Trip Planner:   South Pacific  /  New Zealand  /  South Island  /  Canterbury Region  /  Christchurch  /  Transportation  /  TranzAlpine Train

TranzAlpine Train, Christchurch

(4.5/5 based on 2,000+ reviews on the web)
TranzAlpine Train takes you on the reportedly best scenic train tour in New Zealand. Ride through tunnels and viaducts, along fertile plains and an icy river, and over deep ravines. The train route goes through misty alpine mountains and thick forests of native beech. Observe the snowcapped peaks from the comfort of a top-class carriage with panoramic windows and a cafe. The train's final stop makes a good base for further exploration of the scenic highland landscape featuring wild streams, glaciers, and well-known pancake rocks. Plan your TranzAlpine Train visit and explore what else you can see and do in Christchurch using our Christchurch travel itinerary maker.
Create a full Christchurch itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Christchurch

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Christchurch by other users

16 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND December, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Christchurch & Sydney BY A USER FROM THAILAND April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in South Island BY A USER FROM THAILAND July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Christchurch BY A USER FROM THAILAND July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in Fiji & New Zealand BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE November, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 12 days in South Island BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 39 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND March, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 20 days in South Island BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM INDIA April, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 42 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM CANADA April, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Purchased trip in September for husbands birthday, the scenery is beautiful, train really clean although the windows could have had a bit of a spruce up. Very comfortable seats with table, we were luc...  more »
  • My partner and I went on a weekend trip to Greymouth on the TranzAlpine - it was a great way to see the countryside. The train was comfortable but I'd recommend taking money for snacks also using the ...  more »
  • Absolutely a 'don't miss' train ride with great scenery. They do run low on food on the afternoon eastbound train, so either pre-order or consider bringing your own.  more »
Google
  • First i thought it is a little bit expensive for just a ride with the train, but it was worth it! U reach areas, u can´t reach with the bike. We had amazing weather, starting in sunny Christchurch. A long the seas u can shot so many beautiful pictures! A top in Arthur´s Pass was a lot of snow what makes it so special that you ride from the ocean into a winter wonderland in just two hours. I loved it to stay most of the time on the platform outside of the car.
  • This is probably the most relaxing way to cross the southern Alps. If you are visiting the South island this is absolutely a must do. You can have coffee, a snack and enjoy the view.
  • Only rode to Arthur's Pass, but it was some of the most spectacular scenery I've ever seen, on the most comfortable train ever
  • This was simply one of the best places in New Zealand (south island), specially in winter to see all of the stunning views I've ever visited in my life so far 😀👍❄
  • Good train with beautiful scenic view and food