TranzAlpine Open-air Viewing Carriage

Get closer to nature by stepping outdoors into our Open-air Carriages and breathing in our magnificent New Zealand scenery

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TranzAlpine in the hills of Avoca
TranzAlpine in the Snow at Cass


Get closer to New Zealand's stunning scenery 

It's as famous as the TranzAlpine itself, with many a New Zealand holiday anecdote including the line: "...and we went on a train where you could stand outside!"

But our unique outdoor viewing carriage isn't just a novelty. It is an amazing way to step out into the great outdoors and experience the environment first-hand. Feel the brisk winter air freshen your cheeks or the warm summer breeze ruffle your hair. Get wet in the rain or kissed by the sun. You can get a true outdoor experience simply by stepping outside into the TranzAlpine Open-air Carriage. 

Picture perfect

The TranzAlpine Open-air Carriage has always been the perfect place for capturing unobstructed views of New Zealand's world-famous scenery on camera. With our redesigned carriages, it is now much easier to get ready, get steady, and shoot!


Overlooking Lake Sarah on the TranzAlpine
Mountain high on the TranzAlpine in Cragieburn
Snowy mountains loom of the TranzAlpine at Cragieburn



Explore our Scenic Class

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Explore our Scenic Class Carriages

Settle down for the journey of a lifetime, with huge panoramic windows and comfy reclined seating
Explore our carriage
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Take a break in our Cafe

Explore our Scenic Cafe, where you'll find hot and cold food and drinks to feast upon along with the views
Explore the Cafe
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Follow the stories of our land

Connect with the histories and stories of New Zealand by tuning into our GPS triggered Audio Commentary
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