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TranzAlpine Train

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Address: Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
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+64 4-495 0775

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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Nice ride thru country side.

Modern train, nice seats, friendly personnel train. We took round trip from Christchurch to Greymouth. Decent food on board. Large windows for viewing country side. Wish train... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Modern train, nice seats, friendly personnel train. We took round trip from Christchurch to Greymouth. Decent food on board. Large windows for viewing country side. Wish train slow down during photographic view for pictures and videos. Observation on back of train on the small side, gets a bit crowded for picture/video taking. Train ride reasonably smooth since tracks are also... More 

Thank borinkenjv
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4 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Christchurch to Greymouth possibly the better direction, if the train is late (which it frequently is) some of the Greymouth to Christchurch journey is in the dark.

Thank shozzah
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very comfortable trip with some truely stunning scenery. Enjoyed it immensely. Would be even better traveling in colder months with the snow capped mountains.

Thank Jillian G
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The price is a little steep but a great way to spend a day by watching such incredible beauty go by. The amenities on board are very varied but payment is best dealt with in cash as WiFi connection is very spotty and therefore credit cards usually don't work. Unless you plan on taking pictures don't bother with the scenic... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Four of us traveled from Christchurch to Greymouth aboard the TranzAlpine train. Various seating options are available. I recommend one with a table. Each person receives a headset, and as we travel from east to west coast, you will hear about the area you are traveling through. Very comfortable, there is food and drinks available also. Certainly worth our time... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Unable to book in line at the last minute, we turned up to the railway station and received excellent service from the gentleman on duty - best service and sorry we didn't get his name. Luckily the train wasn't booked out and her helped with forward facing seats at a good price. The weather was clear and we had the... More 

Thank Tina M
Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Been meaning to do this train trip for ages. So glad we did and the weather was just perfect. Good commentary and plenty of great picture opportunities. Enjoyed our hour in Greymouth before we jumped back on the train and did the return journey. Rumour has it that the service might be closing. Make sure you take time to do... More 

Thank themacgirls
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Glaciers, valleys, rivers, tunnels, mountains, rock formations, amazing! Take your own food, nothing to write home about. Alcohol is fine but you may as well bring that as well! Go to the open deck viewing platform to get a real feel of the elements. If not, your windows are huge anyway and inside is a bit warmer and in any... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The transalpine train trip is surely one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. Its a great way to get across the country going through some of the most stunning scenery. W had great sunny weather on the way there and dark and moody on the way back so got it through all weathers and it was still... More 

Thank lizskel
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Views were fantastic, covering everything from farmland on both sides of the mountains (quite different from each other), the mountains (so dramatic, pretty & the infrastructure of the tracks, bridges & tunnels was interesting), rivers & ?glacial? valleys (very stark). Seating was comfortable & good size. The viewing car was, of cold - wear a jumper, but gave an extra... More 

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