The New Zealand Tranz Alpine

Experience the South Island

This 223km (139 mile) one-way journey takes just under 5 hours and glides you through the stunning landscape of New Zealand’s Southern Island. Travel between Christchurch and Greymouth, taking in the Southern Alps, the Canterbury Plains, and the Waimakariri River


About this journey

Just like it’s sister service, The Northern Explorer, the Tranz Alpine is an incredibly beautiful scenic journey, loved by travellers across the world. The trains run daily from Christchurch and takes in Arthur’s Pass and Greymouth on the southern coast.

You’ll get to see beautiful mountains, beautiful plains, and the snowy Southern Alps.  Perfect for a day trip! Greymouth is well connected for onward journeys to continue your adventures.

Discover your journey below


Christchurch – Rolleston – Darfield – Springfield – Arthur’s Pass – Otira – Moana – Greymouth

Greymouth Lake Brunner Arthur’s Pass Broken River
The suggest landscapes of Greymouth leave us lusting after the snowcapped mountains and thrashing seascapes. Swap rugged landscapes for peace and tranquillity. Moana and the Arnold River Valley await for a peaceful and gentle afternoon stroll and evening bite to eat. This is a beautiful area of New Zealand, popular with walkers of every level, this beautiful area has something for everyone to enjoy. New Zealand’s oldest city with a modern flare! Christchurch is now a buzzing town filled with modern architecture and

The Route

Christchurch – Rolleston – Darfield – Springfield – Arthur’s Pass – Otira – Moana – Greymouth

The Seating

The seating on board the Tranz Alpine is arranged in a 4 seat with an aisle down the middle configuration. These can either be as a table or in forward-facing pairs. The large panoramic windows make this a great way to experience the dramatic landscape

On-Board Amenities

There is a café carriage on board, serving a range of light meals, drinks (both soft drinks and alcoholic drinks), and snacks. Each carriage has toilet facilities on board and a fantastic viewing carriage to immerse yourself in the landscape.


This is a regular train service which can be used to hop on and hop off.  The train is daily, leaving Christchurch at 8:15 am, stopping in Greymouth for 1 hour before departing again at 2:05 pm and arriving back at Christchurch at 6:31 pm. The TranzAlpine does not run on Christmas day.