Travelling by Train
Travelling by train is a fantastic way to see sections of New Zealand as you can sit back and look out the window without having to concentrate on the road. We can create a seamless journey combining train travel and self drive, with short private transfers to link the two.
Long Distance Train Travel
There are three main sections of railway line that can be traveled by train.
- The Northern Explorer travels between Auckland and Wellington and this can connect to the Interislander Ferry which takes you on the 3 hour scenic cruise between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island.
- In Picton you can continue your train travels on the Coastal Pacific Train which travels between Picton and Christchurch.
- Christchurch is also one end of the TranzAlpine train line, which crosses the Southern Alps and travels to Greymouth on the West Coast of the South Island.
When planning your holiday in New Zealand consideration of operating days needs to be taken into account. The Coastal Pacific, for instance, runs daily from October to April only.
Train Excursions and Vintage Rail Experiences
As well as the three main trunk lines there are a number of smaller vintage and hobby rail experiences that can be included in your holiday and our travel consultants will be able to suggest options that suit your travel plans. An example and the most popular of these smaller train journeys is the Taieri Gorge Railway, which operates from Dunedin through to Central Otago, where you can catch a connection to Queenstown or return back to Dunedin.
- Contact one of our team to discuss your New Zealand train travel options. They'll be happy to answer your questions.
- Want to explore your train touring options further? See some New Zealand itineraries incorporating train journeys.