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The TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey, New Zealand

Tranz Alpine New Zealand Kiwi Rail

The TranzAlpine Train Journey is one of the Greatest Train Journeys of the world operated by Kiwi Rail. There is other 2 major Scenic Journey along with the TranzAlpine, which is the Coastal Train Journey and the Northern Railway respectively.

What to expect from this NZ Kiwi Train Ride?

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TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey

The TranzAlpine runs between the Garden City of Christchurch to Greymouth a city up on the West Coast of the South Island. Greymouth is known for its rich history, Gold mining and Dramatic river floods.

Grey Mouth New Zealand
Grey Mouth New Zealand

With reserved seating Coach, you can choose to take a day Excursion or a decision to hop off at Greymouth to explore the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier.

Arthur’s Pass is the highest point of the Journey, so make sure to hop off to capture images against the Stunning Southern Alps.  Do remember that the train only halts here for 5 mins

It’s all about the Journey rather than the Destination, yes I have to say this because this Train Journey takes you back in time through its LIVE commentary explaining you the end of the Glaciers era what made the Southern Alps Rise.

Travelling west crossing the Canterbury Plains, the train goes through the river valleys of the Waimakariri River.

The Alps to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass for a short break before descending through the Otira Tunnel to the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, through lush alpine forests to Greymouth – a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always popular glaciers at

The Alps to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass for a short break before descending through the Otira Tunnel to the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

Make sure of the viewing deck on the train that situated at the rear end, where you can capture the panoramic side of the Southern Alps & the Alpine forest

 

There’s still plenty of Snow on the mountain tops, so just after you have crossed Arthur’s Pass, make sure to keep your camera or Handycam ready to capture the magnified views of the Southern Island of New Zealand.

I personally loved their mini cafe at the middle of the Carriage & offers a luxurious seating to enjoy breakfast with a view!

Travel Tip: The round Journey costs appx 450 NZ$/person and is worth every penny!

I highly recommend adding this to your Kiwi Travel itinerary as not all train Journeys have such wonderful memories of Rugged Snow capped mountains, Gorgeous waterfalls, and lush Green Countryside view!

Looking for things to do in Christchurch? My next Travel Blog on Travel in Style with debs will cover the 5 must do things in the Garden City of Christchurch and how travel with kids is fun in New Zealand.

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