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TranzAlpine Train Pass from Christchurch to Greymouth

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    What to Expect
    One of the world’s great train journeys, traveling coast to coast through forests and farmland and through the spectacular Southern Alps. The TranzAlpine operates a daily return service between Christchurch and Greymouth. From the comfort of world-class carriages, you will see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. The train then climbs into the majestic Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass National Park, before descending through lush beech rain forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth, a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always-popular glaciers.

    While on board enjoy the journey in award-winning world-class carriages with specially designed seats. Awaken your senses in the open air viewing decks or sit back and enjoy the GPS triggered audio commentary available through headphones at every seat. All trains have a licensed café carriage providing snacks and light meals.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Christchurch Railway Station, Canterbury 8011, New Zealand
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    Greymouth Railway Station, 164 Mackay Street, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
    • One way Rail Journey
    • GPS-triggered audio commentary
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
    • Food and drinks ( available to purchase)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if travelling with a wheelchair
    • Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to scheduled departure and check in at the station to receive your boarding pass
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This train passes through the Southern Alps, please dress for the alpine conditions
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Great service,easy to book. The train has great views and would definitely recommend to all travellers!
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    A lovely journey through gorgeous countryside before hitting the Pacific coast. Easy to board our luggage was taken from us on the platform and our seats were pre allocated. Nice food and drinks from buffet car. The staff cleared our table promptly. A pre recorded information
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    This trip was to be one of the highlights of our trip round New Zealand. Unfortunately, it was a bit disappointing. It was impossible to see the mountains without sticking your head outside the viewing platform which isn’t safe. The audio guide was out of synch with the
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    doing this on a clear day is the trick. Our trip was often shrouded in cloud cover (as often happens in NZ) and we were blessed by a wonderfully clear sunny day. This trip is worth twice the cost. I recommend sitting on the right side of the train and paying for a
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    After much anticipation we were really disappointed in the views, the organisation and the staff throughout our journey. Train delays (1 hour delay!), jerky and unstable journey, poor views (no idea where they got the pictures done their promo stuff- very likely a green
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    About the operator
    By: Northern Explorer Train
    580 reviews
    Certificate of Excellence
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Heading north from Wellington
    Another one of the great train journeys of the world. Along the way one passes through many of the wonderful
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    Inverness, United Kingdom
    Up to Arthur's Pass
    Great service,easy to book. The train has great views and would definitely recommend to all travellers!
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    Preston, United Kingdom
    Wellington to Auckland on the Northern Explorer
    Personally we found it over long because we'd been on the Greymoth to Christchurch Trans Alpine train, as well as
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    Robyn B
    Auckland Central, New Zealand
    Very disappointed
    I agree with much of the Roampup04 review. I traveled with my brother who is visiting NZ. We thought the train
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    Long Preston, United Kingdom
    Trip to Kaikoura.
    A lovely journey through gorgeous countryside before hitting the Pacific coast. Easy to board our luggage was
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    Auckland, New Zealand
    Scenic ride of 11 hours
    We did Auckland to Wellington on Northern Explorer. Departed at 7:45am and reached 7:10pm. The train was clean and
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    Guildford, United Kingdom
    Great journey spoilt by the poor sound system.
    The journey down the north island is spectacular. There’s an outdoor viewing platform that gives uninterrupted
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    A leisurely way to see the North Island
    The last time I took the train from Wellington to Auckland was 21 years ago, with two little kids. It has improved
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    NZ off the road trip
    Fantastic view of the north island from the railway line.... viewing iconic volcanoes from the other side (not
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    Northern Explorer Train Hamilton to Paraparaumu
    I was really worried I would be bored 30 minutes in or worse I would fall asleep however I should not have
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    David C
    Comfortable, scenic trip with Waitomo Caves stop.
    We had read about this trip and decided it was a good way to get to Auckland from Wellington via Waitomo Caves. We
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    Suva, Fiji
    Train journey at its Best
    If you wanna see the proper sights and sounds of NZ Northern island, there isn’t a much better or relaxed way than
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    London, United Kingdom
    This was meant to be a Very special journey for us which we booked months in advance. Unfortunately shortly before
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    Iasi, Romania
    Great way to see the New Zealand's North Island
    The views from the windows are spectacular and an open viewing carriage is available, allowing for clear pictures
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    Enjoyable trip
    Help on the station was awesome. It was a very informative trip. Seating is comfortable. Food was good. The train
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