Northern Explorer & Coastal Pacific Restart '22

In 2022 we will be working on a new vision for rail experiences in New Zealand. So come join us on our journey into the future.

Coastal Pacific & Northern Explorer trains set to return in mid-2022


We're planning a new journey for New Zealand rail

With a mixture of excitement and sadness, we've withdrawn the Northern Explorer and Coastal Pacific trains from service while we plan a new direction for these two incredible scenic journeys. 

This has not been a quick or easy decision, and we have tried everything in our means to stay on track since COVID-19 rocked the world in 2020. But now it is time to reset and restart and look to an exciting future - which we hope will not be far away.


Trains on tour 

While both the Coastal Pacific and Northern Explorer train routes are acclaimed scenic spectacles, they are both long journeys deserving of more than a single-day experience. 

Our new vision is to create multi-day experiences that showcase the best of New Zealand, both on and off the track.

Gliding elegantly through New Zealand, a multi-day experience will allow passengers to truly unwind and experience our relaxed New Zealand nature at the gentle pace it deserves. Staying overnight in rural towns and dazzling cities, visiting world-famous activities and charming local attractions, our dream is to showcase the best of New Zealand, beyond the beaten track.

These are the dreams we are currently researching, and we hope to be trialling new rail experiences from July 2022. 


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