Our New Zealand Rail Network

Connect with the best New Zealand tourist activities and holiday destinations via our extensive rail network.

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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

Northern Explorer

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.
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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. 

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Discover Auckland

New Zealand's largest city is home to national museums and art galleries, alongside sandy beaches, sprawling green parks and volcanic cones.
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Explore Hamilton & Waikato

Lying at the heart of the vast alluvial Waikato Plains, Hamilton is New Zealand's fourth largest city.
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Waitomo Caves

Tourists have been visiting Waitomo Caves since the early nineteenth century, delving inside its labyrinthine caves to admire the glowworm population.
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Tongariro National Park

If you wish to see the extremes of New Zealand's harshest scenery and hike our world-famous Tongariro crossing, then National Park is the place to come.
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Visit Ohakune

Discover the quaint ski-resort town of Ohakune, set at the foot of Mount Ruapehu, one of New Zealand's iconic destinations
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Discover Wellington

With coffee, craft beer, and international cuisine top of the menu, Wellington showcases New Zealand's relaxed and friendly style.
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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.
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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.

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Discover Wellington

With coffee, craft beer, and international cuisine top of the menu, Wellington showcases New Zealand's relaxed and friendly style.
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Picturesque Picton

The peaceful harbour town of Picton is far more than a ferry port - it is a picturesque paradise on the banks one of the scenic Marlborough Sounds.
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Marlborough Sounds

Whether you're after adventure of indulgence, sunny Marlborough has great memorable experiences for everyone.
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Meander through Marlborough and North Canterbury

Coastal Pacific

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.
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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.

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Quench your thirst in Blenheim

2,438 hours of sunshine hours will keep you warm in Marlborough’s largest town. With sunrise to sunset photo opportunities find out why Blenheim is a must-see destination.
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See the sights in Kaikoura

The dramatic landscape of a town between the Kaikoura Ranges and the South Pacific Ocean make this a year-round destination.
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Discover Christchurch

The South Island's oldest city provides relaxation and entertainment in abundance, so give yourself plenty of time to explore and enjoy it!
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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.
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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.

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Explore Arthur's Pass National Park

From gentle walks to four day hikes, Arthur's Pass is the base camp for exploring the peaks of the Southern Alps
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Unwind in Moana & Lake Brunner

Located midway between Aurthur's Pass and Greymouth, Moana is a great stop for travellers on the TranzAlpine.
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Explore West Coast

Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, there’s no shortage of things to do in Greymouth. Discover all the best places to visit when you tour one of New Zealand’s most beautiful regions.
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Explore our Scenic Class Carriages

Settle down for the journey of a lifetime, with huge panoramic windows and comfy reclined seating
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Travel New Zealand by train

New Zealand travel doesn't get more scenic or comfortable than aboard on our scenic NZ train services
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Take a break in our Cafe

Explore our Scenic Cafe, where you'll find hot and cold food and drinks to feast upon along with the views
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