Experience the South Island’s striking natural landscape by taking a train between Christchurch and Greymouth.
Along this journey you’ll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River,
traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest.
The great train journeys covering 223 kilometres (139 miles) one-way
前往亞瑟通道國家公園(Arthurs Pass), 穿過8.5公里長的Otira隧道
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.
From Arthur’s Pass, the TranzAlpine descends through the 8.5km long Otira Tunnel.
This landmark structure was the second longest tunnel in the world when it was completed in 1923.
It’s historic completion also marked the completion of the Midland Line
and the opening of the railway line from Christchurch to Greymouth.