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TranzAlpine Train

Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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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.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What an amazing trek through from Christchurch to Greymouth. Freshly fallen snow in the days leading up to our journey, made it every bit more spectacular. The open carriage made it possible to take the most amazing photos, with uninterrupted views all through the valleys....More

Thank ShazLP
Reviewed 2 days ago

Aimed at tourists, this is a highlight of any trip, once a day across to west coast, from Christchurch

Thank happysheepChina
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were fortunate in that the day of our trip to Greymouth was dry and sunny. Fantastic scenery through those high passes. The train crew were great and the train manager was particularly helpful. There was a film crew on board and we were interviewed...More

Thank Judith B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

At 7.30 AM we checked in for what quickly turned out to be a wonderful trip. Located in the carriage after the open viewing carriage we were able to quickly go over there to take astonishing pictures of the landscape that went by. If you're...More

Thank Gert V
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We took the train ride from Christchurch to Glenmouth. What a beautiful scenery. The sides of the train and part of the ceiling are in glass so you have a perfect view of the surroundings. At the same time there is the possibility to learn...More

Thank LarissaVanMos
Reviewed 4 days ago

Taking the train from Christchurch to Greymouth has always been on our NZ bucket list and we weren't disappointed. The scenery was amazing and even on a grey day it looks stunning! The train itself is excellent, comfortable seats, large viewing windows and there is...More

Thank TouringTurtles
TGJNZ, Online Team at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Touring Turtles, Thanks for the great review! One thing to note is that the train usually has two outdoor viewing carriages, one at the front/back and one in the middle. If one is a bit busy, then you can try the other! If you...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was our way of bridging The West Coast and our flight out of Christchurch and were so glad we did it!! It's a very weather dependent experience. In whether it runs and what you get to see. But worthy of the risk... GREYMOUTH END....More

1  Thank Matt A
TGJNZ, Social at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Matt, Thanks for the great review! The train does a daily return journey from Christchurch - so you were on the return leg. To return to Greymouth would require an overnight stay in Christchurch - which is no bad thing! Hope to see you...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is the best way to experience the land space of NZ. If you have time, going all the way to grey mouth is worth it but then if you don't have too much time, just go to Arthur's pass and come back same day.

Thank Krish C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The trans alpine is a great adventure running between Christchurch and Greymouth year round. The best and most popular time to do the trip is in winter when typically you get breath taking views of the snow covered trans alpine mountains. The scenery is amazing....More

1  Thank stannas
Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recommended, especially in the middle of winter. Fantastic views of the Arthur's Pass National Park and surrounding mountains. Great seats and staff. The food selection can be improved and more choices be added. But great trip!! :)More

Thank tin_p42
TGJNZ, Marketing at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi tin_p42, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and we are pleased to hear you enjoyed the winter time journey. We are always looking to improve our food menu with new locally made food and would love to hear what additional...More

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Peter H
20 August 2017|
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!
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
3 July 2017|
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Response from Jennie W | Reviewed this property |
Yes - there is a baggage van for checked luggage.