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Explore the length of New Zealand by Train!

We invite you to climb aboard our trains for a very special experience.

Discover Aotearoa/New Zealand’s diverse environment, its unique culture and stunning natural beauty … in a most relaxed way – by travelling the rails, cruising the lakes and inlets and visiting historic steam trains.

Photo Courtesy © Reid McNaught

Relive the days when steam locomotives had a very special drama and excitement about them….the days when the sound of the steam whistle was one of the most romantic sounds echoing through the landscape.

Great New Zealand Steam Journeys invites you to spend your holiday gliding through our country with a diesel or steam rail adventure and enjoy the romance and nostalgia with fellow travellers.

Watch the whisps of smoke drift by as you pass through the “Lord of the Rings” scenery and let the motion stimulate the emotion of a bygone era!

All our train travel is at a leisurely pace during the day and we only travel for 2 to 3 hours at a time before heading off to explore the local  attractions. You will  be able to discover the unspoilt beauty of New Zealand -  without suffering any of the "fatigue" associated with other types of travel. 


Great New Zealand Steam Journeys offer you a well planned train, coach and cruise itinerary with plenty of choices for extra excursions and activities along the way. For the very first time you can now explore New Zealand by train from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island without having the hassle of driving…and without missing the main highlights.

See the Steam Journeys page for the full itineraries. Then take a photographic tour through New Zealand on one of our journeys by clicking on our Gallery page.  



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Click below to see a video of what our passengers really thought of their Great NZ Steam Journey: Please note this only works on Desktops or IPads. Not set up for phones...yet!

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Click below to see a short summary of what you could be doing on your Great NZ Steam Journey:

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View the best of New Zealand's scenic and steam attractions in the Photo Gallery:
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