Latest Operational Schedule


  COASTAL PACIFIC Operating days: 29 SEPT 2022 –  | 02 February - 30th April 2023 7 days a week  | 21 SEPT 2023 - 29 April 2024 Thursday to Sunday

NOT OPERATING :01 MAY 2023 - 20 SEPT 2023 | 29 APRIL 2024 - 01 JULY 2024 
NORTHERN EXPLORER Operating days: Northbound (Wednesday, Friday & Sunday) | Southbound (Monday, Thursday & Saturday)
TRANZ ALPINE Operating days:  26 DEC 22 – 30 APRIL 23 7 days a week | 28 APRIL 2023 - 28 SEPT 2023 Friday to Monday | 29 SEPT 2023 - 6 MAY 2024 7 days a week | 10 MAY 2024 - 30 JUNE 2024 Friday to Monday
 Face masks are no longer mandatory on any of these train services Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific, and Tranz Alpine trains. However, we do recommend you continue wearing facemasks for your own safety while moving around the train. On-board crews will continue to wear facemasks for the time being.


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6 Days in 1 Month New Zealand Travel Rail Pass

6 Days in 1 Month New Zealand Travel Rail Pass

6 Days in 1 Month Pass is valid for unlimited train and ferry travel over 6 flexible days during a 1-month period.

New Zealand Travel Rail Pass is valid for travel on all 3 train services and ferry travel.

Scenic Rail Pass can be used to travel north to south or south to north.

Scenic Rail Pass is suited for independent travelers, families, or small groups, who are traveling together on the same routes, to the same destinations.

Reservations for train, bus/coach & ferry services are compulsory and should be made as soon as possible to avoid disappointment and no later than 72 Hours prior to the travel date.

Reservations can be made by contacting the New Zealand Travel Team

RailBus Scenic Passes are valid for travel until 31 March 2024

All prices are per person as each traveler needs his or her own pass



Travel Itineraries
Fare Type Adult Child Pass Validity Action
Rail Pass NZ$1239.00 NZ$919.00 30 Sep 2022 to 31 Mar 2024