TranzAlpine, Coastal Pacific and Northern Explorer Services Covid Alert Level 2 & 3

The TranzAlpine, Northern Explorer and Coastal Pacific schedules are affected due to Covid Alert Level 3 and Level 2. Regretfully the TranzAlpine, Coastal Pacific and Northern Explorer services are now cancelled until at least 13 December 2021. Scenic trains will not be operating in alert level 2 areas as we are unable to provide the service experience we seek to deliver. Unfortuneately, we can't provide our customers with total certainty at this time when services will resume and we appreciate this may be affecting your travel plans. We will advise updates on our websites as soon as a decision has been made on resuming services.

Face masks are now mandatory on all journeys, except when consuming food or drink.

Cook Strait ferry bookings and some daytours and bus routes are also open for sale. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries on 0800 143 669 or

 We understand that Covid-19 continues to add uncertainty in planning. Should there be cancellation of services due to Covid 19 restrictions, we will offer affected customers a transfer to an alternative date, a credit for 12 months, or a refund, regardless of the fare purchased less a $30 processing fee for the entire reservation.


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Regional Train Services


The Capital Connection
The Capital Connection is a regional passenger commuter train service operating between Palmerston North, Shannon, Levin, Otaki and Wellington featuring air conditioned, centrally heated carriages with large panoramic windows and disable facilities.

As this is a commuter rail service and reservations are not available. Tickets and monthly passes for this train are available from the railway station on the day of travel - Wellington Railway Station, Palmerston North I-Site in the Square or tickets only from the Palmerston North Railway Station or the Train Manager on the day of  travel.

The Capital Connection operates one daily service each way - Monday to Friday. There are no services on Saturday, Sunday, or Public Holidays including Christmas Day.

Travel time from Wellington to Palmerston North is 2 hours.

For timetable and fare information concerning The Capital Connection (Wellington/Otaki/Levin/Palmerston North) train service - please phone KiwiRail on 0800 872-467 tollfree in New Zealand.

There are no passenger train services from Palmerston North to Masterton, Napier, Hastings, Wanganui or New Plymouth.

The Wairarapa Connection
The Wairarapa Connection is a regional commuter passenger train service that operates daily between Masterton, Carterton, Featherston and Wellington with air-conditioned, centrally heated carriages with large panaromic windows and disable facilities.

The Wairarapa Connection is a commuter rail service, so reservations are not required. Tickets and monthly passes for this service are available from Tranz Metro ticket office - Wellington Railway Station, Featherston Railway Station or tickets only from the Masterton Railway Station or the Train Manager on the day of travel.

The Wairarapa Connection operates Five daily services each way (Mon - Thu), Six daily services each way (Fri) and two daily services each way (Sat, Sun, Public Holidays).

Travel time from Wellington to Featherston is 1 hour and to Masterton is 1 hour 45 minutes.

The Wairarapa Connection also stops at Woodside (For Greytown), Matarawa, Carterton, Solway and Renall Street. There are connecting local bus services from Woodside for Greytown and Featherston for Martinborough.

For timetable and fare information The Wairarapa Connection (Wellington/Featherston/Woodside/Carterton/Masterton) train service - please phone Metlink on 0800-801-700 tollfree in New Zealand.


The Waikato Connection - Te Huia

Te Huia is the passenger rail service which connects Waikato to Auckland ( Papakura Station )

Capable of carrying over 500 passengers per day, connecting Hamilton, Huntly and Auckland.

Te Huia runs return services from Frankton to Papakura twice per day during the week, and from Frankton to The Strand once on Saturdays

Journey time is 98 minutes between Frankton and Papakura. Connecting with Auckland Transport's Metro network at Papakura - please phone AT Metro on 0800-205-305 tollfree in New Zealand