Tour 211

RAIL AND GRAND CHATEAU BREAKAWAY - includes "Northern Explorer" train from Auckland return. Tongariro Alpine Crossing option.  

2 days/1 night (extendable).  Departs Monday, Thursday, Saturday

Day 1.

7.45am. Depart aboard the "Northern Explorer" train for the scenic journey along the banks of the Waikato River, through rural dairy farmland, small communities, and the more rugged Volcanic Plateau including the engineering marvel of the Raurimu Spiral up which the train must climb. 

1.15pm. Arrive National Park station and shuttle to the Grand Chateau just 20 minutes drive away.Check in at the hotel.

Day 2. Tuesday, Friday, Sunday only.
Free time for alpine or bush walk, take a scenic flight over the central North island volcanoes (highly recommended) or just relax. All activities extra expense 

12.15pm. Transfer to National Park Railway Station.
1.15pm Depart aboard the "Northern Explorer" train
6.50pm. Arrive Auckland and you will be transferred back to your accommodation. 

We recommend staying longer at the Grand Chateau. 

In summer enjoy any of the many alpine walks, take a guided hike to the top of Mt Ruapehu volcano (conditions permitting) or enjoy the famolus Tongariro Crossing, rated one of the best one day walks in the world.

Please note: Gondola sightseeing and mountain cafes are closed this summer for installation of a new gondola.     

Tongariro Crossing

The Tongariro Crossing is one of the 'must do' world walks. Magnificent mountain scenery in the presence of two active volcanoes, Mt Tongariro, and Mt Ngaruhoe (aka Mt Doom) in the Tongariro National Park. Experience Mountain Springs, a glacial valley, old lava flows, active craters, steam vents, emerald coloured lakes, and alpine plant life all included. 

We strongly recommend taking a guided hike to enjoy the best experience in safety. Weather conditions change rapidly in the mountains and your guide will have the latest information as well as introduce the mountain flora, fauna, and scenery to you. Cost $195. Pickup at the Grand Chateau is about 7am and return about 4pm. Mountain equipment is included. Track length is 19.4 kms starting at 1100 metres above sea level. Highest point is 1886 metres. A reasonable level of fitness is required. A minimum of 2 nights at the Chateau is required.  

 

SCENIC FLIGHTS 

To really appreciate the spectacular beauty of the mountains and Lake Taupo we strongly recommend a scenic flight from the Chateau airfield (transfers from the Chateau provided)                                    

15 minute flight - Tongariro Crossing.  $125 

25 minute flight - Northern Circuit.  $205 

35 minute flight - Volcanic Explorer.  $255 

 

 

Tour 211A 

GRAND CHATEAU - WAIRAKEI RESORT (TAUPO) - ROTORUA. 7 day/6 nights

Departs Auckland 7.45am every Monday, Thursday, Saturday.

Departs Wellington 7.55am every Tuesday, Friday, Sunday  

Day 1. Northern Explorer train to National Park and shuttle to Grand Chateau for 2 nights accommodation and breakfast 

Day 2. Free day for your own activities. Ski or snowboard in winter, enjoy a guided hike on the Tongariro Crossing year round, or whatever you wish. 

Day 3. Free time and transfer to Taupo and Wairakei Resort for 2 nights accommodation and breakfast 

Day 4. Free day to enjoy your choice of activities in the Taupo area 

Day 5. Travel by Intercity bus to Rotorua for 2 nights accommodation and breakfast at Sudima Hotel or similar 

Day 6. Free day to explore Rotorua. many optional activities available 

Day 7. Return to Auckland or Wellington by Intercity coach. various departures available during the day. Tour ends at Skycity coach terminal or Wellington rail station. You may start Auckland and end Wellington or vice versa if you wish 

Tour cost per person

2 per room $990. 3 per room $ 870. Single room $1,590.Tour cost includes:     

** All travel from Auckland or Wellington back to Auckland or Wellington by train and coach
** Arrival and departure transfers at each point
** 6 nights accommodation and breakfast at 4 star hotels 

On mountain and sightseeing costs are not included. 

This tour cannot currently be requested on line. Please email us

 

Tour 211

RAIL AND GRAND CHATEAU BREAKAWAY - includes "Northern Explorer" train from Auckland return. Tongariro Alpine Crossing option. 

Departs Auckland's Strand Railway Station 7.45am every Monday, Thursday, Saturday. 

Arrives National Park Rail station 1.15pm. Transfer to Grand Chateau (20 minutes)

Departs National Park Rail station 1.15pm every Tuesday, Friday, Sunday.

Arrives Auckland Strand Rail station 6.50pm.

 

(Also departs National Park 1.15pm every Monday, Thursday, Saturday for Wellington arriving 6.25pm.

Departs Wellington 7.55am every Tuesday, Friday, Sunday arriivng National Park 1.15pm, Auckland 6.50pm). 

Includes:              

**  Return travel between Auckland or Wellington and National Park railway station aboard the "Northern Explorer"  

** Transfers to and from the Grand Chateau 

**  Accommodation and buffet breakfast at the magnificent Grand Chateau. 

** 3 course set menu dinner in the Grand Chateau Ruapehu restaurant. 

Tour cost per person: 2 days/1 night

2 per room $490. 

3 per room $430 

Single room $560                                             

Extra nights accommodation and buffet breakfast per person. (Dinners not included)

2 per room $140. 

3 per room $110.                                        

Single room $240

Same prices apply from Wellington. You may start Auckland and end Wellington or vice versa if you wish.

For more flexibility in time at the Chateau travel between Auckland or Wellington and National Park can be by Intercity Coach which operates daily. Cost reduces by $40 per person per sector. 

Northbound: Coach departs Wellington  daily  7.45am -arrives/departs National Park 1.20pm and arrives Auckland at 7.20pm.

Southbound: Coach departs Auckland 8.45am, arrives/departs National Park 3.00pm, and arrives Wellington 8.10pm. 

 

ADD THE HISTORIC WAITOMO CAVES HOTEL.

Depart Auckland any Thursday or Saturday aboard "Northern Explorer" for Otorohanga and transfer to Waitomo Caves for 2 nights accommodation and breakfast before rejoining "Northern Explorer" for National Park and the Grand Chateau.  Free day to explore at your lesiure. 

Extra cost per person

2 per room     $220  

3 per room     $180 

Single room   $390

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