Ride the Rails


Experience New Zealand’s most scenic railways

Experience three of New Zealand’s most scenic railways, the TransAlpine, the Coastal Pacific and the Northern Explorer on this trip. You’ll visit and experience some of New Zealand’s most iconic spots, including: Tongariro National Park, 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.

This will be a more leisurely and sustainable way to travel around New Zealand, with the majority of your transport utilising the railway network. Replace the stress of navigating new roads, to sitting back and taking in the spectacular scenery. Whether travelling solo or with friends and family, this is an itinerary everyone will love.

As well as experiencing our country's most stunning views, you’ll have the opportunity to sample some incredible activities along the way, including the Tongariro Crossing and kayaking with seals!

Tour highlights

Hike the Tongariro Crossing

Tackle what is reputedly NZ's best one-day walk, with Mount Doom as your backdrop.

Kayak with seals in Kaikōura

Explore the rugged coastline and make friends with the local marine life on this kayaking adventure.

Hop on-board the TranzAlpine Train

Take in the views and explore Arthur's Pass on NZ's most scenic NZ rail journey.

Tour itinerary

  • What’s included?

    • 8 nights 3* accommodation - Private Room & Breakfast
    • Tongariro Crossing return transfers + packed lunch
    • Kayaking with seals in Kaikoura
    • Train transport from Auckland to National Park
    • Train transport from National Park to Wellington
    • Ferry from Wellington to Picton
    • Train transport from Picton to 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 activities you can add to this trip at checkout:

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