Latest Operational Schedule


  COASTAL PACIFIC Operating days: 29 SEPT 2022 –  | 02 February - 30th April 2023 7 days a week  | 21 SEPT 2023 - 29 April 2024 Thursday to Sunday

NOT OPERATING :01 MAY 2023 - 20 SEPT 2023 | 29 APRIL 2024 - 01 JULY 2024 
NORTHERN EXPLORER Operating days: Northbound (Wednesday, Friday & Sunday) | Southbound (Monday, Thursday & Saturday)
TRANZ ALPINE Operating days:  26 DEC 22 – 30 APRIL 23 7 days a week | 28 APRIL 2023 - 28 SEPT 2023 Friday to Monday | 29 SEPT 2023 - 6 MAY 2024 7 days a week | 10 MAY 2024 - 30 JUNE 2024 Friday to Monday
 Face masks are no longer mandatory on any of these train services Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific, and Tranz Alpine trains. However, we do recommend you continue wearing facemasks for your own safety while moving around the train. On-board crews will continue to wear facemasks for the time being.


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Scenic Explorer Pass

Scenic Explorer Pass

  • Scenic Explorer Pass consists of a 6-Day in 1 Month New Zealand Travel Rail Pass and a 60-Hour Intercity Bus/Coach/Ferry Pass. Includes Ferry between North and South Islands.

  • Scenic Explorer Pass can be used to travel north to south or south to north.

  • Scenic Explorer Pass is suited for independent travellers, families or small groups, who are travelling together on the same routes, to the same destinations.

  • If you run out of bus/coach travel ‘Hours’, you can top up your coach travel pass with additional travel ‘Hours’ which are available in 3 or 10 ‘Hour’ lots.  Includes Ferry between North and South Islands

  • Reservations for train, bus/coach & ferry services are compulsory and should be made as soon as possible to avoid disappointment and no later than 72 Hours prior to the travel date.

  • Reservations can be made by contacting the New Zealand Travel Team

  • RailBus Scenic Passes are valid for travel until 31 March 2024

  • All prices are per person as each traveller needs his or her own pass

Scenic Explorer Pass

6 Train Days

60 Bus Hours

  • Adult: NZ$1757.00
  • Child: NZ$1437.00

Fare Type
Pass Validity
RailBus Pass (Scenic Explorer Pass)
01 Nov 2022 to 31 Mar 2024