Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or have been meaning to explore more of the South Island, you’ll find ease, comfort, and excitement is all part of the journey on the TranzAlpine train. And while it’s one thing to decide where to go, it’s another thing to choose where to rest your head. So, we’ve hand-picked a few unique places to stay in New Zealand in between Christchurch and the West Coast. 


Arthur’s Pass & Otira

The West Coast

Getting there on the TranzAlpine

As they say, it’s just as much about the journey as it is the destination. And that’s precisely what you can expect on board the TranzAlpine train on route to these fantastic overnight stays.

Stretching from the East to West Coast and back, you’ll experience the majestic Canterbury Plains, mighty Southern Alps and more – all through panoramic windows from your comfy seat. Feeling peckish? Our café carriage has everything from a roast dinner, to cheese platters, to fresh seasonal fruit. Top it off with something from the sweet treats section – we’d recommend the Kapiti ice cream or the delicious chocolate brownie. 

And if you're looking for an elevated dining experience, why not indulge in Scenic Plus?

Once you’ve filled your bellies, it’s well worth checking out the open air carriage. It’s the best way to get closer to the outdoors – we’re talking uninterrupted views of coastlines, mountains and native forest. So don’t forget your camera – and a coat.

All in all, the TranzAlpine train has all the right ingredients for the trip of a lifetime. Forget overseas travel, book your New Zealand holiday with us and escape to paradise.

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