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KiwiRail Scenic Journeys is New Zealand's only long distance passenger rail company
KiwiRail Scenic Journeys is New Zealand's only long distance passenger rail company providing world-renowned, breathtaking train journeys and a range of quality onboard facilities.
The Northern Explorer travels between Wellington and Auckland, leaving Wellington Railway Station on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays and returning on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Stops include Palmerston North, Ohakune, National Park and Hamilton.
The Coastal Pacific service runs on an extended summer timetable from October to April, and connects with the Interislander ferry to provide a daily service between Wellington and Christchurch. Kaikoura is a popular destination for Whale Watching adventures, and the train hugs the coastline down much of the Kaikoura Coast.
The TranzAlpine, a world famous train journey, travels daily from Christchurch to Greymouth return. Cross the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, and enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River. Traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn.
Then, after stopping at Arthur's Pass, emerge from the long Otira Tunnel and past beautiful Lake Brunner and on to Greymouth - a great base for exploring this unspoiled region with its mighty glaciers, wild rivers and famous Punakaiki pancake rocks.
With spacious carriages, an on-board cafe, open air viewing carriage, and GPS triggered in-seat commentary, a KiwiRail Scenic Journey is a fantastic experience for young and old alike.
Take the stress out of group travel and book your next trip with KiwiRail Scenic; it's easy, safe, comfortable and a fun and informative experience for all. Groups discounts are available on request.