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TranzAlpine Train

Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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TranzAlpine- Greymouth to Christchurch by Train
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The TranzAlpine is a long-distance train between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. Unlike normal passenger trains, the TranzAlpine is designed to provide a window to New Zealand's best scenery, with large reclined seating and huge panoramic windows. The spectacular TranzAlpine journey begins by roaming through the vast farmsteads of the Canterbury Plains to the spectacular gorges and valleys of the Waimakariri River. The TranzAlpine then ascends into the majestic Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass National Park, before descending through lush beech forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth - a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always-popular glaciers. All services feature panoramic windows, reclined seating, GPS triggered at-seat commentary, a fully licensed cafe, toilets, and open air viewing decks. The TranzAlpine is operated by The Great Journeys of New Zealand, and runs daily throughout the year.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Reviewed 10 September 2016

Magnificent views whilst you travel in comfort! We have done the return trip in both summer and winter, and thoroughy enjoyed the experience on both occasions.

1  Thank Patrick F
Reviewed 9 September 2016

The train experience was fantastic, the scenery the whole trip was great, stunning, amazing mountain views, there was snow on the mountains, going over the pass and through all the tunnels was great fun. Being out on the outdoor carriage was so much fun, able...More

1  Thank wendy c
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Helpful if you can get a friend in N.Z. to book this trip for you as TranzAlpine have TWO booking sites. The one for NZ residents is only available to email addresses with a 'nz' suffix. You'll save $NZ !! That said, the train is...More

1  Thank keith m
Reviewed 8 September 2016

So we opted to take the train from Greymouth to Christchurch and this was the best decision ever...The view from the train is sensational. The staff on the train are super friendly and you are even allowed to get off at other stops for a...More

1  Thank donnagough17
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Mrs Merlot decided they night before our last day in Christchurch should be spent on a return trip from Christchurch on the TransAlpine. Great idea and agree completely with other TA's comments. Clean modern train with great facilities, comfortable, relaxing and great viewing. Apparently it...More

3  Thank VinMerlot
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

The Tranzalpine doubles as an economic way to go from coast to coast paired with incredible scenery. There is a running informative commentary available on head phones which was great. But the coolest is the last car of the train is open and you can...More

1  Thank Meghann L
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

My Daughter and myself experienced the best rail trip, I have ever been on. The seating in the carriages provides excellent views and the train reduces speed so that great pictutes csn be taken. The staff are extremely helpful. The food in the cafe looked...More

1  Thank ChrissyMack
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

A must do while in New Zealand! This was such a great tour, very educational, laid back and the surroundings were incredible! Loved every minute!

1  Thank Courtz B
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

This is a must see attraction at any cost. In the south island we were greeted with a rainbow every day but for the first time in my life We saw two rainbows at once in the sky. The first 45 minutes on the journey...More

1  Thank AninditaDe
Reviewed 3 September 2016

Always on the bucket list, this trip on the Tranz Alpine to Greymouth was awesome. The scenery we saw (completed in October)was outstanding. Still snow in some places and the river colours were just gorgeous, so pretty. Going through the tunnel was an experience. We...More

2  Thank Hardys607
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Questions & Answers
Peter H
20 August 2017|
Response from TGJNZ | Property representative |
Hi Peter, Yes, there is a long term carpark at Christchurch station which is free for passengers to use. Enjoy the journey!
19 August 2017|
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Response from TGJNZ | Property representative |
Christchurch Station has a large car park that is free for customers to use - and Motorhomes are a common sight as many people do the TranzAlpine as a day trip! In fact, all the TranzAlpine Stations have ample free parking... More
2 July 2017|
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Response from Jennie W | Reviewed this property |
Yes - there is a baggage van for checked luggage.