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TranzAlpine Southern Alps Train between Greymouth to Christchurch

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    One of the world’s greatest train journeys, travelling coast to coast through forests and farmland and through the spectacular Southern Alps. The TranzAlpine operates a daily service between Christchurch and Greymouth. From the comfort of world class carriages travel from the West Coast town of Greymouth through lush beech rainforest before arriving at Arthur's Pass National Park. Then travels through the majestic Southern Alps, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. You will then see the fields of the Canterbury Plains before arriving at the final destination of Christchurch.
    While on board enjoy the journey in award winning world class carriages with specially designed seats. Awaken your senses in the open air viewing decks or sit back and enjoy the GPS triggered audio commentary available through headphones at every seat. All trains have a licensed café carriage providing snacks and light meals.
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    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    There isnt seating indoors at Greymouth station whilst you are waiting for the train but you can book bas in and there is a short stroll to several cafes for a coffee. Train trip was scenic and very smooth train ride. Seat swere very comfortable...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Andread51
    Reviewed 8 May 2019

    If you go to Christchurch, then by all means, take this spectacular trip from the east side of the South Island to the west and back. Comfortable seats, great views, and available snacks. Scenery is spectacular on this narrated trip!

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank billrapidcity
    Reviewed 7 May 2019

    trip was good, carriages very quiet and comfortable, staff were very friendly, very informative but would have been a lot better travelling between the mountains etc if there had been snow, trip would have been spectacular if that had happened, without that its just a...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Alan B
    Reviewed 11 March 2019

    This train trip was a great experience & much better than we had expected, having assumed it would be less interesting once we had left Arthur's Pass. Apart from the very last part going into Christchurch, the scenery was really lovely, sometimes spectacular & the...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank Sedateskier
    Reviewed 4 February 2019

    Beautiful scenery, great way to travel either to or from Christchurch. People at the Greymouth station were super helpful with a friend who left some luggage back in Franz Joseph..

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank Jeff T
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    Lorene A
    1 August 2019|
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    Response from billrapidcity | Reviewed this property |
    Answered much better than I could above! Enjoy your trip!
    Judith H
    8 July 2019|
    Response from billrapidcity | Reviewed this property |
    Not sure what the lowest fare might be, but we found that locals are often able to purchase tickets for various tours cheaper than foreign tourists. I suggest making advance reservations, but do it immediately after... More
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