Wild West Coast

Departing from Christchurch, our two-day package will take you across the Southern Alps to explore a world of wild beauty

Explore New Zealand's untamed natural beauty on our Wild West Coast package tour

Prices from $743*

per person

number of nights
1 Night
number of activities
2 Guided Tours
number of nights
Return train
transfer included

Discover a world of untamed beauty

Traverse the mighty Southern Alps on our world-famous TranzAlpine train on your way to explore the wondrous West Coast. Filled with natural splendour and rugged geological architecture, you will discover a land sculpted by harsh meteorological conditions over millions of years

Your two-day Wild West Coast package includes two guided tours designed to educate and astound. From podacarp treetops to strangely formed Pancake Rocks, you'll see the best of West Coast's famous wild side. 

Climbing aboard the TranzAlpine train for your return journey, you'll feel exhilarated and enlightened after two amazing days of outdoor adventure. 

Map of our Wild West Coast package


  • Return travel on TranzAlpine train
  • TranzAlpine Morning tea & Lunch
  • One night's accommodation in Greymouth
  • Breakfast at your accommodation
  • Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes tour
  • Hokitika Gorge & Treetop Walkway tour
  • Transfers between train, activities and accommodation
  • TranzAlpine Afternoon Tea

exploring New Zealand aboard the TranzAlpine train
Discover wild West Coast beaches on our TranzAlpine West Coast package
Explore Punakaiki Pancake Roacks on our TranzAlpine West Coast package
See the vibrant blue waters of the Hokitika Gorge on our West Coast tour
Walk among the ancient forest canopy on our Treetop walk

Your Wild West Coast Itinerary

Day 1 Morning: TranzAlpine train

Day 1 Morning: TranzAlpine train

Departing Christchurch on the world-famous TranzAlpine train, you'll enjoy Morning Teawhilst rolling through the patchwork paddocks of the Canterbury Plains. Weaving through the Torlesse mountains, clinging to cliffs, ducking into tunnels, soaring across viaducts; the TranzAlpine's ascent into the Southern Alps is a sensational mix of natural and engineering marvels. Upon entering the high plains of Cragieburn, surrounded by magnificent peaks and glistening mountain lakes, stroll to the TranzAlpine Open-air Viewing carriage to breathe in the fresh mountain atmosphere. 

Easing away from Arthur's Pass, you'll descend into the 8.5km Otira Tunnel. Emerging from the darkness on the far side of the Main Divide, you'll witness firsthand the astonishing effect of the damper West Coast climate. Winding through lush river valleys lined with soaring hills, past peaceful Lake Poerua and immaculate Lake Brunner, you can settle back with your TranzAlpine Lunch and feast upon wondrous West Coast scenery on your journey to Greymouth.

Gazing out at Lake Brunner from the TranzAlpine Christchurch to Greymouth train
Explore NZ West Coast and it's lush green river valleys
Explore New Zealand's Southern Alps aboard the TranzAlpine train
Day 1 Afternoon: Coastal Tour

Day 1 Afternoon: Coastal Tour

Your West Coast exploration begins with a guided tour of the rugged Tasman coastline. Travelling along the famous Coast Road, through a wild, untamed world, where mountains meet the sea, you'll soon understand why this is considered one of the world's best coastal drives.

Your ultimate destination is the enigmatic Pancake Rocks where the Punakaiki Blow Holes billow water high into the air. One of the wonders of the world, this geological marvel was forged by raging seas, violent winds, and tectonic upheaval over millions of years. 

Discover the magic of the Coast Road on our West Coast tour
Witness the waves billowing from the Punakaiki Blowholes on our West Coast package
Explore New Zealand's Pancake Rocks on our West Coast Package
Day 2 Morning: Hokitika Adventure

Day 2 Morning: Hokitika Adventure

Beautiful Hokitika is your destination on day two, beginning with a visit to the pristine blue waters of Hokitika Gorge. Here, you will wander among native rimu and podocarp trees on a short walk through ancient forest and cross the Hokitika River on an idyllic suspension bridge. Gaze upon the astonishingly vibrant waters either from the bridge or the viewing point, both views are hypnotically beautiful.

Your tour will then continue to the Tree Top Walkway for a sensational canopy tour. Situated alongside Lake Mahinapua, this accessible walkway takes you through native rimu and miro trees that tower up to 35 metres. Bellbirds, tui, grey warbler, fantail, and kereru play amongst these giants, whistling their beautiful songs while you stroll around these atmospheric walkways. If you are feeling bold, you can also climb the 40-metre high Tower to get a stunning birdseye view of the park and the majestic Lake Mahinapua.

Gaze upon the vibrant waters of the Hokitika Gorge on our West Coast tour
Explore NZ West Coast and it's vivid blue waters
Explore native New Zealand forest on our West Coast tour
Day 2 Afternoon: TranzAlpine train

Day 2 Afternoon: TranzAlpine train

Relax with Afternoon Tea aboard the TranzAlpine train as you return to Christchurch. Rolling through endless scenic landscapes, you will have plenty to talk about and contemplate. And as you ascend back into the Southern Alps, why not unwind and raise a glass to a couple of dramatic days on the enigmatic West Coast.

Enjoy fresh maintain air from our TranzAlpine Open-air Viewing Carriage
Big views through big windows on the TrqanzAlpine train
Making memories togther in the Southern Alps aboard the TranzAlpine train
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Wild West Coast Package Pricing
16 Apr 2021 - 14 Dec 2021
Single from $CALL*
Double/Share from $743*
15 Dec 2021 - 15 Apr 2022
Single from $CALL*
Double/Share from $CALL*

*Starting prices include return train fare, 1 night in Greymouth, and two activities. All Packages are subject to availability at the time of enquiry until a firm booking is made. Additional accommodation and activities are available on request.

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