New Zealand Rail Journeys

Sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery on these iconic New Zealand Rail journeys.

The Overlander links Wellington and Auckland on a memorable journey across the volcanic uplands of North Island and around the famous Raurimu Spiral.

The Coastal Pacific travels daily between Christchurch, the whale watching town of Kaikoura and the Inter-Island ferry terminal at Picton, through undulating farmland and stunning coastal scenery.

Best known of all, the TransAlpine crosses the fertile Canterbury Plain and the mountains of the Southern Alps on its journey from Christchurch to the west coast town of Greymouth.

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Discover New Zealand by rail

Not just a convenient means of travel, these New Zealand rail journeys are a holiday delight in themselves, with:

•    daytime travel in both directions
•    reserved coach class seats
•    open viewing platforms on most trains

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The TranzAlpine  Christchurch to Greymouth
  The TranzAlpine Christchurch to Greymouth


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  The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other... Read more
Coastal Pacific  Picton to Christchurch
  Coastal Pacific Picton to Christchurch


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  Travel in style between Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city, and the Inter Island ferry port of Picton... Read more
Northern Explorer - Auckland to Wellington
  Northern Explorer - Auckland to Wellington


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  Enjoy a journey through the heart of the North Island, travelling between Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand's commercial and political capitals... Read more

Rail Tours and Excursions

If travelling by train appeals to you, consider one of these great rail tours and experiences.

There's a day trip aboard the famous TranzAlpine and a whale watching adventure to Kaikoura. Or, for a complete New Zealand holiday with a difference, choose from the 15-day escorted Rail Spectacular, the unique 17-day Self Drive and Rail combination or the Luxury 19-day New Zealand Rail, Cruise & Coach Holiday.

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TranzAlpine Experience
  TranzAlpine Experience


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  Board the TranzAlpine train for the magnificent scenic train journey to Arthur's Pass and return by coach with a visit to a sheep farm and an exhilarating... Read more
Kaikoura Whale and Rail
  Kaikoura Whale and Rail


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  Travel by train to the whale watch capital on New Zealand to see these gentle giants of the ocean at close quarters, as they make their way along the South... Read more
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  Road and Rail - Self Drive Touring


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  A 17 day tour combining the leisurely essence of self drive with New Zealand's iconic rail journeys with a Milford Sound and Waitomo Cave tour... Read more

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