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TranzAlpine Train

Address: Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4-495 0775
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5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch
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Ranked #4 of 108 Attractions in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Trams, Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
Owner description: The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Christchurch and...
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Type: Trams, Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
Owner description: 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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Cartagena, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

What a fantastic trip. Everything was so well organised. What fantastic scenery and a brilliant commentary. We learned so much. The whole thing was amazing and I would recommend this trip to anyone.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

its a train ride folks, and its ok, far from the best in the world, but its ok, good views from the train, with big windows, and great scenery,a prerecorded dialogue soundtrack etc, expect delays, it seems they are common

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

We got the tranzalpine train from Christchurch to greymouth to look at all the wonderful scenery, unfortunately on the day we went it was pouring with rain and we couldn't really see anything so a bit of a waste of time really. I am sure on a nice day it would be good though. Other than that train is spacious... More 

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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

This was a lovely trip. Very relaxing and pleasant to look at. It was a sunny day so all the photos have blue skies Very comfortable train with huge windows..

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

This was a shore excursion from Sea Princess on December 13, 2014 and included a Homestead visit and coach sightseeing as well as an alleged specially chartered train to take us back to Rolleston. If you have travelled the Rocky Mountaineer or the Alaska Railroad then you will be disappointed with the scenery and the standard of facilities on the... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

I travelled on this route from Christchurch to Greymouth during the winter period in 2011. We were family. It is quite similar to the Swiss rail journey. Quite spectacular views from the train.

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Queensland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Arriving on the Sea Princess on 13 December 2014, we traveled by bus from Akaroa to Arthur's Pass then onwards to the TranzAlpine train. On board we were presented with lunch and Oyster Bay champagne to enjoy while the train journeyed through towering Southern Alps. I was inspired by the aqua blue rivers meandering through limestone cliffs. I could have... More 

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Avondale, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Took the train from Christchurch to Greymouth. The train is clean and well laid out. There is an audio guide that accompanies the trip and details highlights and history along the way. Train left on time but (from talking to locals) almost never arrives on time - plan on arriving about a half hour after the scheduled time As we... More 

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Read about the many great reviews especially ranking it one of the best 10 rides in the world. Came away a bit disappointed. The views along the way were great, but I guess driving enables you to take in more and stop at will to take great pics. The open carriage for photo taking was good but the roaring noise... More 

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Traralgon, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This train is fully serviced with staff everywhere to assist...the staff were lovely. The train is uniquely designed to take full advantage of the landscape, so the windows are huge....however there is also a viewing deck. They stop along the way for photo opportunities. The buffet service is quite comprehensive. The seating is comfortable. This train trip is well worth... More 

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