2019 South Island Spring Tour

Thursday 10 October - Thursday 24th October

Details for the 2019 South Island Spring Tour are currently being finalised, please see the brief draft itinerary below!

There are also a few spaces left on our 2019 North Island Autumn Tour.
If you’d like more information on the Autumn tour, please
click here or call 0800 0800 99 or email enquiries@readersrailtours.co.nz 


Day 1 - Thursday, 10 October: Wellington - Meet and greet

Day 2 - Friday, 11 October: Christchurch - Travel from Wellington to Christchurch

Day 3 - Saturday, 12 October: Christchurch - Christchurch excursions

Akaroa dolphin excursion - Little River - Birdlings Flat visit

Day 4 - Sunday, 13 October: Greymouth - Travel from Christchurch to Greymouth

Travel via the Tranzalpine Train

Day 5 - Monday, 14 October: Franz Josef - Travel from Greymouth to Fox Glacier

Tree Top walkway visit - Coach travel to Fox Glacier

Day 6 - Tuesday, 15 October: Wanaka - Travel from Fox Glacier to Wanaka

Coach to Haast & Jacksons Bay for lunch - Scenic stops along route, including Hells Gate & Sandflies!

Day 7 - Wednesday, 16 October: Wanaka - Wanaka excursions

Puzzle World - Lake cruise - Lavendar Gardens - 4WD Tour options

Day 8 - Thursday, 17 October: Queenstown - Travel from Wanaka to Queenstown

Earnslaw and Walter Peak excursion

Day 9 - Friday, 18 October: Te Anau - Travel Queenstown to Te Anua

Arrowtown visit

Day 10 - Saturday, 19 October: Te Anau - Te Anau excursions

Milford Sound trip - Takahe Bird sanctuary visit

Day 11 - Sunday, 20 October: Dunedin - Travel from Te Anau to Dunedin

Mandeville Museum - Stops in Gore & Balclutha

Day 12 - Monday, 21 October: Dunedin - Dunedin excursions

Olveston House high tea - Albatross Colony visit - City tour

Day 13 - Tuesday, 22 October: Aoraki Mt Cook - Travel from Dunedin to Mt Cook

Charter train to Oamaru - Dot’s Castle visit - Oamaru Quarry

Day 14 - Wednesday, 23 October: Aoraki Mt Cook - Mt Cook excursions

Mt Cook flights - Mt Cook coach trip to Tasman Valley

Day 15 - Thursday, 24 October: Christchurch - Travel from Mt Cook to Christchurch

Coach from Mt Cook to Christchurch - Coach transfer to airport and hotels

*Please note this is a draft itinerary and is subject to change

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"I certainly intend to do another Rail Tour in 2018 - probably the South Island one as I missed that one this year. I loved the two that I did and have made some great friends as well as seeing new places and having some wonderful memorable experiences. Thanks to you and your team for your superb organisation of the Rail Tours - they've been highlights of my 2017!"

— J.A.

"I want to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed the Rail tour. Many thanks to all tour guides, drivers and rail staff – everyone helped make the tour run smoothly, and comfortably for us."

— L.K.