South Island trips

TranzAlpine Journey

4 Days


Christchurch to Central Queenstown


  • TranzAlpine train
  • Accessible Glaciers
  • Mount Aspiring NP

Best time of year

All year

Travel in style aboard the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch through the epic landscapes of the Southern Alps to the West Coast. Then take an easy drive along the coastline where the rainforest meets the ocean and giant glaciers. From there it’s the soaring mountains, spectacular glaciers and picture-perfect river valleys of Mt Aspiring National Park, Wanaka. Nearby Queenstown is a true travellers’ paradise, offering everything from adventure activities to delicious food and wine experiences.     

Day 1

Christchurch to Hokitika

3 hrs

39 mins

283 km

176 mi

Christchurch - Canterbury

Leave New Zealand's 'Garden City' and head west on the scenic TranzAlpine train, considered one of the best train journeys in the world. Once in Greymouth discover a coastline rich in gold mining history and the world famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Then head down the coast 30 mins to historic Hokitika. Or if you want to experience the diverse scenery a more unique way, try the West Coast Wilderness trail and cycle down easy paths through rainforest, past tumbling rivers, unspoiled lakes, raw beaches and the Southern Alps to Hokitika.

Historic Hokitika is home to beautifully restored historic buildings, a picturesque river and a wild, pebbly beach. It's the perfect place to spend the night to get a real feel for New Zealand's historic gold-mining past

Explore the surrounds of Christchurch, Canterbury.

Start in Christchurch

Christchurch city promises an eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture. As the gateway to the South Island, it's a must on any itinerary.

Hokitika beach is typical of the South Island's wild West Coast

End in Hokitika

Historic Hokitika is a place to appreciate the fascinating history of the West Coast. Hear about the ship wrecks, gold miners and pounamu hunters that lived in this stunning coastal area.

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