Quick guide to our train departure and arrival times
Explore our Timetables
You'll find our New Zealand train timetables below for our Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific, and TranzAlpine trains.
If you wish to travel with us, then you must book in advance. Our trains are seating only, and we are not able to take walk-on passengers once the train is fully booked.
If you are already booked, then please ensure you view the relevant station page for your departure. There you will find directions and check-in information. Please note that check-in times and procedures vary from station to station.
If you are meeting someone who is on the train, then you can call 0800 ARRIVALS to check the latest arrival times.
We recommend allowing for minor delays, as our railways travel through rugged terrain with unpredictable weather and heat affecting travel times.
Northern Explorer timetable
Northern Explorer Auckland to Wellington trains depart southbound on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
Northern Explorer Wellington to Auckland trains depart northbound on Friday, Sunday, and Wednesday.
Coastal Pacific timetable
Our Coastal Pacific Christchurch to Picton train runs seven days a week. The last service of the current 2023 summer season will be on 30 April 2023. The Coastal Pacific will then resume service from 21 September 2023.