Scenic train journeys are a great way to break up your self-drive tour, combining the flexibility of driving with the old world charm of train travel.
Fine Tours New Zealand can arrange a seamless journey while you take in the unique and varied scenery from both rail and road.
South Island Scenic Trains
The TranzAlpine takes you across the South Island of New Zealand, where you experience the contrast of the lush rainforests of the West Coast and the dry forests and braided rivers of the East Coast. In between you pass through Arthur’s Pass National Park, where forests give way to alpine meadows in summer and snow in winter. This remarkable journey is a must do for any South Island driving holiday.
The Coastal Pacific is a seaside train journey taking you from the port town of Picton to the garden city of Christchurch with an optional overnight stay in Kaikoura, famous for whale watching. This journey gets you incredibly close to the Pacific Ocean and the towering Kaikoura Ranges.
Short Train Excursions
Offering vistas not possible by road and an insight into New Zealand's rail history, these short train excursions offer something special for those who visit and are just a sample of your options. The Taieri Gorge Railway departs from Dunedin's historic railway station and travels through the rugged Taieri River Gorge across historic iron viaducts. Driving Creek Railway on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula is New Zealand's only narrow-gauge mountain railway taking you through native sub-tropical forest, with pottery sculptures and amazing views of the island-studded Hauraki Gulf.
There are many more train trips and vintage rail experiences in New Zealand, so if this is your passion we can customise a tour to suit, just send an enquiry today.