Our Travel Connections

Connect with the best of New Zealand's tourist destinations and activities by using our Stopovers and Throughfares

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Throughfares & Stopovers

Our Scenic Class fare is your ticket to explore New Zealand. With free Stopovers and easy-to-buy Throughfare connections,  you can go off the rails and visit some of New Zealandā€™s top attractions.


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Our Scenic Class fares include unlimited Stopovers, making them the equivalent of New Zealand railcard or travel card.

Stopovers enable you to stop en-route as many times as you like between your selected origin and destination. You must book all your Stopovers in advance and it's easiest to book them all at once.

Adding Stopovers when booking is simple:

  • Go to Book Scenic train
  • Select your starting point
  • Select your final destination
  • Click "Continue"
  • Click on the "+Add A Stop" button
  • Select the station where you wish to stop
  • Choose a leaving date
  • Repeat until all desired Stopovers are added

Please call our Contact Centre if you wish to add Stopovers to an existing booking


Connecting your journey with Stopovers

The following stations can be connected together using free Stopovers, from north to south:

  • Auckland Strand
  • Hamilton
  • Otorohanga
  • National Park
  • Ohakune
  • Wellington
  • Picton
  • Blenheim
  • Kaikoura
  • Christchurch
  • Arthur's Pass
  • Moana
  • Greymouth



You can string multiple travel experiences from The Great Journeys of New Zealand together to create a Throughfare.

Our Throughfares enable you to build a connected New Zealand rail journey from Auckland to Greymouth. When connecting between islands, your journey will include the phenominal Interislander Wellington to Picton ferry for an unforgettable voyage through the Marlborough Sounds.

We also partner with InterCity coaches to connect you beyond the tracks. Our InterCity Throughfares can connect you all the way to Fox, Franz Joseph and Queenstown. 


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