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TranzAlpine Train

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Address: Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4-495 0775
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The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Christchurch and...

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.

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Beautiful scenery

Took a tour up to authors pass and saw some amazing waterfalls then hopped on the train from Arthur's pass back to Christ church. We traveled through the southern alps viewing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Victorville, California, United States
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Victorville, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Took a tour up to authors pass and saw some amazing waterfalls then hopped on the train from Arthur's pass back to Christ church. We traveled through the southern alps viewing the alpine scenery through panoramic windows. Awesome scenery!!!

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very beautiful scenery but the tranzalpine train service could be run better Things to improve on: - Info on whether people who have made bookings still need to que at the check in counter (yes you do) - Luggage tags - Info about how to order food - Thicker curtains (you can get sun damage from 5h of direct sun)... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

the food is nice amazing views good for all ages relaxing and lots of fun there is a cool outdoor viewing carriage so you can get right up close to the plants and wildlife.

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Thank Ryan C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great views and they give you a headset so you can hear commentary about the areas that you are going through. It is worth experiencing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A great trip to see the southern alps. The train is really good. It is NZ made and their proud of it and good on them they should be (and I'm an Aussie). Just a hint for those short of time who want to see it all and do a bit of hiking to. Catch the train from Christchurch to... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our journey on the TranzAlpine Train. It wound its way through stunning scenery, had comfortable seats, very helpful staff and an adequate take-a-way cafe on board.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An excellent and relaxing way to see both New Zealand farm and alpine scenery. The latter - spectacular. Carriages were comfortable and there was a good selection of food available on board. The staff were attentive and aimed to make the trip as comfortable as possible for the passengers.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was beauty at its best amazing scenery varied along the way toke time to soak it all in ? Truly great fun tasty lunch provided onboard train

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Took train from Greymouth to Christchurch The scenery was brilliant. food & drinks arer available on the train, headsets to listen to a comprehensive commentary are available. the day we went there seemed to be a few spare seats. we spent a lot of tome in the open carriage which is brilliant for keen photographers even if a bit cool... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We three took a TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth. We had to book the seats in advance. We got the seats of four ( two seats were facing to each other) which were very nice. Big window showed us the nice scenery along the trip. It took about 4:30 hr but we didn't feel long at all. There was... More 

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