Other New Zealand train trips Our other rail experiences rely on the passion and dedication of enthusiasts. Train Tours New Zealand. Sit back and let us connect you to a rich diversity of people and places throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand. The Great Journeys of New Zealand. Our three iconic trains, Coastal Pacific, Northern Explorer, TranzAlpine and our Interislander Cook Strait ferry offer a seamless connection between the North and South islands, and to many spectacular destinations along the way. Whether you want to see famous landmarks or explore the magical land of New Zealand, traveling by train gives you the perfect opportunity to see New Zealand’s unique landscape. Southland has the Kingston Flyer, Dunedin has the Taieri Gorge Railway and Auckland is the launching point for amazing boutique steam train trips around the whole country. Rail tours have always been a vacationers’ favorite means to see vast landscape without having to worry about driving in an unknown country. Travel by Train in Australia and New Zealand. The Coastal Pacific is a seasonal train, running from Spring through to Autumn. Rail tours have always been a vacationers’ favorite means to see vast landscape without having to worry about driving in an unknown country. Each of the three scenic passenger rail journeys in New Zealand are unique, with views from the Northern Explorer train showing you the diverse countryside of the North Island - towering viaducts, spectacular gorges, hidden valleys, to the rugged coastline of the South Island, seen from the Coastal Pacific train to the mountain alpine scenery from the Tranz Alpine train.
With the sea stretching to the horizon in the east and the Kaikoura mountains stretching to the sky in the west, the Coastal Pacific journey between Picton and Christchurch is one of the most astonishingly beautiful in New Zealand.