KiwiRail will resume its scenic journeys with new packages and tours KiwiRail will resume its scenic journeys with new packages and tours

Scenic trains to resume

KiwiRail’s Northern Explorer and Coastal Pacific scenic trains will resume later this year, with the addition of new travel packages and tours which will encourage travellers to explore regional New Zealand, KiwiRail general manager Scenic Journeys Tracey Goodall says.

The Northern Explorer (Auckland-Wellington) will resume from 25 September and the Coastal Pacific (Picton-Christchurch) from 29 September. The two services were hibernated in December 2021, when the ongoing impacts of Covid-19 saw passenger numbers dwindle.

TranzAlpine, (Christchurch-Greymouth) re-started in January and will also offer package and tour options from early October.

‘We’ll be providing new visitor experiences on the Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine – with the addition of self-guided tours and set and customised packages, which will allow people to get off the trains for a day or two to experience more of what the regions have to offer.

‘We are also adding a range of high-quality, multi-day guided tours, built around our scenic trains. There is a growing international market for this kind of high-quality, rail-cruising experience and this will be a first for KiwiRail.’

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