Canterbury is New Zealand’s largest and one of New Zealand’s most contrasting regions with landscapes that will make your eyes water. Canterbury Trains offer a few passenger and sightseeing rail routes mostly north to Picton, west to Greymouth and in the Waipara valley. Canterbury trains may include a selection of diesel and old vintage steam trains or they may offer fun mini-train parks for the family.
Sit back in your Canterbury train and watch as you make stunning alpine crossings in the comfort of your carriage. Many Canterbury trains offer on-board snack bars and cafes to ensure you have a relaxing and enjoyable journey.
Mobile-friendly - The Coastal Pacific train between Christchurch and Picton is a scenic feast of New Zealand, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. Travel along 98km of stunning coastline, and take a break in Kaikoura to experience a whale watch tour. Daily return service over the extended summer season (December-April).
Mobile-friendly - The TranzAlpine is rated as one of the world's best train journeys, travelling between Christchurch and Greymouth, over the spectacular Southern Alps. Experience views of dramatic alpine landscapes; snow-capped mountain peaks, thrilling viaducts, braided rivers, and sub-tropical rain forests. Enjoy world class carriages featuring panoramic windows, a licensed cafe, GPS triggered commentary, and open air viewing. Daily return service.
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