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Enjoy one of the world’s most scenic train journeys – the TranzAlpine – before taking to the road in your rental car and exploring a region famed for its wild natural beauty. You’ll discover natural wonders like the Pancake Rocks & Blowholes at Punakaiki and drive on a spectacular coastal highway. There are ancient glaciers to walk on, a rich history to learn about and wilderness walks that take you past clear blue pools, across swing bridges and into a pristine native forest.
That afternoon, collect your rental car from the Greymouth Railway Station and head north on Coast Road to Punakaiki to see the ancient pancake rock formations – a true natural wonder.
Take the scenic TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth.
Drive south towards Hokitika and soak up the rich mining heritage of this region. Your first stop is Reefton, a town renowned for its gold-mining heritage.
From here, head to the stunning Lake Brunner for brown trout fishing
Stay in the area for more history, culture and unspoilt nature.
.A scenic drive south gets you to Franz Josef, one of the slightly bigger Glacier Country townships and a great base for your adventures
Continue your explorations of Glacier Country today.
Depart for your next New Zealand adventure the following day, returning to Christchurch via the TranzAlpine from Greymouth or continuing south to Wanaka and Queenstown.
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