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Train or car

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Train or car

We can't make up our minds whether to travel from Christchurch to Greymouth by car or train? Does the train route follow the road route? I can't find this information on Google. Thanks

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On the Kiwirail site:


On the bottom left of the map, click "Show the Map". Then hover your mouse over "Map" in the upper right hand corner, and unclick the "terrain" box so roads are easier to see. In some areas it follows the road (SH73), and in others it doesn't. It even goes through a tunnel, which unfortunately, the map doesn't show.

If you want a break from driving, or are true train buffs, or it's winter and you don't want to worry about road conditions - take the train. Otherwise, you really see more from the road journey. Plus, you can stop and take as long as you like to hike to one of the waterfalls.

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The road was built back in 1865 and still follows the original route. The rail way line was opened in 1923 with the completion of the Otira Tunnel. The road follows over mountain passes which are engineering achievements in the own right. The railway follows up the Waimakareri river with road and rail running close to the same route chch to Springfield, cass to Arthur's pass Otira to jacksons, and if you want from jacksons to Greymouth via Moana. To enjoy the scenery when driving there are many places to stop and enjoy the environment particularily from the waimakareri Bluffs with an awesome view up the valley toward Bealey and the Southern Alps

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