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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“the west coast” (173 reviews)
“arthur's pass” (302 reviews)
“viewing carriage” (106 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Reviewed yesterday

We boarded the train as a group at Christchurch so could sit almost any where but unfortunately we sat on the left hand side & we should have sat on the right. For the first hour it won't matter which side you sit but as...More

Thank Wendy H
Reviewed 2 days ago

We travelled fro Greymouth to Christchurch. There is an excellent commentary that you can listen to on headphones as the train winds itself through valleys and mountains. There is a large tunnel just before Arthur’s pass. Once through the pass the terrain changes and becomes...More

Thank mitchellbenhur
GreatJourneysofNZ, Online crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi mitchellbenhur, Thanks for the great review! The full journey from Greymouth to Christchurch does change quite dramatically on either side of the Otira Tunnel. The weather is often also completely different, In fact, it is almost like coming out of the tunnel into a...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

The train was very comfortable, clean, great windows, good pre-recorded commentary overhead at the right places.

Thank dochendo
GreatJourneysofNZ, Online crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi dochendo, Thanks for the five-star review! We are really pleased you enjoyed your journey with us and that we left a lasting impression! All the best, Robin Heyworth | The Great Journeys of New Zealand

Reviewed 5 days ago

An interesting and beautiful train ride through stunning countryside. The seats were very comfortable and earphones are provided and the commentary was very informative. The windows were large so all passengers were able to see the sights. We traversed the Canterbury Plain and then went...More

Thank Su3611
Reviewed 5 days ago

Comfortable travel,thru Christchurch and on to the plains before traversing the Southern Alps. Stopped at Arthur’s Pass? For a walk about and then on to Greymouth for lunch before back to Christchurch.a great day, terrific scenery,relaxing travel,glad we did this trip

Thank Euan R
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Breathtakingly beautiful with stunning scenery really just doesn’t do this train journey justice! Would highly recommend this to everyone and anyone! They say it is one of the worlds most scenic rail journeys and it is! Pricey but worth it.

Thank Kevin K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Trip an excellent experience as long as you are facing the right way, if not you see less,next time I would check my seating allocation didn’t realise it could be an issue

1  Thank 19florence21
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Speechless!!! Amazing!!! Great!!! Convenient!!! Most recommended but very expensive. Viewing magical pure nature. Weather change during riding on train many times. Windy, rainy, sunny. Amazing!!

Thank katzale
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went on the TranzAlpine for our wedding anniversary last weekend and we both absolutely loved it! It's very relaxing and you get to enjoy the stunning scenery and views you wouldn't get to see travelling by car! The staff aboard the...More

Thank dorinab407
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great view ... Excellent food for train and friendly service. I would recommend to anyone who appreciates the gorgeous country side views

Thank bobie
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Graham T
14 February 2018|
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Response from GreatJourneysofNZ | Property representative |
Hi Graham, Yes, both previous answers are spot on. There is a Retail Park on the site now, so from Whiteleigh Avenue you enter the shopping park and take the last exit at the roundabout. Follow Troup Drive around to the... More
Victoria R
5 January 2018|
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Response from GreatJourneysofNZ | Property representative |
Hi Victoria, In Christchurch, there are plenty of rental firms - just get in touch with them directly to organise the best way of picking cars up, but most companies are fine with you leaving the car at the station and... More
2 January 2018|
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Response from GreatJourneysofNZ | Property representative |
Hi Taijesh, It is rare that weather prevents the TranzAlpine from running. We have the most immense snowploughs that can clear deep snow, crews that clear fallen trees in minutes and the line isn't electrified, so... More