IMPORTANT ADVISORY! Read below
 

BOOK YOUR NORTHERN EXPLORER, COASTAL PACIFIC, and TRANZ ALPINE TRAIN TRIP Journeys online 
AVAILABILITY  FOR THE COASTAL PACIFIC and NORTHERN EXPLORER TRAIN ARE NOW POSTED  ON OUR WEBSITE.  AVAILABILITY AND PRICES ARE POSTED FOR TRAVEL ONLY FROM  25TH SEPTEMBER TO MARCH 2023. 

 

 COASTAL PACIFIC Operating days: 29 SEP 2022 – 30 APR 2023 Thursday to Sunday
NORTHERN EXPLORER Operating days: Northbound (Wednesday, Friday & Sunday) | Southbound (Monday, Thursday & Saturday)
Northern Explorer Scheduled Track Maintenance: 20-24 October 2022 | 25 December 2022-09 January 2023 | 27-30 January 2023 | 3-6 February 2023 | 7-10 April 2023 All full cancellations No bus replacements. 
TRANZ ALPINE Operating days: 14 JAN 22 – 24 DEC 22 Friday to Monday | 26 DEC 22 – 27 APR 23 7 days a week
 TranzAlpine Scheduled Track Maintenance - May 28-30 | July 23-24 | August 13-15 | October 16-17  All full cancellations No bus replacements. 

 

Face masks are now mandatory on all journeys, except when consuming food or drink.
We understand that Covid-19 continues to add uncertainty to planning. Should there be cancellation of services due to Covid 19 restrictions, we will offer affected customers a transfer to an alternative date, a credit for 12 months, or a refund, regardless of the fare purchased less a $30 processing fee for the entire reservation.
For queries and assistance, do not hesitate to contact us at  0800 143 669 or info@newzealandtravelteam.com
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3 DAY SUGGESTED ITINERARY – AUCKLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH

3 DAY SUGGESTED ITINERARY – AUCKLAND TO CHRISTCHURCH

Travel Day 1:  Auckland to Wellington
Depart: 7.45am - Arrive: 6.25pm
This morning you board the Northern Explorer train at Auckland and head south passing through the farming landscape of the Waikato region to the rugged bush country ascending to the Volcanic Plateau via the famous Raurimu Spiral, passing the Volcano's of Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro for a stop at Tongariro National Park. From Tongariro National Park you pass Mt Ruapehu the home of the North Island skifields of Whakapapa and Turoa, the ski town of Ohakune before descending through stunning river gorges to the rolling farming landscape of the Palmerston North region to Wellington - The Harbour Capital for 1 or more nights stay in New Zealand's capital city.

This service operates Monday, Thursday and Saturday only.

Travel Day 2:  Wellington to Christchurch
Depart: 9.00am - Arrive 8.30pm
From Wellington you board an Interislander ferry for a daytime sailing from Wellington, with it's picturesque harbour, crossing Cook Strait before entering the magnificent Marlborough Sounds. The 3 hour (92 kilometers) ferry journey is aboard a modern ship with a range of on board facilities from eateries, a shop, movie theatre, a games arcade, a large bar with live entertainment, numerous passenger lounges, open air decks and a friendly on board crew to assist you. Your Interislander journey ends at Picton located in a sheltered marine harbour where you will have time to experience this charming small town. From Picton you board the Coastal Pacific train travelling South along the eastern coast of the South Island, passing through the local Marlborough vineyards, Lake Grassmere Salt Ponds and stopping at Kaikoura - famous for viewing whales and dolphins. From Kaikoura you travel south, following stunning coastline to the northern Canterbury Plains and onto the garden city of Christchurch for 1 or more nights stay.

Travel Day 3:  Christchurch to Greymouth Day Excursion
Depart: 8.15am - Return: 6.31pm
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 of the West Coast through to Greymouth. After a hour stopover in Greymouth, The TranzAlpine train departs Greymouth heading east 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 for 1 or more nights stay.

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Christchurch to Greymouth
Depart: 8.15am - Arrive: 1.05pm
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 of the West Coast through to Greymouth. This is a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always popular glaciers. From Greymouth you can head south to the the Glaciers for 1 or 2 night stopover in the townships of Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and onto Wanaka and Queenstown or north to Westport through the Buller Gorge to Nelson.

Please note:  You must purchase a New Zealand Travel Team 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.

Fare Type Adult Child Pass Validity Action
Rail Pass NZ$846.00 NZ$585.00 25 Sep 2022 to 31 Mar 2023