GRAND CHATEAU BUBBLE BUSTER BARGAIN. - 4 days/3 nights        

Depart Auckland every saturday from resumption of the "Northern Explorer" train services. We are still awaiting advice as to when this will be. includes return travel by "Norther Explorer" train from Auckland, 3 nightsaccommodation and breakfast at the Grand Chateau and transfers from National Park Railway Station and Grand Chateau.     

Optional (extra expense) shuttle to Top of the Bruce, Skywaka ride to the Knoll Ridge cafe, scenic flights over the volcanoes of the central North Island, and round the mountains tour on  including Ohakune, Gollums pool, Army Museum ,  Trout Hatchery, Turangi, Tokaanu thermal pools.   

The snow is coming and the ski fields will open. Details on Mt         


Independent departures - Minimum 2 passengers required.

Departs Auckland Strand railway station 7.45am (Papakura 8.40 and Hamilton 10.15am) every monday,  year round - minimum 2 passengers required. 

Day 1. Saturday.      Auckland - Grand Chateau.

7.45am. Depart Auckland Strand Rail station 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 transfer by shuttle to the Grand Chateau just 20 minutes drive away.Check in at the hotel. Shuttle to the Top of the Bruce ski base for your 1.8 km Sky Waka ride to the Knoll Ridge cafe 2,020 metres above sea level for magnificent views in fine weather.

Days 2, 3.   Sunday, Monday
Free time for alpine or bush walk, take a scenic flight over the central North island volcanoes (highly recommended) or just relax. In winter ski or snowboard or just play in the snow. 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 famous Tongariro Crossing, rated one of the best one day walks in the world. All activities extra expense 

Day 4. Tuesday.      GRAND CHATEAU - AUCKLAND                             12.15pm. Transfer to National Park Railway Station.
1.15pm  Depart aboard the "Northern Explorer" train
6.50pm. Arrive Auckland Strand Railway station.

You are welcome to stay as long as you like at the Chateau. 1 night and 4 night options available subject to "Northern Explorer" reintroducing original timetable operating Auckland to Wellington on monday, thursday, saturday and Wellington to Auckland tuesday, friday, and sunday.                                   

Buster Bubble cost per person valid to 31 October, 2020

2 per room   $890        3 per room  $830       Single room   $1,180        

Tour cost includes:  

** Return travel on the "Northern Explorer" from Auckland to National Park and shuttle to and from the Grand Chateau.

** 3 nights accommodation and buffet breakfast at the Grand Chateau   


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.  



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 

The volcanic Explorer flight covers all three volcanoes of the Tongariro National Park - Mt Tongariro, Mt Ruapehu, and Mt Ngaruhoe - including alpine lakes, Lake Taupo, Red Crater, route of the Tongariro Alpine crossing from the comfort of your aircraft, and scenes from Lord of the Rings. Mt Taranaki can be seen in fine weather. 


SNOW TIME ACTIVITIES - all activities extra expense. 2019 prices. 2020 will probably increase.

1. Grand Chateau - Top of the Bruce return shuttle     $10      

2. Sky Waka scenic ride return to Knoll Ridge       $49 

3. Skywaka and lunch                                            $75  

4. Sky Waka and 1 hour sledding                            $69

4. FIRST TIMERS 3 DAYS INTRO TO SNOW: including lift pass, 2 x 1.5 hour lessons, skis/boots/poles OR Snowboard and boots.      $449 

5. Ski lift passes: 1 day $129,  2 days $239,  3 day $319,  4 day $369, 5 days $399 

6.  Skis/boots/poles OR snowboard/boots: 1 day $49, 2 days $89, 3 days $124, 4 days $159, 5 days $194 

7.  Clothing: Jackets or pants   $20 each. 

8.  Accessories bundle including Jacket, pants, helmet, goggles and gloves $99. You keep the goggles and gloves.

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This package is flexible if you wish to amend the number of days away as all services operate daily except the "Northern Explorer" 

Departs Auckland 7.45am every Monday, Thursday, Saturday

Departs Wellington 7.55am every Tuesday, Friday, Sunday

Bonus: Depart Auckland on mondays August 19, September 06, October 07, or November 18  and enjoy High tea in the Grand Chateau lounge as well as one three course dinner in the Ruapehu restaurant on monday night no extra charge. You will be hosted from Auckland monday through to midday tuesday.


Join the "Northern Explorer" train to National Park and shuttle to Grand Chateau for 2 nights accommodation and breakfast 

Day 2.                                    GRAND CHATEAU - WHAKAPAPA                         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. A ride on the new Sky Waka in enclosed cabins to the Knoll Ridge cafe 2.020 metres above sea level is included. All other activities are extra expense.  

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

Day 4.                                       WAIRAKEI RESORT - TAUPO                               Free day to enjoy your choice of activities in the Taupo area or take a day tour to Rotorua. Enjoy an exciting jet boat ride to the Huka Falls, bunjy jump over the Waikato River, Tandem parachute over Lake Taupo, take a leisurely cruise to the Maori carvings, fish for trout in the lake or streams, golf on the excellent golf courses, visit the geothermal valley and volcanic interpretation centre. After a hard days sightseeing what better than to relax in the thermal spa at your resort. We recommend staying longer!  

Day 5.                                     TAUPO - AUCKLAND OR WELLINGTON                  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 - no extra cost. 

Tour cost per person

2 per room $1,190. 3 per room $1,090.   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
** 4 nights accommodation and breakfast at Grand Chateau and Wairakei Resort  

On mountain and sightseeing costs are not included.  


Friday. Travel by Intercity bus from Taupo to join our Hobbiton shuttle and enjoy a 2 hour tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set before travelling on to Auckland arriving between 7.30 and 8pm. Extra cost per person Adults $150. Children 10-14 $110, Children under 10 $80. 


Thursday: Travel from Taupo to Rotorua this afternoon and enjoy an evening cultural presentation and hangi steam cooked dinner at the Mitai Maori village. Accommodation and breakfast in Rotorua.            

Friday.  Morning tour of Rotorua including the Te Puia thermal area (famed Pohutu geyser, bubbling mud pools, and Maori carving and weaving schools), Agrodome farm show (sheep shearing, cow milking, sheep dog trials) and Rainbow Springs Nature Park including our native kiwi birds.  

Travel to Hobbiton this afternoon for a 2 hour  guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie set and arrive Auckland between 7.30 and 8pm.

Extra cost $550 per adult ($300 children age 10-14 and $200 chlldren under 10) including all admissions. and hangi dinner.                                                                                    



** Return travel from Auckland or Papakura to National Park aboard the "Northern Explorer" 

** Transfers from National Park to and from the Grand Chateau,               

** High tea in the Lounge at the Grand Chateau 

** 3 course dinner and buffet breakfast in the Ruapehu restaurant  

**  1 night accommodation at the Grand Chateau.     

**  Transfer to and from the 'Top of the Bruce' and Sky Waka ride on the new gondola to the Knoll Ridge cafe for panoramic views over the central North island - weather permitting. 

Tour cost per person: 2 days/1 night

2 per room $690. 

3 per room $650 

Single room $790                                             

Extra nights accommodation and buffet breakfast per person. 

2 per room $140. 

3 per room $110.                                     

Single room $250

Singles accepted at share rates up to 2 weeks prior to departure if prepared to share with someone of the same gender. 

5 Days/4 Nights.    CENTRAL PLATEAU - HOSTED. Depart Auckland 25 November, 2019 and March 30, 2020. 

Includes return travel from Auckland to Grand Chateau, 4 nights accommodation and breakfast at Grand Chateau, 2 dinners, High tea, Skywaka ride to the Knoll Ridge cafe, full day 'round the mountains' tour including Ohakune, Waiouru Army Museum, and trout hatchery. Free day thursday for Tongariro crossing, alpine walks, or other activities. Return to Auckland friday night 

Tour cost per person 

2 per room             $1,290 

Single room           $1,640


Independent departures from Auckland every monday, thursday, saturday. From Wellington every friday and sunday. 

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RAIL AND GRAND CHATEAU INDEPENDENT SHORT BREAK. Departs Auckland every Monday, thursday, saturday. Departs Wellington every Friday and sunday. - includes  

** "Northern Explorer" train from Auckland to National Park return

** Transfers from National Park to Grand Chateau return. 

** 1 night accommodation and buffet breakfast at the Grand Chateau 

**  Transfers to and from Top of the Bruce and ride on the new enclosed Sky Waka gondola  1.8 km to the Knoll Ridge cafe, 2020 metres above sea level.           

Tour cost per person  

2 per room $590.        

3 per room $550,        

Single room $690.            


Departs Auckland's Strand Railway Station 7.45am, Papakura 8.40am, Hamilton 10.15am and Otorohanga 10.54am  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 Otorohanga 3.45pm, Hamilton, 4.30pm, Papakura 5.55pm and Auckland Strand Rail station 6.50pm.


(Also departs National Park 1.15pm every Monday, Thursday, Saturday for Wellington arriving Ohakune 1.45pm, Palmerston North 4.20pm, Paraparaumu 5.30pm and Wellington 6.25pm.

Departs Wellington 7.55am, Paraparaumu 8.45am, Palmerston North 10am and Ohakune 12.45pm arriving National Park 1.15pm, Otorohanga 3.45pm, Hamilton 4.30pm, Papakura 5.55pm and Auckland 6.50pm  every    Tuesday, Friday, Sunday

Same prices apply from Wellington. You may start Auckland and end Wellington or vice versa if you wish for the same price. There is no change in price for joiining or leaving at intermediate stops.

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. 



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

Extra cost per person

2 per room     $220  

3 per room     $180 

Single room   $390 




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