Add the TranzAlpine railway to your South Island holiday

Make the journey across the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, on one of the world's most scenic rail journeys.

Make the journey across the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, surrounded by stunning landscapes as you travel on one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys.

The TranzAlpine is an iconic New Zealand railway journey and a convenient way to travel between Christchurch and Greymouth. You can now buy TranzAlpine tickets through InterCity, so you can book all your South Island travel in one place – plus the Interislander ferry between north and south.

Journey through a land of amazing contrasts – from the pastoral scenes and flat, dry tussock of the Canterbury Plains, through the majestic Southern Alps and into the lush native rainforest of the remote West Coast.

See some of the landscapes made famous by the Lord of the Rings and Narnia movies as you travel through 19 tunnels and across four viaducts, including the impressive Staircase Viaduct, high above the Waimakariri River.

Other highlights include Arthur’s Pass in the Southern Alps – the highest altitude settlement in New Zealand; Cass (population: 1), made famous by the New Zealand painter Rita Angus; and the Otira Tunnel, longest in New Zealand.

The TranzAlpine runs daily between Christchurch and Greymouth. From Greymouth you can connect to InterCity’s West Coast bus services, including Nelson, Westport, Hokitika, Franz Josef and Fox Glacier. See the InterCity route map for more details.

 

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