The Sir Edmund Hillary Explorer Tour

12 nights Christchurch to Wellington

” Adventure for the sake of a dream, for the pleasure of searching”
        Sir Edmund Hillary

Inspired by one of the greatest and most iconic adventurers of our time, the Sir Edmund Hillary Explorer invites you on an epic journey by rail and luxury coach throughout the majestic South Island.  This tour is packed with inclusions and will sell out.

Christchurch to Wellington 28 March 2022 12 nights from $6950 pp share twin


Sir Edmund Hillary epitomised the New Zealand spirit of adventure and he is our inspiration when planning your experience of a lifetime.

We pay homage to Sir Edmund Hillary and learn more about his achievements and humanitarian efforts as we explore the South Island of New Zealand and experience the postcard perfect vistas and dramatic alpine scenery that this part of the world is renowned for.

You will start your journey departing Christchurch on the iconic TranzAlpine via Arthur’s Pass. Then we begin the traverse inland on luxury coaches to experience the wonders of Franz Josef, Queenstown, Te Anau and Milford Sound.   Outside of Queenstown, a return journey between Kingston & Fairlight on the iconic Kingston Flyer steam train will the icing on the cake for rail fans.

At the beginning of the main rail trunk line in Invercargill, you will be hauled by two magnificent heritage 1950’s DA locomotives in an impressive and powerful double-header formation. Travel the entire length of the South Island in the comfort of vintage carriages, staying in Dunedin, Aoraki / Mount Cook (detour inland by coach), Christchurch, Kaikoura & Blenheim.

From Kaikoura to Blenheim, you will be hauled under a full head of steam by the historic WWl memorial steam locomotive Ab608 Passchendaele, named in honour of our fallen soldiers at The Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.

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* Minimum 4 star accomodation throughout
* All rail and luxury coach transportation
* Transalpine Rail Journey
* Guest Speaker Peter Hillary

Sightseeing and admissions to the following:
* Franz Josef Hot Pools
* Walter Peak Homestead
* Lake Wakatipu cruise on the TSS Earnslaw
* Arrowtown Lakes District Museum
* Kingston Flyer ride
* Milford Sound day trip & cruise
* Takahe Sanctuary entry
* High Tea and garden tour at Larnach Castle, Dunedin
* Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
* International Antarctic Centre
* Private Tram charter, Christchurch
* Visit to The Store, Kekerengu
* Wine tasting at The Wine Station, Blenheim
* Interislander ferry

Included Meals as follows
* 12 cooked breakfasts
* 10 sumptuous dinners

Travel dates
Tour departs 28 March and concludes 09 April 2022

Options available:
Depart Wellington 26 March 2022 or Blenheim on 27 March 2022. Contact us for details, itinerary will vary.

Book by
28 February 2022.
Space is strictly subject to availability at time of booking. Train fares can change without notice based on availability, early booking is encouraged.

12 nights from $6950 pp share twin
Travelling solo? Just add $995
Domestic flights additional

Terms & Conditions
Prices shown unless otherwise stated are in NZ$, and are subject to currency fluctuations and are for payment by cash, Eftpos, direct deposit or cleared cheque only.  Credit Card payments are also accepted but will incur a small surcharge, please enquire. Should any travel restrictions due to Covid-19 be enforced, please discuss with Ocean Escapes. Individual supplier amendment/cancellation and refund policies will apply. Prices correct as at 02 November 2021  and are subject to change or withdrawal without notice. Other conditions may apply. Pounamu.