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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“arthur's pass” (292 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Boarding at Greymouth was very efficient. The views were varied & the commentary was very detailed with historic facts. At times I closed my eyes, but forced myself to stay awake as not to miss the views. An enjoyable, relaxed way to travel across to...More

Thank canuk47
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a train ride which can be done both ways in the day. We travelled from Christchurch to Greymouth, leaving Christchurch at 0815, wit 30 minutes for check-in. As we were one-way passengers our suitcases were loaded in the baggage van by the friendly...More

Thank Joncer
Reviewed 3 days ago

Probably because we'd already "done" most of New Zealand over the preceding 5 weeks and seen the most ridiculously amazing views everywhere, we felt a little underwhelmed by this trip. Fair enough, there were good views but not spectacular. The drunk kiwi family in our...More

Thank Peregrine44
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The idea of being on a 4 hour train ride, especially after a morning of tramping in the Greymouth bush wasn't too tempting. However this was a trip that I had heard much about, and it delivered in a massive way. The scenery was absolutely...More

Thank Prasad_MD
Reviewed 4 days ago

Travelled from Christchurch to Greymouth. The weather was pretty poor (on the West-Coast side), but possibly that increased the charm. As a New Zealander, this trip is pretty spectacular. We did summer, but we're going to do it again in winter. The carriages were way...More

Thank Gmoney484
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had an excellent trip with the Tranzalpine express from Christchurch to Greymouth v.v. Very nice staff in the station and on board will be remembered very well by us. Recommend it very much.

Thank Marilliongirl1
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Can’t give 5/5 as the price is a bit breath-taking... but then so is the scenery! Been on the train twice, once in winter and once in summer. Both are spectacular and would recommend both. Only went Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass both times, and am...More

Thank sallyp322
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Loved the interesting and up to date commentary on this trip. Good mix of ecology and history. Train is comfortable and scenery great

Thank Nigel Y
GreatJourneysofNZ, Online crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Nigel, Thank-you for the five-star review. We are really pleased you enjoyed all aspects of our scenic train experience! Enjoy your travels! Many thanks, Robin H, The Great Journeys of NZ

Reviewed 5 days ago

Great check-in service, especially liked that we could check our bags in at Greymouth hours prior so we could explore. The disembarkment was also done really well and quickly. The seats had lots of legroom and I really enjoyed listening to the commentary available through...More

Thank Gina B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lovely scenery and very clean cabin. Impressive! My kids enjoyed the train ride very much. Train speed was just nice for you to take photographs of the lovely scenery along the way.

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Bruce M
3 November 2017|
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Response from GreatJourneysofNZ | Property representative |
Hi Bruce M, All of our TranzAlpine stations have free long term parking outside, apart from Greymouth (which has street parking nearby). All the best, Robin H, Social team
31 October 2017|
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Response from GreatJourneysofNZ | Property representative |
Hi Lambagered, Travelling on our trains with children is easy and enjoyable - far more so than in a car! I have been on the trains with my two young children and infant. Here are my unbiased opinions on our experience... More
31 October 2017|
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Response from GreatJourneysofNZ | Property representative |
Hi lambagered, Great question! When you book you can let our crew know, and we can seat your family around a table - more space. We have changing facilities on board as well. We do encourage passengers to walk around, we... More