Although the Tranz Alpine is the most famous of Kiwirail's Scenic Journeys, the Northern Explorer and Coastal Pacific are just as good in their own way. The service is First Class, lots of legroom, huge windows and an excellent commentary on headphones if you choose. The open sided viewing platform is the best experience. It may not be the quickest way to get around but it is both the most relaxing and the best way to see New Zealand whilst on the move. The staff are all friendly and helpful. The only downside is the location of Christchurch Railway Station, it is in the middle of an out of town warehouse shopping estate that is easy to get lost in as you try to find the city centre.
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