New Zealand is blessed with countless great destinations open and ready for you to explore on your NZ train holidays.
In fact, there is an overflowing bounty of places to stop and soak up the local vibe. Here’s our run down of 5 of the best stops that can be reached by train.
NZ Train Holidays – Best Stop: #1 Arthur’s Pass
The notional halfway point on the TranzAlpine rail journey is named after Arthur Dobson who discovered the pass through the Southern Alps in 1864. Stopping off here on your South Island train tour offers the chance to access Arthur’s Pass National Park and tackle the terrific alpine terrain.
Arthur’s Pass is a tremendous destination for outdoor enthusiasts and the tramping and hiking in this region is highly rated. The Devil’s Punchbowl walk is one highlight, an uphill trek to a fabulous 131m waterfall.
You can easily spend a couple of nights here when alighting from the Trans Alpine train trip in either direction. There may be a small additional cost to hop-off and resume your journey, and LOCO Journeys can provide you a quote to include this cost along with local accommodation options. There are plenty of itinerary options for any South Island train trip so just ask us how.
NZ Train Holidays – Best Stop: #2 Chateau Tongariro
Sitting majestically in Tongariro National Park against a backdrop of the Central Plateau, this hotel is a monument to the glorious days when travel first became fashionable.
Built in the 1920s, it offered everything a holiday required; a ballroom, a cinema, golf course, high tea, and large windows perfectly framing the surrounding mountains.
Time has not dimmed the grandeur and today the hotel continues to remain popular, as do the reasons to stay. Local walks suitable for all levels including the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, will deliver you to breathtaking scenery. Using the hotel as a winter holiday base provides easy access to the Whakapapa ski area. A trip on the new Sky Waka Gondola at Whakapapa open in both the summer and winter is becoming a very popular attraction. Fishing, biking, golf round off the many relaxing options available to you.
Enjoy the timeless elegance and disembark the Northern Explorer train at National Park train station. Return transfers to the hotel can be pre-booked as required.
NZ Train Holidays – Best Stop: #3 Hokitika
This self-proclaimed ‘Cool Little Town’, is a West Coast community located a short 30 minute drive from the Trans Alpine rail terminus at Greymouth.
Bursting full of arts and crafts stores including bone carving, glass blowing and pounamu carving, LOCO can arrange car hire and accommodation for your stay enabling you to also travel a little further to close at hand attractions such as the beautiful Hokitika Gorge or Lake Kaniere.
Make sure you finish the day with another Hokitika must-do and watch the day come to a close at sunset point. LOCO Journeys features a number of South Island train itineraries which include a stop in Hokitika. For South Island train trips and more information,
So those are our 5 best destinations for NZ train holidays. Do you agree? Whether you do or not, take your time, hop off, get off, layover, overnight. Rail travel and NZ train holidays are often termed ‘slow travel’, but only if you allow them to be. Contact Us to find out more.