"New Zealand's Scenic Travel Network"

map of common bus and train routes

Explore New Zealand's 15 unique geographical regions and diverse natural beauty with its lakes, rivers, native rugged bush, the majestic volcanoes of the North Island's central plateau, the North Island skifields of Whakapapa and Turoa to the mountain peaks of the majestic Southern Alps, fiords of Milford and Doubtful Sounds, the great southern lakes, rivers, native rugged alpine bush and glaciers of the west coast of the South Island to the major South Island skifields of Mt Hutt, Queenstown and Wanaka using a national flexible 'Book As You Go' scenic coach, ferry, rail travel and sightseeing pass where you can travel at your own pace, giving you value for money travel.

RailBus Scenic Passes are designed for the independent traveler, families or small groups, who are travelling together on the same routes, to the same destinations and want to get the best out of their New Zealand holiday and experience New Zealand's unique beauty with the benefits of train and coach travel to some of New Zealand's famous tourism regions and locations.

RailBus Scenic Passes allow you to travel on New Zealand's three long distance passenger train services between Auckland to Wellington, Christchurch to Picton and the Christchurch to Greymouth, ferry sailings between Wellington and Picton, travel on bus and coach services from Paihia to Invercargill and any places in between including Mt Cook and Waitomo Caves plus selected sightseeing options in Paihia in the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and return coach travel between Queenstown and Milford Sound.

RailBus Scenic Passes do not include any accommodation, entrance fees, meals or Milford Sound boat cruise which are additional.

Scenic Essential Pass

Train Days


35 

Bus/Coach/Ferry hours*


Adult: 

$704


Child

$574


Infant

$Free


Ideal for 1-4 week stay

Recommended Travel Itinerary

Scenic Travel Pass

Train Days


60 

Bus/Coach/Ferry hours*


Adult: 

$888


Child

$760


Infant

$Free


Ideal for 1-8 week stay

Recommended Travel Itinerary

Scenic Freedom Pass

Train Days


60 

Bus/Coach/Ferry hours*


Adult: 

$1030


Child

$860


Infant

$Free


Ideal for 1 week to 3 month stay

Recommended Travel Itinerary

Scenic Explorer Pass

Train Days


60 

Bus/Coach/Ferry hours*


Adult: 

$1275


Child

$1052


Infant

$Free


Ideal for 2 week to 6 month stay

Recommended Travel Itinerary

Scenic Flexi Pass

Train Days


60 

Bus/Coach/Ferry hours*


Adult: 

$1648


Child

$1315


Infant

$Free


Ideal for up to 12 months of travel

Recommended Travel Itinerary

* Includes ferry between North and South Islands.
Child is any person 2-14 years old.
Infant is any person 0-23 months old.