TranzAlpine train is a scenic rail journey from
Arthurs Pass and
Greymouth passing though the Southern Alps from one coast of New
South Island to the other.
From your carriage you’ll see the flat farming landscape of the Canterbury Plains, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River,
native alpine forests of Arthurs Pass - one of 3 mountain passes through
the Southern Alps and the the native rain forests of the South Island's
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
Greymouth – a great base for visits to
and the always popular glaciers at
Franz Josef and
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 reclining forward facing seats with head and foot 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. There’s
a lot to look forward to!.
For mobility-impaired passengers, wheelchair hoists provide access
to the café carriage from track level, with spaces for wheel chair users
and a disabled public toilet. For hearing-impaired passengers a hearing
loop covers the whole saloon and café serving area of the
The TranzAlpine train is reserved seating 'One Class/Non-smoking'
The TranzAlpine train connects at
Greymouth with various
bus services to
Franz Josef Glacier,
There are a range of combined train and scenic bus travel options to choose
from, allowing you to make one reservation and travel on one fare from
Christchurch to Franz Josef
Christchurch to Franz Josef and
Queenstown or from
Franz Josef and Christchurch or
Josef to Christchurch.
Combined train and scenic bus travel options is also available from
Christchurch to Nelson and from
Nelson to Christchurch.
If travelling from Greymouth along the west coast down to Franz Josef,
Fox Glacier, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Mt Cook/Aoraki or up to
Punakaiki, Westport, Nelson and back to Christchurch, there are a range
of suggested 'Flexi'
bus/coach pass travel itinerary options available.
The TranzAlpine train does not operate on Christmas Day - 25 December.