Each 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
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.
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
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
Christchurch to Franz Josef and
Queenstown or from Queenstown to
Franz Josef and Christchurch or Franz
Josef to Christchurch.
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
Rotorua or from
Greymouth to Queenstown though lush alpine
rain forests of the glacier region of South Island's west coast or
Queenstown - cruise the majestic Milford Sound or see Mt Cook/Aoraki
- New Zealand's highest mountain in the Southern Alps, whilst
Queenstown to Christchurch in modern luxury eco-friendly,
air-conditioned coaches with panoramic windows, reclining seats with
head and foot rests and friendly drivers.
can use a
scenic coach touring pass, that allows you to travel on
New Zealand's long distance national passenger rail and bus travel
networks 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.
You can explore New Zealand with a Scenic Rail 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.
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.