KiwiRail Running Fewer South Island Passenger Trains Amid Ongoing Pandemic

The Coastal Pacific heads toward Picton, New Zealand, in 2019. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

KiwiRail is running fewer passenger tourist trains on the South Island as New Zealand’s borders remain closed to international visitors.

From May 3 to Oct. 17, the TranzAlpine will run between Christchurch and Greymouth (same-day return) on Thursdays and Fridays. The Coastal Pacific between Christchurch and Picton (same-day return) on Saturdays and Sundays.

Schedules for the Northern Explorer (Auckland-to-Wellington) and Capital Connection (Wellington-to-Palmerston North) are not changing.

KiwiRail has offered discounts on its services and plans to continue to do so ahead of the New Zealand border’s expected opening with Australia.

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