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TranzAlpine Train

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Address: Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
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The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Christchurch and...

The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. From the comfort of world class carriages you'll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the majestic Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass National Park, before descending through lush beech rainforest to the West Coast town of Greymouth - a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always-popular glaciers. All services feature state award winning carriages including panoramic side and sky-view windows, GPS triggered at-seat commentary, a fully licensed cafe, and open air viewing decks.

The TranzAlpine operates a daily return service throughout the year.

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Not as spectacular as advertised

We planned the Transalpine train journey as the culmination of our self drive tour of South Island expecting it to be spectacular. However, whilst it was a great way to transit... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We planned the Transalpine train journey as the culmination of our self drive tour of South Island expecting it to be spectacular. However, whilst it was a great way to transit from Greymouth to Christchurch we were somewhat disappointed with the views and they do not compare with the fantastic scenery we have seen from our car. The train was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fantastic scenery all the way. Canterbury plains, sub alpine, alpine and rain forest ! Great day trip to Greymouth, although there isn't a lot of time to stop and explore the town. A quick lunch, a quick tour of the shops on the main street, and then back on the train. A 'Must-Do' for any traveller to the South Island.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were fortunate to be on the first train since the line was closed by bush fire damage 10 weeks previously. So the train carriages were spotless and the service was attentive. All done very efficiently. Allocated seats and carriages and quite quaintly all big luggage taken to rear of train in an old fashioned luggage and guards van. At... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is quite an expensive way of getting across the country but it was so worth it - the views were incredible the whole way through the mountain range. The train was comfortable with nice big seats and your ticket has a reservation so you don't have to worry about all sitting together/getting early to get a good seat. Can... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We boarded the Transalpine at Greymouth in the pouring rain but this was par for the course on the west coast of N.Z. Consequently, we couldn't see a great deal for the first half hour or so but then the cloud began to clear and the journey through the southern alps was spectacular. The viewing cars offered unobstructed views but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We unfortunately went during the 6-week non-train period, HOWEVER, the bus journey was delightfully enjoyable too with two stops along the way and although we missed out on the scenery and train experience, we weren't disappointed. We will be back to do the real train journey again ....

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great anytime but perhaps best after winter snow. The narrow gauge twists over old wooden viaducts, after traversing the Canterbury Plains then over the braided Waimakariri River before reaching the Southern Alps. The descent is through the steep Otira Tunnel before views of the lush West Coast bush and through grazing lands to Greymouth.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took this west to Christchurch at the end of a cycling tour. Absolutely incredible scenery and a great way to end a trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's so good, I've done it many times. The Coastal Pacific comes a close second. The journey takes you along flat, dry and often hot plains from Christchurch, up over viaducts and in tunnels through the Waimakariri River gorge, amongst widely spaced mountains, then into the tight valley of Arthurs Pass village. A tiny settlement of huts and the notoriously... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You travel over the mountains, through the valleys and beside the river looking at fabulous New Zealand scenery. We went when there was snow on the high ground, which made the trip between the mountains even more photogenic. There is an outdoor viewing platform, which was great for taking photos. We came back the same day, which was rather tiring,... More 

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