New Zealand’s TranzAlpine Express is popularly known to be one of the world’s greatest train rides in the Southern Hemisphere. The journey is 224km and takes five hours. It is an amazing scenic rail journey from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass to Greymouth through the Southern Alps – from the east coast to the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
Travelling west crossing the Canterbury Plains, the train slowly ascends through spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River towards the stunning Southern Alps to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass. There’s a short break (long enough to stretch your legs) at Arthurs Pass (it’s in the heart of Southern Alps) for a fantastic photo opportunity. The train will slowly descend through the Otira Tunnel to the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, through lush alpine beech rain forests to Greymouth. Winter snow makes it all more beautiful.
The Transalpine Express is the best and most beautiful and unforgettable train journey I’ve ever been. Photos were unable to justify the spectacular views from the journey. It was the highlight of our New Zealand trip.
TIP: Remember that it’s the journey that matters and NOT the destination.