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TranzAlpine Train

Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Reviewed October 29, 2016

This was fabulous - the carriages were comfortable with large windows so that you can enjoy the scenery. Make sure you go out onto the outside carriage and take your camera

Thank Gayle H
Reviewed October 29, 2016

To describe this as one of the greatest scenic rail journeys in the world is ridiculous. The scenery east of the mountains is pool table flat farmland, and west of the mountains the scenery is pleasant, hilly rural terrain. The scenic, mountainous part of the...More

2  Thank Dudley M
Reviewed October 28, 2016

Did the day return to Greymouth on the tranzalpine - 4 hours each way, with a hour in Greymouth. All together i found it a bit too long, but the views were breathtaking and i'm glad i did it. Would recommend splitting the trip, but...More

Thank EmmaLJ87
Reviewed October 28, 2016

This trip was the final leg of our NZ holiday and gave us so much pleasure. Unfortunately we were a little late leaving Greymouth but that was the only issue we had. The trip was amazing and travelled through some very picturesque areas. The carriages...More

Thank AussieSuzie53
Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful scenery makes this train ride unlike any other. I was worried I'd be bored but changing landscape kept us entertained and up taking many pictures from the open observation deck. Tip: try to get seats in the lower numbered rows (12 or less) so...More

2  Thank Margaux V
Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Lovely views and great scenery. With big windows to see through. Train quite average though compared to European standards. Food very disappointing. Very canteenish. (Precooked and heated in a microwave). Had to stand in long queues to get food. Carriage for food very small and...More

Thank KatiaVH v
Reviewed October 26, 2016

The scenery and commentary were excellent but we (as New Zealanders are missing essential ingredients). This trip is up with world wide train trips but our customer service levels have a long way to go. Please can the staff have customer service training and learn...More

Thank Lynda R
Reviewed October 26, 2016

Had planned to drive from Christchurch in the east to the west to see Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Travel agent suggested that we instead take the TranzAlpine train to Greymouth and drive from there. Glad we did. Comfortable and enjoyable 5 1/2 hour ride...More

1  Thank Atlalfredo
Reviewed October 25, 2016

If you want an easy and relaxing way to travel to Greymouth take the TrannzAlpine. It is comfortable and you get to see a different part of the country-side that is not seen from the road. The commentary is informative and interesting but not compulsory...More

Thank Alioop2015
Reviewed October 25, 2016

Highly recommended. My wife got to be comfortable in the coach while I hung out in the open-air car with five or six of my new best friends. The open car is just there for camera buffs, and it works really well for us. The...More

1  Thank Ohiotraveler037
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Can I book a night in Greymouth when booking a train ticket?
May 16, 2017|
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Response from jerryskc | Reviewed this property |
I don't think that there is an option to buy a combined ticket, but there is an hotel right by the station as I recall. It's a great trip, I am sure you will enjoy it
1, Cost please Christchurch to Greymouth. 2, Return fares fares
March 29, 2017|
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Hi. We will be in Christchurch for a couple of nights at the beginning of a tour around the some of the South Island. Would it reasonable to do a Christchurch to Arthur's Pass return (to Christchurch) day trip? And what should two adults pay for fares? Is there a better way to buy tickets so as not to pay too much?!
March 2, 2017|
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Response from Lakis J | Reviewed this property |
We only travelled one way to Christchurch, I see no advantage to travel both ways unless you want to get back to where you started. fares, I am not aware of the cost as I was with a pre paid group and we had a reserved... More