The TranzAlpine train has been cancelled until 30 January due to the closure of the line after recent severe weather. GOOD NEWS: The TranzAlpine train to Arthurs Pass is operating, see note below
UPDATE: The TranzAlpine train has been cancelled until 30 January due to the closure of the line after recent severe weather. As the roads are also closed, alternative transportation is not available.
 
GOOD NEWS: The TranzAlpine train to Arthurs Pass is operating, see note below
 
Unfortunately the recent adverse weather conditions in the South Island have caused a signifcant slip which has affected the TranzAlpine rail line beyond Otira and also caused road closures.
 
* TranzAlpine services for the Christchurch to Greymouth route and vice versa are cancelled.
* We are unable to accept any new bookings for the full TranzAlpine service until Monday 30th January.
* If the tracks are cleared sooner we will let you know.
 
It has been decided to continue running a Christchurch to Arthurs Pass rail service.
 
* This service is effective from Saturday 21 January to Wednesday 25th January inclusive.
* TranzAlpine will depart Christchurch at 0815 and Arthurs Pass at 1200 (returning into Christchurch at 1403)
* A decision on continuing this Arthurs Pass daytrip service beyond 25 Jan early next week.
 
We will continue to keep you updated as further information comes to hand.
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New Zealand long distance passenger train services

Northern Explorer: Auckland-Wellington-Auckland train service
The Northern Explorer train service is a scenic rail journey through the five unique geographical regions of the North Island - travelling between Auckland, New Zealand's largest city - home of the Sky Tower, through the central heartland of the North Island to Wellington - New Zealand's harbour capital and arts and culture centre. Read more

Coastal Pacific: Christchurch–Picton–Christchurch train service
This train service operates between end September to early May each year.
The Coastal Pacific train operates between the delightful port of Picton - the gateway to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds - to Kaikoura - the home of whale watching and onto Christchurch - the South Island's largest city. Read more

Tranz Alpine: Christchurch–Greymouth–Christchurch train service
The Tranz Alpine train operates between Christchurch, Arthurs Pass and Greymouth - from the east coast to the west coast of New Zealand's South Island. Read more

Regional passenger train services in New Zealand
Alongside the three long distance passenger train services in New Zealand there are also two regional passenger train services.

  • The Capital Connection train operates between Wellington and Palmerston North Monday to Friday
  •  The Wairapapa Connection train operates between Wellington and Masterton seven days a week

There are no overnight regional or long distance passenger train services in New Zealand.

Travel to other major tourist destinations in New Zealand is by scenic bus and coach services from either Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch or Greymouth.