TranzAlpine itinerary

Before crossing the Southern Alps to the wild West Coast, spend some time in bustling Christchurch. Discover a location where temperate rainforest meets glaciers and stunning coasts before going to Wanaka, the lakeside resort town where Mt Aspiring National Park is located, and then on to Queenstown.

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TranzAlpine itinerary

Day 1: Christchurch to Greymouth

Drive across the beautiful Southern Alps to explore the pristine grandeur of the West Coast, or take the world-famous TranzAlpine scenic train from Christchurch to Greymouth in just over 4 hours.

Greymouth
Greymouth
Greymouth, New Zealand

Day 2: Greymouth to Punakaiki

Head north from Greymouth to the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes to marvel at the unusual limestone structures that date back 30 million years and to take in the breathtaking grandeur of this rough coastline. For an energetic afternoon, hop on a bike and ride through the Southern Alps on the West Coast wilderness Trail.

Pancake Rocks
Pancake Rocks
Pancake Rocks, New Zealand

Day 3: Punakaiki to Fox Glacier

Head south down the Great Coast Road, one of Lonely Planet's Top 10 Coastal Drives in the World, to glacier country, passing by old limestone cliffs, rivers, glowworm tunnels, mining history, and untamed native forest.

Fox Glacier
Fox Glacier
Fox Glacier, New Zealand

Day 4: Fox Glacier to Wanaka

As you leave the coast, continue inland past waterfalls and river splendor, pausing to explore the Haast River Valley on a guided safar before arriving in Wanaka, a lakeside tourist town. Easy day walks from Wanaka allow you to explore Mount Aspiring National Park. Finally, in less than an hour, you'll be in Queenstown.

Wanaka
Wanaka
Wanaka, New Zealand

Day 5: Wanaka to Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand's mountain resort, is thrilling and enticing. It's the place to go for 4WD activities, bungy jumping, jet boating, horseback riding, rafting, and river surfing, to name a few. It's also a place to go for high-end activities like gourmet cuisine and drink, spa treatments, and relaxing golf games.

Queenstown
Queenstown
Queenstown, New Zealand

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