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“A Match for the Rocky Mountaineer”
Review of TranzAlpine Train

TranzAlpine Train
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TranzAlpine Train Pass from Christchurch to...
Ranked #8 of 257 things to do in Christchurch
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Ther was nothing to dislike about our trip onthe Tranzalpine,all along the route we were kept well informed by the steward of where we were and what was going on.The scenery was out of this world,with all the ravines and craggy mountain tops you could have thought you were in Switzerland.The big surprise was when we came to the end of our journey at Arthurs Pass,as all that was there was a small railway station and a group of maybe a dozen or so houses,real frontier style.

Thank eric g
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

The train was delayed by nearly an hour felt like British Railways. However scenery was spectacular and commentry throughout trip. Not much snow to be seen thought. Had to wait ages for taxi outside station. Check with your hotel if they do free shuttle service.

Thank Elizabeth/Peter W
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

The new carriages on the TransAlpine are a joy to travel in. The aisles are wider and there is less sway. Side and ceiling windows make viewing easy and moving along the carriages to the cafe and open carriage has been made easy. Toilets have wide doors and all the push button controls are simple and actually work! Views from the TransAlpine are truly spectacular and I can recommend a day trip to Greymouth return. A happy day away from the city. Service on the train is great - staff will deliver tea/coffee and eats should you want, also ice creams. Wonderful!

Thank laurelmacdonald
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Check in was quick and efficient, seating very comfortable in clean modern cars. Large windows and open car afforded terrific views of the alpine crossing.

Thank vmet
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Lovely journey across to Greymouth, through some great scenery. The train is modern and comfortable - and there is an open-air observation carriage. The train stops a couple of times and you are allowed to get off and stretch the legs for a few minutes (first such stop is Springfield, the second is Arthur's Pass). From Christchurch, it is better to ride on the right side of the carriage - better views.

Thank GerMar60
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