NEW ZEALAND SCENIC RAIL PASS

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A Travel Guide For The New Zealand Scenic Rail Pass.

Explore the land that served as the setting for Tolkien’s mythical Middle-earth in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. New Zealand is in the southwest Pacific and consists of two main islands, both of which are shaped by volcanoes and glaciation, which gives the country it’s unique scenery.

People who decide to travel New Zealand by train, not only want to reach their destination quickly and comfortably but also want to marvel at the unique landscape. The New Zealand Travel Scenic Pass gives you the flexibility you need to explore the country’s two main islands.

What is the New Zealand Scenic Rail Pass?

If you are not sure when you want to travel, the New Zealand Travel Scenic Pass is for you.  With the New Zealand Scenic Rail Pass, you can travel flexibly around the Northern and Southern Island of New Zealand by rail. You can travel unlimited on 3, 5, or 6 travel days within 1 month or 7 travel days within 2 months.

Who can use the New Zealand Scenic Rail Pass?

The New Zealand Scenic Rail Pass is available to everybody except for New Zealand residents.

Where can I use the New Zealand Scenic Rail Pass?

The New Zealand Travel Scenic Pass is a flexible pass that allows you to travel on New Zealand’s three long-distance passenger trains on the following routes:

– Auckland and Wellington
– Picton to Christchurch
– Christchurch to Greymouth
– Ferry between the North and South Islands

All you need to do is buy the number of days you want to use and then you can travel whenever it suits you (up to two months from the date of your first trip).

New Zealand north island rail map
New Zealand south island rail map

How much does it cost?

ChildAdult
3 Days in 1 Month NZ $535NZ $765
5 Days in 1 Month NZ $755NZ $1025
6 Days in 1 Month NZ $865NZ $1155
7 Days in 2 MonthsNZ $975NZ $1285

 

ROUTES FOR THE New Zealand Scenic Rail PASS

New Zealand: World’s Most Scenic Rail Journey

New Zealand: World’s Most Scenic Rail Journey

How does it work?

The New Zealand Scenic Rail Pass is a flexible “Book as You Go” pass that allows you to travel on New Zealand’s three long-distance passenger trains and ferry between the North and South Islands. You can specify the number of days you want to travel when booking and then use the trains whenever it suits you, up to two months from the date of your first trip.

Reservations for train and ferry connections are mandatory and should be made at least 48 hours before the date of travel to secure a place for you.

Good to know

If you are planning to discover New Zealand in the low season, there is the New Zealand Travel Fixed Rail Pass – Low Season. It is valid on the two trains Northern Explorer and TranzAlpine. You can also use the ferry connections between the North and South Islands. To book the New Zealand Travel Fixed Rail Pass – Low Season, the journey must be completed before 31 October.

This pass is limited to 7 days, which gives you enough time to travel both the North and South Islands. This allows you to explore the islands for more than a week, even if you do not want to be on the train every day.

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