Canterbury Plains by Train
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Canterbury Plains by Train

Between the rugged coastline of the Banks Peninsula and the snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps, the Canterbury Plains, formed by mountain rivers, make up one of New Zealand's most fertile regions. The aerial view of the patchwork of green farms intersecting at Charing Cross has become an iconic New Zealand image. The plains are traversed by the TranzAlpine train, a scenic rail journey sweeping from Christchurch to Greymouth on the South Island's west coast, taking in Arthur's Pass National Park, the glacial Waimakariri River and many of Canterbury's hill country farms.

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