Class Comparison Guide

While our Scenic Class focuses on the simple beauty outside of your window, our Scenic Plus Class brings that beauty to your table with an inclusive menu of local dishes and regional wines. 

 
 

Discover our New Zealand train experiences

In 2020, we launched a new class of New Zealand train experience called Scenic Plus to run alongside our award-winning Scenic class experience.

Both classes offer superior comfort and viewing to a standard long-distance passenger train thanks to our custom carriages, built right here in New Zealand. 

Elevating the Scenic experience to the next level, our Scenic Plus class brings the flavours you see through your window to your plate. Included in your Scenic Plus fare is a delicious menu of local delicacies and regional drinks served to your table by our wonderful hosts.

So, if you are looking for a journey to savour, then climb aboard our Scenic Plus Class.

Alternatively, if you are simply looking to enjoy the beautiful scenery of New Zealand from the exceptional comfort of our trains, then select a Scenic Class experience. 

We currently only offer Scenic Plus on our Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine journeys.  

Class Comparison guide

Our comparison chart provides a quick overview of our two classes of train experience:

 
 
 
Scenic Class
 
 
Scenic Plus
 
 
Panoramic windows
Yes
Yes
 
 
Open-air viewing Carriage
Yes
Yes
 
 
Scenic Cafe
Yes
Yes
 
 
At Seat service
No
Yes
 
 
Dining experience
No
Yes
 
 
Inclusive drinks
No
Yes
 
 
Headphone commentary
Yes
Yes
 
 
Hosted commentary
No
Yes
 
 
Accessible
Yes
Yes

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