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TranzAlpine Train

Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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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.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Reviewed 3 days ago

After hearing about it for ages we finally decided to do the TranzAlpine in the first week of June. As we live in Auckland, we flew to Christchurch just for this experience over a weekend. Which meant, flying to Chch on Friday and returning on...More

Thank VSM99
Reviewed 4 days ago

Booked on-line two days before we travelled. Early morning taxi to the station. A reasonably swift booking in process - and we were off. The only down-side was that the group of us were scattered over the train, however we did book at different times...More

Thank artangelDevon
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ask in Christchurch for a forward facing seat on the right side of the train for the best views. Left side from Greymouth. Have a jacket handy for visiting the outside viewing carriage. Best from the beginning of the hills to Cass. Use the headphones...More

Thank Sue617
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on this trip on the first day after a big storm in July. Barely got out of the city when the vistas became awesome - and just continued to get better. A real winter wonderland with snow all the way to Arthurs Pass...More

Thank brandy126
Reviewed 1 week ago

We traveled on the TranzAlpine on a beautiful day right after a large snow-storm. The scenery really was a winter wonderland up to and through Arthurs Pass, but once through the long tunnel at the top the snow gave way to beautiful bush and a...More

Thank Panapa101
Reviewed 1 week ago

This has to be one of the most spectacular and scenic railway journeys anywhere. We travelled from Christchurch to Greymouth and returned in one day on a bright sunny day, which enhanced the views. The journey is very comfortable, with a running commentary via headphones...More

Thank Ian B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a classic train trip. My top tip is get off for a leisurely lunch at Lake Brunner. The hotel there has wicked views and you get nearly 3 hours as opposed to a rushed 50 minutes in Greymouth. Also go outside of school...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We joined the train in Rolleston the first stop outside of Christchurch. Two teenagers in tow that needed to be extracted from their PS4's. We were given a friendly greeting, boarded the train and away we went. The trip was same day retun with about...More

Thank ratz297
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Waited for winter and got the added bonus of the snow but these views are going to be great all year round! The train is in excellent condition with huge windows all around, an open carriage which was amazing in the snowy parts (wrap up...More

Thank Lee_A_B_1976
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our winter visit in Christchurch, ended up trying to find some interesting activities that are suitable for the weather without freezing out. The winter wonderland is worth exploring by train. The train only reopen recently after a bush fire. So we are really enjoy our...More

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2 July 2017|
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Response from Jennie W | Reviewed this property |
Yes - there is a baggage van for checked luggage.
Deborah B
1 July 2017|
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Response from SCSadventure | Reviewed this property |
Hi. My wife who is the budding photographer thinks the best scenery is before Arthurs pass. Hope that helps
17 May 2017|
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Response from jerryskc | Reviewed this property |
I don't think that there is an option to buy a combined ticket, but there is an hotel right by the station as I recall. It's a great trip, I am sure you will enjoy it