New Zealand has so much natural beauty to offer, it can almost be overwhelming. One of the best ways to appreciate the stunning scenery of New Zealand’s South Island is to travel by train, from Christchurch on the east coast to Greymouth on the west coast.
The TranzAlpine Railway takes about four and a half hours, but given the epic views constantly scrolling past your window, you’ll wish it took a lot longer. Covering around 140 miles one way, it traverses the sprawling Canterbury Plains, yawning gorges and valleys, the Southern Alps and lush beech forests. It stops at several towns between Christchurch and Greymouth, but you can also use it to connect with various bus routes to explore the island. With one trip on the TranzAlpine, you’ll quickly realize why it’s not only considered the most scenic train route in New Zealand, but also one of the most beautiful in the world.
The TranzAlpine route operates daily all year round, and tickets can be purchased here. A one-way ticket from Christchurch to Greymouth starts at 133 USD for adults, and 90 USD for children.