The TranzAlpine Train Journey: From Christchurch city this journey crosses the huge and fertile patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains. The TranzAlpine winds its way over massive viaducts and through spectacular gorges and river valleys before tracking slowly across the country's greatest mountain range, the Southern Alps. It stops in the heart of the Southern Alps and Arthurs Pass village where passengers can get off the train. The TranzAlpine then follows rivers, skirts lakes and descends through lush beech forest to the Tasman Sea and the town of Greymouth.
The TranzCoastal Train Journey: This journey departs Christchurch daily and travels to the port of Picton, where ferry passengers depart for the North Island. This journey is a scenic feast, with the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on one side of the train and steep mountains on the other. Along the way, the train passes through the seaside town of Kaikoura.