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KiwiRail Scenic Journeys

Christchurch Railway Station, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Relaxing and beautiful!

We caught the train in Christchurch and got off in Greymouth. I gave this a 3 star for a couple of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Relax and Learn

Wow! Views along the whole line are breathtaking. I have taken this trip five times and seen... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Auckland, New Zealand
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KiwiRail Scenic Journeys offer some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand. With three train services that span the country, each with its own unique identity, there is no better way to experience the best New Zealand has to offer. All services feature state of the art carriages including panoramic side and sky-view windows, GPS triggered at-seat commentary, a fully licensed cafe, and open air viewing decks. The Northern Explorer (Auckland - Wellington), Coastal Pacific (Christchurch - Picton) and TranzAlpine (Christchurch - Greymouth) 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 available, including options for travel between the North Island and South Island by Interislander ferry or Sounds Air flight.
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Christchurch Railway Station, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We caught the train in Christchurch and got off in Greymouth. I gave this a 3 star for a couple of reasons. The train is very relaxing, clean and the views are beautiful. However, when reading about this journey I was so hyped that I...More

Thank TexasPenny99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow! Views along the whole line are breathtaking. I have taken this trip five times and seen something different each time. Headphone commentary is informative, with excellent background to the formation of the rail line. Relax with food and beverages from the on-board canteen. Enjoy...More

Thank Q4930PIchristinem
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the Northern Explorer from Wellington to Auckland Papakura. It was almost 11 hours of long journey. However it was an enjoyable trip for us as we got to snap photos from viewing coach. It is a brilliant idea! Never boring because we got...More

Thank StanTVL
Reviewed 2 May 2017

We rode the Northern Explorer from Wellington to Aukland and it was just wonderful. We booked the trip before we left home and were really looking forward to it even though the trip lasts 12 hours. We were pleased to see the train was clean,...More

1  Thank NVJudie
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We had trouble actually finding the Auckland "station" and this was a but unnerving for the start of the journey, then discovering that the station itself was infact a couple of containers tacked together made us wonder just what we had let ourselves in for!!...More

Thank reedwolken
Reviewed 3 March 2017

This was a great option to travel in relaxed comfort on the North Island. I went from Auckland to Wellington with a multi-day stop in National Park. HOWEVER - Be warned that there is a glitch on the mobile website when booking tickets. To add...More

Thank garythecynic
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Not my fault u shutdown the system and when you did the refund u choose to steal my credit card fee away to cut ur loses. U canceling a customer and I have to bear the charges . Lousy lousy service

1  Thank JeremyTan83
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I anticipated this excursion with high expectations of an amazing engineering feat viewed from a train. The excursion started at Ohakune in comfort, with good audio, pleasant staff and plenty of leg room. However moving to the open carriage to really take in the experience...More

Thank Jenny P
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

A highly recommended and novel way to see scenic NZ. Took the Northern Explorer from Wellington to National Park Station (roughly midway to Auckland) and enjoyed every minute of the trip. When we encountered a 'mishap' with fallen tree branches across the line Kiwirail were...More

Thank BarryGE
Reviewed 22 January 2017

VERY disappointing pricing policy from NZ rail unlike the rest of the country which offers value for money this trip is priced at NZD 716 for 2 people return Christchurch - Greymouth in march 17, not a great advert for NZ raill to rip off...More

Thank phil l
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Should we buy lunch and dinner on board or just lunch? Do they serve at leisure or is there a specific meal time assigned?
28 August 2016|
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Response from Charles B | Reviewed this property |
Hi tabbasp, we traveled with our teenage son. Just make sure you have plenty of snacks and I would take plenty of drinks too as it can add up quite quickly if you have to buy cold beverages all the time. The pre packaged... More