When deciding on our top ten unmissable attractions in New Zealand the TranzAlpine rail journey easily made the list. But in order to give you a true taste of just how fantastic an adventure onboard will be, we thought we’d need to tell you a little more about it…


On a guided tour of New Zealand, there’s a lot of travelling required for you to discover all the country’s highlights and hidden gems. So why not make the most of it by traveling in style on the TranzAlpine scenic train, taking in the country’s stunning landscapes as you head to your next destination. Distant Journeys are proud to offer some of the world’s best rail tours across our destinations.


The TransAlpine Train Route

The TranzAlpine train passes by some of world’s most awe-inspiring landscapes each and every day. Starting in the wonderful city of Christchurch, you will travel the width of the country, ending at the west coast in the city of Greymouth. This New Zealand scenic rail route stops at numerous stations including Christchurch, Rolleston, Darfield, Springfield, Arthur’s Pass, Otira, Moana, Kokiri and Greymouth. The Tranz scenic rail goes full circle too, so you have the option to stop at one of the destinations and spend some time exploring, and then travel back on the return journey later that same day.


On the Train

The only thing you need to worry about on the New Zealand TranzAlpine express is having your camera at the ready to capture all the wonderful scenery from your window. After all, when it comes to travelling in complete comfort, the TranzAlpine has is covered


  • The seated carriages are designed for your viewing with non-reflective panoramic sides and roof windows that allow you to capture beautiful photos without any imposing marks from the windows.
  • Each carriage has a GPS prompted commentary that enables you to listen to a guide though the headphones provided. You also have the option to view a video of the journey’s highlights and discover more about the destination you are about to explore.
  • There is an on-board café where with a range of food and drink. You can simply enjoy a quick snack to restore your exploring energy, or if you want to relish in the life of luxury, you can choose a cheese board with one of New Zealand’s finest wine or beers. Alternatively there’s a wide range of hot main meals if you desire something more substantial.
  • As you wonder along this TranzAlpine train make sure you don’t miss the open viewing deck. As you take in the fresh air from the surrounding Southern Alps, you’ll no doubt have your breath taken away by just how beautiful this country can be.

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TranzAlpine Train Journey Highlight

On this New Zealand scenic rail journey you will be able to check off many must-see sights from your list. One of the most majestic highlights is the journey through the Southern Alps towards the Arthurs Pass station. Here, you can leave the train for the afternoon and take one of the shorter walks in the national park. However, if you really want to make the most of this remarkable area, you can spend the night either camping or in one of the overnight huts and spend your days exploring the peaks.


On your trip of a lifetime, you’ll want to make the most of every second, so hop aboard this amazing New Zealand rail journey and experience travelling the country in the finest way possible. The TranzAlpine will allow you to see the sensational views of New Zealand and deliver you in style to some of the country’s premium spots. So be sure to book your seat to make sure you don’t miss out.