Making Our Great Journeys Even Greater

This year we will be launching our new rail experiences in New Zealand. Here we reveal what's coming up!

Coastal Pacific & Northern Explorer trains set to return in mid-2022


The world is changing,
and we're changing with it!

We’re excited to reveal our new-look Great Journeys of New Zealand, with our Northern Explorer and Coastal Pacific journeys scheduled to return alongside exciting new packages and multi-day tours to create a whole new rail experience.

There are so many iconic activities and destinations to experience in New Zealand, and our Scenic rail journeys provide an amazing way to connect between them. This year, we will be providing new visitor experiences on our Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine journeys, which will allow people to experience more of what the regions have to offer.

Our new products will give visitors a greater choice and convenient new ways to see New Zealand. Our guests will be able to both travel by train and get off the beaten track, immersing themselves in local tourism experiences, including getting out into nature; experiencing local food and wine; meeting the locals and hearing the stories – all the while knowing their accommodation and activities are taken care of for them.

Our schedule for the reintroduction of train journeys and the introduction of tours and packages is below:


Northern Explorer returns in 2022

Northern Explorer

Returns: 25 September 2022

Our Northern Explorer journey will restart on 25 September 2022 with its previous timetable (running 3 days a week in each direction).

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Coastal Pacific returns in 2022

Coastal Pacific

Returns: 29 September 2022

Our Coastal Pacific journey will restart on 29 September 2022, running return journeys between Christchurch and Picton from Thursday to Sunday.

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TranzAlpine train


Running weekends, Fri-Mon

Our world-famous TranzAlpine train journey is running day returns from Christchurch to Greymouth and back every weekend, Friday to Monday.

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Packages to return

Amazing New Packages

launching soon

We'll take care of all the details when you book one of our short-break Packages. Our relaxing escapes by Scenic rail will take you to New Zealand's most iconic locations, where all you have to do is relax and enjoy the journey.

Discover Marlborough on our vineyard voyage

New: Multi-Day Tours

Launching soon

Immersive tours of New Zealand, showcasing award-winning destinations while also travelling off the beaten track with our scenic train journeys providing relaxing travel throughout. 

Enjoy the flavours of New Zealand with our dining experience

New: Rail Dining Experience

early 2023

Take a sumptuous Scenic rail journey with a regional menu inspired by the views. Our new Scenic kitchen will be on track in 2023 to prepare delicious local delicacies to complete your sensory experience of New Zealand.

Right now, we’re proud to be re-starting the Northern Explorer and Coastal Pacific with an improved experience that will benefit New Zealand.

We would like to thank all our customers for showing such patience and support over the past two years. We look forward to welcoming you aboard one of our stunning New Zealand experiences in the future!

Follow our journey

We'll be announcing new services, packages, and tours throughout the year as we steadily expand our visitor experiences.

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