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Review of TranzAlpine Train

TranzAlpine Train
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$60.82*
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TranzAlpine- Greymouth to Christchurch by Train
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$37.56*
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TranzAlpine- Christchurch to Greymouth by Train
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$375.64*
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Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Small Group Tour from...
Ranked #4 of 249 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, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed April 15, 2014

great veiws things you dont see out of a car or bus. the train carves its way through the canterbury plains and southern alps sometimes through the snow on viaducts that are metres above the rivers.a look at the keas at arthurs pass.then through the mountain to the other side its a must do .

Thank moggy m
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

We've done this trip a couple of times, once in a heavy snowfall and it was magical. Just a great way to see the mountains on a different route than the road. Beautiful views, great staff well worth it!!

Thank Jacqui T
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

A trip best taken in winter sees you traveling through the snow covered Alps and valleys to Greymouth where we chose to stay overnight and return the following day. Learn a lot of Canterbury history and marvel at the viaducts and placement of the tracks.

Brave the temps and go to the observation car and experience "being there".

I can throw lots of superlatives at this review but it's best to experience it first hand. There will be no regrets and you'll feel it was money well spent.

Thank Kelvin H
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Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Rising from the Canterbury plains the Alps provide a fantastic backdrop for this fabulous trip.A stop at Arthurs Pass after crossing the Waimak River
you then drop over the West Coast and end up in Grey mouth.
Great narrative from a passionate guide.

Thank Paul W
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

We did this trip and loved it. The train was comfortable and relaxing and the scenery was magic. Had a nice stop in Greymouth before returning home to Christchurch. I would love to do this again in the not too distant future.

Thank Kim O
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