Sir Edmund Hillary Explorer – March 2022

Confirmed Departure

12 Days: Sunday 27 March - Thursday 7 April 2022

12 Days ex Blenheim 27 March - 7 AprilNZD$6,650
13 days ex Wellington 26 March - 7 AprilNZD$6,950
13 days ex Christchurch 28 March - 9 AprilNZD$6,950
Single Supplement NZD$995

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. 


  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local guides
  • All group transfers
  • Activities and sightseeing tours with local guides as detailed in the itinerary
  • You will be accompanied by Sir Edmund Hillary experienced Tour Leaders


  • Domestic flights within NZ
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages during included meals, unless specified
  • Surcharge of 2.5% on credit card payments
  • The services of an experienced Calder & Lawson Tours tour manager
  • Personal expenses


12 Days ex Blenheim 27 March - 7 AprilNZD$6,650
13 days ex Wellington 26 March - 7 AprilNZD$6,950
13 days ex Christchurch 28 March - 9 AprilNZD$6,950
Single Supplement NZD$995

Please contact Calder & Lawson Tours if you are interested in a single occupancy place.

GROUP SIZE - To be confirmed





Duration: 11 nights

Depart: Sun 27 Mar 2022

Return: Thu 7 Apr 2022

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