The train passes through the Canterbury Plain
and up the plateau to enjoy the infinite scenery along the way
stops at multiple stations on the way –Arthurs Pass
The route firstly heads north-east to join the Waimakariri River gorge.
This aqua-blue river will appear and disappear out of your window several times
as the TranzAlpine clings and climbs up the cliffs above it.
During the ascent to the high plains of Craigieburn, there are 15 short tunnels
and four dramatic viaducts, including the 72-metre high Staircase Viaduct.