Four new destinations and the same number of new itineraries – all combining the train journey with a self-paced drive extension – are among the highlights of the latest Rocky Mountaineer programme. The 2019 brochure and travel agents’ sales guide were launched to the New Zealand trade at a high tea at Fairways Conference Centre, North Shore Auckland late last week. Rocky Mountaineer sales manager Helen Hersom says the new destinations are Canmore (sometimes referred to as ‘Little Banff’, nearby Sunshine Village (where guests take a 15 minute gondola ride to the top of a mountain for their accommodation), the outdoor adventure location of Kananaskis, and the helitrekking base of Caboos (which features in a new 10-day itinerary). Hersom says Rocky Mountaineer is expanding its accommodation range in centres that tend to get full in the busy season. She says that while the Silver Leaf service (using three and half to four star accommodation) is popular the vast majority of New Zealand clients (70%) book Gold leaf (five-star accommodation).