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.
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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.
Start in Christchurch
Christchurch is one of the world’s most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.
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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