Travel into a world of incredible natural beauty to discover the enigmatic geological charms of Punakaiki and Hokitika.
This two-day TranzAlpine Natural Wonders of the West Coast escape will leave you breathless.
- Encounter the dramatic blue waters of the Hokitika Gorge
- Marvel at the peaks, ravines, rivers, and valleys travelling on the TranzAlpine train
- Walk among ancient trees in a coastal rainforest
- Discover the chiselled geological formations of the Pancake Rocks
- Morning Tea & Lunch
- 4-Star Accommodation at Copthorne Greymouth Hotel or Coleraine Suites and Apartments
- TranzAlpine Scenic Journey
- Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowhole Walk
- Breakfast at hotel
- Afternoon Tea aboard the TranzAlpine
- TranzAlpine Train
- Hokitika Gorge
- West Coast Tree Top Walkway
Your adventure to the West Coast will commence the moment you reach the Christchurch railway station. Boarding the TranzAlpine train, sit back and relax as you depart through the Canterbury plains to emerge into the spectacular Southern Alps. Surrounded by striking natural landscapes, you’ll soon discover why this is one of the world’s greatest train journeys. Indulge in morning tea and lunch onboard as you experience vast landscapes and plunging ravines, over braided rivers and past alpine lakes.
On arrival on the West Coast, your transfer will be awaiting. Set off for the next part of your adventure and enjoy 45-minutes of incredible scenic views along Great Coast Road. Before you know it, you will arrive at the famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Discover the curious limestone formations and blowholes formed over millennia and shaped by the unique West Coast environment before heading back to your accommodation for the evening.
Accommodation & Meals
Nestled on the West Coast, Hokitika Gorge is a true natural gem that showcases the country's untouched, raw beauty. This will be your first stop on this unforgettable day. After a leisurely stroll along the forest tracks and witnessing the bright blue glacial water, head along to your next activity, the West Coast Tree Top Walkway.
Immersed in a canopy of ancient Rimu and Kamahi trees, discover the ecology and history of the forest through interactive displays and informative signage while admiring the 360 degree views along the way.
Shortly after 1pm, it will be time to board the TranzAlpine train for your scenic journey back through the Southern Alps to Christchurch.
As a final treat, you'll enjoy afternoon tea whilst gliding through the lush valleys of Otira and across the high plains of Cass and Cragieburn aboard this wondrous train journey.
Included Activities & Accommodation
A Central Oasis
Towering high above the shops and cafés below, this comfortable hotel provides you with an impressive view over the Grey River and the Tasman Sea. Depending on which side your comfortable room resides, you are in for a treat - maybe even more so than the delicious desserts from Jimmy Cook's Restaurant on the first floor.
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