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TranzAlpine Train

2,985 reviews
About TranzAlpine Train
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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

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 yesterday 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
Thank Mexner1
Reviewed yesterday

An excellent day out and a good way to spend a day when jet lagged. We arrived Sat and did this journey on Sunday stopped for an hour in Greymouth and then returned back to base.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Yorkie-EarlsdonRFC
Reviewed 2 days ago

From the Earthquake shattered city of Christchurch (in rebuild mode) the Trans Alpine Train travels across rich farm land through small settlements before it crosses numerous viaducts with an aqua blue river flowing below. The train follows the river through step rocky gorges with spectacular...More

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

An absolutely amazing experience! The train ride was well worth the money paid,and the views from both the windows and viewing cars were breathtaking. Definitely an experience not to be missed.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sydneykat29
Reviewed 4 days ago

What an amazing experience - we did this in summer - would definitely go back in winter and do it again. 4 hours of amazing endless natural beauty, mountains, rivers, lakes, on a modern, clean and well organised journey. We had a table for the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank adam h
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an amazing journey across the Southern Alps. Leaving Christchurch you head across the Canterbury plain before climbing up in to the mountains. The first part of the journey once you start climbing is probably the most spectacular. You get great views if you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JC1LondonEngland
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Pleasant way to travel across the South Island I could sit and enjoy the countryside without driving. Visiting with other travelers was a highlight as Kiwi’s shared favorite places to stop to visit. The baggage situation could be better organized The procedure to drop off...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank karalee2017
Reviewed 5 days ago

I spent the entire day going from Christchurch to Greymouth, then back again. I was amazed at how fast the day went, as the scenery was stunning, and the train was very relaxing. Tip #1: When heading to Greymouth from Christchurch, go to the open...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank dpr8
Reviewed 1 week ago

We caught the TranzAlpine as a way of getting to Greymouth to start the West Coast Wilderness Bike Trail. A wonderful journey packed with great scenery of rivers and mountains. Comfortable seats and a reasonable cafe on board.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sharon H
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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.
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6 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