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TranzAlpine: A STEM-learning journey with a view

Virtual travel on the TranzAlpine train journey with LEARNZ, from Ōtautahi Christchurch to Māwhera Greymouth. Learn about engineering and rail safety.


What: Virtual Field Trip with LEARNZ

When: Term 3 2021

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TranzAlpine: A STEM-learning journey with a view(external link)

More details of the trip

The TranzAlpine traverses through one of the most scenic, but uncompromising landscapes in our country. It winds its way through Te Tiritiri-o-te-moana the Southern Alps, along 223kms of track, through 15 tunnels, and over four viaducts. One of the tunnels is 8.5kms long and one of the viaducts is 72 metres high.

  • Explore how STEM-based innovation allows people to experience this incredible train trip.
  • Get up close to a working train to inspect what makes it work.
  • Learn what you need to do to stay safe around trains, railway lines and stations.
  • Videos, live web conference, background reading and Google Earth tour.

Video highlights

Trains in Aotearoa

Trains and have played a big part in shaping the Aotearoa we know today. To move big loads, a train needs a big engine. Check out this 3300 horsepower DX locomotive!

Driving trains

Climb aboard a DX locomotive and get a view of the cab from the perspective of a locomotive engineer.

Experience the TranzAlpine

The TranzAlpine is regarded as one of the greatest train journeys in the world! It traverses te Tiritiri-o-te-Moana, the Southern Alps.

Safety around trains

Many students from Paroa School in Māwhera Greymouth cross the railway every day on their way to and from school, and they have some important rail safety messages to share.

More background

Rail safety teacher resources

Classroom resources to generate further learning about rail safety.

Science in Motion curriculum resources

Trains are big, heavy and fast. Use Science in Motion to help students think about science concepts such as friction, forces and energy. 

TranzAlpine (KiwiRail)(external link)

TrackSAFE NZ(external link)

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