New Zealand is a picturesque island country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It is made up of two main landmasses, the North Island and the South Island, along with numerous smaller islands. Known for its stunning landscapes,
New Zealand is famous for its diverse natural beauty, including vast mountains, pristine lakes, lush forests, and breathtaking coastlines.The country is home to a rich Maori culture, with strong indigenous influences. Visitors to New Zealand often immerse themselves in Maori traditions, enjoying performances of traditional dances and songs, and learning about their ancient customs and history.
In addition to its natural wonders, New Zealand offers a wide range of adventure activities. From thrilling bungee jumping and skydiving to hiking in the stunning national parks, there is something for every type of adventurer. The country is also known for its unique wildlife, including the iconic kiwi bird and the endangered yellow-eyed penguin.New Zealand has a mild climate, with temperate, maritime conditions. It experiences distinct seasons, with warm summers and cool winters.
The locals are known for their warm hospitality, making visitors feel welcome and at home. So whether you’re looking to explore stunning landscapes, immerse yourself in rich culture, or seek thrilling adventures, New Zealand has it all.
Rail Travel in New Zealand
New Zealand’s picturesque landscapes and stunning natural beauty can be explored in a unique way by rail.
The country’s well-established rail network offers a captivating journey through breathtaking scenery, making it an ideal way to travel and discover the hidden gems of this island nation.
Traveling by train in New Zealand not only ensures a comfortable and relaxing journey but also provides an opportunity to witness some of the most incredible sights. From the snow-capped Southern Alps to the vast plains, pristine lakes, and rugged coastal cliffs, the view from the train window is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
The rail routes in New Zealand cover both the North and South Islands, with popular journeys including the TranzAlpine, Coastal Pacific, and Northern Explorer.
The TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the World’s most scenic train journeys, takes you from Christchurch on the eastern coast to Greymouth on the west, crossing the Southern Alps and offering breathtaking views of Arthur’s Pass National Park.
New Zealand’s longest running passenger service, Northern Explorer travels between Auckland and Wellington, stopping at Palmerston North, Ohakune, National Park and Hamilton. Highlights include the journey through the Tongariro National Park, with its three spectacular volcanic mountains, and the famous Raurimu Spiral.
Explore the rural heart of New Zealand’s North Island on this epic 648km journey from Auckland to Wellington by train.
The Northern Explorer train connects multi-cultural Auckland with our bustling capital, Wellington. With unique blends of international prestige and local culture, both are excellent places to start or finish your adventure.
See the scenic wonders of Middle Earth, soar over towering viaducts, across the high plains of the volcanic plateau, and beneath three mighty volcanoes.
Travelling in either direction from Auckland to Wellington or Wellington to Auckland.
Aukland, Hamilton, Otorohanga (Waitomo Caves), Taumarunui, Tongariro National Park, Ohakune, Palmerston North, Wellington.
The Coastal Pacific train runs on Saturdays and Sundays from Christchurch to Picton and return throughout the winter season. With the sea stretching to the horizon in the east and the Kaikōura mountains stretching to the sky in the west, Coastal Pacific is one of the most beautiful journeys in New Zealand.
One of the most picturesque journeys on New Zealand’s railways. Throughout this scenic experience, you will meander along the Pacific coast between Picton and Christchurch.
The Coastal Pacific train takes you along rugged coastlines, across remote beaches, between mountains and sea, on a timeless journey of breathtaking beauty.
Explore the stunning Kaikōura Coastline, famous for its marine life and whale watching. Voyage through the vineyards of Blenheim, dripping with New Zealand’s premium crop. Canter amidst the idyllic Canterbury countryside to the Garden City of Christchurch.
Book a journey like no other by travelling in either direction from Christchurch to Picton or Picton to Christchurch.
Picton, Blenheim, Kaikoura, Christchurch.
TranzAlpine runs return services on Thursdays and Fridays between Christchurch and Greymouth for the winter season, and has been named among the world’s top train journeys. It covers 223km (139 miles) one-way, taking just under five hours. Passengers experience the majestic Canterbury Plains and mighty Southern Alps on their journey to the beautiful West Coast.
Explore the Southern Alps aboard the TranzAlpine train – one of the world’s great train journeys, covering 223 kilometres (139 miles) one-way and taking just under 5 hours.
The TranzAlpine train travels coast-to-coast through the ‘Great Divide’ and the indomitable spine of mountains that partitions New Zealand’s South Island.
On the east, enjoy relaxing in the garden city of Christchurch and horse trekking into the mountains from Springfield. On the west, experience the tranquillity of Lake Brunner and venture into glacier country from Greymouth. At the centre, explore some great NZ mountain hikes at Arthur’s Pass.
Book a journey like no other by travelling in either direction from Christchurch to Greymouth, or Greymouth to Christchurch.
Christchurch, Springfield, Arthur’s Pass, Moana (Lake Brunner, Greymouth.
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