Enjoy the spectacular scenery on the TranzAlpine. © TranzAlpine

Cross the South Island on the TranzAlpine, one of the world's most scenic train journeys


As far as window seats go, they don’t get much better than on the TranzAlpine, where the term ‘picture window’ takes on a whole new meaning. 

From the comfort of your seat, with a coffee or wine in hand, you’ll see some of the most spectacular scenery that the South Island has to offer. 

The patchwork grid of the Canterbury Plains and braided blues of the Waimakariri River give way to the foothills of the majestic Southern Alps; inspiring feats of engineering carry you through gorges, past sparkling rivers and beneath snow-capped peaks. 

You’ll travel through tunnels, over viaducts and out into the dramatically different landscape of the West Coast.

Here, lush native bush and soaring beech forest lines the track with more shades of green than you could even imagine. 

You’ll finish your epic journey by the roaring surf of the wild West Coast.

Covering 223 kilometres between Christchurch and Greymouth and taking just under five hours one way, it’s no surprise that the TranzAlpine is rated as one of the best train journeys in the world. 

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