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TranzAlpine Train

Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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USD 36.60*
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TranzAlpine- Christchurch to Greymouth by Train
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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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“the west coast” (162 reviews)
“arthur's pass” (289 reviews)
“viewing carriage” (102 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Reviewed 2 days ago

we took the train from Greymouth to Christchurch. Checkin was easy and staff were courteous and helpful. We were disappointed by the seating. they were very uncomfortable, we couldn't stretch our legs. Although the train went through great scenery, due to drizzling weather we couldn't...More

Thank tam L
Reviewed 3 days ago

Had a lovely day in August with great views, friendly and helpful staff. Did the return trip - totally excellent! Another tick off the bucket list

Thank Sandra M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We rode the train from Christchurch to Greymouth great scenery and journey highly recommend countryside and mountains rivers etc fabulous

Thank Tania K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Can't begin to say how much we enjoyed this trip. So glad that we made it, it truly lives up to its billing as one of the worlds top 10 rail journeys. Staff exceptionally courteous and helpful, from reception right through to the baggage cart....More

1  Thank The_Crofter
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great experience for the family and allows everyone to move freely around which is ideal for young children. The scenery is spectacular and well worth the effort to do this.

Thank Charmaine T
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The train offered reclining spacious seating with picture windows. Cafe offered a varied menu with drinks. Separate outdoor viewing area. My favorite part was the commentary that was provided via headset which not only described points of interest, but gave a history of each area.

Thank suzanne c
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the train from Christchurch to Greymouth. The ride was comfortable and incredibly scenic. The train had a meal car and a special open air car for photographing the scenery. Most of the views are on the right side of the train so it is...More

1  Thank Debra R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a unique experience. Scenic route, though we didn’t see snow covered mountains. We had fun. We travelled from Greymouth to Christchurch. Service was good.

Thank Maithili S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Many highlights on this trip. The extra view given by extra high windows, the comfort, hot food and the mulled wine offered was a nice touch. Being able to view from the open carriage was very cool indeed even when the weather was wet or...More

Thank Rita B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful experience we had.....very professional service from the moment our names were ticked off & boarding passes given, luggage handled carefully & popped into luggage cart & departed right on time! We sat in comfortable seats each with a headset - we could...More

Thank Margaret K
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Bruce M
3 November 2017|
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Response from TGJNZ | Property representative |
Hi Bruce M, All of our TranzAlpine stations have free long term parking outside, apart from Greymouth (which has street parking nearby). All the best, Robin H, Social team
31 October 2017|
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Response from TGJNZ | Property representative |
Hi Lambagered, Travelling on our trains with children is easy and enjoyable - far more so than in a car! I have been on the trains with my two young children and infant. Here are my unbiased opinions on our experience... More
31 October 2017|
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Response from TGJNZ | Property representative |
Hi lambagered, Great question! When you book you can let our crew know, and we can seat your family around a table - more space. We have changing facilities on board as well. We do encourage passengers to walk around, we... More