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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.