The TranzAlpine train is one of New Zealand’s most storied methods of travel. Covering 223 kilometres in distance, it certainly has had some wonderful moments in its 30 years of service, an anniversary marked at the tail end of 2017.
Of course, the train has made some modern improvements since it was first inaugurated. In the present day, the carriages of the train are now wider, have WiFi access and have an English or Mandarin commentary to entertain you on your commute.
The TranzAlpine is New Zealand’s longest-running passenger train service. It truly has become synonymous with New Zealand travel, taking you through some of the country’s most iconic sites. You can begin your journey early in the morning and pass through the beautiful rolling hills of the North Island, then cross the Wellington fault line while you’re having your coffee and croissant.
Just a few hours later, you’ll find yourself entering Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a popular destination for passengers to exit the train and explore what is New Zealand’s oldest national park. However, many passengers decide to stay on the train to enjoy a fine dining lunch.
The great thing about the TranzAlpine is that it offers something for any traveller. As well as great views and luxurious accommodation, this cherished method of travel also offers fine wine and fantastic food.
If you can’t tell already, there are plenty of reasons as to why this train has seen 30 years of excellent service. The scenery, accommodations and price all help tourists make the easy decision of hopping on the train.
New Zealand’s landscape is unlike any other country on earth, with vistas and wildlife that will take your breath away, and there are few better ways to see it than on board the TranzAlpine.