New Zealand’s Magical Rail Journeys

New Zealand is known for its rugged, river-filled and mountainous landscapes which were once a challenge to traverse, resulting in impressive feats of early railway engineering. For travellers today, this means rail journeys are one of the best ways to experience the country and witness views of the famed landscapes you’d otherwise miss out on.

The TranzAlpine train provides the perfect way to traverse the country’s Southern Alps and is arguably one of New Zealand’s finest inland rail expeditions. Journeying between Christchurch and Greymouth, passengers are provided with spectacular views of the vast Canterbury Plains, the mineral-rich and ice-blue waters of Waimakariri River, miles of native beech forest and the majestic Alps. The train ventures through unique locations such as Arthur’s Pass high up in the mountains, Moana and Lake Brunner off the beaten track, around the narrow gorge of Broken River and through the broad valleys in Otira. These natural wonders are experienced through wide, panoramic windows and spacious, reclining seats as well as glass shelves and skylights to truly immerse you in the surrounding epic landscapes. A café will keep your hunger at bay while the audio commentary system provides narratives and facts about the land, New Zealand’s history and iconic cultures.

Departing from Dunedin on the South Island, the Taieri Gorge Railway journeys across the Taieri Plains before entering the narrow and deep ravine that is the famed Gorge. The train takes its passengers through ten tunnels, across multiple bridges and over the famous Wingatui Viaduct – the second largest wrought iron structure in operation in the world. This journey combines a wealth of history, including that of the New Zealand’s gold rush era and engineering feats of the country’s early pioneers, with stunning, isolated scenery that is all yours to enjoy.

New Zealand is an all-year round travel destination with each season highlighting a different scenic feature of our neighbouring country. Spring and autumn make for particularly popular seasons to travel as avoiding weather extremes is always a blessing for those wanting to make the most of their travels, plus nature is putting on some of its most impressive displays.

Autumn means New Zealand’s native flora is evergreen, contrasting spectacularly with the assorted yellow, gold and orange hues of the introduced deciduous trees, creating an impressive landscape of varying colours. Sunny days also still linger for you to make the most of your holiday. Spring brings an abundance of frolicking lambs and new growth bursting forth to the delight of travellers and locals alike. As well as waterfall season, melting snow means it’s the perfect time to go white water rafting!

New Zealand provides a truly magical holiday, especially when experienced through an immersive rail journey which can be enjoyed on the New Zealand Autumn Colours Rail Tour. Though, whenever you’re thinking of visiting, there’s a rail journey for you so get in contact with us and we can make it happen!

New Zealand Spring Colours Rail Tour | 14 nights departing 18 October 2019 from $9,430 per person twin share
Climb up the famous Raurimu Spiral to the Central Plateau for spectacular views of Mt Ruapehu. Traverse the Southern Alps aboard the TranzAlpine Train. Enjoy the breathtaking landscape of New Zealand’s Milford Sound on a scenic lunch cruise. Learn more.

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