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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We ended our driving holiday by dropping our car at Greymouth station and taking the train across to Christchurch. Views are spectacular along the route although not for the last half an hour along the industrial part before Christchurch! Seats excellent with good catering on...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dmaccallum63
Reviewed yesterday

We took the train from Christchurch to Greymouth in early December, with plans to pick up a rental car at the Greymouth station and continue our holiday driving down the west coast. The weather that morning was cloudy, foggy and a little rainy but we...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Leslie742
Reviewed 2 days ago

An excellent journey from Christchurch to Greymouth. We did this as a means to pickup the hire car. Super views, comfortable seats and decent food and drink. Would not recommend doing highways in one go.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lynneandkeith
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Possibly avoid if travelling in a group as well. There is something utterly sad and depressing to sit in an uncomfortable train seat surrounded by tourists with cameras trying to get a glimpse of amazing landscapes that disappear as quickly as they appear. When you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank iskrig
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great experience. Train very clean with heaps of leg room. Food for sale fresh and reasonably priced. Observation car with open air viewing a real hit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank K1619WRsteves
Reviewed 4 days ago

Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. This is one train journey which is worth the trip. Not only can you enjoy the scenery, but you get grand photo opportunities galore. And in between your hours you can enjoy a snack from the cafeteria. Or...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ReenieCee
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Not a regular train user but this was no regular journey ... Takes you to the places the roads don't reach . Very informative commentary . Bet its even more spectacular in the snow / winter .. Bit pricey .....and we got the 'locals' fare...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank hinfamily
Reviewed 5 days ago

I guess we had high expectations after our train journeys in Switzerland and Canada. It was okay but does not meet the hype.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Rashmi M
Reviewed 6 days ago

We arrived in Christchurch early in the morning and took a cab to the station. The train arrived on time and we handed our luggage in to the coach in front. The train was so comfortable and clean and the large windows enabled us to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank royjen
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Hard to believe this train ride is rated by “the media” as a top ten ride world wide. Something is wrong there. The scenery is very good though there are so many tunnels it is difficult tonreally see anything. The commentary is very poorly done...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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16 October 2018|
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Response from C5804LOterrim | Reviewed this property |
Hi. We just gave our names as reference. We didn’t need to show anything but just Incase take a drivers licence. Enjoy and take loads of pics.
Raj G
5 October 2018|
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Response from Pleayo T | Reviewed this property |
There isn't much to do in Greymouth itself but people use it as a pad to go up and down the West Coast.
3 October 2018|
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Response from MichaelH15437 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, as above, we parked there for 2 nights. Just make sure you do not leave anything visible in the car to give anyone a reason to break in. Have a look at the street view on Google map, it shows the car park very... More