The Tranz Alpine –
rated one of the world’s greatest!
The TranzAlpine travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New
Zealand to the other. From your carriage you’ll see the fields of the Canterbury
Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the
Booking your TranzAlpine train tickets is a simple two-step process. Simply select
your requirements and date of travel, and your train tickets will be emailed to
you immediately after your credit card transaction has been processed.
Your train then climbs into the Southern Alps before descending through lush beech
rain forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth – a great base for visits to Punakaiki
and the always popular glaciers. The TranzAlpine includes both one way seating and
tabled group seating.
Both styles allow you to experience the amazing views while enjoying the company
of other passengers on-board. An open air viewing carraige allows you to get even
closer to the stunning scenery and provides many opportunities to photograph your
favourite spots. There’s a lot to look forward to! Our journey is 223.8 kilometres
long and takes just four and a half hours. There are 16 tunnels, and 5 viaducts,
the highest being the Staircase standing at 73 metres. The TranzAlpine departs Christchurch
and Greymouth daily.