DURATION: full day

The Tranzalpine travels 223 kilometres (139 miles) from the eastern coastlines of the South Island to the West Coast. National Geographic Traveler magazine placed it among some of the finest train rides in the world, alongside the likes of the Glacier Express in Switzerland, Russia’s Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian and Australia’s The Ghan. This great train journey takes you on a smorgasbord of geographic wonders - think glacial rivers, country pastures, rolling hills and dramatic alpine scenery.