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TranzAlpine Train

3,130 reviews
Christchurch, New Zealand
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About TranzAlpine Train
The TranzAlpine is a long-distance train between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. Unlike normal passenger trains, the TranzAlpine is designed to provide a window to New Zealand's best scenery, with large reclined seating and huge panoramic windows. The spectacular TranzAlpine journey begins by roaming through the vast farmsteads of the Canterbury Plains to the spectacular gorges and valleys of the Waimakariri River. The TranzAlpine then ascends into the majestic Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass National Park, before descending through lush beech forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth - a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always-popular glaciers. All services feature panoramic windows, reclined seating, GPS triggered at-seat commentary, a fully licensed cafe, toilets, and open air viewing decks. The TranzAlpine is operated by The Great Journeys of New Zealand, and runs daily throughout the year.
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Ride a train through the Southern Alps on a remarkable scenic journey aboard the TranzAlpine Train. Choose between three different segments of the TranzAlpine Train route, then enjoy views of native beech forest, the powerful Waimakariri River, and Arthur's Pass National Park from a comfortable carriage or open viewing deck. For getting the history and context of the landmarks along the railway, GPS-triggered audio commentary is available on headphones at every seat.
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$36.77 per adult
8 reviews
Board a train through New Zealand's Southern Alps on a gorgeous rail journey from Greymouth to Arthur's Pass and Christchurch. You have the option to ride one segment of the mountainous route, or take the entire 4.5-hour journey, passing wide-open views, rugged peaks, and vast forests of native beech. Personal headsets with GPS-triggered audio commentary tell the story of the communities and places you'll pass, with a combination of seats and open-air viewing decks for a comfortable ride.
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$59.34 per adult
72 reviews
Enjoy a full day in the gorgeous landscapes outside of Christchurch. This tour features the scenic TranzAlpine train and a guided tour of Arthur’s Pass National Park. See the Canterbury Plains, Waimakariri Gorge, and the Southern Alps, then explore by minivan from Arthur’s Pass, stopping for rain forest walks and a closer look at Cave Stream, Castle Hill, and Waimakariri Gorge. This small-group tour includes lunch and two teas.
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$361.05 per adult
2 Day West Coast Glaciers and Tranz Alpine train - Queenstown to Christchurch
This two-day trip from Queenstown to Christchurch packs a lot of experiences into a short time. Experience the scenic beauty of a New Zealand road trip without having to drive yourself, as you travel by comfortable coach and train. Enjoy a mix of free time and guided walks or other tours. You can choose activities to suit your own needs and interests. This trip is an easy and adventure-filled way of traveling between the two cities.
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$424.57 per adult
Private Tour: 8-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch Including Franz Josef, Wanaka and Queenstown
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Visit multiple South Island highlights on this unforgettable 8-day private tour, round-trip from Christchurch. Make the journey from ‘The Garden City’ in a counter-clockwise direction, traveling with ease in your very own luxury vehicle with a private guide at the helm. The route covers Arthur’s Pass, west coast rainforests, Aoraki/Mount Cook and Queenstown, to name a few. Enjoy seven nights’ accommodation including breakfast, entry to the Franz Josef Glacier hot pools and a train ride on the TranzAlpine. Optional activities include helicopter rides and bungy jumps (own expense).
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$3,449.20 per adult
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The outside platform is closed and the time between the tunnels (26!) is 5-10 seconds, the sun is in your face all the time, so photography becomes obsolete. Got no decent pictures what so ever. Once you give up the camera you can enjoy some...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Robin H, Online Crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi KatrinVC, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review, we appreciate your feedback. Unfortunately, we’ve had to close our outdoor viewing carriages for the time being as we’re concerned about an increasing number of people leaning out of the carriage to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just did the return trip from Greymouth. We got some sort of 20% off deal so it was a bit more affordable, too. Wish there was a locals deal so more kiwis could afford to take the kids on the train! The food was edible...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Robin H, Online Crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi TiffanyChch, Thanks so much for writing us a review and for sharing your experience with your family! I'm glad you enjoyed the on-board experience and great to hear the activity packs were a hit! All the best, Zoe | The Great Journeys of New...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is a remarkable journey by train .. seeing landscapes and hearing history from one side of New Zealands South Island to the other . You will never experience a car trip that compares. The head set gives you a complete hisorical journey .. the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Robin H, Online Crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Hilary209, Thanks for writing us a 5-Star review! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your trip on the TranzAlpine with us, and thank you for the lovely feedback. Best wishes, Zoe | The Great Journeys of New Zealand

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful comfortable and all stage very friendly food was good considering we were on a train would do it again and recommend this to anyone wanting something different and special

Date of experience: May 2019
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Robin H, Online Crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi GingGing1, Thank you so much for writing us a lovely review, I'm glad you enjoyed your journey and we look forward to seeing you again. All the best Zoe | The Great Journeys of New Zealand

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The view out of this train is fantastic. Got the train 8 am in Christchurch and we were in Greymouth at 1 pm. Was not too long to get bored. The train stop for photos and there is commentary via a headphone all the way...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Robin H, Online Crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi 897elsie, Thanks so much for the wonderful review! I'm so glad you had a good time on your journey to the West Coast with us. All the best Zoe | The Great Journeys of New Zealand

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Try to grab a seat on the right! More scenic! It was a comfortable ride on this train. We enjoyed it!

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Doing the KiwiRail is an expensive experience. I did it with my parents about 2 months ago and let me tell you, it wasn't worth the cost. I believe that it's better to do it over winter when you get to see the snowy mountains!...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Robin H, Online Crew at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi MartinaTGC, Many thanks for taking the time to review your TranzAlpine journey. While we are disappointed to hear that the journey did not meet your expectations across these various fronts, we do hope that your journey was comfortable, clean and that you were able...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The variation in countryside during the train journey was vast and extremely beautiful. The seats and drop down tray table are comfortable - we packed our own lunch but did purchase a nice coffee from the cafe onboard. A fabulous way to see part of...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fantastic way to travel from east to west (or vice versa). You go straight through the middle of the NZ Alps and the views range from good to quite spectacular. In addition: there is a good quality audio commentary (with headsets provided);...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great way to see part of New Zealand without a drive. The audio commentary with headsets supplied is great, you can listen if interested and not if not! The food was easily accessible, reasonable and good. I had a yogurt and berry...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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March 31, 2019|
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Response from jcmiii3 | Reviewed this property |
We did a one-day return trip on the TranzAlpine. The train runs from Christchurch to Greymouth with a short stop at Arthur's Pass (about 15 minutes) en-route. You must get off the train in Greymotuh. After about an hjour... More
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March 20, 2019|
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Response from tekohiwi | Reviewed this property |
I would think like the answer before that a good majority of your fellow bus passengers would be catching the train so you should make it easily. Plus you have booked a ticket so the train staff know they are waiting for... More
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wanderful1
February 23, 2019|
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Response from tekohiwi | Reviewed this property |
6 days $734 greymouth to Queenstown with Apex. That was in November. But do your research on line and see what is available.
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