As recently happened with few of my friends who planned to visit New Zealand during their vacation but due to lack of information they had to cater with some travel problems, but thanks to railway authorities of New Zealand which provided not only helped them in accomplishing their travel flawlessly but also provided them the complete information about New Zealand Passenger Train Services which shared in coming paragraphs will be vital for both native and overseas passengers visiting to any city of New Zealand.
So let’s also have the glimpse of the information shared with my friends about varied passenger train services operating in New Zealand.
- The Northern Explorer: Traveling on this train can be regarded as one of the scenic rail journey’s in New Zealand which offers travelers an opportunity of crossing over five major destinations of the country falling between North Island of country to Auckland (which is considered as the largest city of the country). While traveling through these areas you will enjoy fascinating view of farmlands, rugged landscapes followed by famous Raurimu Spiral moving through the volcanoes of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu. With this you will also witness the eye catching view of river Gorges. The compartments integrated in this train are equipped with advanced air bag suspension system offering smooth travel, non-reflective, un-tinted, panoramic side and roof windows offering beautiful scenery of mountains. To keep you updated about the varied information related to different places that fall during your journey, the railway authorities provide you GPS triggered commentary in five common languages spoken across the world through headphones available at your seats and display of information through LED television sets. All carriages in the train are equipped with centrally air conditioner and heating facility.
- The Coastal Pacific Train: This is a periodic train which mainly operates from the last week of September to first week of May every year. This train mainly travels from port of Picton to Marlborough Sounds to Kaikoura to Christchurch. During the travel you will move through Blenheim recognized for wine manufacturing to the rugged mountains of Kaikoura standing on the one side of your train while coastline of Pacific Ocean exhibiting its beauty on the other side of the train. With this if you love swimming, then you can hold on your journey at Kaikoura and enjoy swimming with dolphins.
- The Tranz Alpine Train: Covering the areas of Christchurch, Arthurs Pass and Greymouth, the Tranz Alpine Train operates daily adjoining the areas of east coast to the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. While moving through Canterbury plains the train slow down its speed, facilitating the passengers to enjoy the beautiful view of gorges and river valleys to alpine village of Arthurs and moves towards the Otira tunnel. While traveling in this train you will be blessed with an opportunity of visiting Punakaiki and famous glaziers located at Franz Josef and Fox Glacier.
- Taieri Gorge: This is also a periodic train that operates between October to September every year and that also during specific days of week during these months. During the summer from October to April it runs twice a week whereas during winter from May to September it operates once a week. When you travel in this train you will enjoy the spectacular view Central Otago Hinterland to Otago Coast north of Dunedin. If photography is your hobby, then traveling in this train will offer you huge opportunities of capturing beautiful sceneries coming in your way.