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Franz to Graymouth on time to catch the train

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Franz to Graymouth on time to catch the train

IHi all!

I'll be traveling in franz josef in mid-march. I'd like to know if it's doable to drive from FJ to the train station in Graymouth in time to drop off the rental car and catch the tranzalpine train which leaves 2pm? Or maybe I risc facing road closures this month?

Thanks for all your advices

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1. Re: Franz to Graymouth on time to catch the train

What time do you need to check in for the train and work back from there.

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2. Re: Franz to Graymouth on time to catch the train

Google Maps is relatively reliable over short distances but doesn't allow for stops - do you intend to visit Hokitika Gorge or even just the iconic "instagram photo opp" on the waterfront??

Remember that there is only one train per day and so almost everybody getting on the train will be doing the same as you & being at the back of a long queue will not give you any priority over all the other passengers.

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3. Re: Franz to Graymouth on time to catch the train

Further to # 2 multiply the second paragraph by two as there is the same delays caused by the passengers getting off the train from Christchurch. The railway / bus station is very busy between the arrival and departure of the train

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4. Re: Franz to Graymouth on time to catch the train

Leave at 10am and you'll be fine, unless you plan to do other stops.

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5. Re: Franz to Graymouth on time to catch the train

No later than 10! If you are in the car and on the road at 10 you should be fine. You might even have time for a coffee in Greymouth.

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6. Re: Franz to Graymouth on time to catch the train

I would leave around 8:30 am and then if the weather is fine you may want to have a stop at Hokitika Gorge before heading to Greymouth.

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7. Re: Franz to Graymouth on time to catch the train

Thank you everyone for your helpful comments! We will leave FJ early, no later than 8:30, to ensure arrival in time to manage all possible delays. warning us about the queues to board the train was a good tip

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8. Re: Franz to Graymouth on time to catch the train

No it is not the queues to board the train - it is the 100 people trying to return rental cars at the same minute. (And as Drallom pointed out the other 100 people waiting to collect those same cars!. Plan to return your car before lunch & grab some lunch in Greymouth, saving room for afternoon tea on the train!!

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9. Re: Franz to Graymouth on time to catch the train

Wow ! We are also doing the same exact route to train station in Mid-March. All of your insights are greatly appreciated!

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