The trip of a lifetime
The TranzAlpine runs daily, departing Christchurch at 08:15 and returning at 18:31. It stops at Greymouth for 1hr, arriving at 13:05 and departing at 14:05. The TranzAlpine does not run on Christmas day,
Climb aboard one of the world’s most famous train journeys, between Christchurch and Greymouth. Cross the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, and enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River. Traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn. Descend through thick stands of native beech forest to your destination, Greymouth – a great base for exploring this unspoiled region with its mighty glaciers, wild rivers and famous Punakaiki pancake rocks.
Make it a day trip, or choose a Scenic Escape for overnight packages with accommodation and activities.
Destinations & Activities
Bus/ train Throughfares
Travel beyond Greymouth to the West Coast Glaciers & Queenstown with Intercity Coachlines.
A faithful replica of an 1860s gold rush town, telling stories of fortitude and pioneering spirit.
Discover this vibrant capital of the South, one of Lonely Planet's top 10 cities to visit in 2013.
Exploring the Southern Alps
From short strolls to back-country tramps, you'll be spoilt for choice at Arthurs Pass National Park.
Glaciers & Queenstown
Travel beyond the train tracks to Fox Glacier, Franz Josef & Queenstown with Intercity Coachlines.
Gateway to the majestic Southern Alps, and a quick stop for the TranzAlpine to pick up fresh muffins.
New Zealand on screen
Local landscapes were used for Lord of the Rings and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe film locations.
Tour the trains
Learn more about our services, trains, and take a 360 tour of our award-winning scenic carriages.
Staircase viaduct is one of many large viaducts traversed as the TranzAlpine journeys along the Waimakariri River.
"Awesome! Take your warm clothes because the outside carriage is the best way to see the countryside the train goes through!"