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TranzAlpine Train

Traverse the spectacular mountain landscapes of New Zealand’s South Island on board the TranzAlpine. At FREEDOM we offer:

  • TranzAlpine Tickets – cross the Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains
  • Escorted Tours – which include a TranzAlpine rail journey
  • Tailor Made Holidays – explore New Zealand by rail and road
  • Other NZ Rail Journeys – ride the Coastal Pacific or Northern Explorer

By booking your rail journey, flights and hotels all in one place you will benefit from ATOL protection on your whole holiday, as well as a dedicated New Zealand Specialist to help you plan your trip.

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Holidays including the TranzAlpine

Explore New Zealand by road and rail, or on one of our expert led escorted tours.

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Auckland | Rotorua | Wellington | Queenstown | Christchurch

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Perth | Adelaide | Auckland | Wellington | Kaikoura | Queenstown | Milford Sound | Christchurch

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Christchurch | Franz Josef | Queenstown | Te Anau | Milford Sound | Wellington | Rotorua | Auckland

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Kia Ora New Zealand

Auckland | Bay of Islands | Rotorua | Wellington | Omarama | Dunedin | Te Anau | Millford Sound | Queenstown | Franz Josef | Christchurch

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Christchurch | Dunedin | Te Anau | Milford Sound | Queenstown | Franz Josef

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Southern Spotlight & North Island

Christchurch | Dunedin | Franz Josef | Wellington | Rotorua | Auckland

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Ultimate New Zealand Highlights

Christchurch | Dunedin | Te Anau | Milford Sound | Queenstown | Wellington | Rotorua | Bay of Islands | Auckland

TranzAlpine, South Island

Southern Alps Rail Adventure

From Christchurch

More New Zealand Rail Journeys

Ride the Northern Explorer from Auckland to Wellington, or the Coastal Pacific from Picton to Christchurch.

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Self drive and escorted touring holidays, plus rail journeys aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, Indian Pacific and Ghan.
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TranzAlpine, New Zealand

The TranzAlpine is truly one of the world’s great rail journeys, for the incredible vistas it offers over New Zealand’s Southern Alps and as a masterful work of engineering, with 16 tunnels and four viaducts making the route possible.

How long does the TranzAlpine take?

The 223 km rail journey from Christchurch to Greymouth takes 4 hours 50 minutes, leaving at 08:15 and arriving at 13:05. In reverse, the Greymouth to Christchurch train takes an extra 5 minutes, departing at 14:05 and arriving at 19:00.*

Where does the TranzAlpine stop?

The Christchurch to Greymouth train stops at Rolleston, Darfield, Springfield, Arthur’s Pass and Moana.

In the foothills of the Southern Alps, Springfield used to be the end of the line, before a route via Arthur’s Pass was agreed in 1884 and, 39 years later, New Zealand’s east and west coasts were finally connected.

The views from Arthur’s Pass are the highlight of many travellers’ TranzAlpine trip. For thos that need to get back to Christchurch, a day tour into the Southern Alps by rail is also available, disembarking the TranzAlpine at Arthur’s Pass for a scenic drive to Otira Gorge and lunch backdropped by snow-capped peaks.

How much is the TranzAlpine?

The Christchurch to Greymouth train fare starts at £135, with advanced booking highly recommended, especially for summer months. And why not upgrade to Scenic Plus, to enjoy a locally inspired menu paired with local wine as you travel?

Booking TranzAlpine Tickets

With FREEDOM, you can book TranzAlpine tickets on their own, chose one of our escorted tours that include the Southern Alps train journey, or ask us to design a bespoke New Zealand rail holiday, just for you.

Plan your rail holiday

* Departure times correct as of March 2023

However You Like To Holiday…

Our New Zealand Specialists can make it happen!

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