Winter Fantasy on the TranzAlpine

From coast to coast through the stunning Southern Alps, experience the magic of winter aboard the TranzAlpine train

Winter on the Waimakariri River Bridge aboard the TranzAlpine train
Looking out at Mount Binser covered in snow from the TranzAlpine train
TranzAlpine heads into the snow-capped mountains at Cass

A frozen fairytale...
amidst heavenly mountains


The TranzAlpine is one of the most famous train journeys in the world, but in winter it is barely recognisable, as a majestic metamorphosis transforms the landscape.

Snow-covered peaks, frozen lakes, icy rivers, frosty plains and freezing waterfalls. In a world where human influence is rarely seen, this lofty alpine world is a sparkling fairytale paradise.

So settle down, make yourself comfortable, and prepare to be captivated by a winter fantasy story aboard one of the world's great train journeys. 

The TranzAlpine train ventures through a fantasy world of snow-capped mountains and icy rivers

A voyage between wintry worlds

Ascending into the mighty Southern Alps that divide New Zealand's South Island and mark the convergence of the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates, the TranzAlpine's winter story voyages between worlds. 

In the east, the fertile agricultural world set upon the Canterbury Plains draws to a wintry standstill, frozen in time. In the west, the crooked skeletons of trees stand silently in empty fields, casting an air of barrenness across a world of lonely landscapes and spartan river valleys. 

Standing between them, the Southern Alps rise from the earth like an impenetrable wall. But a rock-hewn avenue carved by the ancient Waimakariri River provides a dramatic passage into a fantastical mountain world. This icy realm is where the TranzAlpine's adventure story turns into fantasy.

 TranzAlpine train passes through the icy landscapes of the Saouthern Alps

TranzAlpine train venturing into a stunning winter wonderland at Cass, New Zealand
Immersed in snow the TranzAlpine arrive into Arthur's Pass, New Zealand

A winter wonderland 

Winding along remote river banks, through steeply carved valleys, into mysterious tunnels, the TranzAlpine's winter ascent into the Southern Alps is like a journey to a wintry Never Never Land.

Here the humble hills glisten captivatingly around you. Hardy mountain tundra sparkles delicately with frost. Inhospitable alpine terrain is covered with an inviting blanket of snow. Jagged ice-crusted peaks glow softly behind wispy clouds and mist.

It is a dramatic and desolate world, filled with enchanting elegance.

*Book a special winter fare

TranzAlpine special winter fares start from $89 for single journeys between Christchurch and Greymouth. All fares are subject to availability and are changeable/refundable according to our standard terms and conditions, so if your plans change then so can your ticket. 

The winter season finale is on Friday 15 October 2021. So book your seat now to see this sensational story unfold at these spectacular prices. 

 

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