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The Great Journeys of New Zealand (formerly KiwiRail Scenic Journeys)

Christchurch Railway Station, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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TranzAlpine Train Pass from Christchurch to Greymouth
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TranzAlpine- Greymouth to Christchurch by Train
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Northern Explorer- Auckland to Wellington By Train
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The Great Journeys of New Zealand provide a window to the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand. With three long distance train services and three ferries that span the country, there is no better way to experience the best New Zealand has to offer. All services feature state of the art carriages with large reclined seats, panoramic windows, GPS triggered at-seat commentary, a fully licensed cafe, and open air viewing decks. The Northern Explorer is our Auckland to Wellington train, the Coastal Pacific is travels from Christchurch to Picton, and the TranzAlpine travels through the Southern Alps from Christchurch to Greymouth. Our three Interislander ferries connect out north and south islands in style. Each of our great journeys offers passengers unparallelled views of New Zealand's natural beauty, as well as providing superior transport for individual travellers, families and small groups.
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  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
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Christchurch Railway Station, Christchurch, New Zealand
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"northern explorer"
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"kiwi rail"
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"coastal pacific"
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"train ride"
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"open air car"
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"without windows"
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"new zealand"
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"arthurs pass"
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"viewing car"
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"cafe car"
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"national park"
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"bring a jacket"
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"rail line"
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"train manager"
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"the snow capped mountains"
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"hour trip"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a journey through hell! The carriages blast out ice cold air con and no windows to open so we ALL FREEZED! No blankets provided. The carriage doors constantly screeched open and shut every 2 minutes as people constantly walked back and forth through...More

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Reviewed 16 January 2018

On Thursday April13, 2017, my wife and I with 45 other travellers, we were dropped off by our coach Captain at the Arthur’s Pass Railway Station to get on board the Kiwi Rail train for our TranzAlpine Rail Journey to Christchurch. This particular railway journey...More

Thank Lets_Cruise_13
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GreatJourneysofNZ, Manager at The Great Journeys of New Zealand (formerly KiwiRail Scenic Journeys), responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2018

Thank you so much for your review, so glad you enjoyed the TranzAlpine! Sounds like the whole experience with Grand Pacific Tours was well organised. Hope you enjoy your time in New Zealand. Sorrel, Great Journeys of NZ Team

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Reviewed 28 November 2017

The Tranz Alpine was a bucket list item, but it became a great rail journey.The scenery, the commentary and the food were all excellent. Special thanks to the staff who offered advice on getting around Greymouth who ordered a taxi for us in Christchurch and...More

Thank Mary Ellen W
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GreatJourneysofNZ, Online crew at The Great Journeys of New Zealand (formerly KiwiRail Scenic Journeys), responded to this reviewResponded 1 December 2017

Hi Mary Ellen W, Thanks for the excellent review. We are so pleased to have made it more than just a tick off the bucket list! We are always happy to help out with a bit of advice and taking care of you was a...More

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Reviewed 26 September 2017

All I heard were compliments one of them world class from people behind me someone from switzerland going up and down the train with a camera to show his work mates back in switzerland and make them envious. staff great especially the one who did...More

1  Thank Mary D
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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Great trip, very relaxing, awesome staff, comfy coaches, stress-free time, awesome scenery - have done transalpine and now northern explorer and are keen to do the coastal when it is up and running once kaikoura line all go.

Thank TINGA1
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Reviewed 16 July 2017

We were blessed with a mainly sunny day on the trip from Greymouth to Christchurch. The cabins are comfortable, and the large windows give a good view of the spectacular scenery. There is a good commentary on board. My husband was a bit upset as...More

Thank May1958
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Reviewed 14 June 2017

We caught the train in Christchurch and got off in Greymouth. I gave this a 3 star for a couple of reasons. The train is very relaxing, clean and the views are beautiful. However, when reading about this journey I was so hyped that I...More

1  Thank TexasPenny99
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Reviewed 10 June 2017

Wow! Views along the whole line are breathtaking. I have taken this trip five times and seen something different each time. Headphone commentary is informative, with excellent background to the formation of the rail line. Relax with food and beverages from the on-board canteen. Enjoy...More

Thank Q4930PIchristinem
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Reviewed 10 June 2017

We took the Northern Explorer from Wellington to Auckland Papakura. It was almost 11 hours of long journey. However it was an enjoyable trip for us as we got to snap photos from viewing coach. It is a brilliant idea! Never boring because we got...More

1  Thank StanTVL
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

We rode the Northern Explorer from Wellington to Aukland and it was just wonderful. We booked the trip before we left home and were really looking forward to it even though the trip lasts 12 hours. We were pleased to see the train was clean,...More

2  Thank NVJudie
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Yes but only few minutes. not many atops too.
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Response from Charles B | Reviewed this property |
Hi tabbasp, we traveled with our teenage son. Just make sure you have plenty of snacks and I would take plenty of drinks too as it can add up quite quickly if you have to buy cold beverages all the time. The pre packaged... More
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