited time and can sell out quickly. Please contact us for current rates.

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD).

Prices were correct as of 01 July 2023. The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

Please read Australia & New Zealand Travel Company’s Terms & Booking Conditions prior to making a reservation. By booking any travel service with us, you have agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

How to Book

To make a booking please call Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email reservations@anztravelco.com.

You can also select a trip and request it via this website – please make sure you enter the quantity for the number of people travelling. In the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page, add your preferred departure date plus any other information that will help us process your booking, such as departure city and travel preferences.

No payment is required to submit an online booking request, but your booking is pending and no place is being held. Your booking status will be advised when you hear from our travel consultants. Bookings are normally actioned within 24 hours – Monday to Friday.

Itinerary & Booking Info

Travel Style

Holland America Line Cruise and rail self-guided tour



Day 1: Board your Holland America Line cruise ship at Sydney Circular Quay to sail to New Zealand.

Days 2-14: Cruise as per itinerary in brochure

Day 15: Arrive Auckland
Disembark in Auckland and catch a taxi to your hotel for the next for 4 nights

Days 16 to 18: Free days Auckland.
The next three day are at leisure to explore Auckland. Auckland, based around 2 large harbours, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. In the centre, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes. Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Wintergardens. Near Downtown, Mission Bay Beach has a seaside promenade.

Day 19: Auckland – Northern Explorer Train Journey – Wellington
Today make your own way to Auckland Train Station for a 7.45am departure onboard the famous Northern Explorer train. New Zealand's longest running passenger service, the Northern Explorer is a long distance scenic train service running between Auckland and Wellington, stopping at Palmerston North, Ohakune, National Park and Hamilton.
The journey through Tongariro National Park, with its three spectacular volcanic mountains – Tongariro, Ngāuruhoe and Ruapehu – is a highlight, a place of extremes and surprises, where snow-blanketed fields, ancient lava flows and dense beech forests can be seen side by side. Arrive in Wellington this evening and make your own way to your centrally located Wellington accommodation.

Day 20: Wellington – Interislander Ferry – Coastal Pacific Train Journey – Christchurch
This morning check out of your hotel and make your way to the ferry terminal for your 9am departure on the Kaitaki Interislander Ferry. Connecting the North Island and South Island together since 1962, the Interislander ferry service is New Zealand's original Cook Strait ferry. Sailing between Wellington and Picton several times a day, the Interislander journey is considered one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world and one of New Zealand's most iconic experiences. Arrive in Picton on the north of the South Island at approximately 12.30pm, where you will disembark and make your own way to the Picton Station for a 1.40pm departure on the Coastal Pacific Train Journey. The station is very close to the ferry terminal, approximately 5 minutes’ walk.

Climb aboard one of the most picturesque journeys on New Zealand railways, meandering along the Pacific coast between Picton and Christchurch. The Coastal Pacific train takes you along rugged coastlines, across remote beaches, between mountains and sea, on a timeless journey of breathtaking beauty. Explore the stunning Kaikōura Coastline, famous for its marine life and whale watching. Voyage through the vineyards of Blenheim, dripping with New Zealand's premium crop. Canter amidst the idyllic Canterbury countryside to the Garden City of Christchurch. Upon arrival in Christchurch this evening, make your own way to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 21: Free day Christchurch
Today is a free day to explore Christchurch, known for its English heritage and located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Flat-bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, which meanders through the city centre. On its banks are cycling paths, the green expanse of Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Day 22: Christchurch – TranzAlpine Rail Journey – Christchurch
Today make your own way to Christchurch Train Station for an 8.15am departure onboard the famous TranzAlpine train. This will be a return journey finishing back in Christchurch. Experience the South Island’s striking natural landscape by taking a train between Christchurch and Greymouth. Along this journey you’ll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest. The TranzAlpine is one of the world's great train journeys, covering 223 kilometres (139 miles) each way. You’ll traverse the majestic Canterbury Plains, to the backdrop of the mighty Southern Alps – the journey of a lifetime. Return to Christchurch station in the evening and make your own way back to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 23: Depart Christchurch
Check out of your hotel and if you have a flight booked, catch a taxi to the airport.

Please note: The day by day schedule intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, ocean conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by calling Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email to reservations@anztravelco.com.

Online booking requests may also be submitted via this website by selecting a trip. Please make sure you include your preferred departure date in the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page.

Bookings are pending and not confirmed until you receive a status update from an Australia & New Zealand Travel Company consultant.


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