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BOOK YOUR NORTHERN EXPLORER, COASTAL PACIFIC, and TRANZ ALPINE TRAIN  Journeys online 
 
 COASTAL PACIFIC Operating days: 29 SEPT 2022 – 30 APRIL 2023 Thursday to Sunday | 21 SEPT 2023 - 30 JUNE 2024
01 MAY 2023 - 20 SEPT 2023 | 29 APRIL 2024 - 01 JULY 2024 NOT OPERATING
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 | 2-5 June 2023 | 14-17 July 2023 | 25 December - 8 January 2024 All full cancellations No bus replacements. 
TRANZ ALPINE Operating days: 14 JAN 22 – 24 DEC 22 Friday to Monday | 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
 TranzAlpine Scheduled Track Maintenance - 28-30 May 2022 |  23-24 July 2022 | 13-15 August 2022 | 16-17 October 2022 | 23 April 2023 \ 21-22 May 2023 | 24-26 June 2023 | 15-16 July 2023 | 5-6 August 2023 | 26-27 August 2023 | 16-17 September 2023   All full cancellations No bus replacements. 
 
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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Train Services

New Zealand long distance passenger train services

Northern Explorer: Auckland-Wellington-Auckland train service
The Northern Explorer train service is a scenic rail journey through the five unique geographical regions of the North Island - travelling between Auckland, New Zealand's largest city - home of the Sky Tower, through the central heartland of the North Island to Wellington - New Zealand's harbour capital and arts and culture centre. Read more

Coastal Pacific: Christchurch–Picton–Christchurch train service
The Coastal Pacific train operates between the delightful port of Picton - the gateway to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds - to Kaikoura - the home of whale watching and onto Christchurch - the South Island's largest city. Read more

Tranz Alpine: Christchurch–Greymouth–Christchurch train service
The Tranz Alpine train operates between Christchurch, Arthurs Pass and Greymouth - from the east coast to the west coast of New Zealand's South Island. Read more

 

Enjoy the Scenic Class experience onboard with a range of fresh food and beverages available from the café car. Seating is comfortable '2 Seat-Aisle-2 Seat' reclining seats with head rests or 'Table Group' (4 people around a table) seating - great for families, small groups or meeting new friends.

Regional passenger train services in New Zealand
Alongside the three long distance passenger train services in New Zealand there are also two regional passenger train services.

  • The Capital Connection train operates between Wellington and Palmerston North Monday to Friday
  •  The Wairapapa Connection train operates between Wellington and Masterton seven days a week

There are no overnight regional or long distance passenger train services in New Zealand.

Travel to other major tourist destinations in New Zealand is by scenic bus and coach services from either Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch or Greymouth.