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TranzAlpine Rail Journey

The TranzAlpine is an iconic New Zealand rail journey, renowned as one of the most beautiful scenic rail journeys in the world.

Add the TranzAlpine railway to your New Zealand South Island trip as you journey from Christchurch to Greymouth. Travel An unforgettable 5-hour journey of a lifetime, covering a total 139 miles of dramatic landscapes. Marvel at the South Island ’s striking natural landscape through large panoramic windows, all from the comfort of your spacious carriage.

Board the world famous TranzAlpine train and traverse along the majestic skyscrapers of the Southern Alps.

Roam across the flat, dry tussock of the vast Canterbury Plains, one of New Zealand's primary agricultural regions, before heading north-east as you glide along the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River. This stunning turquoise river will wind along the path of the TranzAlpine railway as you climb into the Southern Alps via a series of 15 tunnels and 4 viaducts, including the 73-metre-high Staircase Viaduct, to reach the high plains of Craigieburn. This is where you will experience the most iconic views of the TranzAlpine journey, the high plains provide a stunning view of Mount Binser and the edge of Arthur's Pass National Park.

Take some time to explore the South Island’s highest altitude settlement: Arthur's Pass National Park.

Journey through the second-longest tunnel in the world, Otira Tunnel (8.5km), built in 1923 marking the completion of the world-famous railway between Christchurch and Greymouth. Emerge from Otira Tunnel to find yourself winding through miles and miles of lush native rainforest along the west coast.


The TranzAlpine carriages are designed with comfort at heart, aiming to seamlessly glide through the beautiful New Zealand scenery, giving all passengers an intimate experience with the striking natural beauty. Using state-of-the-art air bag suspension, guarantees a peaceful and smooth journey across the rugged New Zealand terrain. To heighten this comfort all carriages, hold a limited amount of seats generously spread out with ample leg room and comfort; allowing passengers to sink back into the reclining seat and take in the panoramic views.

Connect with the history, knowledge and culture of New Zealand by taking advantage of the GPS triggered commentary along the journey. Sit back, relax, and plug your complimentary headphones into the armrest of your seat to listen to endless narratives, history and facts about the immense landscapes you are passing through.

The TranzAlpine rail journeys are all about relaxing and soaking up the majestic scenery. And what better way to relax than enjoying a freshly brewed tea or coffee with a delicious cake? Or celebrate the once-in-a-lifetime journey with a glass of your favourite alcoholic beverage. From tasty snacks to delicious meals, hot or cold perfect for all ages, the broad menu of the Café Carriage is sure to supply something to satisfy your appetite.

And if all that isn’t satisfying enough, get up close and personal with nature aboard the outdoor viewing carriages. Feel the breeze as your glide through spectacular diverse landscapes in a carriage with open sides. This is the perfect spot for amazing photos!

On-board facilities:

  • -  Power sockets
  • -  Reserved seating
  • -  Secure baggage carriage
  • -  Air conditioning / Central heating
  • -  Toilets / washrooms
  • -  Baby changing facilities
  • -  Wheelchair accessible
  • -  All areas are non-smoking
  • -  Licenced café
  • -  Audio commentary system
  • -  Outdoor carriages

Along the journey join guided walks at various stops to truly get up close and personal with the immense beauty of New Zealand’s South Island. Be sure to spend a few days exploring the vibrant, beautiful towns of Christchurch and Greymouth aside your TranzAlpine journey.

Experience an unforgettable rail journey by placing an enquiry today! Just use the form on the right and one of our New Zealand Experts will be in touch with you soon!

TranzAlpine Rail Journey

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