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THE GREAT JOURNEYS OF NEW ZEALAND - TRANZALPINE TRAIN - Christchurch - Greymouth

Location: Christchurch

The TranzAlpine travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, through the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River, then climbing into the Southern Alps before descending through lush beech rain forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth—a great base for trips to Punakaiki and the glaciers...(more)

THE GREAT JOURNEYS OF NEW ZEALAND - COASTAL PACIFIC - Picton - Kaikoura - Christchurch

Location: Marlborough

This train ride is a scenic feast of New Zealand, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. On the journey you will pass though the village of Kaikoura, where you can break to take in the whale watching or dare to get closer and swim with the dolphins. December-April...(more)

THE GREAT JOURNEYS OF NEW ZEALAND - SCENIC JOURNEYS - Nationwide

Location: South Island

The Great Journeys of New Zealand Scenic Journeys let you discover NZ and the true-beauty of rail. We are NZ's only passenger rail company combining breathtaking scenic-train journeys with quality facilities and comfort. Choose from three different trips, providing a range of quality onboard facilities. See our site for more information on the Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific and the TranzAlpine...(more)

THE GREAT JOURNEYS OF NEW ZEALAND - NORTHERN EXPLORER - Auckland - Wellington

Location: Wellington - Wellington City

Travel between Auckland and Wellington through the heart of the North Island. Journey past the Central North Island ski towns of National Park and Ohakune, see fantastic views of New Zealand farmland, the volcanic plateau, Mount Ruapehu, the world famous Raurimu Spiral, and stunning river gorges. Open air viewing decks and panorama windows give best possible views...(more)

DUNEDIN RAILWAYS, THE SEASIDER - Dunedin

Location: Dunedin - North Dunedin

Departing from the Iconic Dunedin Railway Station - the Seasider train takes you on a journey along the spectacular Otago Coastline between Dunedin and Waitati. Enjoy scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and listen to stories of the surrounding area with live onboard commentary. This 2-2.5 hour journey operates daily from December through until the end of March...(more)

DUNEDIN RAILWAYS, TAIERI GORGE RAILWAY - Dunedin

Location: Dunedin

Taieri Gorge Railway is considered to be one of the world's great train trips. Departing daily from downtown Dunedin. The train is one of Dunedin's top attractions and travels through some of New Zealand's most beautiful scenery which cannot be seen by road. Includes sightseeing stops, outside viewing platforms, licensed cafe and commentary. Half-day all-weather experience not to be missed...(more)

THE GREAT JOURNEYS OF NEW ZEALAND - SCENIC JOURNEYS - Nationwide

Location: South Island

Experience New Zealand from a different point of view. The Great Journeys of New Zealand Scenic Journeys operate three unique long-distance train services; the TranzAlpine, Coastal Pacific and Northern Explorer. Their award-winning carriages feature at-seat commentary, an on-board cafe and open air viewing. The Great Journeys of New Zealand Scenic Journeys are a must-do experience for any tourist...(more)

DRIVING CREEK RAILWAYS & POTTERIES - Coromandel

Location: Coromandel - Coromandel Township

Enjoy our train ride on a narrow-gauge railway with spirals, reversing points, short tunnels and viaducts, and the unique double-decked viaduct. Bring a camera for the stunning views. Our bookshop has information on local history and ecology. Ceramic art works widely displayed. The innovatively designed trains pass through replanted native Kauri forest. Also, come visit our native wildlife sanctuary...(more)