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TranzAlpine Train

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Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
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TranzAlpine Train Pass from Christchurch to Greymouth
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TranzAlpine Southern Alps Train between Greymouth to Christchurch
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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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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
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We traveled Christchurch-Greymouth-Christchurch with a 4-day stop in Arthur's Pass. This was our 4th trip on a "Great Journeys" train, having previously done 3 trips on the Northern Explorer. It's the way to go, and here's why: 1. EASY and COMFORTABLE. Whether online or by...More

Thank CarolDM1900
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Ten of us went on the trans rail to greymouth to bike the wilderness trail and train back to Christchurch I rang Sharon at the greymouth information centre. She was amazing and organised the train trip ,accommodation,hiring bikes and the shuttle that takes our bags...More

Thank meaganschick
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I have taken the TranzAlpine trip twice--once from Christchurch to Greymouth and once from Greymouth to Christchurch. Both trips were exceptional and not to be missed! Three years ago we took the train starting at Christchurch. This starting point had the advantage of being able...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We travelled from Christchurch to Greymouth on the TransAlpine. There was low mist at times and intermittent rain which made it most atmospheric. On the return trip we had blue skies and sunshine - the best of both worlds. The scenery is fabulous. The staff...More

Thank DeborahLBrisbane
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First off, I was impressed with the train itself. Beautifully appointed carriage, comfortable airline-type seats and massive panorama windows that allow you to take in the view to full advantage. There is also an interesting commentary available, if you choose to listen in. Gives some...More

Thank KiwiRoverJim
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this train trip. The train was spotless. The info was great. The food inexpensive. The views spectacular. Train price expensive but worth it.

Thank Sandra M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It rained the day I took the the tour so that may have something to do with my less than favorable impression. That and the fact that half of the car I was in was occupied by a very noisy tour group. The man seated...More

1  Thank sharon s
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes I would recommend this train journey, wonderful scenery, food available on board, comfortable seating (seating is allocated on boarding pass which is collected on arrival at Christchurch Station. Luggage is put into a holding carriage and collected on arrival a Greymouth Station.

Thank marvymargy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the TranzAlpine from Greymouth to Christchurch and it was great! It was a clean and comfortable ride with just enough time to relax and take in some spectacular views. The food on board was safely in the airplane/train category but reasonably priced. Our...More

Thank 2Much2See41Lifetime
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent five weeks on a self drive car holiday touring the North and South Islands of NZ. We took the TranzAlpine train to return to Christchurch. The train was comfortable, with large picture windows, allowing you to get the best of the views. There...More

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Robin H, Online crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Bimblingalong, Thanks for the great review. The TranzAlpine is indeed an excellent way to end a circuit around the South Island and with all the major car rental firms having offices in Greymouth, it is also very convenient. Have a safe journey home! Best...More

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sk248
4 April 2018|
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Response from Patrick R | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we took the train to Greymouth and back for the ride. The scenery is fantastic, breathtaking even. I can’t say anything about walks at Arthur’s Pass. Yes it is expensive, but well worth it.
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mbv123
1 April 2018|
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Response from Jane B | Reviewed this property |
I doubt the views from the train are any better than from a bus. NZ is spectacular and most can be viewed from the road. The train was just a different experience for someone who lives in a place where passenger trains do... More
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Response from tropicalsundae | Reviewed this property |
From Christchurch? Yes, I'd say so, the car park was pretty big.
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