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Reviewed 7 September 2016

Mrs Merlot decided they night before our last day in Christchurch should be spent on a return trip from Christchurch on the TransAlpine. Great idea and agree completely with other TA's comments. Clean modern train with great facilities, comfortable, relaxing and great viewing. Apparently it has been a very mild winter in these parts so not as much snow as is usual. But that offered a great opportunity to see the natural vegetation.

Each passenger is provided with a set of headsets to listen to an interesting commentary. Not the usual tourism hyperbole. The nice thing is that it comes on at interesting stages not an incessant blurb.

The other thing that makes it special is the super staff particularly Bernadine and Willy. Nick was great as was another staff member but I did not get her name (sorry). Fare was $NZ 716 for 2 return. All round great day. Highly recommended

Date of experience: September 2016
3  Thank VinMerlot
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Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

The Tranzalpine doubles as an economic way to go from coast to coast paired with incredible scenery. There is a running informative commentary available on head phones which was great. But the coolest is the last car of the train is open and you can go out there to take in the scenery or take photos. One of the best things I did in New Zealand. I highly recommend taking it for transport and the sight seeing is a bonus. I know some people will leave Christchurch in the morning and then come back the same day. But they have a luggage car and a cafe on board. Very very pleasant way to travel.

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Meghann L
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Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

My Daughter and myself experienced the best rail trip, I have ever been on. The seating in the carriages provides excellent views and the train reduces speed so that great pictutes csn be taken.
The staff are extremely helpful. The food in the cafe looked great and we enjoyed a wine enroute.
Overall,this trip is a must do for all visitors and NZ's alike.

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank ChrissyMack
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Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

A must do while in New Zealand! This was such a great tour, very educational, laid back and the surroundings were incredible! Loved every minute!

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Courtz B
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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

This is a must see attraction at any cost. In the south island we were greeted with a rainbow every day but for the first time in my life We saw two rainbows at once in the sky. The first 45 minutes on the journey is through the normal countryside before the scenery unfolds. We were lucky to have sun and rain. A bit of sun is necessary to see the colours in the water, grass and hills. It was a trip of a lifetime.

The canteen onboard sells delicious food. We tried out the ANZAC biscuits which the NZ army used to carry in world war I. The train comes with an open cabin upfront to allow for unrestricted photography. It will be a good place to try out the high speed camera equipments.

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank AninditaDe
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