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TranzAlpine Train

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Address: Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4-495 0775
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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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Pleasant journey, stunning views

We travelled in a cloudy day so the views were not 100%. However, nothing can spoil the excellent views of the first half of the journey up to Arthur's pass. If you want to get... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We travelled in a cloudy day so the views were not 100%. However, nothing can spoil the excellent views of the first half of the journey up to Arthur's pass. If you want to get good photos, make sure you are in the viewing car. However, if you are just afte the view, then staying in your seat is fine.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A relaxing way to travel. The journey starts early and we are coming back by train tomorrow. The scenery is beautiful, the staff were very helpful. Next time we'll bring Miss 10.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We did this trip in May last year from Greymouth to Christchurch. Last week we went from Christchurch over to Greymouth, then back the next day.This time it was winter time and there was snow on the mountains, which was magnificent to see. There is a great commentry whilst on board the train, and deffinitely great views to see. Every... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We caught train from Christchurch to Greymouth where we picked up hire car. We had a table seat that was comfortable and spacious. We utilized the food carriage and purchased breakfast. All pre-packaged, but still nice. Reasonable prices. Coffee was nice and had soy option and variety of syrups. The views for a family visiting NZ for the first time... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Pleasant, scenic ride from Greymouth to Christchurch. Commentary available along the way with headphones. Food and beverages offered for sale.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This trip was recommended to me by several friends, and I'm glad I took their advice. It's a smashing trip through some beautiful and in some places historic scenery. Take the trouble to listen in to to the commentary - earphones supplied. Sit towards the front of the train in the journey from Christchurch, and you will be near to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Relax and enjoy an amazing journey where you just sit and photo the beautiful countryside.The train provides good food,drink and has audio facilities.

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Gisborne, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

beautiful scenery, comfy travel, refreshments pretty good, great audio to listen to on the way. advise to stay close location to railway station, Christchurch taxis are extremely expensive

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great train trip with lovely views of the snow and great scenery. A lovely stay in Greymouth over night.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great trip - especially in the winter in snow. However even without the variety of scenery is amazing. The tunnels are also frequent and are fun.

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