Ride the Rails - South Island


Journey through New Zealand's stunning South Island by rail.

Experience two of New Zealand’s most scenic railways, the TransAlpine and the Coastal Pacific on this trip! You’ll visit and experience some of New Zealand’s most iconic spots, including; the beautiful Kaikoura and the fabulous scenery of Arthur’s Pass. Travelling from North to South then East to West, this journey really has it all.

As well as experiencing our country's most tantalizing tracks, you’ll sample some incredible activities along the way, including the Tasman Strait Ferry Crossing and kayaking with seals!

Tour highlights

Cook Strait Crossing

Enjoy stunning views as you journey through the Marlborough Sounds.

Kayak with seals in Kaikoura

On this relaxed kayak trip, you'll have the opportunity to meet some of the local wildlife!

Hop onboard the TranzAlpine Train

Experience what is regarded as one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world.

What’s included?

  • 4 nights 3* Accommodation - Private Room & Breakfast
  • Ferry from Wellington to Picton
  • Train transport from Picton to Kaikoura
  • Kayak with seals in Kaikoura
  • Train transport from Kairoura to Christchurch
  • TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass return


Your tour includes all the essentials but you can add extra wow-factor to your tour by adding on the activities and accommodation upgrades that suit you best.

Optional accommodation upgrades and add-ons for this trip:


FAQ - Ride the Rails - South Island

Similar Tours

Born to Roam

Capture The Cape

Price from$649NZD

The Bay of Islands really is a must-see, both for New Zealanders and international visitors alike. Encompassing 144 islands and a sub-tropical climate, the “winterless north” is a superb year round destination. Experience tranquillity of the Bay of Islands and Maori culture.

View tour
Born to Roam

A Symphony Of Sounds

Price from$1,579NZD

This tour takes you to stunning Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, so expect to be completely awe-struck! Milford Sound is so magical it’s been known as the ‘the eighth wonder of the world’.

View tour
Born to Roam

The Hauraki Hopper

Price from$2,549NZD

Discover the Hauraki Gulf with this island hopping trip! Start your journey by summiting Auckland’s most active volcano, Rangitoto and sip some of the world’s best wines on Waiheke Island. Explore the magnificent birdlife on Tiritiri Matangi and finish your trip with golden beaches and extraordinary experiences on Great Barrier Island.

View tour


Want to be featured here? Simply tag your Insta pics with #hakatours