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TranzAlpine Train

Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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TranzAlpine- Greymouth to Christchurch by Train
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TranzAlpine- Christchurch to Greymouth by Train
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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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“west coast” (179 reviews)
“arthur's pass” (283 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
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+64 4-495 0775
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Reviewed yesterday

We crossed from Greymouth to Christchurch. Fabulous seats, plenty of legroom, wine service and spectacular views. What could be a better use of five hours? It was easy to book, the personnel were friendly and helpful. There's no better way to see the scenery than...More

Thank dunnewoldj
Reviewed yesterday

Well worth doing, especially if you love rail trips. The train is modern, comfortable and clean and the journey pretty scenic. There is an open carriage for viewing (gets pretty crowded though) , tables if you're travelling with a group and a cafe cart with...More

Thank tropicalsundae
TGJNZ, the Social Review team at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi tropicalsundae, Thank-you for the wonderful comments about the train, so glad you enjoyed your TranzAlpine experience! Hope to see you again soon! Georgia, Social team

Reviewed 3 days ago

This is one of the great rail Journeys, certainly number 1 in New Zealand. Comfortable seats, big picture windows,fabulous scenery"............ do it!

Thank HKinsey
TGJNZ, Social team at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi HKinsey, Thanks for the five-star review. Glad you enjoyed it! All the best, Robin H, Social team

Reviewed 6 days ago

The 15 minutes of good scenery are outstanding. Outside that you get over 4 hours of bland. Doesn't compare to other great train journeys I've been on. Better off renting a car, driving the same route and saving your money for something else.

Thank Damian S
TGJNZ, Social team at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Damian, Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy the scenery. Thanks for joining us though and giving it a go. All the best, Robin H, Social team

Reviewed 6 days ago

Planes, trains and automobiles is a great combination to get across the South Island of New Zealand. TranzAlpine rail from Christchurch to Greymouth was the option we chose to travel from East to West of the Island. It was relaxing and enjoyable for all of...More

Thank Travel-Nicq
TGJNZ, Social Team at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Travel-Nicq, Thanks for the extensive and excellent review. We would like to mention that passengers can pre-order their food when they book. It probably seems like an odd option to take up during booking process, so people turn it down. But the train doesn't...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I booked a round trip ticket to Graymouth and back to Christchurch. The way over was cloudy and rainy, but the return there was perfect weather. The seats were comfortable with power and headphone jacks for the narration of the trip. The narration was a...More

Thank edlesch
TGJNZ, Social team at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi edlesch, Thanks for the great review. Getting two bites at the cherry weatherwise is one of the great things about doing the return trip. And yes, the Speight's Ale house over the road from the station in Greymouth is perfectly situated for a refreshing...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

A fabulous train journey passing through stunning scenery. We was lucky enough to have a cold sunny day so spent a good part of the journey in the viewing carriage. The train is modern clean and comfortable, with a resonably priced buffet car. This trip...More

Thank Susan H
TGJNZ, Social team at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Susan H, Great to hear you had a fabulous day and thank-you for the wonderful comments about the train. Hope to see you again soon! Robin, Social team

Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a reason this railway experience receives so many good reviews - it’s a sensational experience. I’ve read comments where people are keen to point out this or that trip is better - well, I’m not in Canada or Europe, I’m not going there...More

4  Thank Brent C
TGJNZ, Social team at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Brent C, Thanks for the excellent and honest review - we loved reading it! How right you are, we are not in competition with Canada or Europe. We are all about providing a Great Journey for people here in New Zealand, to show off...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We travelled on the smoothest train. Scenery spectacular. Met lots of people. Staff top. Cafe fab. Commentary thru headphones and at times over speakers in carriage very informative. Lived up to expectation.More

Thank Susie Y
TGJNZ, Social team at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Susie Y, Thanks for the excellent review! It is great to hear that you met some top people and staff en-route too. Its one of the great things about travelling on our train services - you get to meet, share and enjoy the journey...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We did this trip in 2 parts, Christchurch to Arthur's Pass then rejoined the train a few days later, on to Greymouth.The first day views were spectacular with good snow on the alps ,massive gorges and great river views but the open carriage was too...More

Thank r0bertsusanb
TGJNZ, Social team at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi r0bertsusanb, Thanks for the excellent review! Great to hear that you stopped off at Arthur's Pass for a few days and took the onward journey to Greymouth. A lot of people miss out on that second leg and head back to Christchurch, not realising...More

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Peter H
20 August 2017|
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Response from TGJNZ | Property representative |
Hi Peter, Yes, there is a long term carpark at Christchurch station which is free for passengers to use. Enjoy the journey!
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nicsmum
19 August 2017|
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Response from TGJNZ | Property representative |
Christchurch Station has a large car park that is free for customers to use - and Motorhomes are a common sight as many people do the TranzAlpine as a day trip! In fact, all the TranzAlpine Stations have ample free parking... More
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walkerpayne
3 July 2017|
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Response from Jennie W | Reviewed this property |
Yes - there is a baggage van for checked luggage.
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