Travelling by train in New Zealand

New Zealand Train Network

Other than a small number of commuter services around Auckland and Wellington the New Zealand rail network is largely used to carry freight.  However it does have a small number of long distance services which offer journeys through some of the country's most amazing scenery. These long distance services have become popular with travellers and tourists for good reason and are a great way to travel around. See New Zealand Trains for more detail.


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Scenic Rail Passes

It is possible to buy 7 or 14 day rail passes which provides unlimited use of the services between Auckland, Christchurch and Greymouth. The passes also usually include a Cook Strait ferry crossing. Visit and for more.

Specific Trains

For more information on specific trains visit their individual websites.

See Also Trains - A Travel Alternative on the North Island