Kingston Flyer

The Kingston Flyer


Taieri Gorge Railway

Taieri Gorge Railway


Dunedin Station

Dunedin Railway Station

Great Train Journeys of New Zealand

Cross the Southern Alps on The TranzAlpine

From the Pacific Ocean to the Tasman sea across the Southern Alps - one of the great railway journeys of the world, it is claimed. From the coastal plains of Canterbury, through spectacular gorges and river valleys, to the peaks at Arthur's Pass, and then down through beech forest to Lake Brunner and finally the coast at Greymouth. Numerous bridges, viaducts and tunnels feature in this 4.5 hour journey. The trip is especially scenic when the peaks are covered in snow in winter.

Stunning scenery on The TranzCoastal

With the sea on one side and the Kaikoura mountain range on the other, when it comes to views The Tranzcoastal has it all. Running along the east coast of the South Island between Christchurch and Picton (with connections to ferries) the landscape takes in rolling farmland and vineyards together with rugged coast with glimpes of dolphins, seals and penguins along the way. Stop in Kaikoura for whale watching or Blenheim for wine. Journey time 5.5 hours, 6 stops.

Auckland to Wellington on The Northern Explorer (formerly the Overlander)

The only rail service between the two principal cities of the North island. Travelling through the volcanic plateau of the central North Island it affords great views of the many unique landscapes of the area. The Overlander runs daily in each direction during peak season, less often during winter months. On occasions the coaches are pulled by a steam locomotive. It is said film director Peter Jackson was inspired to film Lord of the Rings in New Zealand whilst travelling on The Northern Explorer.

Heritage steam trip on The Kingston Flyer

Operating from Kingston on the shores of Lake Wakatipu the Flyer runs excursions during the summer months along its 14 km track. Once the link between Invercargill and the lake steamers that served Queenstown, the Kingston Flyer has a rich heritage in the region, and is now well-loved by steam enthusiasts and tourists.

Taieri Gorge Railway

Once part of the line connecting Central Otago to the coast at Dunedin the railway runs for 78km through the spectacular and rugged Taieri River gorge. The journey offers options for onward connections to Queenstown (by bus) and access to cycle routes for some or all of the return journey. Travel to Pukerangi or Middlemarch, 4 or 6 hour return journeys respectively.

The Seasider

Dunedin's scenic coastal railway service to Palmerston. It's worth the trip just to admire the spectacular architecture of Dunedin's famous railway station, including the huge mosaic floor of the booking office. The railway journey offers plenty of great views along its cliff-hugging route.

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