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The Northern Explorer Train
(Auckland/Wellington/Auckland)
The Coastal Pacific Train
(Christchurch/Picton/Christchurch)
The TranzAlpine Train
(Christchurch/Greymouth/Christchurch)
The Coastal Connection
(Wellington/Kaikoura/Christchurch)
Local and Regional Trains
 - Auckland
 - Hamilton
 - Rotorua
 - Palmerston North
 - Wellington
 - Picton
 - Kaikoura
 - Christchurch
 - Dunedin
 - Queenstown
Day Train Excursions
 - Arthurs Pass Excursion
 - Kaikoura Excursion
 - Greymouth Excursion
Train Timetables
 - Auckland
 - Hamilton
 - Otorohanga (Waitomo Caves)
 - National Park
 - Ohakune
 - Palmerston North
 - Wellington
 - Picton
 - Blenheim
 - Kaikoura
 - Christchurch
 - Arthurs Pass
 - Greymouth
Train Passes
- Scenic Rail Pass
- Freedom Rail Pass
Passenger Railway Stations
Scenic Sightseeing Tours

 New Zealand Long distance passenger trains rail route mapEach of the three long distance scenic passenger train journeys in New Zealand are unique scenic travel experience, with views from the Northern Explorer train showing you diverse countryside of the North Island - towering viaducts, spectacular gorges, hidden valleys, to the rugged coastline of the South Island, seen from the Coastal Pacific train to the mountain alpine scenery from the TranzAlpine train.

Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the finest scenery in the world.

Travel in air conditioned, centrally heated, carpeted carriages that have advanced air bag suspension system for quieter and smoother travel, un-tinted, non-reflective, panoramic side and roof windows to capture the dramatic coastal and mountain views, GPS triggered journey commentary in five languages at your seat via headphones, plus information displays, overhead HD video and onboard washroom facilities.

Each carriage has comfortable '2 Seat-Aisle-2 Seat' forward facing seats with head rests and 'Table Group' (4 people around a table) seating - great for families, small groups or
meeting new friends.

For mobility-impaired passengers, there are spaces for wheel chairs and a disabled public toilet with wheelchair hoists provide access to the café carriage from track level. For hearing-impaired passengers - a hearing loop covers all of the café carriage saloon and serving area.

Your friendly onboard train crew is there to provide assistance to make your travel an enjoyable experience by pointing out scenic highlights and provide historical and cultural background on the places you travel through.


TranzAlpine Train Services Christchurch to GreymouthAll long distance passenger train services have a café carriage serving a range of snacks, light meals and non-alcoholic/alcoholic drinks and an open air viewing carriage. All long distance passenger train services operate as reserved seating, non-smoking 'One Class' services.

There are combined scenic bus and train travel options
to choose from, allowing you to make one reservation and travel on one fare from either Christchurch to Franz Josef or Christchurch to Franz Josef and Queenstown or from Queenstown to Franz Josef and Christchurch or Franz Josef to Christchurch.

Add to your scenic train travel with a scenic coach service or sightseeing tour, so you can visit other major tourism destinations in New Zealand - north from Auckland to Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands or south to the thermal region of Rotorua or from Greymouth to Queenstown though lush alpine rain forests of the glacier region of South Island's west coast or from Queenstown - cruise the majestic Milford Sound or see Mt Cook/Aoraki - New Zealand's highest mountain in the Southern Alps, whilst travelling from Queenstown to Christchurch in modern luxury eco-friendly, air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows, reclining seats with head and foot rests and friendly drivers.

You can explore New Zealand with a scenic train and ferry pass that allows you unlimited travel on New Zealand's long distance passenger train network including ferry travel between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island, at you own pace, at any time in any direction. You can choose your own route, stop when you like, and travel as many times as you wish within the validity of the rail pass purchased.

Northern Expoer Train near Mt RuapehuYou can add to your scenic train and ferry pass - a scenic coach touring pass, that allows you to travel on New Zealand's regional and long distance national passenger bus, coach, scenic coach services at you own pace, at any time in any direction, including ferry travel between the North and South Islands between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island and travel on modern buses and coaches to other tourist destinations, like Queenstown, Milford Sound, Mt Cook, the beautiful Bay of Islands and the thermal region of Rotorua to name a few destinations plus travel on New Zealand's long distance passenger train services and selected sightseeing tours.

There are no overnight long distance inter-city passenger train/rail services in New Zealand.

So come and join a scenic kiwi rail journey and experience New Zealand's unique beauty by train.

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