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KiwiRail Scenic Journeys

Travel across picturesque New Zealand

Discover New Zealand and the true beauty of rail with KiwiRail Scenic’s unique train journeys. New Zealand's only passenger rail company combines world famous scenic train journeys with quality facilities and comfort.

KiwiRail Scenic runs the Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine train journeys.

TranzAlpine

The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. From your carriage you’ll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the Southern Alps before descending through lush beech rain forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth – a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always popular glaciers.

From Christchurch: Daily at 8.15am

From Greymouth: Daily at 1.45pm

Route: Christchurch – Rolleston – Darfield – Springfield – Arthur’s Pass –– Moana (Lake Brunner) – Kokiri – Greymouth

Northern Explorer

The Northern Explorer is a journey through the heart of the North Island, travelling between Auckland - New Zealand's largest city and home of the Sky Tower, to Wellington - New Zealand's arts and culture capital.

Along the way you pass the Central North Island ski towns of National Park and Ohakune, popular with young and old alike. You also see fantastic views of New Zealand farmland, the volcanic plateau, Mount Ruapehu, the world famous Raurimu Spiral, and stunning river gorges – all from our panoramic windows or open air viewing decks allowing you the best possible views.

From Auckland: Monday, Thursday, Saturday at 7.45am

From Wellington: Tuesday, Friday, Sunday at 7.55am

Route: Auckland – Hamilton – Otorohanga (Waitomo) – National Park – Ohakune – Palmerston North – Paraparaumu – Wellington

Coastal Pacific

The Coastal Pacific train journey travels between the delightful port of Picton and Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city. This journey is a scenic feast of New Zealand, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. Along the way you pass though the village of Kaikoura, where, if you're touring New Zealand, you can break your journey to take in the whale watching or dare to get closer and swim with the dolphins.

The Coastal Pacific train travel will take you through some of New Zealand’s finest horticultural and farmland areas, and see amazing wildlife such as dolphins, seals and penguins from the comfort of your train carriage.

From Christchurch: Daily at 7.00am, September - April

From Picton: Daily at 1.15pm, September - April

Route: Christchurch – Rangiora – Waipara –– Kaikoura – Seddon – Blenheim – Picton

TranzAlpine

An extended 1m 30s short film of aerial footage showing the TranzAlpine weaving through the mountains and forests of New Zealand's South Island as it journeys from Christchurch to Greymouth.

TranzAlpine

TranzAlpine

An extended 1m 30s short film of aerial footage showing the TranzAlpine weaving through the mountains and forests of New Zealand's South Island as it journeys from Christchurch to Greymouth.

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Coastal Pacific

Coastal Pacific

Enjoy a minute of our best clips showing the Coastal Pacific train meandering along the Pacific Coast between Christchurch and Picton, New Zealand.

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Northern Explorer

Northern Explorer

A 60 second feature of the Northern Explorer as it ventures through the Heart of New Zealand.

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