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TranzAlpine Train

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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“arthur's pass” (323 reviews)
“observation car” (112 reviews)
“return trip” (122 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a highlight of my trip to Christchurch. Did the transalpine railway in a day Christchurch to Greymouth. Fantastic views, snow capped mountains. Comfortable train with selection of food and beverages. Highly recommend.

Thank Cathy V
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had an absaloutely fantastic time on the tranz alpine. Brilliant service from start to finish and beautiful scenic trip with running commentary via supplied headphones for various parts of the trip. Definately take your camera as plenty of places for photo opportunity both from...More

Thank Gemma R
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wow ! This is such a awesome journey, you don't realise what a beautiful country we live in. When we left Christchurch it was pouring with rain but the carriages were nice and warm, comfortable seats with plenty of leg room. The commentary was very...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Fantastic views from the train Windows and from the open (to the elements) observation car. 4/5 tray table dirty, limited gluten free options and human kept interrupting the recorded guide - one or the other!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Comfortable, clean, scenic. Well worth the money. Also one of the faster ways across the south island.

Thank JasmineTXY
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Train ride to Arthurs Pass and retuned offered breathtaking beautiful landscape photo opportunities with open observation deck. To get the max ofyour trip this should be done in Spring or summer as colder.months with shorter daylights dorsnt give much opportunity in return leg. Arthurs Pass...More

Thank Krish A
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great trip. Seats on the train are really comfortable with plenty of legroom. Suitcases are stored in a separate carriage so you don't need to worry about them. Food on board is reasonably priced. The only down side was the guy giving information on...More

Thank Marian K
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Robin H, Online crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Marian K, Thanks for the excellent rating! Our announcer has always sounded like that - and he doesn't need a script anymore :-) We hope to see you again aboard one of our other services one day, All the best, Robin | The Great...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the train to arthurs pass. Train ride was very comfortable. Our cabin was A and return was D. The viewing deck was a good experience. The timing was kept as promised so there was no trouble. The cafe has a good selection of...More

Thank NDharmawansa
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Robin H, Online crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi NDharmawansa,Thanks for the excellent rating! We are really pleased that you enjoyed everything about the service and we hope to see you again one day! All the best, Robin | The Great Journeys of New Zealand

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the day, amazing scenery and very comfortable seats. We went as far as Arthur's Pass, did some long walks through some lovely scenery then caught the train back to Christchurch in the afternoon.

Thank merlynns
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Robin H, Online crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi merlynns, Thanks for the five-star rating! Yes, stopping at Arthur's Pass and exploring the mountains for five hours before catching the train back is very popular and a great day out from Christchurch! All the best, Robin | The Great Journeys of New Zealand

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trip across from Christchurch to Greymouth was the start of our 2 week South Island holiday. Unfortunately KiwiRail failed with this experience. We booked our trip 3 months in advance and we placed in the rear carriage. This carriage started off relatively empty for...More

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

Hi CosmoJolly, We are really sorry to hear that your journey was affected negatively by a tour group. We do try and keep these groups separated and we do of course expect all passengers to act with suitable decorum. We will look at this and...More

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K T
10 June 2018|
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Response from Robin H | Property representative |
Hi K T, It is a little quieter in July, and mid-week not as busy. In saying that it is always a good idea to book ahead. In July all the mountains are snow capped, and the views are stunning! All the best, the Great... More
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Leslie742
2 June 2018|
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Response from Poodle2014 | Reviewed this property |
We went from Christchurch to Greymouth and the views were amazing, I’m not sure if light is as good going opposite way later in the day, but right side has best views if going CC to GM. Food on train is good also. We took a... More
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Leslie742
22 May 2018|
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Response from Poodle2014 | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely book in advance. We were there in April and it was fairly crowded then, will be much more so in December (Summer season).
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