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TranzAlpine Southern Alps Train Journey between Greymouth to Christchurch provided by TranzAlpine Train

TranzAlpine Southern Alps Train Journey between Greymouth to Christchurch

TranzAlpine Southern Alps Train Journey between Greymouth to Christchurch
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from $193.75 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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Last updated: 27 Jul 2020
A note from TranzAlpine Southern Alps Train Journey between Greymouth to Christchurch
The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and staff is always a top priority. Aligning with expert advice, we have increased the focus on hygiene. Our trains are cleaned everyday with additional cleaning/sanitising equipment and respiratory illness response kit carried onboard.
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 26m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h 26m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
Chinese, English, Chinese
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
One of the world’s greatest train journeys, travelling coast to coast through forests and farmland and through the spectacular Southern Alps. The TranzAlpine operates a daily service between Christchurch and Greymouth. From the comfort of world class carriages travel from the West Coast town of Greymouth through lush beech rainforest before arriving at Arthur's Pass National Park. Then travels through the majestic Southern Alps, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. You will then see the fields of the Canterbury Plains before arriving at the final destination of Christchurch. 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 59907P4
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
One Way Rail Journey • GPS-triggered audio commentary • All taxes, fees and handling charges
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase) • Food and drinks • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Guide • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
Duration
4h 26m
Departure details
164 MacKay Street, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
Christchurch Railway Station, Addington, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Other:
164 MacKay Street, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
Inclusions
One Way Rail Journey • GPS-triggered audio commentary • All taxes, fees and handling charges
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase) • Food and drinks • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Guide • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
Departure details
164 MacKay Street, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
Christchurch Railway Station, Addington, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Other:
164 MacKay Street, Greymouth 7805, New Zealand
Duration
4h 26m
Return details
Christchurch Railway Station, Addington, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Additional information
Wheelchair accessible
Infants must sit on laps
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 travellers can participate
This train passes through the Southern Alps, please dress for the alpine conditions
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
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Leila
3 contributions
What they say "great journey" vs "how to waste money"
Jun 2021 • Solo
Just write a review to let know people what's happening
Be aware if you book a ticket with them it's not a tourist attraction as like they say even if their price are expensive it's just a train so if there are late for some reason and you are not able to see something which was my case because when we were on the train during Arthur pass it was completely dark they don't do any refund or any compensation.
So before book and spend lot of money be aware and just understand it's just a train service and not a tourist trip like as they pretend in their website. They do lot of rules to be able to not refund you even with 2hours delay so also don't plan anything else on the day.

What they say
"Experience the South Island’s striking natural landscape by taking a train between Christchurch and Greymouth. Along this journey you’ll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest."

Reality
If they are late you don't see anything and they don't do any compensation or any partial refund

So if you are thinking to book with them just think of it twice before especially the train from Greymouth to Christchurch who already leave late.
Written 18 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Karen_GJNZ
Kia Ora Leliapoh, Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are sorry to hear you were disappointed with your journey. Delays are a rare occurrence for us but unfortunately sometimes do happen. Unfortunately, when you travel in winter, the sun does set earlier so some views are more visible out of day light savings. We hope to welcome you back in the future. Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 21 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Greg255119
Dunedin, New Zealand8 contributions
Relaxing and care free
Jun 2021
Such a relaxing way to travel and great to just sit back and watch the views go by. So much better than driving over. The cafe car provides good sustenance and a good range. There were longish ques each time I visited, both ways, but good opportunity to chat with your fellow passengers. The audio commentary provided was very interesting. Recommend staying in Greymouth overnight (or longer) rather than doing the same day return trip. Recommend inquiring via Great Journeys about packages as we did.
Written 11 June 2021
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Karen_GJNZ
Kia Ora Greg, We appreciate you leaving your great review! So pleased you had a lovely and relaxing journey with us. We agree there is no better way to travel, as you can sit back and relax with food and drinks whilst enjoying the stunning scenery. We hope you had a great rest of your holiday. Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 14 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Chris B
Nelson, New Zealand5 contributions
Great trip
Apr 2021
We did this trip as a family as a treat. It was on a special offer and cost about $600 all up. We left our car at the nearby motor camp, $10 a day. We took a packed lunch but found the prices on the cafe very reasonable. He train isn’t licensed for BYO alcohol, but in board prices were ok. $9 a beer or wine.
The scenery was spectacular and the 2 viewing carriages mean you can get decent photos without window reflections. We are doing the trip there and back with a few days in christchurch. We missed some good photos on the way so will be pleased to get them on the way back.
I’m not sure how I’d feel about paying full price so look out for deals.
PS it was busy getting onward transport in christchurch so maybe book a taxi in advance, we got a shuttle bus for about $30 for 4 to the city centre.
Written 21 April 2021
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Karen_GJNZ
Kia Ora Chris! Thank you for your lovely review! We are so pleased to hear you had a great experience with your family travelling on TranzAlpine! What a special journey to do with loved ones. Our viewing carriage is a great way to get fresh air and snap some beautiful memories. We hope your onward journey was just as great! Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 21 April 2021
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Estie Harper
1 contribution
5/5
Apr 2021 • Family
Excellent, awesome trip. The headphone commentary was excellent to learn about the history of our backyard. Kelly anne was awesome in her guest relationship and was very special with my down syndrome daughter, Charli. We had rebooked due to the unfortunate slip and Covid. Food offered via Fishbone and coffee was awesome. Thank you to all the staff involved, memorable trip 🚝
Written 6 April 2021
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Karen_GJNZ
Kia Ora, Thanks so much for the review on your journey with TranzAlpine! So pleased to hear you had a memorable trip with us and were well looked after by our kind staff. The commentary is a great way to sit back, relax and learn about the parts of New Zealand we travel through. We hope your onward journey was just as good! Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 15 April 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jeanne K
2 contributions
Great, with the exception of first class service, or lack thereof.
Mar 2021
My husband & I went through to Greymouth on Saturday the 20th of March on the basic deal. We found it absolutely marvellous, we were comfortable, well informed, & staff were friendly & helpful. We had a major spillage & staff couldn’t do enough to help. It was good being able to purchase whatever we felt like to eat & drink, when we felt like having it. We were impressed with the food on offer.

Returning to Christchurch on the 21st was a totally different kettle of fish. We decided to go upmarket & have a bit of pampering, so paid extra for the first class trip. What a disappointment! Staff were not very helpful, & even though the menu stated “tea & coffee on request,” staff were not happy to be asked for a cuppa. The first one was delivered to me with such bad grace I was shocked. I was made to feel every bit of the nuisance I obviously was. A couple of hours later, on request for another from a different staff member this time, he appeared to be absolutely offended at my request. I was asked to wait until they had done their cleaning up, then everyone would be offered one. On seeing how upset I was, my husband offered to go through to the cafe car to buy me one. I declined on the grounds that I shouldn’t need to pay for one when it was supposed to be included in the price of our ticket. In retrospect, I now wish I had taken him up on it, then staff would have had to clear away the debris & would have seen that one of their passengers had been uncomfortable under their TLC. “Lunch” was set down in front of us at 5pm!!!! Too bad for anybody with diabetes or other health issues. We expected to be fed shortly after boarding, not nearly tea time.

I have emailed all this to Tranzalpine & have heard nothing. They have obviously chosen to ignore me, instead of discussing this in a more private forum.
Written 6 April 2021
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j3anni3
Wellington, New Zealand12 contributions
Amazing scenery
Apr 2021
What a wonderful trip to experience the scenery of New Zealand. Very comfortable seats - good viewing out both sides. Easy check in at Greymouth - early check in was no problem or storing our bags. Getting bags off in Christchurch no problem. Friendly staff. Rubbish removed often. Recommend this as a tick off the bucket list.
Written 5 April 2021
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Karen_GJNZ
Kia Ora j3anni3, Thank you for your lovely feedback and the five-star rating. It is so great to hear you had a lovely and comfortable trip onboard our train. Our staff will be so pleased to receive these comments, as they aim to provide high levels of customer service to our passengers. Definitely one to tick off the bucket list! We hope you'll join us again one day. Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 12 April 2021
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687val
Cambridge, New Zealand63 contributions
Disgusting
Mar 2021
We had booked on the 7th March was sent an email to say it was canceled the day before we would have been in level 1 so there was no need to cancel.Disgusting way to treat customers
Written 15 March 2021
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Kirsten_GJNZ
Kia Ora 687val, Thank you for taking the time provide us with your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you were unable to travel with us on the TranzAlpine. Unfortunately, we were unable to operate this service due to the change in COVID-19 alert levels. For us to operate we needed to get exemption, this happens when the alert levels do change. Our customer service team contacted all affected passengers as soon as they could, and we offer all passengers the opportunity to change the date of travel or cancel and receive a full refund. Once again, we are very sorry you were unable to travel with us and we hope to see you soon. Kind Regards, Kirsten | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 22 March 2021
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Scott Burns
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
Poor treetment of customers
Mar 2021 • Friends
Very disappointed. Cancelled our journey at short notice with no real reason even considering Covid we were at level one. Refused to arrange alternative travel even though we had s plane to catch. Notable that planes were still going. Amateur treatment of their customers.
Written 7 March 2021
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Karen_GJNZ
Kia Ora, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with this review. We do apologize for the inconvenience caused to you because of the cancellation of your TranzAlpine train journey. This was cancelled due to an operational issue related to the COVID-19 situation, we were also unable to offer alternative transport. Due to the events surrounding COVID-19 last week, our team advised all passengers of this cancellation right after the decision was made to cancel the service. We offer all passengers the opportunity to change the date of travel or cancel and receive a full refund. Once again, we do apologize for the inconvenience caused to you. Kind regards, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 8 March 2021
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AliNel01
Nelson, New Zealand87 contributions
A real treat from start to finish
Feb 2021
We went both ways in Scenic Plus carriage, had 24 hours on the west coast inbetween. Service was five star, very friendly and professional airline-type attendants. The food was good, melt-in-your mouth lamb definitely recommended. It's not cheap but is a treat. Suggest trying to get seats C and D, this side of the train has the best views. The almost-continuous commentary is excellent, you can tune in or out as you wish but the information is at a good pace, pleasant voice to listen to, and the NZ history imparted is very interesting. Well done everyone!
Written 8 February 2021
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Kirsten_GJNZ
Kia Ora AliNel01, Thank you so much for providing this wonderful review on your Scenic Plus experience on the TranzAlpine. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our new Scenic Plus service, our crew on board are truly the best – with some of them being ex Flight Attendants! We very much look forward to welcoming you on board again one day! Best Wishes, Kirsten | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 21 February 2021
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Hampton
3 contributions
Great trip!
Jan 2021 • Family
Awesome trip with wonderful views from seats. Service was great. Recommend bringing own food as food on train all prepackaged and not great.
Written 22 January 2021
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Karen_GJNZ
Kia Ora! Thank you for leaving us a review on your TranzAlpine trip! We are so pleased you had a great experience with the service and views! We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy the food onboard. Our selection has been carefully selected from caterers like Wishbone for many dietary requirements and food preferences, although passengers are welcome to bring their own food also. We hope to welcome you back again one day. Best Wishes, Karen | The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Written 26 January 2021
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Bruju
Bruju
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Great trip
This trip is very scenic and well worth doing. Christchurch too Greymouth return with a nearly 2 hour stop in Greym
ivanseselj
ivanseselj
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As scenic as I’d hoped
Feel very lucky to have finally done this journey. What a comfortable and well equipped train and amazing scenery.
Y5333VAjoannew
Y5333VAjoannew
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Extremely Disappointing
We had booked Scenic Plus 6 months ago. 24 hours before departure we got an email to say "Plus" had been cancelled
markhV1500XJ
markhV1500XJ
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Start of an adventure
Lovely day, Christchurch to Greymouth. Train was completely full. Only disappointment was booking scenic class plus
joandnoel
joandnoel
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Excellent trip
My wife and I went on the train last October we decided to upgrade and go Scenic Plus Class Excellent choice we w
PhillipB294
PhillipB294
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Bucket list
This train trip is rated as one of the great train trips of the world. And rightly so. My wife and I did the trip f
Kayefs
Kayefs
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Trip to the West Coast
We traveled to Greymouth for a small trip up the West Coast. We had booked the Scenic Plus trip which included food
Kiwigaff
Kiwigaff
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Scenic trip
Have now done the 3 trips...No 1 is the coastal no2 Trans Alpine and well back the Nothern trip.This coastal ride i
Kiaoraall
Kiaoraall
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Scenic plus a real delight
I really enjoyed the trip, but can see how doing in winter would make it all the more appealing. The new scenic plu
Malsgal
Malsgal
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Great day out
We did trip to Greymouth and return to Christchurch in the same day. Seating was very comfy, large viewing windows,
EAS509
EAS509
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Highlights of our holiday
We did the trip to Greymouth and back on one day. The Scenic Plus was exceptional, felt so looked after and spoilt.
687val
687val
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Disgusting
We had booked on the 7th March was sent an email to say it was canceled the day before we would have been in level
Alvinspotty
Alvinspotty
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fantastic trip
My wife and I totally enjoyed this trip, superb views from train open deck. This was summer but winter would be eve
964francess
964francess
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Great trip with beautiful views for nearly all the journey.
Great views and spacious comfortable seats. Hadn't done this journey for about 20 years so it was a fun experience.
Storyteller697046
Storyteller697046
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Tranzalpine train
We opted for the Scenic Plus. In general the service was excellent - the crew did a fabulous job. The views were sp
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