Along the TranzAlpine journey

Nestled in the Southern Alps is a small town named, Ōtira. Although quaint, this little town is about to celebrate a momentous occasion. Its historic tunnel, built in the early 1900s, is about to turn 100 years old. 

At 8,529 meters long and at the time of building, the longest tunnel in the British Empire, Ōtira Tunnel is quite the engineering marvel. It also boasts the gateway to the West Coast aboard our very own TranzAlpine scenic train. 

Ōtira township is abundant in rail history. Built for the construction of the tunnel and the railway, you can still see the original working man's cottages dotted along the roadside. During the tunnel construction, over 600 men and their families were housed in this small village. 

Getting to the event

Join us on board the TranzAlpine for a special themed train