Full Steam Ahead Into New Zealand

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Full Steam Ahead into New Zealand


Grand Pacific Tours, the New Zealand Luxury Coach Holiday specialist, has launched an exclusive Steam Train

Journey encompassing the North & South Island of New Zealand.


This Steam and Rail experience of New Zealand offers limited seats and only one EXCLUSIVE departure. A number of

unique journeys have been included that sets this rail holiday apart from any other. 


Two steam locomotives have been exclusively chartered for this exciting tour. The Wa165 will depart Gisborne and

will encompass many coastal panoramas and numerous viaducts. A real treat is that three journeys will take place

aboard the Ja1271. The first part of the journey is from Gisborne along the coast to the Art Deco city of Napier, which

was completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1931. On Day 8 travellers board the Ja1271 again through to

Palmerston North and the famed “S” curved Ormondville Viaduct where a stop for morning tea at the restored

Ormondville Station is scheduled.  The following day a ‘one off’ highlight will be that that the Wab794 and Ja1271 will

“double head” the train out of Feilding to the old railway junction town of Marton. Photo run bys are planned for this

sector to allow travellers to capture the drama of a double headed steam train. Ja1271 will continue up front for the

trip from Marton to Wanganui.


This unique fully escorted itinerary is designed to appeal to all rail fans and those interested in the age of steam,

when the world seemed to travel at a more leisurely pace. Commencing in Auckland the tour visits numerous

museums, displays, attractions and of course features several exclusive train journeys. Travellers have the choice of

either a 12 Day or 22 Day journey.


Some of the highlights include the Museum of Transport and Technology, Glenbrook Vintage Railway,  the Fell Engine

Museum, Paihiatua Railcar Society, Esplanade Scenic Railway Society, Feilding & District Steam Rail Society, the Tranz

Coastal railway, Plains Railway and Pioneer Village, the Taieri Gorge Railway and the TranzAlpine Rail Journey.


The tour also includes many attractions including Bushmere Estate Wines, visit the Gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers,

travel aboard the steam paddle boat PS Waimarie, visit Larnach Castle & enjoy a Haggis ceremony in Dunedin,

experience a Maori Hangi and Concert in Rotorua plus a cruise on the TSS Earnslaw in Queenstown with dinner at

Walter Peak Homestead. 


The tour departs on the 10th October 2010 and space is limited.


For a comprehensive brochure kit contact the Grand Pacific Tours Reservations Team on 1800 622 768 or visit





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For more information or images contact:

Mark R. Windsor

Director - Sales & Marketing 

Grand Pacific Tours

Direct:  (03) 9377 5029

Email:  mark@grandpac.com.au







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