Train Vacations

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New Zealand train vacations provide the comfort to simply enjoy New Zealand scenery that is famed for its beauty. Panoramic views on an unfolding scenery combined with free hands to film or take photos are certainly tempting.

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The Overlander train service starting from Auckland offers sweeping views through its panorama windows and its open air decks. With a rail pass the Overlander, Tranz Coastal, and Tranz Alpine rail are connected including a one way ferry transfer from Wellington to Picton or the other way round.

The North Island route passes farmland, the Tongariro National Park, Mount Ruapehu with volcanic plateau, the Raurimu Spiral, and river gorges. A ferry running between Wellington to Picton ships through the picturesque Marlborough Sounds.

In Picton the Tranz Coastal train follows the coastline, passing Kaikoura towards its destination Christchurch, South Island’s largest city.

While the Tranz Alpine train traverses the Canterbury plains towards the fascinating horizon of the Southern Alps. Their dominant appearance floods atmospheric changes into the scenery reflecting time of year, and day.

Reaching the Alps the route gains on drama. The railway leads through tunnels and crosses canyons, via bridges, in spectacular setting of the Arthur’s Pass National Park to the final destination, Greymouth.

A rail pass enables a stopover and travelling forward and backward within the agreed timeframe of two, seven, or fourteen days with one ferry transfer. All of these passes offer breathtaking scenery and allow a memorable vacation for individual, family travel.

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Search for accommodation while you explore on the North Island the city Hamilton, the Tongariro National Park, or the capital with its great reputation for being the country’s centre of art and culture. On the South Island the wine region around the Marlborough Sounds, Kaikoura and a whale and dolphin safari, or exploring Christchurch may gain your attention.

Tickets to New Zealand train vacations book directly at www.tranzscenic.co.nz or choose a  pre-organised train travel New Zealand and coach tour that covers the best on the North and South Island.

Once arrived in Greymouth at the famed West Coast try Ace Rental Cars for continuing to Fox Glaciers, Lake Wanaka, and Queenstown. This New Zealand car rental company has branches in Queenstown and Dunedin to comfortably combine car travel and scenic train rides to one loop.

From Queenstown a coach/ train service www.taieri.co.nz is found to indulge spectacular scenery on a railway to Dunedin. It goes back 100 years and until today spellbinds its passengers.

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