Travel the South Island

Travel along the gorgeous Pacific coast and across the Southern Alps as you discover the best of New Zealand's South Island

Travel the South Island on New Zealand rail

An unforgettable South Island itinerary

Travel the South Island on our scenic New Zealand railway for an unforgettable view of our scenic South Island. 

From the curated vineyards Marlborough to the rugged West Coast, travel along the blissful Pacific Coast and over the soaring Southern Alps, discover world-famous landscapes and enjoy world-class activities.

Visit the best New Zealand has to offer from the comfort of our scenic trains.

Meander through Marlborough and North Canterbury

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Coastal Pacific rail itinerary

Squeezing between the sparkling Pacific Ocean and the imposing Kaikoura mountains, our Coastal Pacific Christchurch to Picton train is one of New Zealand's most beautiful journeys. Coastal Pacific also provides an easy connection for travelling Wellington to Christchurch by train.
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Our Coastal Pacific train also stops at two of New Zealand's top tourist destinations: Blenheim, home to New Zealand's premium vineyards; and Kaikoura, home to NZ must-do experiences including Whale Watch Kaikoura and Dolphin Encounters.

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Quench your thirst in Blenheim

2,438 hours of sunshine hours will keep you warm in Marlborough’s largest town. With sunrise to sunset photo opportunities find out why Blenheim is a must-see destination.
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See the sights in Kaikoura

The dramatic landscape of a town between the Kaikoura Ranges and the South Pacific Ocean make this a year-round destination.
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Discover Christchurch

The South Island's oldest city provides relaxation and entertainment in abundance, so give yourself plenty of time to explore and enjoy it!
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Traverse the mighty Southern Alps

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TranzAlpine rail itinerary

From Christchurch, the TranzAlpine train ventures over the vast Canterbury Plains to begin its spectacular ascent into the Southern Alps, where it earns its acclaim as one of the world's great train journeys and one of New Zealand's top attractions.
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While most passengers complete the journey to Greymouth to explore the rugged West Coast beauty, Arthur's Pass National Park and Lake Brunner are two sparkling jewels of rural New Zealand and well worth visiting.

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Explore Arthur's Pass National Park

From gentle walks to four day hikes, Arthur's Pass is the base camp for exploring the peaks of the Southern Alps
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Unwind in Moana & Lake Brunner

Located midway between Aurthur's Pass and Greymouth, Moana is a great stop for travellers on the TranzAlpine.
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Explore West Coast

Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, there’s no shortage of things to do in Greymouth. Discover all the best places to visit when you tour one of New Zealand’s most beautiful regions.
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Explore our Scenic Class Carriages

Settle down for the journey of a lifetime, with huge panoramic windows and comfy reclined seating
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Travel New Zealand by train

New Zealand travel doesn't get more scenic or comfortable than aboard on our scenic NZ train services
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Take a break in our Cafe

Explore our Scenic Cafe, where you'll find hot and cold food and drinks to feast upon along with the views
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