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DAY 8: New Zealand itinerary 2 weeks, 14 days top sights

Tranzalpine Train Journey

TranzAlpine Train @greatjourneysofnz TranzAlpine Train @greatjourneysofnz

Relax and absorb the diverse scenery of one of the world’s great train journeys. From the rolling farmland of the Canterbury plains through the Southern Alps pass, Arthur’s Pass National Park. The train winds its way past the stunning Lake Brunner with a stop at Moana heritage railway station and with glimpses of the majesty of the west coast’s lush subtropical rainforest.  Panoramic windows means guests do not miss any of the spectacular views as they pass by.

TRANS ALPINE TRAIN

Unmissable bucket list activity. Check out the Tranzalpine online resource for reservation details. The TranzAlpine is one of the world’s great train journeys covering 223 kilometers one-way, taking just under 5 hours. You’ll pass the rolling farmland of the Canterbury plains climbing steadily through sub-alpine landscapes to the breath-taking Arthurs Pass National Park. It is a journey of a lifetime.

Tranzalpine train @Stuff

TRANZ-ALPINE TIPS

  • The train is largely a non-stop service unless you have booked a stop. There is one stop at Arthurs Pass. You can’t get off unless you have pre-booked a stop. There is one compulsory stop (you don’t have to get off) in Arthurs pass. A favourite choice is Moana (Lake Brunner) for travellers.
  • You can take your own food and drink but not alcohol.
  • The best time of year to go is in the middle of winter when the alps are covered in snow.
  • You can travel one way or return and you can board the train at any of the official stops
  • The best photo opportunities are passing the Staircase Viaduct, Broken River Viaduct, Waimakariri River Bridge and at Arthurs pass. You are notified beforehand so as not to miss the photo moment. The large picture windows offer unimpeded views.

DEFINITIVELY THE WAY TO ARRIVE IN STYLE IN GREYMOUTH, WEST COAST

GREYMOUTH VISITOR CENTRE – LOCATION RAILWAY STATION

Greymouth Visitor Centre is inside the station. They offer a free reservation service for all activities, tours, accommodation and transport. Those services include TranzAlpine Train, Tranz Scenic Trains and coach, Intercity buses, Atomic Shuttles, West Coast Shuttles, Naked Bus, InterIslander and Bluebridge Ferry

Greymouth heritage railway station
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