TranzAlpine train is a scenic train journey travelling from
Arthurs Pass and
passing though the Southern Alps from one coast of New
Zealand's South Island 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 Waimakariri
The TranzAlpine train travels west crossing the Canterbury Plains,
ascending up through the Southern Alps to the alpine village of
Arthurs Pass for a short break before
descending to the West Coast of New Zealand's
South Island, through lush alpine beech
rain forests to
– a great base for visits to
and the always popular glaciers at
Franz Josef and
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.
TranzAlpine carriages have advanced air bag suspension
system for quieter and smoother travel, un-tinted, non-reflective,
panoramic side and roof windows to capture the dramatic coastal and
mountain views of the magnificent South Island, GPS triggered
journey commentary in five languages at your seat via
headphones, plus information displays and overhead HD video and are
centrally heated/air conditioned for passenger comfort.
carriage has onboard washroom/toilet facilities, with '2 Seat-Aisle-2
Seat' forward facing seats with head rests or 'Table Group' (4 people
around a table) seating allowing to experience the amazing views of the
South Island Canterbury Plains, the Southern Alpines and the alpine rain
forest region of the South Island's west coast , through panoramic side and roof windows, while
enjoying the company of other passengers.
TranzAlpine train has a café carriage offering a range of alcoholic
and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and light meals and an open air viewing
carriage allows you to get even closer to the stunning scenery and
provides many opportunities to photograph your favourite spots.
For mobility-impaired passengers, wheelchair hoists provide access
to the café carriage from track level, with spaces for wheel chair users
and a disabled public toilet. For hearing-impaired passengers a hearing
loop covers the whole saloon and café serving area of the
The TranzAlpine train is reserved seating 'One Class/Non-smoking'
The TranzAlpine train does not operate on Christmas Day - 25 December.
The TranzAlpine train connects at Greymouth, with various
coach services to
Franz Josef Glacier,
There are a range of combined train and scenic bus travel options to choose
from, allowing you to make one reservation and travel on one fare from
either Christchurch to Franz Josef
Christchurch to Franz Josef and
Queenstown or from Queenstown to
Franz Josef and Christchurch or Franz
Josef to Christchurch.
You can a
scenic train and bus travel pass
that allows you to travel by scenic train and bus, coach and scenic coach travel
services, to the Fox or Franz Josef glaciers, Geymouth, Aoraki/Mt Cook
national park, Milford Sound and Queenstown or Auckland, at you own pace, at any time in any direction.
You can choose your own route, stop when you like, and travel as
many times as you wish within the validity of this flexible pass - hop on
and off where and when you wish.
If travelling from Greymouth along the west coast down to Franz Josef,
Fox Glacier, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Mt Cook/Aoraki or up to
Punakaiki, Westport, Nelson and back to Christchurch, there are a range
of suggested 'Book
As You Go' flexi
bus pass travel itinerary options available.