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Christchurch train station, Addington, New Zealand, fotoeins.com

New Zealand: TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth

After experiencing various aspects of Christchurch (one, two, three, and four), it’s time to make the journey over to the muchly-anticipated Westland on the South Island of New Zealand.

KiwiRail’s TranzAlpine train departs Christchurch at 815am, and arrives in Greymouth at 1245pm. The return trip leaves Greymouth an hour later for Christchurch.

The Google map below shows the route of the train up and over the Southern Alps; the red and green markers indicate scheduled stops at Springfield and Arthur’s Pass, respectively. At an altitude of 920 metres (3020 feet), Arthur’s Pass is the highest pass to traverse the Southern Alps. Arthur’s Pass was well known to the Maori as an east-west route, long before surveyor Arthur Dudley Dobson found his way over the pass in 1864.

It’s interesting to note that this is my first of four crossings over the Southern Alps. The view from the train proves to be an “appetizer” for what was to come. During my three weeks on the South Island, I crossed the mountains once by train, twice on coach, and one time from the air.


Christchurch train station, Addington, New Zealand, fotoeins.com

+5C/40F, at 745am: gonna be a brisk winter morning through the Southern Alps

TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, fotoeins.com

Covered open-air observation car

Torlesse Range, from TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, fotoeins.com

Torlesse mountain range

Torlesse Range, from TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, fotoeins.com
Canterbury region, from TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, fotoeins.com

Canterbury region, from TranzAlpine train

Hills of the Torlesse, Canterbury, from TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, fotoeins.com

Hills of the Torlesse, Canterbury

Springfield, TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, fotoeins.com

Scheduled stop in Springfield

Up into the Torlesse Range, TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, fotoeins.com Through the Torlesse Range, TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, fotoeins.com
TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth

Through the Torlesse Range: big fields, big peaks, big skies

TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, fotoeins.com

Gated entry and huge tracts of land

Waimakariri River, from TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth

Waimakariri River

Waimakariri River, from TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth

Waimakariri River

Southern Alps, from TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth

Southern Alps

Waimakariri River, from TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, fotoeins.com

Upstream, Waimakariri River

Waimakariri River, from TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, fotoeins.com

Headwaters of Waimakariri River near Bealey just south of Arthurs Pass

Waimakariri River, from TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth

Headwaters of the Waimakariri River

Near Arthur's Pass, TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, fotoeins.com

Just below Arthur’s Pass

Arthur's Pass, from TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, fotoeins.coms

Arthur’s Pass

Arthur's Pass, from TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, fotoeins.com

Scheduled stop at Arthur’s Pass

Arthur's Pass, TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, fotoeins.com

The adjacent train

Otira tunnel, TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, fotoeins.com

Otira

Westland, from TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, fotoeins.com

Down into Westland from Otira

Grey River (Mawheranui), Greymouth: from TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth, fotoeins.com

Grey River (Mawheranui), Greymouth


Click on the arrow-window icon at the upper-left corner of the map below for the legend.

•   Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton.
•   KiwiRail Coastal Pacific train from Picton to Christchurch.

Disclosure: No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions. I have not received compensation for this post, and I have no material connection to Kiwi Rail or Tourism New Zealand. I made the photos above on 18 July 2012. This post is published on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-274.

5 Responses to “New Zealand: TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth”

  1. New Zealand anthems in Māori: Pokarekare Ana, E Ihowa Atua | Fotoeins Fotopress

    […] •   Akaroa: Akaroa’s Long Harbour with special guests •   Akaroa: La petite ville française de Akaroa •   Christchurch: Christchurch’s changing Red Zone •   Christchurch: Christchurch’s Art Gallery: glass and light •   Dunedin: Baldwin Street, steepest in the world •   Fiordland: Cruising up and down Milford Sound •   Fox Glacier: The slow forest walk up to Fox Glacier •   Franz Josef Glacier: The slow approach to Franz Josef Glacier •   Interislander Ferry: On the ferry between the North and South Islands •   Lake Matheson: What are the sounds of a New Zealand sunset? •   Southern Alps: Flying over the South Island’s Southern Alps •   Southern Alps: The Southern Alps at sunset, from Lake Matheson •   Train: Coastal Pacific train, from Picton to Christchurch •   Train: TranzAlpine train, from Christchurch to Greymouth […]

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