UPDATE: Services to return for the summer!

We are pleased to announce that the Northern Explorer and Coastal Pacific trains will be returning to the tracks this spring and summer. Following the success of the TranzAlpine's return work is underway rescheduling the remaining services.

If you would like to be kept up to date with our services and developments, then please sign up to our News Group and we’ll be in touch soon. If you are booked to travel then please do not worry, we will be in touch very soon. We will be back with further information once we have confirmed dates and are ready to take bookings.

The TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth return will run on Saturdays and Sundays only in August, daily in the 26 Sep - 11 Oct school holidays. and on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays only from September to November 2020. Bookings are open for these dates. A winter special rate of $75 per seat each way applies in August. Fares start from $129 each way from September to November.

Cook Strait ferry bookings and some daytours and bus routes are also open for sale. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries on 0800 143 669 or info@newzealandtravelteam.com


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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 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 – the garden city or 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 hour stopover in Greymouth, the TranzAlpine train departs heading east to the Southern Alps ascending through the Otira Tunnel to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass. Slowly descending to the Canterbury 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 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 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 on the Coastal Pacific train, along the coastline before turning inland passing Lake Grassmere Salt Ponds and the wineries of Blenheim to the Picton – gate way of 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
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 heading along the east coast to the rolling farming landscape of the Palmerston North region before ascending through stunning river gorges of the central North Island to 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
Hamilton is New Zealand’s fifth largest city and gateway to the Waikato. Time spent there is never boring with so 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.
And 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.