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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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We caught the train at Arthurs Pass and disembarked at Darfield. What an amazing trip. Enough snow on the mountains to make for some awesome views. The Gorge of the Waimakariri... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We caught the train at Arthurs Pass and disembarked at Darfield. What an amazing trip. Enough snow on the mountains to make for some awesome views. The Gorge of the Waimakariri River is spectacular. I dont think I could ever fail to be impressed.

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We boarded trans alpine express at 8.15 for a day of adventure. The train was very comfortable with large glass windows so we could see the exceptional views. A buffet car supplied fresh packaged food and drink. The commentary provided kept us informed about the countryside we were passing through. We had time for lunch in greytown before out return... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We took this train from Greymouth to Christchurch. It was a nice scenic train ride. In order to hear the commentary wear the headphones. The restaurant car had nice sandwiches, drinks, snacks and cakes. The bathrooms in the train were also very nice and clean. The open carriage was great for taking photographs. But when we had gone it was... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The start is not much to speak of it you are leaving from Christchurch but once you leave the urban sprawl the scenery is just breathtaking. The new trains with the automatic commentary are great, the comments are relevant and not too intrusive, we did the return trip a few days later and I listened in again. A must do... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our return journey on the TranzAlpine. The spectacular scenery was certainly worth the journey. It was a journey I would certainly like to do again the future.

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Akaroa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Spacious, comfortable seating with large, clean windows so you can take in all the spectacular scenery. Commentary given by earphones so you can listen or not, your choice. On board cafe has delicious hot chocolate. Definitely recommend booking in advance and asking for a seat on the right hand side.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

My wife and I joined four friends to enjoy the TransAlpine trip from Christchurch to Greymouth - returning the following day. Our expectations were high, and the experience did not disappoint. We had booked across the aisle table settings - eight seats between the six of us with huge picture windows though which to marvel at the scenery. When planning... More 

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

My husband and I took the Tranzalpine on recommendations from friends and were delighted with the experience. There were not many other passengers so no crowds to battle, the sights were fantastic as it was a beautiful day and we could see clearly out of both sides of the train, the staff were helpful and the coffee very pleasant from... More 

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Greater Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Great train trip, a must do if you are visiting the South Island. Very informative and friendly staff. Good commenatry along the way. Fantastic views as well. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We took the train to reduce some of our driving as well as to see some scenery. It was a great idea as we managed to see up close many of the beautiful mountains that can't be seen from driving. The only down side was that the commentary was not as clear as certain times so you can miss out... More 

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