Due to unscheduled maintenance between Blenheim and Picton, our train is unable to travel on a small section of the line while repairs take place. We are very pleased to advise that the Coastal Pacific service will go ahead as planned however a 25-minute portion of your journey, between Blenheim & Picton, will be replaced by Bus.
If you are starting your journey from Picton, you are able to check in at the train station as usual and will be advised by train staff on the location of our private bus transfer.
For those doing a day return from Christchurch, you will have your break time in Blenheim. The station is in the centre of town, so lots of time to explore.
7 DAY ITINTERARY - CHRISTCHURCH TO AUCKLAND or GREYMOUTH 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 before ascending through the Otira Tunnel to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass. Slowly descend to the Canterbury Plains through river valleys of the Waimakariri River, and then onto Christchurch – the garden city for 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 descend through the Otira Tunnel to the lush beech rain forests of the West Coast and onto Greymouth. After a 1 hour stopover in Greymouth, the TranzAlpine train departs Greymouth heading east to the Southern Alps ascending through the Otira Tunnel to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass. Slowly descend to the Canterbury Plains through river valleys of the Waimakariri River, and onto 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 through the 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 1 or more nights stay.
Travel Day 3: Kaikoura to Wellington
Depart: 9.54am - Arrive: 4.35pm
This morning you leave Kaikoura heading north on the Coastal Pacific train. Travel along the coastline before turning inland passing Lake Grassmere Salt Ponds and the wineries of Blenheim and onto the Picton – gate way to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. At Picton, you board your Interislander ferry for your 3 hour (92 kilometre) journey on board the ferry “Kaitaki', a modern ship with a range of on board facilities from eateries, a shop, two movie theaters, a games arcade, a large bar with live entertainment, numerous passenger lounges, 3 open air decks and a friendly on board crew to assist you. through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds and onto Cook Strait before entering the picturesque harbour of Wellington – The Harbour Capital and New Zealand's capital city for 1 or more nights stay.
Travel Day 4: Wellington to Ohakune
Depart 07.55am – Arrive 12.45pm
This moring you depart Wellington and travel along the east coast before passing though the rolling countryside of the Palmerston North region. Ascend through the stunning river gorges of the central North Island to the Volcanic plateau. Situated at the southern gateway to the magnificent Turoa ski field, Ohakune is the perfect place to visit in winter. And in summer, enjoy the Ohakune Old Coach Road walking and cycling track – a great way to experience the unique sights of the southern volcanic plateau.
Travel Day 5: Ohakune to National Park
Depart: 12.45pm - Arrive: 1.15pm
This morning you board the Northern Explorer train and head along the Volcanic plateau passing Mt Ruapehu to National Park. for 1 or more nights stay.
This service operates Tuesday, Friday and Sunday only
Travel Day 6: National Park to Hamilton
Depart: 1.15pm - Arrive: 4.30pm
This afternoon you board the Northern Explorer train and head north passing the volcano's of Mount Ngarahoe and Mount Tongariro before travelling through the rolling countryside of the Waikato before arriving at Hamilton.Hamilton has many great adventures within close proximity. Whether it’s black water rafting, glow worms and caves or communing with hobbits, Hamilton is the place to start.
This service operates Tuesday, Friday and Sunday only
Travel Day 7: Hamilton to Auckland
Depart 4.30pm – Arrive 6.50pm
A visit to the hustle and bustle of Auckland is hard to beat. Whether it’s a weekend exploring the waterfront or a few days further afield, there is always lots to do in this vibrant city. What better way to get there and experience it all, than on the Northern Explorer train. You'll arrive right in the middle of town at the Britomart Precinct - close to restaurants, bars, fashion boutiques, art spaces and a short walk from the Viaduct and ferry terminal (for trips on the harbour and out to the islands).
Please note: You must purchase a Scenic Rail Fixed 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.