A touch of snow at the Grand Chateau and ride the new Sky Waka! Hosted departures from Auckland including all features of our Breakaway plus 3 course dinner in the Ruapehu restaurant and High Tea in the Ruapehu lounge. Depart mondays July 29, and September 9, 2019. You are welcome to stay longer at the Grand Chateau if you wish. Cost per person share twin/double $590, Single $730. Singles accepted at share rates if prepared to share with someone of the same gender.

Tour 211

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

2 days/1 night (extendable).  Departs every 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. 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.

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 famous Tongariro Crossing, rated one of the best one day walks in the world.

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) - 5 day/4 nights                         

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  

Day 1.                    AUCKLAND OR WELLINGTON TO THE GRAND CHATEAU

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. We strongly recommend a ride on the new Sky Waka in enclosed cabins to the Knoll Ridge cafe 2.020 metres above sea level. All 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. Enjoy an exciting jet boat ride to the Huka Falls, bunjy jump over the Waikato River, or Tandem parachute over Lake Taupo, take a leisurely cruise to the Maori carvings, try fishing, golf on the excellent golf courses, visit the geothermal valley and volcanic interp[reation centre. 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 $890. 3 per room $ 820.   Single room $1,290.

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 4 star hotels 

On mountain and sightseeing costs are not included. 

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

 

A touch of snow at the Grand Chateau! Hosted departures from Auckland including all features of our Breakaway plus 3 course dinner in the Ruapehu restaurant and High Tea in the lounge. Depart mondays July 29, and September 9, 2019. You are welcome to stay longer at the Grand Chateau if you wish. Cost per person share twin/double $590, Single $730. Singles accepted at share rates if prepared to share with someone of the same gender.

Tour 211

RAIL AND GRAND CHATEAU BREAKAWAY - includes "Northern Explorer" train from Auckland to National Park return. Ski, play in the snow, or Tongariro Alpine Crossing option. 

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.

Winter season 2019. Valid to 30 September.

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.  

** Return shutle from the Grand Chateau to the Whakapapa ski base. 

** Return 1.8 km ride in an enclosed cabin on the new Skywaka to the Knoll Ridge cafe, 2020 metres above sea level.           

 

Tour cost per person: 2 days/1 night

2 per room $690. 

3 per room $650 

Single room $820                                             

Extra nights accommodation and buffet breakfast per person. 

2 per room $160. 

3 per room $130.                                     

Single room $340

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. 

 

ADD THE HISTORIC WAITOMO CAVES HOTEL.

Depart Auckland any Thursday or Saturday aboard the "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 leisure. 

Extra cost per person

2 per room     $220  

3 per room     $180 

Single room   $390 

 

STAY AND PLAY IN THE SNOW - LEARN TO SKI OR IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS.

Departs Auckland every monday 1st July - 23 September, 2019.

Monday.                    AUCKLAND - GRAND CHATEAU               Travel to Tongariro National Park aboard the "Northern Explorer". Transfer to the Grand Chateau and check in before taking the shuttle to the 'Top of the Bruce' ski base and ride the new Sky Waka Gondola to the Knoll Ridge cafe for a panoramic view over the mountains of the central North Island, Lake Taupo and as far as Mt Taranaki - weather permitting. Time also to get kitted out with your equipment for the next 3 days. 

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday     GRAND CHATEAU

3 days  in the snow including daily return shuttle from the hotel to the Top of the Bruce ski base. 

FIRST TIMERS 3 days Learn to Ski package - including lift pass, 2 x 1 hour 50 minute lessons per day, ski/boots/poles OR snowboard/boots hire - $449 per person

EXPERIENCED  3 days all mountain lift pass, skis/boots/poles OR snowboard/boots hire - $443 per person

Accessories - 3 days jacket, pants, helmet, goggles and gloves -  $197.(You keep the goggles and gloves).                

Friday      GRAND CHATEAU - AUCKLAND

Depart the hotel at 12.15 by shuttle for National Park to rejoin "Northern Explorer" to Auckland arriving 6.50pm.

Tour cost per person 5 days/4 nights   (excludes ski/snowboard costs)

2 per room          $999                Single room   $1,420 

Tour cost includes: 

** Return travel from Auckland to Grand Chateau and return 

** 4 nights accommodation and buffet breakfast 

** Shuttle to and from Top of the Bruce and one sightseeing return Sky Waka ride to Knoll Ridge cafe 2,020 metres above sea level 

 

Why not maximise your stay and stay another 2 days returning to Auckland sunday evening. Extra cost $320 per person share twin or $420 single including accommodation and breakfast only.

AUCKLAND

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