From a scenic train ride across the Southern Alps to glaciers and stunning pools of blue, don't miss these experiences on the TranzAlpine Journey.

Walk on a glacier

With a temperate climate at low alititude, the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are among the most accessible glaciers in the world. Marval at the sheer enormity of the glaciers carved out during the ice age on an easy walk to the terminal face. Or get even closer on an ice-hiking adventure or sightseeing flight.

Hike to thundering waterfalls

Arthur's Pass, climbing to more than 900 metres through Arthur's Pass National Park, is the highest and most spectacular pass across the Southern Alps. From Arthur’s Pass village, walk the one-hour return journey to the Devil's Punchbowl Falls, a towering 131-metre waterfall.

Dip your feet in pristine water

Tucked away along a short track off Haast Pass, you'll find crystal clear pools of pure glacial water. The walk to the magnificant Blue Pools is equally beautiful, passing mature beech and podocarp forest before coming to a swing bridge over Makarora River.

 

Explore the Oparara rainforest

Immerse yourself in true wilderness with a visit to Oparara, a warm rainforest located on the Northern West Coast of New Zealand. Jump on a guided tour to navigate the maze of caves and hear about the unique ecosystem of the forest.

Marvel at natural wonders

One of the most popular attractions on the West Coast, the Punakaiki's Pancake Rocks and Blowholes were formed more than 30 million years ago. Wander along the well-maintained walkway that weaves through the pancake rocks and watch the waves surge through the rocks below.

Take a street art tour

Learn about local artists and soak up the creative vibe of Christchurch on a street art tour of the city. After a pitstop in one of many eclectic cafes, while away a few hours in Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu), home to one New Zealand's most important public art collections.

Cycle through the wilderness

Ride past rivers, lakes, forests and beaches on this journey through historic New Zealand. Divided into sections, the West Coast Wilderness Trail allows you to take in the Coast’s world-famous scenery as well as going back in time to the glittering gold rush era.

Relax and take in the views

Queenstown may be known as the adventure capital of New Zealand but it is also the perfect place to relax and unwind. Enjoy a long lunch at Gibbston Valley Winery, home to New Zealand's largest wine cave, or soak up the sweeping views from a hot pool nestled among the mountains.

Mt Aspiring National Park, Wanaka

Fom soaring mountains to tranquil river flats, glaciers and turquoise lakes, exploring the Mt Aspiring National Park wilderness is an unforgettable experience. Accessible from Wanaka, it boasts plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts; from walking to jet boating and scenic flights. Choosing where to start is the hardest part!

Journey through stunning landscapes

One of the world's most scenic train rides, the TranzAlpine journey between Christchurch and Greymouth will take you across the Southern Alps to the wild West Coast. Watch from the panoramic windows as the Canterbury Plains slowly give way to gorges, river valleys and lush beech rainforest.

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