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Review of TranzAlpine Train

TranzAlpine Train
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Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Small Group Tour from...
Ranked #4 of 233 things to do in Christchurch
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Owner description: The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. From the comfort of world class carriages you'll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the majestic Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass National Park, before descending through lush beech rainforest to the West Coast town of Greymouth - a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always-popular glaciers. All services feature state award winning carriages including panoramic side and sky-view windows, GPS triggered at-seat commentary, a fully licensed cafe, and open air viewing decks. The TranzAlpine operates a daily return service throughout the year.
Brisbane, Australia
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123 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Difficult to book through website”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

We found this really difficult to book on the website via both ipad and android devices, so we ended up driving over. Lots of buttons unresponsive, difficult to progress through screens. It is super expensive and all the discounted rates sell out almost immediately.

Visited April 2014
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Oklahoma City, OK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“One of the best train rides in the world”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

The train goes straight through the southern Alps. All the views are beautiful climbing from the plains of Christchurch up to Arthur's Pass and on to Greymouth. The commentary on the train is pretty good.

Visited March 2014
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Cromer, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Bridges And Buses”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Our first experience of Kiwi Rail and due to me not requesting assistance for my wife's wheelchair when I originally booked online a minor glich over seat allocation. But straight away the train manager re-jigged our booking and all was well. We were to discover this CAN DO attitude ran throughout the staff we met with Kiwi Rail. We went to Greymouth and back on the same train with an hours lay over before returning to Christchurch. But if you were only travelling in one direction ensure that your seated on the more scenic side of the carriage. In addition the train is not allowed to carry passengers through one of the longest tunnels on the route so everyone is transfered to coaches for a very scenic run to the other side of the tunnel much better than umpteen kilometres of darkness.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Ray B
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best views, all in one day!”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Being pressed for time to see as much of the natural wonders of New Zealand in our short holiday, we were impressed by the views from the Christchurch to Greymouth and return. We went through valleys, mountains, rivers, and fields all in one incredible train ride! The train was very comfortable and the open car was the best place to take pictures so that we could preserve the memories of a once in a lifetime adventure.

Visited February 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“By Train & by Sea.”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

A great way to get to the south Island, and you get a sea voyage thrown in.
Very good observation cars with inside glass and also outdoor viewing areas.

Visited April 2014
Thank Brian H
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