Scenic Rail Pass

Scenic Rail Pass
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Buy a Scenic Travel Pass

With so many of New Zealand's top destinations en-route, it is hard not to want to hop on and off our Scenic Journeys train and ferry services.

From Auckland you can stop at Hamilton and visit Hobbiton, then hop off at Otorohanga for the Glow Worm Caves at Waitomo, then National Park to hike the Tongariro Crossing or simply enjoy the opulence of the historic Chateau Tongoriro, then cycle the Old Coach Road at Ohakune before heading on to the Coolest Little Capital in the World, Wellington.

From Wellington, cruise on the Interislander to the picturesque port of Picton at the top of the South Island, then hop on the Coastal Pacific to Blenheim for a taste of New Zealand's great wines. Then head to Kaikoura to immerse yourself in our sealife, before continuing onward to Christchurch for a quintessentially English break with trams, punting, gardens, lawns and cream teas galore. 

Lastly, from Christchurch head over to the dramatic West Coast aboard the world famous TranzAlpine, stopping at Arthur's Pass to Explore the peaks of the Southern Alps en-route.

With so many action-packed destinations to stop off at, it is essential to relax in between. That's where our Scenic Journeys truly come into their element. Forget those tiring long road journeys. With Scenic Journeys, all you need to do is sit back and relax in our big comfy seats, order some food and drink from our fully licensed cafe, and let us bring New Zealand to you. Each of our services features huge panoramic windows and has earned a global reputation for delivering spectacular views and a first class service - so let us treat you to an authentic slice of New Zealand.

For those looking to take full-advantage of our Scenic Travel network, we have three Scenic Travel Passes to choose from that are designed to meet your exact travel needs and provide excellent value.

Fixed Pass - All Services

Choose an All Services Fixed Travel Pass for 7, 14 or 21 days and get unlimited travel on all our of Scenic Journeys train and ferry services. This is perfect if you want to explore New Zealand by Train over a 1-3 week period. 

Fixed Passes commence from the start date specified when purchasing. Upon completion of your purchase, you will be emailed a link to your Travel Portal where you can add your journeys. We recommend you book your journeys as far in advance as possible, because during peak periods the trains do sell out. Journeys can be amended or cancelled up to 24 hours prior to travel without charge if your travel plans change. Fixed term Passes can be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to the specified Start Date without any cancellation fee. 

The All Services Fixed Travel Pass is available when all services are running. During the Winter period, when the Coastal Pacific is not running, you can buy a Winter Rail Pass instead.

Fixed Pass - Winter Rail Pass

During the Winter months, we do a discounted Rail Pass that can be used on the Northern Explorer and TranzAlpine services. Interislander ferry services are not included in the Winter Rail Pass and the Coastal Pacific does not run during this period and is therefore not included either. 

Winter Rail Passes commence from the start date specified when purchasing. Upon completion of your purchase, you will be emailed a link to your Travel Portal where you can add your journeys. We recommend you add your journey booking as far in advance as possible. Journeys can be amended up to 24 hours prior to travel without charge if your travel plans change.

Fixed term Passes can be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to first travel without any cancellation fee. Fixed term passes are for travel over the extended summer season.

Freedom Pass

If you are looking for a longer term option that allows you to venture off into New Zealand's wildernesses for several days between journeys, then the Freedom Pass is for you. With the Freedom Pass you choose a number of days worth of travel. These days of travel can be taken anytime within a 12 month period from your first journey - and your first journey can be anytime within 12 months of purchase. Therefore, with a Freedom Pass you really are free to travel whenever you like!

Upon completion of your purchase, you will be emailed a link to your Travel Portal where you can book your individual journeys. We recommend you book your journeys as far in advance as you can, because during peak periods the trains do sell out. Journeys can be amended up to 24 hours prior to travel without charge if your travel plans change.

Freedom Passes can be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to commencement of travel booking without penalty. Freedom Passes are eligible for a refund anytime within a year of purchase providing no bookings made with the Freedom Pass have commenced. Full terms and conditions can be found here.

InterIslander - Cruising through the Marlborough Sounds
Northern Explorer - Leaving Nation Park Station
TranzAlpine - Alongside the Waimakariri River