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Address: Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4-495 0775
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Description: The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Christchurch and...
The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. From the comfort of world class carriages you'll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the majestic Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass National Park, before descending through lush beech rainforest to the West Coast town of Greymouth - a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always-popular glaciers. All services feature state award winning carriages including panoramic side and sky-view windows, GPS triggered at-seat commentary, a fully licensed cafe, and open air viewing decks. The TranzAlpine operates a daily return service throughout the year.
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5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch

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The day started misty in Christchurch but as we journeyed across the Canterbury Plains the sun burned its way through.. This trip was well worth doing but in our opinioon is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

The day started misty in Christchurch but as we journeyed across the Canterbury Plains the sun burned its way through.. This trip was well worth doing but in our opinioon is weather dependent. The mountain and river views from the train are exceptional. If the visability had have been poor the trip would not be worth doing. So check the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

This was such a unique way to see the south island and get from Greymouth to Christchurch. Beautiful scenery and comfortable cabins.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Took the Tranz alpine train from Christchurch all the way to Greymouth. Overall, a wonderful train trip with stunning scenery. Carriages are modern and seats very comfortable with wide windows to enjoy the view. For those who wish to take photos there is an open observation car on the train. Can be a little windy, so an anorak or similar... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

I love travelling by train, and this is one of the best. Wonderful scenery (when not shrouded in mist or cloud!). The staff were so very helpful to me and enjoyed having my guide-dog aboard! I broke journey at lovely Arthurs Pass, and second half to Greymouth, the staff were also great! But the rain had set in by then,... More 

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perth west australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

Exquisite views and excellent service. Facilities were good and I want to do it again! I took my whole family on the trip with an age range of 27 - 60 years and everyone was impressed.

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I took the TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch up to Arthur's Pass, took some of the walking/hiking trails up there, stayed for an evening, and then caught the train back to Christchurch. It's a pretty expensive train ride (in my opinion, but a lot cheaper in person than online!) but the scenery is absolutely amazing, and they know it. The best... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

this was a great train trip. train was very comfortable and clean. meals on board were reasonable priced and they picked up fresh baked muffin on the way. spectacular scenery

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We found this experience fantastic. Right from check in, baggage handling and service on the train. We found it a very comfortable way to travel to the west Coast. We had a cloudy autumn day and the scenery was magnificent. The autumn leaves and colours provided a great contrast and photos. The cafe serves good coffee and snacks. We certainly... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

One important tip: buying locally may be way cheaper than via Internet. I saw people on site complaining they paid heaps more in advance that it was there! Think about what you like better: green bucolic pastures or white snow covered mountains - that is summer and winter difference. It is a FULL day return trip with 8 hours inside... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We did This trip in both directions and although we enjoyed it both ways, the journey from Christchurch to the coast appeared more spectacular than the return. Going the glorious snow covered mountains grew closer and eventually enclosed you then the coast appeared. Returning the more spectacular view was always behind you.

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