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TranzAlpine Train

Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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US$63.34*
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TranzAlpine- Greymouth to Christchurch by Train
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TranzAlpine- Christchurch to Greymouth by Train
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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.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“the west coast” (171 reviews)
“arthur's pass” (297 reviews)
“viewing carriage” (106 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Addington Railway Station | Troup Drive, Christchurch, New Zealand
+64 4-495 0775
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Reviewed yesterday

Pleasant trip despite the wet weather. The guide was informative, scenery stunning and the lunch at the Bealey Hotel was delicious if somewhat generous. Jet boat ride and visit to sheep farm rounded out the tour and turned a rainy day into a fun outing.

Thank Jane B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A great trip, would have been a lot cheaper for a resident, scenery great, recommend food on board is lovely not over the top, carriages clean, tables a bit close to other passengers but viewing platform excellent, I’ve been in many train rides in many...More

Thank nzkiwi51
Reviewed yesterday

Great journey through spectacular scenery. Very good commentary on board - don't be tempted to miss this. Reasonable food and drinks on board.

Thank Capricorn140
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We are glad we did this train trip but it was a little underwhelming if you have done these types of train trips in Europe. A lot of vegetation blocks your view and the most stunning views are short lived as the train goes past...More

1  Thank davolitribe
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice trip, very scenic and we enjoyed the open-sided carriage that was available. The restaurant car had acceptable ‘train food’ and the whole train was licensed for alcohol so you could take your drink back to your table in your carriage with you. Some sections...More

1  Thank Coompy
GreatJourneysofNZ, Manager at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We are definitely a slow-motion train, we want passengers to be able to take the time to enjoy the scenery and relax! Very glad to hear you enjoyed the journey and our staff took good care of you and your toddler, no fun being sick!...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very enjoyable train trip to Arthur's Pass. Clean carriage plenty of space. Easy viewing of scenery from Windows also has a viewing coach. Thought the price was quite high.....More

Thank Denise M
GreatJourneysofNZ, Manager at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your positive review of the journey. We do offer different seasonal prices across the year so always worth investigating this if you're looking savings on the fare. Hopefully we'll see you on one of our other great journeys soon. Sorrel, The Great...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the most stunning Views on this trip! The train was comfortable and check-in was super easy. Totally worth the trip! There is not a ton of time once you get to the end before turning around and going back so I would recommend...More

Thank Meira E
GreatJourneysofNZ, Manager at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your positive review, so glad you enjoyed the journey! Hopefully we'll see you on another one of our great journeys again soon. Sorrel, The Great Journeys of NZ Team

Reviewed 1 week ago

They need to refurbish one car at a time with individual screens at each seat like the best and newest airplanes. The video all along the way should be of the best along the tracks for those of us who cross on a rainy day....More

1  Thank BeCaMBEr
GreatJourneysofNZ, Manager at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We've kept screens and technology to a minimum in the carriages as we want people to be able to focus on enjoying the great scenery out of the window. We do have an audio commentary for passengers to direct you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth and returned a few days later. What can we say that has not been said before? Stunning, amazing and once in a lifetime experience. Luckily we had perfect weather for both journeys so we experienced the trip...More

1  Thank david p
GreatJourneysofNZ, Manager at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback and so happy to hear you had such a fantastic time! Fingers crossed we'll see you on another one of our Great Journeys again soon. Sorrel, The Great Journeys of NZ Team

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Unfortunately we went when it was pouring with rain. The on board food is not too wonderful and to cap it all when got back on the train (we went all the way to Greymouth) we got the bad news that there had been s...More

Thank gam8le
GreatJourneysofNZ, Manager at TranzAlpine Train, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Such a shame you had bad weather on your journey. Sometimes the ominous grey clouds can make the scenery look spectacular but maybe not this time? I do hope you get the opportunity to do the journey again when the weather is a little better....More

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Victoria R
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Response from Chatter44 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is very much possible. In fact, it may be the smart way of planning your tour.
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Taijesh
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Yes they do get cancelled from time to time but this is very rare.
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they didn't seem to weigh mine. I'm sure you won't have a problem.
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