30th September - 4th October 2019
Monday 30th Auckland to Palmerston North L,D
This morning you will be you will be transferred to either Britomart or Papakura Railway Station. Boarding the Northern Explorer train, sit back and relax as we travel south on the main trunk line. Our journey takes you through rolling farm land and rural towns. Spectacular views of Mt Ruapehu and the central North Island mountains are some of the many highlights including the famous engineering feat of the Raurimu Spiral taking you from the King Country to the Central North Island plateau at National Park. Marvel at the magnificent gorges and spectacular scenery of the Mangaweka and Rangitikei regions as we traverse viaducts and bridges of engineering brilliance. Overnight in Palmerston North.
Copthorne Hotel, Palmerston North 1 night
Travelling by coach today, we make our way through the Manawatu Gorge and onto the Wairarapa. We visit Loopline Olive Grove for a tour and sampling of the award winning oils, and discover the many health benefits associated with Olive Oil. A light lunch is enjoyed at Gladstone Vineyard whilst sampling the award winning wines. This afternoon we visit Stonehenge, a working replica of the mysterious 4,000 year old monument on the Salisbury Plains of England.
Specifically designed for the southern hemisphere, we discover on a fascinating and informative guided tour, how ancient cultures used the sun, moon and stars to work out the seasons for planting and hunting as well as navigation. Overnight in Masterton.
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park, Masterton 1 night
|Wednesday 2nd Wairarapa to Wellington B,L,D
Today visit the quaint and delightful townships of Featherston, Greytown and Martinborough. Morning tea is enjoyed in Martinborough and includes a stop for an informative wine tasting at a premium winery before enjoying lunch at the Lake Ferry Hotel on the shores of Palliser Bay, famous for its fresh fish and chips.
Leaving the Wairarapa we head over the Rimutaka Ranges and into Wellington.
West Plaza Hotel, Wellington 2 nights
This morning join the Wellington City Highlights tour taking in some of Wellingtons most famous landmarks and icons, as well as visiting the most spectacular vantage points for views of the city and harbour.Friday 4th Wellington to home B,D
This afternoon is at leisure.
This evening we are transferred to the TSB Bank Arena for the stunning World of Wearable Art Awards Show, an extravaganza of fashion, design, light, sound, theatre and dance.
This morning is at leisure to visit the Museum, Botanic Gardens or enjoy browsing the shops.
This afternoon we transfer to Wellington airport for your flight home.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner