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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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  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“south island” (266 reviews)
“arthur's pass” (324 reviews)
“observation car” (114 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
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+64 4-495 0775
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I travelled Christchurch to Greymouth staying overnight. On the outward journey we were surrounded by Chinese groups who shouted at one another whilst playing cards. They were not interested in the scenery and I was unable to hear announcements or listen to the commentary. On...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This train ride is a must, it is full of spectacular scenery, the train ride is very comfortable & it is a must do.

Thank Barbara C
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Did the Tranzalpine train trip from Christchurch to Greymouth. Really enjoyed the trip, the scenery was amazing, the onboard commentary was really interesting and the food was quite nice and reasonably priced. The trip was maybe a little long for our kids aged 7 and...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

After spending two weeks driving around the north and south islands, I was ready for a break from the winding, hilly, roads of New Zealand. It was no big deal to pick up the car in Christchurch and drop it off in Greymouth and I...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Tranzalpine is a relaxing rail journey from Christchurch to Greymouth. The views are great, the seats are comfortable, the food is very good value, although they ran out of some of meals during the trip so getting in early is advisable. Having an open...More

Thank Glenn K
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Have done Christchurch to Greymouth twice on the train....once in spring and once winter. Winter is no doubt the best time. It feels you crossing snowland. Just wish the whole of viewing carriage was open to get the best pics..

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Loved the trip on the train. It was a great way to see scenery of the Southern Alps that you are unable to see from the road. Loved all the tunnels. The service on-board was super and the short stop at Greymouth gives you a...More

Thank Tricia5964
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Rather than spend the whole day trvelling to and from Greymouth, we got off at Arthur's Pass, hiked up to the pass itself and returned to the station in plenty of time to catch the return train to Christchurch. The staff were brilliant - even...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We have wanted to do the trip for a long time and today my waiting was rewarded. The trip from Christchurch to Greymouth was wonderful. So much to see and take in. The scenery changed so much over the 5 hours and the train itself...More

1  Thank Rebecca F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Did this for my birthday last month. It really is a wonderful trip with excellent service from the train staff. There is a viewing carriage where you can stand outside and take in all the fresh air and scenery. We spent the night in Greymouth...More

1  Thank muffworm
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katebeguely
18 July 2018|
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Response from Ivor M | Reviewed this property |
I travelled on a coach tour so cannot really answer your questions. However, I can say that the train was very busy so it probably is best to book ahead.
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NellyWill24
17 July 2018|
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Response from Sundownerwestcoast | Reviewed this property |
No there is no wifi however the scenery makes up for it.
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Shirleyandstewa... S
5 July 2018|
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Response from Cathy V | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure, I went from Christchurch to Greymouth return on the same day
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