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5 Outstanding NZ Train Journeys

The magic of NZ train journeys lives strong and is a great choice for any traveller wishing to journey the length and breadth of New Zealand.

Taking in Aotearoa’s beautiful, ever-changing landscapes from the comfort of your cosy train seat ticks all the boxes for an adventure of rest, relaxation and also discovery.

NZ train journeys have a long history going back over 150 and years and a bright, scenic future lies ahead for these self-styled Great Journeys of New Zealand as they feature highly in the wanderlust dreams of many would-be New Zealand visitor.

Choosing which of the great journeys of New Zealand you wish to embark on can be challenging and the key factors you will need to consider are how much time you have available, your budget and ultimately your desire to capture everything NZ train journeys have to offer.

NZ Train Holidays

Read on for our latest selection of 5 outstanding NZ train journeys. Each of these featured rail holidays are Independent Tours meaning you have the freedom and flexibility to travel at your leisure including choosing your departure date, and adding in extra days or attractions. Contact us to discuss your options on 03 441 4735


Outstanding NZ Train Journeys #5

Top of the South Island – 7 Days

Take the popular Top of the South Island train tour on this succinct 7 day independent train journey that includes the great journeys of New Zealand, TranzAlpine and Coastal Explorer rail trips. Start from Christchurch on the TranzAlpine train to the West Coast. Marvel at the limestone formations of the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. Take a ride on the Nile River Rainforest Train in Charlestown. Enjoy the scenic drive through Buller Gorge. Relax and enjoy sunny Nelson before returning to Christchurch by train. Departs from Christchurch

Charleston Nile River Rainforest Train

Outstanding NZ Train Journeys #4

Kaikoura Experience – 2 Days

Travel by ferry and scenic train from Wellington to Christchurch, and enjoy a wonderous Kaikoura experience including the natural wonders of this marine paradise. Highlights include a Whale Watch boat trip, a sightseeing tour of Kaikoura including a visit to the historic Fyffe House – built on whale bones. All this and more is wrapped up in a short but brilliant excursion. Departs Wellington

Kaikoura Coastline

Outstanding NZ Train Journeys #3

Trains, Glaciers & Fiords – 8 Days

The combination of TranzAlpine Train, Glaciers and Fiords offers one of the greatest lure’s of travelling in the South Island of New Zealand. The spectacular and diverse scenery catches your breathe at every turn. This great journey of New Zealand includes highlights such as Dunedin city sights, a stay in lakeside Te Anau, the stunning scenery of Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park, a journey on Lake Wakatipu by steamship, and an adventurous tour up New Zealand’s West Coast. Departs Christchurch

Milford Sound

Outstanding NZ Train Journeys #2

Northern Explorer & the Tongariro Crossing – 4 Days

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks” and LOCO Journeys has combined it with the iconic Northern Explorer rail journey to give you a memorable short break. This tour includes a fully guided Tongariro Crossing walk including transfers and lunch, accommodation and of course, a return journey on the Northern Explorer. Departs Auckland or Wellington.

Mount Tongariro

Outstanding NZ Train Journeys #1

Three Great Journeys – 3 Days +

As rail-fans, if you don’t enjoy all three of the Great Journeys of New Zealand, clearly, you’re missing out. So here it is, a New Zealand train holiday that includes all three journeys. Travel with LOCO Journeys and we’ll curate a tour that includes the Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine train trips, each a contrasting experience and an absolute delight of scenic beauty, taking you right through New Zealand’s heartland. The journey length is dependent on timetable variations but LOCO will take care of this for you. Departs Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.

Great New Zealand Rail Journeys Map

To book any of these NZ train journeys, contact LOCO Journeys and we can deliver you exactly the holiday you want to enjoy.

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