Our New Zealand Rail Network
Connect with the best New Zealand tourist activities and holiday destinations via our extensive rail network.
Visit New Zealand's top tourist destinations
Travelling around New Zealand by train, you can see the best of our scenery and stopover at our top NZ tourist destinations. Auckland, Waitomo Caves, National Park and the Tongariro crossing, Kapiti Island, Wellington, Marlborough Sounds, Picton, Blenheim, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Arthur's Pass and the Southern Alps, Moana, Greymouth and West Coast; our NZ trains visit all these top New Zealand tourist destinations.
Explore the North Island
Our Northern Explorer Auckland to Wellington train will take you through the heart of New Zealand. From the bustling streets of Auckland to the quaint capital Wellington, see the full spectrum of New Zealand's diverse scenery on one incredible journey.
Stop along the way to see Hamilton's incredible gardens, the glowworms of Waitomo Caves, the cycleways and ski-fields of Ohakune, and explore the volcanic beauty of Tongariro National Park.
Explore Hamilton & Waikato
Tongariro National Park
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Cruise across Cook Strait
Connect between islands aboard our spectacular Interislander Cook Strait ferry.
Cruising between sparkling Wellington and pictureque Picton, you'll soon see why it is heralded as one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world.
Our morning Picton ferry connects with the Coastal Pacific train to create a seamless Wellington to Christchurch train journey. The same applies in reverse, with the Coastal Pacific connecting with the afternoon Wellington ferry.
You can also stay overnight in Picton or head into the sanctuary of the Marlborough Sounds for an idyllic retreat from the bustle of modern life. Without doubt, Wellington is an NZ must-do destination.
Meander through Marlborough and North Canterbury
Squeezing between the sparkling Pacific Ocean and the imposing Kaikoura mountains, our Coastal Pacific Christchurch to Picton train is one of New Zealand's most beautiful journeys. Coastal Pacific also provides an easy connection for travelling Wellington to Christchurch by train.
Our Coastal Pacific train also stops at two of New Zealand's top tourist destinations: Blenheim, home to New Zealand's premium vineyards; and Kaikoura, home to NZ must-do experiences including Whale Watch Kaikoura and Dolphin Encounters.
Stay a while in Picton
Quench your thirst in Blenheim
See the sights in Kaikoura
Traverse the mighty Southern Alps
From Christchurch, the TranzAlpine train ventures over the vast Canterbury Plains to begin its spectacular ascent into the Southern Alps, where it earns its acclaim as one of the world's great train journeys and one of New Zealand's top attractions.
While most passengers complete the journey to Greymouth to explore the rugged West Coast beauty, Arthur's Pass National Park and Lake Brunner are two sparkling jewels of rural New Zealand and well worth visiting.