on the TranzAlpine train is a scenic rail journey from
Christchurch to Arthurs Pass and
Greymouth passing though the Southern Alps from one coast of New
Zealand's South Island to the other.
From your carriage you’ll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and
farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River.
The TranzAlpine train travels west, crossing the Canterbury Plains,
ascending up through the Southern Alps to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass for a short break before
descending to the West Coast of New Zealand's
South Island, through lush alpine beech
rain forests to
journey is 223.8 kilometres long and takes just four and a half hours.
There are 16 tunnels, and 5 viaducts, the highest being the Staircase
standing at 73 metres.
TranzAlpine carriages have advanced air bag suspension
system for quieter and smoother travel, un-tinted, non-reflective,
panoramic side and roof windows to capture the dramatic coastal and
mountain views of the magnificent South Island, GPS triggered
journey commentary in five languages at your seat via
headphones, plus information displays and overhead HD video and are
centrally heated/air conditioned for passenger comfort.
carriage has onboard washroom/toilet facilities, with '2
Seat-Aisle-2 Seat' seating either as forward facing seats with head rests or 'Table Group' (4 people around a
table) seating allowing to experience the amazing views of the
magnificent South Island, through panoramic side and roof windows, while
enjoying the company of other passengers.
TranzAlpine train has a café carriage offering a range of alcoholic and
non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and light meals and an open air viewing
carriage allows you to get even closer to the stunning scenery and
provides many opportunities to photograph your favourite spots.
You can add to
your train and bus travel, connecting scenic bus services from
Franz Josef or
Fox Glacier to
Queenstown or coach and ferry travel from
Nelson to other South and North Island destinations.
You can explore New Zealand with a
scenic train and bus travel pass
that allows you to travel by scenic train and on New Zealand's
largest bus, coach and scenic coach travel network, that includes
travel between Wellington in the North
Island and Picton in the South Island, at you own pace, at any time in any direction.
You can choose your own route, stop when you like, and travel as
many times as you wish within the validity of this flexible pass - hop on
and off where and when you wish.
You can book accommodation that is near
Christchurch Railway Station for TranzAlpine train
services to and from Christchurch.