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New Zealand long distance passenger train services

 

Northern Explorer

Train service operations from Auckland to Wellington to Auckland

The Northern Explorer traverses the length of North Island from Auckland, home of the Sky Tower and New Zealand’s largest city, to the harbour capital Wellington, the country’s centre for the culture and arts. It’s a dramatic journey through the central heartland of North Island, passing through five different geographical regions each with its own unique landscapes.

Coastal Pacific*

Train service operations from Christchurch to Picton to Christchurch

Operating between the end of September to early May every year, the Coastal Pacific Train runs from the picturesque port of Picton, gateway to the spectacular Marlborough Sounds, to the Garden City of Christchurch, the largest city in South Island. Take the Coastal Pacific Train to the rugged coast of Kaikoura about halfway from either direction and join whale watching tours.

*Not expected to operate until October 2018.

Tranz Alpine

Train service operations from Christchurch to Greymouth to Christchurch

Considered as one of the most iconic train journeys in one of most iconic parts of the world, the Tranz Alpine train services Christchurch in the east coast and cuts through the heart of Canterbury Plains as it makes its way through Arthurs Pass and the chiselled alpine landscape of the Southern Alps. Offering passengers breathtaking views of contrasting landscapes, the Tranz Alpine arrives/departs in Greymouth in the west coast.

Long distance or regional passenger train services in New Zealand do not offer overnight trips. You can get to other popular tourist attractions from either Auckland or Hamilton in North Island, or Christchurch or Greymouth in South Island by connecting scenic bus and coach services.

Taieri Gorge Railway

Train service operations from Dunedin to Pukerangi or Middlemarch

Taieri Gorge Railway begins its historic journey from the beautiful Dunedin Railway Station. It travels through some of New Zealand's spectacular, iconic, and ever-changing scenery. Explore the southern part of Dunedin City through Taieri Plains and into the Taieri Gorge, a narrow and deep gorge carved out over aeons by the ancient Taieri River. There are plenty of scenic points along the way where you can take photos or just stretch your legs and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.

Northern Explorer Train Journey
Northern Explorer Train Journey
North Island
The Northern Explorer train journey travels the length of North Island from  Auckland , home of the Sky Tower and New Zealand’s largest ci...
Taieri Gorge Railway
Taieri Gorge Railway
South Island
Discover one of the world’s great’s train trips in New Zealand aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway, an experience too fantastic to miss! T...
Tranz Alpine Train Journey
Tranz Alpine Train Journey
South Island
The Tranz Alpine train journey travels from the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island to the west coast, operating daily between  Chris...