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TranzAlpine, New Zealand


Traveling between Christchurch and Greymouth, the TranzAlpine rail line takes passengers through the pastoral setting of the Canterbury Plains, over the majestic vistas along the banks of the Waimakariri River, and provides a stunning backdrop of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

Featuring non-reflective windows and luxurious seating, this half-day trip will provide you with the experience of a lifetime. In wintertime, crowds are much smaller and the snow-covered landscape takes on a mystical quality all its own. Heated cabins offer the perfect place to enjoy a little light fare along with a selection of New Zealand’s finest wines and beers in the train’s café carriage.

Once you arrive in Greymouth, you will want to take in a good view of the region’s glaciers along with the famous Punakaiki pancake rocks. The line also offers Scenic Escape Packages that extend your trip to an overnight excursion with even more to see and experience.

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