TranzAlpine, Coastal Pacific and Northern Explorer Services Covid Alert Level 2 & 3

The TranzAlpine, Northern Explorer and Coastal Pacific schedules are affected due to Covid Alert Level 3 and Level 2. Regretfully the TranzAlpine, Coastal Pacific and Northern Explorer services are now cancelled until at least 13 December 2021. Scenic trains will not be operating in alert level 2 areas as we are unable to provide the service experience we seek to deliver. Unfortuneately, we can't provide our customers with total certainty at this time when services will resume and we appreciate this may be affecting your travel plans. We will advise updates on our websites as soon as a decision has been made on resuming services.

Face masks are now mandatory on all journeys, except when consuming food or drink.

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

 We understand that Covid-19 continues to add uncertainty in 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.


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Wellington Short Break - Price From NZ $ 499 per person
Wellington Short Break
  • Duration: 3 Day
  • Category: Scenic Holidays
  • From: Auckland to Wellington
  • Valid: 12 Jul 2021 to 30 Apr 2022
  • Package Code: WLGBRK
  • Price Type: twin
  • Price: NZ $ 499 per person
Tour Overview

Day 1 - Northern Explorer Train to Wellington


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.

On arrival in Wellington make your own way to your centrally located accommodation for the next 2 nights

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

147 The Terrace, Wellington

Terrace Room

Day 2 - Weta Workshop Tour

Experience the many sides of Weta Workshop’s creativity.  The 2hr Combo Tour will see you immerse yourself in our two most popular tours. Meet your guide at the Weta Cave store to begin your journey through the movie-magic world of Weta Workshop! 

Day 3

This morning you check out of your hotel, arrangements conclude

Itinerary Details

Day 1 KiwiRail Great Journeys of New Zealand - Northern Explorer Auckland to Wellington Train Service - Auckland to Wellington 0745 - 1825

Service : Train Service

Depart City : Auckland

Arrive City : Wellington

Depart Time : 07:45:00

Arrive Time : 18:25:00

Hotel Address :- Wellington

Hotel Name :- James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Hotel Check In :- Day 1

Hotel Check Out :- Day 3

Hotel Description :-

147 The Terrace


Terrace Room

Day 2 GreatSights - Weta Workshop There and Back Again 12.00pm Tour WLG WLG GSWEW3 (1200 1430) Day Tour - Wellington to Wellington 1200 - 1430

Service : Day Tour

Depart City : Wellington

Arrive City : Wellington

Depart Time : 12:00:00

Arrive Time : 14:30:00

Terms and Conditions

Travel reservations made within 4 days of departure time cannot be guaranteed. Price and itinerary are subject to change and availability. Please refer to your booking confirmation for final details. Package fares are NZD, per person, share twin, based on current promotional fares which are subject to change without notice. Package fare is made up of individual components from multiple suppliers and each component is subject to availability at the time of booking. Reservation, payment and cancellation conditions apply. 


  • Airfares 
  • Any meals unless otherwise specified within the itinerary
  • Use of rooms before/after normal check in/out times
  • Any services not mentioned within the itinerary
  • Special event surcharges – surcharges and closeouts may apply
  • Items of a personal nature eg. laundry, internet access, phonecalls, excess luggage etc
  • Any credit card or bank fees
  • Travel insurance is not included, but highly recommended
  • Any further Government taxes or duties that may be introduced
  • When renting a vehicle (if applicable)     
    • Petrol/oil/CDW insurance for rental vehicle (airport/ferry terminal collection/return fee / bond / excess applies - pay direct)
    • Rental vehicle additional Fees - pay direct
    • GPS Navigational System
    • Car parking fees

Single pricing available on application. Please email



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