3. The TranzAlpine
New Zealand is a long thin country with a population of just over 4 million so it is not necessarily the place to look for one of the great rail trips. But with the TanzAlpine there you have it. 4 1/2 hours of magnificent scenery as you cross Canterbury’s massive braided rivers, alpine foothills then through the majestic Southern Alps to the rain forests of the West Coast. It would be hard to find such diversity in such a short space of time any where else in the world. See more here.