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TranzAlpine Train

Christchurch, New Zealand
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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 Friday-Monday throughout the year and daily from December 23rd, 2022.
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Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch

Enjoy a full day in the gorgeous landscapes outside of Christchurch. This tour features the scenic TranzAlpine train and a guided tour of Arthur’s Pass National Park. See the Canterbury Plains, Waimakariri Gorge, and the Southern Alps, then explore by minivan from Arthur’s Pass, stopping for rain forest walks and a closer look at Cave Stream, Castle Hill, and Waimak Gorge. This small-group tour includes lunch and two teas.
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9 hours
from US$378.63
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DonH1506 wrote a review 3 Aug
Australian Capital Territory, Australia89 contributions39 helpful votes
This is a must do. The train is lovely with loads of space around the seats. The commentary is worth checking out, as is the open viewing carriage. My favourite part was Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass. There were some delays which added 30 minutes to the trip.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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770david wrote a review Jul 2022
Nelson, New Zealand14 contributions8 helpful votes
The actual train trip was great,the scenery, the tunnels etc and especially going through the Otira tunnel, the seats were comfortable and the view out was great. We went in the first week of the school holidays as my wife works at a school and this is the only time she has off, so it was quite expensive, We were however disapointed with the service on the train, the commentary over the head phones was poor, cutting in and out and not working at all at times, this happened both ways, there and back, The food was overpriced and average at best, my wife bought two filled beef rolls which were pre-packed, soggy and did not taste fresh at all. from memory they cost $13.00 each. my advice for anyone going on this trip is to take your own food, we did this on the way back, and enjoyed fresh Subway sandwich bought next to the Greymouth Railway station. The communication from the crew was not great either, there were several stops on the way there and back with no explanation from the staff on board as to what was happening. All in all a great train trip, spoiled by poor on board service.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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macodim wrote a review Jul 2022
Nelson, New Zealand43 contributions7 helpful votes
wasnt as much snow as we would of like but just the country side and the feet it took to build all the tunnels and bridges .beautiful country
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Date of experience: July 2022
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John Creighton wrote a review Jul 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
Scenery was great.But Had Two older Woman over both ways over Talking very Loud there in Back.Not enjoyable at All, cost over priced to listen to two older Boomers going on.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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vomo2i wrote a review Jul 2022
Taranaki205 contributions116 helpful votes
Highlight of the trip was the train wasnt crowded. Staff so welcoming, especially Tina in the cafe carriage.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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