Train travel in New Zealand is a great way to delve into the country’s inimitable natural splendours and interesting cultural heritage. This article talks about some wonderful rail-trips that always delight people who buy tickets for the journey.
An opportunity to come closer to the captivating landscapes, interesting cultures and cheerful people (travelling companions), a train journey in New Zealand is surely a great way to unravel New Zealand! It may simply be one of the country’s several means of transportation, but a train journey may also endow upon you some of the best sceneries in New Zealand, if the route is chosen thoughtfully. Check out some popular train journeys that never disappoint tourists who spend money to secure tickets for the ride!
The Northern Explorer (Auckland to Wellington)
Without a doubt, this is one of the most scenic rail routes in New Zealand. With approximately 11 hours of travel, the enchanting ride starts from the beautiful town of Auckland through the captivating mountain country of Central Plateau to Wellington. Hamilton and Palmerston North are major halts en route. While travelling in the new air-conditioned carriages, passengers can relish the dazzling views of the captivating native forests and lush farmland, through the skylight roof window. Automated commentary via headphones as well as HD Videos and scrumptious cuisines are offered to make the experience even more gratifying and worth every penny invested on flights’ tickets for NZ holidays.
The Coastal Pacific (Christchurch to Picton)
This relatively short scenic journey takes travellers along the mighty Pacific Ocean and across the enormous bush-clad mountains. The trip is stunning, especially at Kaikoura, where the train is breathtakingly close to the ocean. The Coastal Pacific runs daily between October and April, and hence is a favourite attraction of New Zealand summer vacationers with both locals and international tourists.
The TranzAlpine Train (Christchurch to Greymouth)
Buy tickets to ride the TranzAlpine and be ready for an exceptionally intriguing rail-trip; the route passes through breathtaking vistas of deep gorges, gushing rivers, lush fertile farmland and chiselled alpine landscapes. Greymouth, where the train stops eventually, is tucked between the thick stands of native beech forests. The pristine scenery is absolutely breathtaking. Further, it is a great base for exploring the region’s unspoiled gems, including wild rivers and famous Punakaiki pancake rocks. International tourists who want to relish the exoticness of this wonderful trip should board flights for Christchurch, from where the train leaves daily.
Taieri Gorge Railway
A real delight for tourists boarding flights to sojourn this part of New Zealand, Taieri Gorge runs the distance of around 60kms and takes travellers through spectacular scenic route along the Taieri River and Taieri Gorge. The historical train transits numerous tunnels and crosses over a dozen fascinating viaducts, the top of which offer outstanding views of the surrounding areas. Along the way there are many things to do and see: enjoy onboard commentary, gorge on delicious snacks and capture various sights! No wonder, the journey remains an integral part of itineraries of numerous tourists who grab tickets on flights for holidaying in South Island.