Connect with the Best of New Zealand (includes interactive map)

27 September 2016

Category: northern explorer


There is no better way to enjoy an authentic slice of New Zealand than to travel lazily through its majestic landscapes aboard the magnificent KiwiRail Scenic Journeys.

From the bustling metropolis of Auckland to the glacial wildernesses of the West Coast, KiwiRail Scenic Journeys connect New Zealand's top destinations in dramatic style. They can take you to the tiny world of Hobbiton (via Hamilton), the wondrous Glow Worm Caves of Waitomo (Otorohanga), the hiking hinterland of Tongoriro (National Park), the quiant capital of Wellington, the peaceful wildernesses of Marlborough, the sumptuous vineyards of Blenheim, the stunning seaside of Kaikoura, the historic city of Christchurch and the rugged mountain peaks of Arthur's Pass.

Whilst they can take you to all these places, KiwiRail Scenic Journeys are probably best known for bringing New Zealand to you. The huge panoramic windows and outdoor viewing areas bring an intimate view of New Zealand's epic landscapes straight to your seat. From imposing volcanoes to narrow corridors of native bush, from glistening mountain peaks to shimmering seas, there simply is no better way to witness the diversity New Zealand famous scenery than from the comfort of a KiwiRail Scenic Journey.

Each of the four journeys has a distinctive flavour. The Northern Explorer traverses the epic landscapes of the North Island, covering 645km and taking approximately 11 hours to connect the magnificent cities of Auckland and Wellington. The Interislander ferry connects the Northern Explorer with the picturesque port of Picton on the South Island. As it picks its way through the inlets and islands of the Marlborough Sounds, passengers are treated to one of the most serene and spectacular voyages in the world. From Picton, the Coastal Pacific train skirts the sunny coastlines of Marlborough and Canterbury as it meanders to Christchurch via Blenheim and Kaikoura. Lastly, the world-famous TranzAlpine connects Christchurch on the East Coast to Greymouth on the West Coast as it climbs an astounding journey through the snow tipped Southern Alps.

Whether you are looking for an memorable day out or an unforgettable journey across New Zealand, KiwiRail Scenic Journeys deliver the best of New Zealand to your seat - whilst you simply sit back and relax. KiwiRail Scenic Journeys are great for groups and families who want to spread out and enjoy their travel together - and they are perfect for independent travellers looking to capture the astounding beauty of New Zealand to share with friends and family back home. Regardless of whether you are travelling alone or with a group, you are certain to make friends in the spacious, comfortable services, where relaxation and friendliness comes as naturally as the New Zealand landscape.