KiwiRail Scenic Journeys, Christchurch
(4.4/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
Choose between three train routes at KiwiRail Scenic Journeys, a sightseeing railway that travels through some of New Zealand's most beautiful landscapes. Routes run from Auckland to Wellington, Christchurch to Picton, and Christchurch to Greymouth. Each route includes a train equipped with panoramic side and sky-view windows as well as GPS-triggered commentary with headphones, a cafe, and open-air viewing decks. For optimal coastal views, be sure to ask which side of the train is best when buying tickets. To visit KiwiRail Scenic Journeys on your holiday in Christchurch, and find out what else Christchurch has to offer, use our Christchurch vacation builder.
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  • We had arranged our rail journey a month before departing for New Zealand. We were to take the train from Auckland to Wellington, then after an overnight in wellington, to transfer to the ferry and ta...  more »
  • This was the best way to travel to the west coast. This was the most scenic ride I have ever been on. We spent a majority of the time in the front cars taking pictures, etc. There were some minor prob...  more »
  • We traveled with another couple last Friday up to Auckland and back to Palmerston North on Monday, the experience was wonderful from the comfort of the train, the excellence of the staff and the wonde...  more »
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  • First i thought it is a little bit expensive for just a ride with the train, but it was worth it! U reach areas, u can´t reach with the bike. We had amazing weather, starting in sunny Christchurch. A long the seas u can shot so many beautiful pictures! A top in Arthur´s Pass was a lot of snow what makes it so special that you ride from the ocean into a winter wonderland in just two hours. I loved it to stay most of the time on the platform outside of the car.
  • This is probably the most relaxing way to cross the southern Alps. If you are visiting the South island this is absolutely a must do. You can have coffee, a snack and enjoy the view.
  • Only rode to Arthur's Pass, but it was some of the most spectacular scenery I've ever seen, on the most comfortable train ever
  • This was simply one of the best places in New Zealand (south island), specially in winter to see all of the stunning views I've ever visited in my life so far 😀👍❄
  • Good train with beautiful scenic view and food