12 Days: Sunday 27 March - Thursday 7 April 2022
Sir Edmund Hillary epitomised the New Zealand spirit of adventure and he is our inspiration when planning your experience of a lifetime.
We pay homage to Sir Edmund Hillary and learn more about his achievements and humanitarian efforts as we explore the South Island of New Zealand and experience the postcard perfect vistas and dramatic alpine scenery that this part of the world is renowned for.
You will travel through Marlborough, where Edmund was trained for the air force during the Second World War and where he made some daring ascents of Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku. In Christchurch, learn more about his team’s expedition crossing Antarctica using converted farm tractors at the International Antarctic Centre. A special dinner is hosted by Edmund’s son, Peter Hillary - also a keen mountaineer and adventurer - and find out about how he continues to keep his father’s memory alive. At Aoraki/Mt Cook, a visit to the museum dedicated to Edmund’s adventurous spirit and his achievements is a must.
The 12 or13-day Tour Journey - You will spend the first week travelling the entire length of the South Island by heritage rail, in the comfort of vintage carriages, staying in Marlborough, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Aoraki/Mount Cook (detour inland by luxury coach) & Dunedin.
Heritage rail highlights include - from Marlborough to Kaikoura, you will be hauled under a full head of steam by the historic WW1 memorial steam locomotive Ab608 Passchendaele, named in honour of our fallen soldiers at The Battle of Passchendaele in 1917. South of Kaikoura, your rail journey continues with two magnificent heritage 1950’s DA locomotives in an impressive & powerful double-header formation. Further in the tour, a return journey between Kingston & Fairlight on the iconic Kingston Flyer steam train will the icing on the cake for all rail fans.
Once we reach Invercargill at the bottom of the mainland, we begin the traverse inland on luxury coaches to experience the wonders of Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown and Franz Josef, then to cap it all off, experience one of the world’s famous rail journeys on board the TranzAlpine traversing the Southern Alps, between Greymouth and Christchurch.
An epic journey of a lifetime!
There is the option to book your journey departing from Wellington, Blenheim, or Christchurch.
Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.
GROUP SIZE - To be confirmed