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The Great Journeys of New Zealand (formerly KiwiRail Scenic Journeys)

Christchurch Railway Station, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Northern explorer trip

Great trip, very relaxing, awesome staff, comfy coaches, stress-free time, awesome scenery - have... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
New Plymouth, New Zealand
via mobile
Good way to see the Pass

We were blessed with a mainly sunny day on the trip from Greymouth to Christchurch. The cabins are... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2017
Perth, Australia
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The Great Journeys of New Zealand provide a window to the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand. With three long distance train services and three ferries that span the country, there is no better way to experience the best New Zealand has to offer. All services feature state of the art carriages with large reclined seats, panoramic windows, GPS triggered at-seat commentary, a fully licensed cafe, and open air viewing decks. The Northern Explorer is our Auckland to Wellington train, the Coastal Pacific is travels from Christchurch to Picton, and the TranzAlpine travels through the Southern Alps from Christchurch to Greymouth. Our three Interislander ferries connect out north and south islands in style. Each of our great journeys offers passengers unparallelled views of New Zealand's natural beauty, as well as providing superior transport for individual travellers, families and small groups.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Christchurch Railway Station, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Great trip, very relaxing, awesome staff, comfy coaches, stress-free time, awesome scenery - have done transalpine and now northern explorer and are keen to do the coastal when it is up and running once kaikoura line all go.

Thank TINGA1
Reviewed 15 July 2017

We were blessed with a mainly sunny day on the trip from Greymouth to Christchurch. The cabins are comfortable, and the large windows give a good view of the spectacular scenery. There is a good commentary on board. My husband was a bit upset as...More

Thank May1958
Reviewed 14 June 2017

We caught the train in Christchurch and got off in Greymouth. I gave this a 3 star for a couple of reasons. The train is very relaxing, clean and the views are beautiful. However, when reading about this journey I was so hyped that I...More

Thank TexasPenny99
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Wow! Views along the whole line are breathtaking. I have taken this trip five times and seen something different each time. Headphone commentary is informative, with excellent background to the formation of the rail line. Relax with food and beverages from the on-board canteen. Enjoy...More

Thank Q4930PIchristinem
Reviewed 9 June 2017

We took the Northern Explorer from Wellington to Auckland Papakura. It was almost 11 hours of long journey. However it was an enjoyable trip for us as we got to snap photos from viewing coach. It is a brilliant idea! Never boring because we got...More

Thank StanTVL
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We rode the Northern Explorer from Wellington to Aukland and it was just wonderful. We booked the trip before we left home and were really looking forward to it even though the trip lasts 12 hours. We were pleased to see the train was clean,...More

1  Thank NVJudie
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We had trouble actually finding the Auckland "station" and this was a but unnerving for the start of the journey, then discovering that the station itself was infact a couple of containers tacked together made us wonder just what we had let ourselves in for!!...More

Thank reedwolken
Reviewed 2 March 2017

This was a great option to travel in relaxed comfort on the North Island. I went from Auckland to Wellington with a multi-day stop in National Park. HOWEVER - Be warned that there is a glitch on the mobile website when booking tickets. To add...More

Thank garythecynic
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Not my fault u shutdown the system and when you did the refund u choose to steal my credit card fee away to cut ur loses. U canceling a customer and I have to bear the charges . Lousy lousy service

2  Thank JeremyTan83
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I anticipated this excursion with high expectations of an amazing engineering feat viewed from a train. The excursion started at Ohakune in comfort, with good audio, pleasant staff and plenty of leg room. However moving to the open carriage to really take in the experience...More

Thank Jenny P
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Response from StanTVL | Reviewed this property |
Yes but only few minutes. not many atops too.
28 August 2016|
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Response from Charles B | Reviewed this property |
Hi tabbasp, we traveled with our teenage son. Just make sure you have plenty of snacks and I would take plenty of drinks too as it can add up quite quickly if you have to buy cold beverages all the time. The pre packaged... More