TranzAlpine Train Journey: For Witnessing Scenic Routes Along Swishing Sounds of Steel Wheels
Better known as the world’s most scenic train rides, the TranzAlpine train journey is one of a kind. Starting from Christchurch to Greymouth, this train is loved by all travellers who like the sound of steel wheels and a running engine.
Shut since March 22 due to the pandemic, the TranzAlpine train journey will be resuming operations from July 4 offering special winter discounts to attract passengers. As per KiwiRail, the service will run during weekend and during school holiday timetable in July and August based on the demand.
Chief Executive of KiwiRail — Greg Miller said, “We’re conscious of how important this service is to the West Coast economy and we’re looking forward to bringing visitors to the coast again, allowing them to see the snow-capped Southern Alps along the way”.
Miller added that scenic trains and interislander ferries play a major role in New Zealand’s tourism sector and that 2020 has turned out to be a difficult year for all operators.
Now that the 223 km long TranzAlpine train journey is starting again, you shall make sure to disembark at Springfield, Arthur’s Pass and Moana particularly. Springfield is a great place for horse-riding, hiking and cycling at the Torlesse Mountains. At the Arthur’s Pass, you can explore the Southern Alps and enjoy skiing and snowboarding in winters. For mountain biking, advanced mountain bikers can visit Poulter Valley Track or ride the Mt White Road along tussock lands.
To guide you through the journey, audio commentary guides will be available in both English and Mandarin. You could also visit the spectacular scenery in Arthur’s Pass National Park, but be prepared for its rapidly changing weather.
TranzAlpine train journey is ideal for all those who want some off time from the regular hassle of life. For most of the train journey, you will not have any WiFi and signal. To enjoy the journey at winter special rates you just have to pay $75 per seat one-way! Seems like a good time to book the tickets!