Why choose train travel over self-drive? It’s one of the most unique and immersive ways to enjoy the spectacular scenery you won’t see from the road. Australia and New Zealand have some of the most spectacular and unforgettable train travel in the world. Both Australia and New Zealand have a few different and unique rail options to choose from, and they’re each an unforgettable journey.
- TranzAlpine- The TranzAlpine is one of the world’s most famous journeys by train travel. Making its way between Christchurch and Greymouth, it brings you through some of the most fantastic landscapes New Zealand has to offer. Find yourself crossing farmlands in Canterbury Plains, watch as you pass deep gorges and the Waimakariri River running alongside, look in awe at the stunning Southern Alps and be inspired at the amazing landscapes coming into view around every bend.
- Northern Explorer– The Northern Explorer brings you into the North Island’s amazing array of scenery, all in one journey. Taking you through farmlands, untouched bush, lovely country towns, and rugged rocky coasts. Keep your eyes open and watch in awe as you pass through Tongariro National Park, home to three spectacular volcanic mountains- Tongariro, Ngauruhoe, and Ruapehu. Her you’ll see snow covered hills, lava flows as ancient as the volcanoes themselves, and thick forests of beech trees.
- Coastal Pacific– The Coastal Pacific is a summer train, running between October and April. It offers an amazing journey in which you’ll witness the rugged coast of New Zealand in a unique way. Traveling between Christchurch and Picton, the Coastal Pacific brings you magnificently close to the Pacific Ocean. Watch in awe as the rolling waves of the see clash into the immense mountainous landscape. On this trip you also have the chance to stop in Kaikoura for a day, here you can go on a whale watching excursion, swim with dolphins, or explore the other amazing opportunities Kaikoura has to offer.
The Ghan– The Ghan is a three-day transcontinental adventure, offering a view of Australia like no other. Traveling South to North between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin (you can always travel North to South as well), this train travel journey takes you from the bottom of Australia to the very top! Each day on The Ghan brings you a whole new view of the changing landscapes. During the first portion of your journey experience the gorgeous plains of Adelaide and the grandiose Flinders Ranges; followed by the lush red earth and sapphire skies found in Central Australia, ending in the soothing subtropical surroundings found in the Top End of the Northern Territory. Before you get to the top end, spend some time in Alice Springs, stretch your legs and experience locations in the heart of Australia. Once you’ve made your way to the Top End, you’ll have another chance to explore the area of train, in Katherine. End your journey in Darwin, where you’ll find a landscape full of tropical wonder awaits.
Indian Pacific– Traveling East to West between Sydney and Perth (or vice versa) the Indian Pacific offers four days and three nights of luxurious train travel while exploring the amazing landscapes of Australia. Begin your journey on the western shores of Australia, at the Indian Ocean and make your way across the continent to the Pacific Ocean. Immerse yourself in the amazing scenery that passes by, and indulge yourself in the comforts of this amazing train.
The Overland– Offering daylight service between Adelaide and Melbourne, the Overland is all about bringing you on a relaxing and comfortable journey. Soak up the amazing landscapes that surround you, including fields of golden crops, open plains and rolling hills. Passing through lovely Australian towns, such as Ararat Murray, and Dimboola, you’ll experience Australia like no other. The Overland also links up with The Ghan and the Indian Pacific in Adelaide, so it’s a wonderful way to extend your exciting Australian rail experience.
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