New Zealand's national scenic rail operator

KiwiRail Scenic Journeys offer long distance scenic train experiences in New Zealand. We are part of KiwiRail, the government owned national rail operator and offer three services each with it’s own unique identity.

The world famous TranzAlpine service runs daily between Christchurch and Greymouth return. The Coastal Pacific operates daily over the summer between Christchurch and Picton return with connections to the InterIslander ferry to and from Wellington. Finally the Northern Explorer operates 6 days a week between Auckland and Wellington. Each journey offers a unique scenic experience ranging from mountains to seashore, volcanoes to viaducts.

The Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine each offer unique travel experiences and itinerary options for individual travellers, families and small groups. Each journey begins and ends at convenient locations for onward travel. For added savings and flexibility, three kinds of Scenic Rail Passes are also available, including options for travel between the North Island and South Island by Interislander ferry.

Additionally KiwiRail Scenic Journeys operates the Capital Connection outer-urban commuter service that operates a return service each weekday between Palmerston North and Wellington. For those looking for a truly customised train experience KiwiRail Scenic Journeys also offers the ability to charter services. For more information on this click here.

Our Mission

 To be a must-do tourism experience in New Zealand.



KiwiRail Scenic Journeys is committed to providing our passengers with a safe, comfortable and enjoyable journey while also taking responsibility to reduce environmental impacts and contribute positively to the community.

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Long distance rail services have operated throughout New Zealand for over 100 years. The services enjoyed their heyday in the 1950s and 60s, however the number of passengers carried declined through the 1970s and 80s as passengers moved to cars and airplanes.

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Community Sponsorship

KiwiRail Scenic Journeys welcomes sponsorship requests from groups in the communities it serves. A formal request for sponsorship must submitted with the following details included:

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