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Service Information:   Effective from: 07 Feb 17 - The Christchurch to Arthurs Pass and Greymouth train services have been suspended until 3 Apr 17 due to track damage caused by recent bush fires in the Waimakariri District on 06 Feb 17. Replacement bus/coach services will operate until 2 Apr 17. For online bus/coach fares, times, seat availability & instant confirmation reservations, please click on the above Bus Services link * Train services between Christchurch, Kaikoura, Blenheim and Picton have been cancelled until further notice due to track damage resulting from 14 Nov 16 North Canterbury earthquake. There are daily bus/coach services from Christchurch to Kaikoura and from Christchurch to Blenheim and Picton. For online travel times, fares and seat avaiability, please click on the above Bus Services link
New Zealand Regional and Long Distance Passenger Train and Rail Services 
Long Distance Train Services
 - from Auckland
 - from Wellington
 - from Christchurch
 - from Greymouth
Regional Train Services
 - from Auckland
 - from Hamilton
 - from Palmerston North
 - from Wellington
 - from Christchurch
 - from Dunedin
 - from Queenstown
Bus and Train Services
 - from Christchurch
 - from Fox Glacier
 - from Franz Josef
 - from Nelson
 - from Queenstown
Train and Bus Passes
 - Southern Alps and Fiords Pass
 - Circle the South Pass
Train Timetables
 - from Auckland
 - from Hamilton
 - from National Park
 - from Ohakune
 - from Palmerston North
 - from Wellington
 - from Picton
 - from Blenheim
 - from Kaikoura
 - from Christchurch
 - from Arthurs Pass
 - from Greymouth
Major Railway Stations
 - Auckland
 - Hamilton
 - Palmerston North
 - Wellington
 - Picton
 - Kaikoura
 - Christchurch
 - Greymouth

 New Zealand Long distance passenger trains rail route mapDiscover New Zealand's unique scenery by travelling on New Zealand regional and long distance passenger services, including the three scenic passenger rail journeys - the Auckland to Wellington train showing you diverse scenic views of the North Island - towering viaducts, spectacular gorges, hidden valleys, to the rugged coastline of the South Island, seen from the Christchurch to Kaikoura and Picton train, to the mountain alpine scenery of the Southern Alps from the Christchurch to Arthurs Pass and Greymouth train.

Regional and long distance trains have centrally heated, air conditioned, carpeted carriages with advanced air bag suspension system for quieter smoother travel and un-tinted, non-reflective panoramic windows and the long distance trains have un-tinted, non-reflective panoramic side and roof windows to capture the dramatic coastal and mountain views, GPS triggered journey commentary in five languages at your seat via headphones, plus information displays, overhead HD video and onboard washroom facilities.

Each carriage has comfortable '2 Seat-Aisle-2' forward facing seats with head rests and 'Table Group' (4 people around a table) seating - great for families, small groups or
meeting new friends.

For mobility-impaired passengers, there are spaces for wheel chairs and a disabled public toilet with wheelchair hoists provide access to the café carriage from track level. For hearing-impaired passengers - a hearing loop covers all of the café carriage saloon and serving area.

All long distance passenger trains have a café carriage serving a range of snacks, light meals and non-alcoholic/alcoholic drinks and an open air viewing carriage.

Your friendly onboard train crew is there to provide assistance to make your travel an enjoyable experience by pointing out scenic highlights and provide a little historical and cultural background on the places you travel through.
 

All long distance passenger train services operate as 'reserved seating', non-smoking 'One Class' services.

TranzAlpine TrainYou can add to your train travel and continue to explore New Zealand using a scenic train and bus travel pass or a scenic travel and sightseeing pass, that allows you unlimited travel on New Zealand's largest long distance passenger bus, coach, scenic coach travel and sightseeing touring network including ferry travel between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island, at you own pace, at any time in any direction.

You can choose your own route, stop when you like, and travel as many times as you wish within the validity of this flexible pass - hop on and off where and when you wish.

The scenic train and bus pass or the scenic travel and sightseeing pass, allows you to travel on environmentally friendly modern buses and coaches to New Zealand's 26 tourist destinations, including Queenstown, Milford Sound, Mt Cook/Aoraki, New Zealand's major national parks, the beautiful Bay of Islands and the thermal region of Rotorua to name a few destinations plus selected sightseeing tours.

A scenic travel and sightseeing pass are designed for the independent traveller whether its individuals, families or small groups who wants to get the best out of their New Zealand holiday and experience the true beauty and provides genuine savings off the standard adult fare - so the more you travel the better the value.

Northern Expoer Train near Mt Ruapehu in North IslandYou can explore New Zealand with a scenic train and bus travel pass that allows you to travel by scenic train and on New Zealand's largest bus, coach and scenic coach travel network, that includes inter-island ferry travel between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island, at you own pace, at any time in any direction.

You can choose your own route, stop when you like, and travel as many times as you wish within the validity of this flexible pass - hop on and off where and when you wish.

There are a range of combined bus, scenic coach and train scenic travel journeys between Christchurch, Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Punakaiki - the home famous Pancake rocks and blow holes, Westport, Nelson and Queenstown.

There are no overnight regional or long distance inter-city passenger train/rail services in New Zealand.