TranzAlpine Itinerary


867 km


  • TranzAlpine train
  • Accessible glaciers
  • Mount Aspiring National Park


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Spend some time exploring vibrant Christchurch before you head across the Southern Alps to the untamed West Coast. Discover a region where temperate rainforest meets glaciers and dramatic coastlines before heading to the lakeside resort town of Wanaka, home to the Mt Aspiring National Park and then on to discover the energy of Queenstown.

Day 1: Christchurch to Greymouth

embark on a world-famous train journey
Christchurch - Canterbury


Alps, lakes and rivers in this majestic region


  • By train: Christchurch to Greymouth
  • By train: 3 h 20 min | 251 km

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Catch the world famous TranzAlpine scenic train from Christchurch to Greymouth and be there in a little over 4 hours, or drive across the stunning Southern Alps to discover the untouched beauty of the West Coast.

Day 2: Greymouth to Punakaiki

Stunning beauty and rugged coastline
West Coast

West Coast

Welcoming locals & untamed natural wilderness


  • By car: Greymouth to Punakaiki
  • By car: 40 min | 46 km

Recommended experiences in West Coast

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From Greymouth head north to the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes to marvel at the unique formations of limestone that began 30 million years ago, and experience the stunning beauty of this rugged coastline.

Day 3: Punakaiki to Fox Glacier

Come face to face with unique glaciers
West Coast

West Coast

Be welcomed by locals and discover an untamed wilderness


  • By car: Punakaiki to Fox Glacier
  • By car: 3 h 15 min | 241 km

Head south down the Great Coast Road, one of the Top 10 Coastal Drives in the world according to Lonely Planet and let it take you alongside ancient limestone cliffs, rivers, glowworm caves, mining heritage and untamed native forest to glacier country.

Day 4: Fox Glacier to Wanaka

discover hidden gems on easy day walks


An outdoor playground surrounds this lakeside town


  • By car: Fox Glacier to Wanaka
  • By car: 3 h | 262 km

Recommended experiences in Wanaka

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From Fox Glacier head inland past waterfalls and river scenery as you leave the coast through the Haast river valley to the lakeside resort town of Wanaka. Experience Mt Aspiring National Park on easy day walks from Wanaka. Finally head to Queenstown in just 1 hour.


Day 5: Wanaka to Queenstown

Take to the road and discover rugged beauty


Stunning resort town on Lake Wakatipu


  • By car: Wanaka to Queenstown
  • By car: 1 h | 67 km

Recommended experiences in Queenstown

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The alpine resort of Queenstown is exciting and fantastically attractive. It’s the place to source almost any kind of adventure, including 4WD adventures, bungy, jet boating, horse trekking, rafting and river surfing. It’s also a destination for luxury experiences – gourmet food and wine, spa treatments and leisurely games of golf


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