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Travelling around New Zealand by train means seeing it all! From snowcapped mountains and rugged coastlines to ancient forests and clean, green farmland – come and experience some of the world’s most unique and beautiful landscapes unseen by road. If you’re excited about discovering New Zealand, then KiwiRail Scenic Journeys has a range of unique services.

Northern Explorer – between Auckland and Wellington
A journey through the heartland of the North Island.

The historic main trunk line takes you through the North Island’s heartland – lush green farmland, native forests, stunning river gorges and across New Zealand’s volcanic plateau.

Coastal Pacific – between Picton and Christchurch
Along the coast between the mountains and the sea.

This memorable journey between Christchurch and Picton hugs the ruggedly beautiful coastline and travels through 22 tunnels and across 175 bridges, including New Zealand’s only combined road/rail bridge.

The Coastal Pacific runs an extended summer season from October to April.

TranzAlpine – between Christchurch and Greymouth
The trip of a lifetime through the spectacular Southern Alps.

Rated as one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys, this 224-kilometre journey includes 16 tunnels and five viaducts as it traverses the Southern Alps that form the backbone of the South Island.

All Scenic services offer:
• Open-air viewing cars;
• Interesting and informative at seat commentary;
• Large panoramic side windows and ‘skylight’ roof windows;
• On-board food and drink services in the café car;
• Friendly and professional Train Managers;
• Relaxing, social and comfortable atmosphere.

Our range of Throughfares connect the North and South Island destinations by combining the Coastal Pacific train with either the Interislander ferry or a Sounds Air scenic flight.

Throughfares are available over the extended summer season from October to April.

KiwiRail Scenic Journeys are not just a travel option, they’re an experience! For more information, visit

Making the sale: Travelling by rail is a wonderful way to experience the stunning scenery for which New Zealand is known the world over. KiwiRail Scenic Journeys traverse some of the nation’s most diverse and unforgettable landscapes, and the panoramic windows, open-air viewing decks and commentary along the way ensure that passengers don’t miss a thing.

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