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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
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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 today

A worthwhile way to travel from the east to west coast. Interesting scenery with some beautiful vistas, many bridges, and quaint towns.

Thank MkomazanaCottages
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Headed off from Greymouth. Seated amongst a lovely bunch of travellers and what a treat we had. While the whole trip is beautiful I have to admit to beung somewhat blasè about the parts that follow the road as I drive between Greymouth and Christchurch...More

Thank mumsuperior
Robin H, Online crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi mumssuperior, We are really pleased to hear that you enjoyed the journey so much - especially as a local who drives the Greymouth to Christchurch route often. Yes, the train's alternative course along the river valley and through the mountains near Cass is spectacular,...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

We went on the TranzAlpine train East to West Tuesday (11/9/18) and back on Thursday (13-9-18). The best train trip we have ever experienced. Sights were awesome. Staff friendly, Cafe was good too. A very interesting and detailed commentary over the supplied headset system. Seats...More

Thank vk8ktc
Robin H, Online crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi vk8ktc, Thanks for the five-star review and we definitely look forward to seeing you for the snow next year! All the best, Robin | The Great Journeys of New Zealand

Reviewed 3 days ago

What a comfortable train to ride on from Greymouth down to Christchurch in three hours. Clean big windows made viewing easy. The cafe car had an excellent selection of food for lunch. And the reserved seating made getting on and settled an easy process despite...More

Thank CarolMaeRay
Robin H, Online crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Carol, It is actually five hours, which just goes to prove that time flies when you are having fun! We hope you'll join us again soon. Best wishes, Robin | The Great Journeys of New Zealand

Reviewed 3 days ago

We caught the Auckland Wellington train from Hamilton to Wellington. It departs too early from both Auckland and Hamilton for us to consider it on a holiday trip, but we were in Hamilton so I realised we could pick it up at a more civilised...More

Thank Jon K
Robin H, Online crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Jon K, Thanks for the excellent review of the Northern Explorer. It is a fantastic trip the length of the North Island - not to be confused with the TranzAlpine, which travels the width of the South Island! And we hope you'll come and...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Catch the train- sure beats driving, especially if you will be using a car later in your trip through the Alp regions of the South Island. It is a comfortable 5 hour trip through ever changing scenery, food and drinks service is available,albeit on a...More

Thank Nigel D
Robin H, Online crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi dunchue1, Thanks for the great review. Yes the licensed café shouldn't be confused with a dining service. We sell a small but delicious selection of sandwiches, pies and hot meals (the menu is online) along with local beers, wines, teas and barista coffee. Also,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

So nice to get out of the car and sit back and relax for the next four and a half hours. Very well organised at Christchurch Train Station. There is a conventional check in counter where you get allocated a seat number. Then you take...More

Thank Andrew N
Robin H, Online Crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Andrew N, Many thanks for taking the time to review your experience with us. We are so pleased to hear the staff made your journey all the more special. Come back again, soon. Best, Robin | The Great Journeys of New Zealand

Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I travelled from Christchurch to Greymouth on the TranzAlpine Train. You can book in your luggage, 23kg per person, which is locked away in the baggage carriage. The is a viewing carriage for the brave hearted people to take photos from which...More

Thank 641traceyw
Robin H, Online Crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi 641traceyw, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience on the TranzAlpine. The snow-capped mountains is truly a breathtaking sight. Thank you for your recommendation to other travellers. We hope to have you back on-board with us again. All the best, Robin...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful trip from Christchurch to Greymouth aboard the Transalpine train. Incredible scenery while while you sit back and relax. Bring your own lunch or purchase a meal on the train. You can even enjoy a bottle of wine during your journey. Headphones are...More

Thank Amy W
Robin H, Online Crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Amy W, Many thanks for taking the time to write a review. It sounds like you had wonderful getaway and we are humbled to have been a part of it. We hope to be a part of your next holiday. All the best, Robin...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this trip. Crazy views a once in a lifetime experience. Audio had alot of information but it kept cutting out. The lamb shanks are great. Friendly staffMore

Thank RochelleE67
Robin H, Online Crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi RochelleE67, Thank you for your lovely review. We hope you managed to capture some photos of the scenery! Glad you enjoyed the lamb - we do get a lot of people raving about them! Hope to see you back. Best, Robin | The Great...More

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kaybwilson
25 September 2018|
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Response from Rodney M | Reviewed this property |
Hi there's a shopping precinct nearby with a good supermarket and a Warehouse I think. Not much time to do a lot though apart from good coffee and shopping at the station itself.
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Glenn J
25 September 2018|
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Response from anniew523 | Reviewed this property |
Going to Greymouth the right hand side. Coming back the left hand side. I saying that it is easy to view the other side from your seat as the windows are large and if the carriage is not full it's very easy to move around... More
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davidandadele
18 September 2018|
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Response from CarolDM1900 | Reviewed this property |
There is a big, busy parking lot at the train station in Christchurch. Parking is more limited in the much smaller Greymouth station, but there you can your car pretty easily on city streets if need be. Let me just note... More
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