New Zealand train journeys are a unique and relaxing way to see another side of this spectacular country.
Many of New Zealand most stunning views remain inaccessible by road. This is where rail travel comes into scenic play. Clever engineering has resulted in a small (but comprehensive) railway network offering the opportunity to enjoy some of those views - and there are many incredible train journeys available.
Complete with food and drink, panoramic windows and reclining seats, these journeys allow you to sit back and enjoy the view as you traverse snowy alpine passes, remote national parks, volcanic fields and windswept coastlines.
The North Island has one key scenic railway, The Northern Explorer and two (notable) smaller ones - Driving Creek Railway and The Forgotten World adventures.
There are many more scenic rail journeys in the South due to the dramatic landscape. The most well known is the TranzAlpine Scenic Train but other notable journeys include The Oamaru Seasider, The Coastal Pacific and the Taieri Gorge Railway.
We recommend that people add at least one of these experiences to their New Zealand visit because a train is a great platform for taking in New Zealand scenery. Contact one of our experienced trip planners for more help and information on how to include some spectacular New Zealand train journeys in a visit to New Zealand.