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New Zealand Trains

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WEKA PASS RAILWAY - Waipara, North Canterbury

Location: Canterbury

A historic rural railway that uses both vintage steam and diesel-electric locomotives on 12.8 km of scenic line through the unique and stunning limestone beauty of the Weka Pass. We operate out of Waipara, approximately 60km north of Christchurch. Public trains run every first and third Sunday of each month, every Sunday in January and most public holidays...(more)


Location: South Island

KiwiRail Scenic's unique train journeys let you discover New Zealand and the true beauty of rail. We are NZ's only passenger rail company combining breathtaking scenic train journeys with quality facilities and comfort. Choose from three different trips, providing a range of quality onboard facilities. See our site for more information on the Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific and the TranzAlpine...(more)

COASTAL PACIFIC TRAIN - Picton - Kaikoura - Christchurch

Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

This train ride is a scenic feast of New Zealand, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. On the journey you will pass though the village of Kaikoura, where you can break to take in the whale watching or dare to get closer and swim with the dolphins...(more)


Location: Christchurch

TranzAlpine train packages are all inclusive availalbe from one to three days including your choice of tour from these: Pancakes Rocks & Blowholes, National Park, Gold and Jade hunting, Glacier tour, Cave and Glow worm blackwater rafting, Shantytown, Rainforest cruise and Rail Trail cycle tours, includes accommodation. Return to Christchurch or continue to Queenstown...(more)


Location: South Island

Experience New Zealand from a different point of view. KiwiRail Scenic Journeys operate three unique long-distance train services; the TranzAlpine, Coastal Pacific and Northern Explorer. Their award-winning carriages feature at-seat commentary, an on-board cafe and open air viewing. KiwiRail’s Scenic Journeys are a must-do experience for any tourist...(more)

NORTHERN EXPLORER TRAIN - Auckland - Wellington

Location: Auckland - Auckland City

Travel between Auckland and Wellington through the heart of the North Island. Journey past the Central North Island ski towns of National Park and Ohakune, see fantastic views of New Zealand farmland, the volcanic plateau, Mount Ruapehu, the world famous Raurimu Spiral, and stunning river gorges. Open air viewing decks and panorama windows give best possible views...(more)


Location: Auckland - Matakana Coast

We offer an extraordinary selection of unique small group tours, using the most qualified people, personalities, locations and knowledge. Trips range from guided adventure and dive tours through to educational tours with marine mammals. We are constantly striving to build greater ecological awareness of the highly sensitive and vulnerable nature of the environment...(more)

TRANZALPINE TRAIN - Christchurch - Greymouth

Location: Christchurch

The TranzAlpine travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, through the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River, then climbing into the Southern Alps before descending through lush beech rain forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth—a great base for trips to Punakaiki and the glaciers...(more)


Location: Dunedin - Central Dunedin

Taieri Gorge Railway is considered to be one of the world's great train trips. Departing daily from downtown Dunedin. The train is one of Dunedin's top attractions and travels through some of New Zealand's most beautiful scenery which cannot be seen by road. Includes sightseeing stops, outside viewing platforms, licensed cafe and commentary. Half-day all-weather experience not to be missed...(more)


Location: Otago - Palmerston

The Seasider - an exciting trip taking passengers on a spectacular section of coastal railway-line between Dunedin and Oamaru or optional drop off at Moeraki boulders. Operates on frequent days throughout the year. We also have our 90 minute highlight tour on a regular basis in summertime. Delightful and scenic rail highlight in New Zealand – not to be missed...(more)