The Coastal Pacific will be back to service for the 2019 season and it is hoped the season will be extended if possible. We will continue to keep you updated as a return to service date becomes clearer. In the meantime we can book coach transportation for you between Picton and Christchurch.
TranzAlpine Service Information: Due to work in the Otira Tunnel and other track maintenance, this train service will run between Christchurch and Arthurs Pass only and will be replaced by bus between Arthurs Pass and Greymouth on the following dates 07 May, 18 June, 30 July, 10 September, 15 October & 26 November 2018.
4 DAY ITINERARY - CHRISTCHURCH TO AUCKLAND
Travel Day 1: Greymouth to Christchurch
Depart: 1.45pm - Arrive: 6.05pm
This afternoon, you depart Greymouth on The TranzAlpine train heading east to the Southern Alps ascending up through the Otira tunnel to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass slowly descending through river valleys of the Waimakariri River, crossing the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch – The Garden City for a 1 or more nights stay.
Christchurch to Greymouth Day Excursion
Depart: 8.15am - Return: 6.05pm
Today travel between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other and return. From your carriage you'll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River, as you ascend through the Southern Alps to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass. From Arthurs you descending through the Otira tunnel to the lush beech rain forests to the West Coast to Greymouth. After a hour stopover in Greymouth, The TranzAlpine train departs Greymouth heading east to the Southern Alps ascending up through the Otira tunnel to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass, then slowly descending through river valleys of the Waimakariri River, crossing the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch for 1 or more nights stay.
Travel Day 2: Christchurch to Kaikoura
Depart: 7.00am - Arrive: 9.45am
This morning you board the Coastal Pacific train traveling north travelling through the north Canterbury plains before heading east to the coast and north along the rugged coastline the separates the majestic Kaikoura Ranges from the sea to Kaikoura famous for viewing whales and dolphins, for a 1 or more nights stay.
Travel Day 3: Kaikoura to Wellington
Depart: 9.54am - Arrive: 4.35pm
This morning you leave Kaikoura your journey takes you north along the coastline before turning inland passing Lake Grassmere Salt Ponds and the wineries of Blenheim to the Picton – the gate way of the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. At Picton, you board your Interislander ferry for your 3 hour (92 kilometre) journey. A modern ship with a range of on board facilities from eateries, a shop, movie theater, a games arcade, a large bar with live entertainment, numerous passenger lounges, open air decks and friendly on board crew to assist you through the Marlborough Sounds and out to Cook Strait before entering picturesque harbour of Wellington – The Harbour Capital and New Zealand's capital city for a 1 or more nights stay.
Travel Day 4: Wellington to Auckland
Depart: 7.55am - Arrive: 6.45pm
This morning you board the Northern Explorer train heading along the Wellington's coast line to the rolling farming landscape of the Palmerston North ascending up through stunning river gorges of the central North Island to the volcanic plateau passing Mt Ruapehu to National Park for a short stop. From National Park, your journey takes you along the volcanic plateau passing the the Volcano's of Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro before descending down the famous Raurimu Spiral to the rugged bush country and through rolling framing landscape of the Waikato region and onto Auckland – the city of sails.
The Wellington to Auckland train service operates Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
Please note: You must purchase a Scenic Rail Pass before you can make any travel sector reservations.
Itineraries are a guide only and times / schedules are subject to change. Accommodation is additional and not included with your pass.