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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
Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 30 December 2005

The TranzAlpine express is a four-hour trip from Christchurch through the mountains to Greymouth on the West Coast of the South Island. The train is comfortable but certainly not luxurious, although the dining car offers drinks, snacks and light meals on the trip. The scenery...More

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Tallahassee, Florida
Reviewed 2 June 2007

Went on March 28 to the TranzAlpine train trip to Greymouth. Train loads about 0745 and leaves at 0815, reserved seats and usually packed so plan ahead. About 4.5 hours each way. The window seats are A and D. Be sure to get on the...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A fantastic 4 hour journey cross country taking in some the most awesome landscapes. Relaxing and comfortable train with an excellent food and drink selection, plus a couple of open air viewing carriages. Also witty and informative commentary by headphone of You’re interested in the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This train is the relaxing and fun way to cross the Southern Alps and worth the fare. A sunshiny day helped our passing views of the aquamarine rivers and waterfalls along with the snowcapped mountains and lush valleys bursting with spring flowers in early bloom....More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This train is a great way to travel the west to east coast, or vice versa. I went east from Greymouth to Christchurch. I believe you traverse at least six different climate/landscape zones. The seats are roomy and comfortable. The commentary is fantastic, giving you...More

Thank ptyduke
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You haven't travel New Zealand on this route then you must. Changing landscapes will definitely make you spell bound. Running commentary was interesting. Train was very comfortable and Food pantry had good vegan and vegetarian options.

Thank Minalshah64
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We did Christchurch to Greymouth return on the same day departing at 8.15 and returning at 6.30. We were blessed by good weather. The train is comfortable and the staff professional and attentive. The buffet car was very popular. We had time between journeys for...More

Thank aussiepiper
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had a great time taking the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to greymouth. The train is very comfortable. The food onboard is quite cheap but very good! The sceneries are simply spectacular!

Thank shiraneh
Reviewed 5 days ago

We took the train up to Arthur’s Pass and then a coach back down. The train was clean and comfortable and the service from the staff on the train was first class. There is a buffet car with an acceptable choice of food which was...More

Thank manofekent
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our journey departed Christchurch station at 8.15am. We viewed the Canterbury Plains, rode through the gorges and river valleys, climbed into the Southern Alps, so spectacular!! Went through sixteen tunnels and over four viaducts and witnessed such pretty views In all directions. We had a...More

Thank 96bridget
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Awesomeness! Great views, real comfort. Loved the open carriage and the chance to get in the fresh air.

Thank Ranga60
Reviewed 1 week ago

This should be on everyone's bucket list. An outstanding trip on a very comfortable train and with fabulous Kiwi service. The ticket price for non-residents of NZ is way more that those with NZ IP addresses so get access to one. Have a look at...More

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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.
Raj G
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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