Rail Tours

Rail Tours

Enjoy the unique charm of train travel around the spectacular countryside of New Zealand.


Travel across the farmlands, enjoy the views of volcanic mountains, dense forests, snow-covered countryside, stunning coastlines, winding braided rivers and bush-clad hillsides. With the excitement of travelling through tunnels and over viaducts, there is something beautiful to see out every window.


Travel from Auckland or Wellington on the Northern Explorer with magnificent views of Mt Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu as you travel through Tongariro National Park. From Christchurch enjoy one of the world’s great train journeys on board the TranzAlpine train as you traverse the mighty Southern Alps from east to west or vice versa. Or, take the stunning Coastal Pacific train north from Christchurch to Picton enjoying spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean as you hug the Kaikoura bush clad mountain range just a stones’ throw from the ocean itself.

Destinations & Activities:

The Northern Explorer has stunning views of Mt Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu as you travel through Tongariro National Park. Perhaps take a break at National Park and walk the Tongariro Crossing? From Christchurch enjoy travelling on board the TranzAlpine train as you traverse the mighty Southern Alps from east to west or vice versa. You can choose to overnight in Greymouth allowing time to visit the beautiful Hokitika Gorge or the fascinating pancake rocks at Punakaiki. The Coastal Pacific train north from Christchurch to Picton commands spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean as you hug the Kaikoura bush clad mountain range just a stones’ throw from the ocean itself. Overnight in Kaikoura and take to the waters where you have the opportunity to view Sperm Whales and dolphins just of the coastline. Additional activities can be added into your itinerary.


Accommodation:

All our accommodation providers have been carefully selected based on comfort, service, location and the overall guest experience on offer. On our rail tours, you can choose between standard or superior accommodation options.


Departures & Duration:

Our rail tours depart from three locations – Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Tour durations range in length, with the option of adding additional days to parts of your tour if you’d like to spend more time in a certain location. Some of our rail journeys depart daily while others have selected departure dates or are operated seasonally – please ask us for details.


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