We're Sara and JAAC, globe-trotters with a love for adventure.
Come along the journey as we experience the TranzAlpine in New Zealand's South Island - the perfect blend of scenery and gastronomy.
Setting off aboard the TranzAlpine train
As train lovers, we are always up for a scenic railway trip that's more than just a commute. The TranzAlpine, a train that snakes through New Zealand's South Island, totally delivers on that promise. Its route through the Southern Alps reveals a breathtaking panorama of landscapes, from rolling alpine meadows to shimmering lakes, gushing rivers, lush forests, and snow-capped peaks. It is not by chance that it is considered one of the world's greatest train journeys!
The Open-Air Viewing Carriage
The train's wide windows provide unbeatable views, allowing travelers to fully soak in the breathtaking scenery. As it winds through the mountains, you'll catch sight of foggy valleys and towering, snow-covered peaks against the clear blue sky.
If, like us, you are also bothered by the reflections on the windows, you can also take a look at the Open-Air Viewing Carriage. The wind of the Alps will force you to wrap up warm, but it is certainly worth it!
The TranzAlpine isn't just about stunning views; it's a treat for food lovers too. With choices ranging from quick snacks at the Scenic Café to luxurious meals for Scenic Plus guests, your culinary desires are well catered to.
Opting for Scenic Plus, we indulged in exquisite dishes prepared with fresh local produce, served right to our seats. Imagine savouring a South Island hot smoked salmon hash, complete with creamy avocado, tangy lemon, and mustard crème fraiche, all drizzled with chili oil. Or the tender, slow-braised Canterbury lamb shoulder accompanied by buttery potatoes, rich wine jus, fresh local greens, and a vibrant salsa verde. Just thinking about it makes us crave for more!
Our tips & experience
Want to know more about our experience, and some advice? Take a look at our article in our blog Salta Conmigo. It's written in Spanish, but you can always use Google Translate for assistance.
If you're looking for an unforgettable adventure through New Zealand's captivating landscapes, the TranzAlpine is the way to go. Its blend of breathtaking scenery, cosy surroundings, and delicious dining options makes it a journey that will stay with you long after you've disembarked.