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Bus and Train Travel from
 - Auckland to Queenstown
 - Christchurch to Fox Glacier
 - Christchurch to Franz Josef
 - Christchurch to Hokitika
 - Christchurch to Nelson
 - Christchurch to Queenstown
 - Christchurch to Wanaka
 - Fox Glacier to Christchurch
 - Fox Glacier to Mt Cook/Aoraki
 - Franz Josef to Christchurch
 - Franz Josef to Mt Cook/Aoraki
 - Mt Cook/Aoraki to Fox Glacier
 - Mt Cook/Aoraki to Franz Josef
 - Nelson to Christchurch
 - Rotorua to Queenstown
 - Queenstown to Auckland
 - Queenstown to Christchurch
 - Queenstown to Rotorua
 - Wanaka to Christchurch
 

TranzAlpine train route mapTravelling on the TranzAlpine train is a scenic rail journey from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass and Greymouth 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 River. 

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 Greymouth.

Your 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.

Interior of the Overlander train obsevation lounge carriageThe 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.

Each carriage has onboard washroom/toilet facilities, with '2 Seat-Aisle-2 Seat' seating either as forward facing seats with head rests or 'Table Group' (4 people around a table) seating allowing to experience the amazing views of the magnificent South Island, through panoramic side and roof windows, while enjoying the company of other passengers.

TranzAlpine tran near the Waimakariri RiverThe 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.

You can add to your train and bus travel, connecting scenic bus services from Franz Josef or Fox Glacier to Wanaka and Queenstown or coach and ferry travel from Nelson to other South and North Island destinations.

You can book accommodation that is near Christchurch Railway Station for TranzAlpine train services to and from Christchurch.

 
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