South Island scenic train journey marks 30 years on the tracks

Published on : Monday, November 6, 2017

unnamedOne of New Zealand’s most beloved tourism experiences, the iconic TranzAlpine train journey celebrates 30 years of operation this month.Lauded as one of the most scenic train rides in the world by international publications such as National Geographic Traveler magazine, the TranzAlpine is one of New Zealand’s three great rail journeys operated by KiwiRail.

The route from Christchurch to Greymouth travels east – west across the South Island from coast to coast taking in some of the most spectacular scenery New Zealand has to offer.

The TranzAlpine – one of the Great Journeys of New Zealand – had grown from humble beginnings to become one of the country’s most popular attractions with local and overseas tourists, KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy said.

“The idea for the TranzAlpine was born more than 30 years ago, after it became clear how much passengers on our Christchurch-to-Greymouth service enjoyed the scenery on their journey.”

The TranzAlpine Express took its maiden voyage in November 1987 and it wasn’t long before carriages were refurbished, a buffet service and alcove-style seating were introduced, and the viewing experience was enhanced with panoramic windows.

Today’s train has evolved to feature an open-air viewing carriage, a self-service buffet car and commentary for those looking for a more educational experience.The TranzAlpine was named in July 2017 among the world’s 16 top train journeys by National Geographic.

Starting in Christchurch the train travels across the Canterbury Plains alongside braided rivers, and through dramatic river valleys and gorges. As the train heads for higher ground, the route passes through high country sheep stations, past beech forests, lakes and the Southern Alps. Covering 223km (140miles) one-way, the trip takes just under five hours passing through 16 tunnels (the longest at 8.5km or 5 miles) and across four viaducts.

Passengers who travel from Christchurch to Greymouth or vice versa on the TranzAlpine on 1 and 22 November will receive a special limited edition gift. On-board the TranzAlpine is also serving a The TranzAlpine is one of the Great Journeys of New Zealand and incredible scenery is around every corner.

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