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TranzAlpine Train
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Full-Day Alpine Safari 4WD tour including TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch
Ranked #4 of 240 things to do in Christchurch
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 6 May 2014

No better way to see the country side than on a great rail adventure, this goes from the East to West coasts if you catch it in Christchurch with spectacular viaducts and 19 tunnels this trip takes about seven hours one way. You can either stay in Greymouth and return the following day as I have done in the past or return the same day, there is time for a quick look around the coastal fishing / coal mining town before returning.
We booked online and requested forward facing seats for both directions with a table.
Winter is by far the more scenic to complete this with snow covered Alps.

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Reviewed 5 May 2014

we took the tranzalphine train from Christchurch to Greymouth.. nice scenery along the way, and we made the most of the viewing carriages.

what can be improved is on the quality of the food and coffee available for purchase at the cafe...

Thank jmambo_38
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

The train itself was fantastic with large windows and the best part was the one open coach for soaking in all of nature's beauty, the fresh mountain air and taking those once-in-a-lifetime photographs while the train itself zigzags its way through the tunnels and the fjords.

Thank Kauchandra
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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.

1  Thank jane_oz
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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.

Thank otsnow63
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