GRAND CHATEAU SHORT BREAK  including "Northern Explorer" train to and from National Park. Includes Skywaka ride and 'around the mountains' tour to Ohakune, Gollums Pool, Waiouru Army Museum, Trout Hatchery, and Tokaanu Hot Pools.  

4 days/3 nights. Minimum 2 passengers. Departs Auckland every monday, Wellington every tuesday from 26 September, 2022. 

FROM AUCKLAND: depart Strand Railway Station 7.45am, Papakura 8.40am, and Hamilton 10.15am every monday from 26 September. Return 6.50pm friday.

FROM WELLINGTON: depart Wellington Railway station 7.55am, Paraparaumu 8.45am, and Palmerston North 10am  every tuesday from 27 September. Return 6.25pm saturday.    

Itinerary ex Auckland. Wellington passengers same itinerary tuesday - saturday.

Day 1. Monday.      Auckland - Grand Chateau.    (High Tea)

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. Arrive National Park station 1.15pm and transfer to the Grand Chateau just 20 minutes drive away. High tea is served in the main lounge at 3.30pm.   

Day 2.   Tuesday               GRAND CHATEAU       (B)

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. Also take a hike for panoramic views over Mt Doom and Mordor.

This afternoon is free for alpine or bush walk, try golf or tennis, or just relax. In summer enjoy any of the many alpine walks, All afternoon activities extra expense.

Day 3.   Wednesday.    GRAND CHATEAU - around the mountains.      (BD) 

Enjoy a full day tour around the mountains including Ohakune, Gollums pool, Waiouru Army Museum , Desert Road,  Trout Hatchery, and an hour to bathe in the Tokaanu Hot Pools - bring your togs. Return to the Chateau late afternoon.

Day 4.    Thursday.      GRAND CHATEAU   (B)  

Free day to relax or explore at your leisure. There are many alpine walks of varying degrees of fitness. For the very active we recommend the Tongariro Crossing but a high level of fitness is required.

Day 5.     Friday             GRAND CHATEAU - AUCKLAND   (B)

Free time this morning before transferring to the National Park Ralway Station and departing at 1.15pm arriving Hamilton 4.30pm, Papakura 5.55pm, and Auckland Strand Railway station 6.50pm. 


Tour cost per person:

2 per room $1,790 . Single room $2,280 

Tour cost includes:

** Travel by "Northern Explorer" from Auckland or Wellington to National Park and transfers to and from the Grand Chateau.

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

** Skywaka Ride,

**  "Around the mountains" tour including admissions to Waiouru Army Museum, Trout Hatchery,  Tokaanu hot pools


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 good level of fitness is required. A minimum of 2 nights at the Chateau is required.  




5 days/4 nights. Depart Auckland Mondays August 15, September 05, 19. 2022

Other days for a minimum of 4 at same price.

"Friendly Four" discount. $200 for 4 or more reserving and travelling together.


Day 1. Monday     AUCKLAND - HOBBITON - GRAND CHATEAU. (Light Lunch included)

Free home pickup Orewa to Papakura.

8am. Depart Auckland for a two hour tour of the fantasy world of Hobbiton. Drive through part of the 500 hectare (1,250 acre), sheep and cattle farm to the Hobbiton Movie set, centre of Middle Earth. Learn from your local guide how the set was created and see the Hobbit Holes, Gardens, Bag End (Bilbo and Frodo baggins home), Party Tree, lake, The Mill, Green Dragon Inn, and much more. Continue to Rotorua for a hangi pie lunch and guided tour of the Whakarewarewa Living Village including mud pools, Pohutu geyser, and the 'cooking' area.  Continue south through the Kaiangaroa forest and around the shores of Lake Taupo to  the Tongariro National Park for accommodation at the Grand Chateau. 

Day 2. Tuesday - day 4 Thursday    TONGARIRO.   (Breakfast daily)

3 full days to ski or snowboard to your hearts content - all expenses.

Top of the Bruce shuttle, equipment hire, lift passes, and Skywaka are not included -  book and pay online at www.Mt

Day 5. Friday.  TONGARIRO - AUCKLAND   (Breakfast)

You have most of the day to ski or snowboard if you wish.We leave the Chateau at 3pm for the return to Auckland arriving about 8pm. If the group wishes we can leave at noon and visit Waitomo caves en route (admissions not included).

You are welcome to stay longer at the Chateau if you wish. For a minimum of 6 we will pick you up when you are ready and bring you home.  

Tour cost per person

2 per room  $1,790

Single room $2,280 

Tour cost includes:

** All travel from Auckland to Auckland by people mover or mini bus

** 4 nights accommodation and breakfast at the Grand Chateau.

** Guided tour of Hobbiton

** Guided tour of Whakarewarewa Living Maori village


WHAKAPAPA SKI FIELD TRANSFERS FROM AUCKLAND CITY OR AIRPORT - available daily subject to availability of vehicle and driver.

People mover 4-5 passengers - limited ski space      $700 each way

Mercedes Sprinter 10 passenger mini bus. $900 each way. 





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