Sightseeing & Experiences...
New Zealand Rail Journeys
Discover New Zealand by Train
The TranzAlpineThe award-winning TranzAlpine train runs daily from coast to coast - from the Pacific Ocean to the Tasman Sea. It is described as "The Great New Zealand Rail Adventure" and is rated as one of the world's top 6 scenic train journeys. After crossing the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury plains, the TranzAlpine winds its way over massive viaducts, through spectacular river gorges and into the stunning Waimakariri River Valley. It tracks its way across the spectacular Southern Alps via the alpine village of Arthurs Pass before descending through lush beech forests past the beautiful Lake Brunner to the West Coast town of Greymouth on the Tasman Sea.
The TranzCoastalThe TranzCoastal offers a daily link between Christchurch, the major gateway of the South Island, and the picturesque port of Picton, in the Marlborough Sounds. The TranzCoastal connects with the inter-island ferry before crossing through grape country and over plains, heading south down the east coast. It runs along a thin ledge of land between the Pacific Ocean and the rugged Kaikoura Ranges. Kaikoura offers unique whale, seal and dolphin watching experiences, followed by the lush beauty of farms and vineyards of North Canterbury. This very scenic journey passes through the gardens of Christchurch's residential suburbs on its way to the station.
The OverlanderThe Overlander is a journey through the heart of the North Island, traveling between New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, and Wellington, the harbor capital. For those who want to explore the North Island following an Auckland arrival, the Overlander is ideal. In one day you pass through rolling farmland, lush forests, across the volcanic plateau of the central North Island, over stunning river gorges and sprawling plains and through a host of rural settlements. The famous Raurimu Spiral between Taumaranui and Tongariro National Park is an engineering feat which won prestigious International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark citation in 1997.