Travel Deals of the Week: An Epic South Island Rail Adventure

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The Sir Edmund Hillary Explorer Heritage Rail Tour is scheduled to begin next March. Passengers will travel the length of the South Island for 13 days, including journeys on the historic Kingston Flyer and Passchendaele, with excursions dotted between Marlborough, Kaikōura, Aoraki / Mt Cook and Dunedin.

Those looking for a different kind of adventure can take a self-guided tour of Canterbury, spend a week canoeing on the Whanganui River, or participate in a private wine tasting.

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The Sir Edmund Hillary Explorer is a heritage train and coach tour of the South Island.

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The Sir Edmund Hillary Explorer is a heritage train and coach tour of the South Island.

See the South by train, road and boat

The Sir Edmund Hillary Explorer will be on an epic adventure along the South Island next March, traveling from Christchurch to Milford Sound and everywhere in between. This 13-day package includes rides aboard the TranzAlpine, the Kingston Flyer and several heritage locomotives. Transportation, accommodation, meals and tours – from lunch at Larnach Castle to wine tasting in Blenheim – included starting at $ 6,949.

To book: travel-booking.stuff.co.nz

Hanmer Springs in North Canterbury is home to a thermal spa.

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Hanmer Springs in North Canterbury is home to a thermal spa.

Driving from city to country

Discover the heart of Christchurch and its scenic surroundings with this self-drive package. Spend two nights at the five-star The George before making the trip north to Hanmer Springs for two more nights in the Alpine Village. Four-day car rental and tram and gondola combo included for $ 1,875 per couple. Exchange until November 23, 2021 for travel between February 1 and March 3-17, 2022.

To book: travel-associates.co.nz

The Whanganui River Journey is one of New Zealand's great hikes.

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The Whanganui River Journey is one of New Zealand’s great hikes.

Go down the Whanganui River

Blazing Adventures runs water tours through the secluded hills and bush covered valleys of Whanganui River National Park. Book the “Oarsome Ohinepane” canoe adventure and get 10% off. It’s four days of paddling from Ohinepane to the historic Maori settlement of Pipiriki for $ 200. Includes one night’s accommodation.

To book: blazingadventures.co.nz

Melton Estate is located on 12 acres, 15 minutes from Christchurch Airport.

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Melton Estate is located on 12 acres, 15 minutes from Christchurch Airport.

A private tour of the vineyard and a tasting

Reserve an hour for a walking tour of Canterbury’s Melton Estate vineyards. For $ 29, the private experience includes an informative vineyard walk and tasting of five boutique wines, including the estate’s popular “Summer Love” sparkling riesling.

To book: meltonstate.co.nz

Stay Safe: New Zealand is currently subject to restrictions related to Covid-19. Follow the instructions on covid19.govt.nz.

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