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TranzAlpine Train

TranzAlpine Train

Operates daily, 8:15am - 6:05pm
Christchurch Railway Station, Troup Drive, Addington, Christchurch, 8024

The Basics

It’s possible to complete the entire route from Christchurch to Greymouth on a full-day tour, while adventurous travelers can travel by train to Arthur's Pass National Park and then explore off-road on a 4WD safari or take a jet boat cruise along the Waimakariri River. For the best value, opt for a multi-day tour from Christchurch or Queenstown. This lets you combine a ride on the TranzAlpine with top New Zealand attractions such as Mount Cook, Milford Sound, the Fox Glacier, or the Franz Josef Glacier.

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TranzAlpine Train Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
TranzAlpine Train Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
star-4.5
US$141,76 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fantastic
The scenery along the trip was amazing, what a experience! We really enjoyed the ride, highly recommended.
Melissa_T, Jan 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Christchurch

star-4
Very relaxing
Gerard_K, Jan 2023
TranzAlpine Train Journey from Greymouth to Christchurch
Not having to drive through the mountains saved a lot of stress. Excellent ice cream bars in cafe car!
star-4
Glad I did it, would not do again
Eve_S, Dec 2022
TranzAlpine Train Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
Scenery was amazing We had good seats which included a table. Not sure I would have liked the double seats with the pull down table.
star-5
Amazing
Fred_A, Dec 2022
TranzAlpine Train Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
Very professionally run operation. You were able to make overnight stops along the way at 1 inclusive price. The scenery was amazing. Highly recommend
star-5
Do it, even in the rain
Guilford_P, Dec 2022
Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Our guide, Sue, was perfect - positive, down to earth, thoughtful, knowledgeable, responsive. She thought of everything to make it a great experience on a cold rainy day - umbrellas, rain jackets, hot tea, brownies - even pellets to feed the sheep on a break on the way home.
star-5
The train trip is very...
Roy_R, Dec 2022
Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
The train trip is very interesting. The mini bus took us further and also to interesting places we would not have found/ stopped at if we had driven ourselves.
star-4
Nice train trip if you enjoy trains
Franco_L, Nov 2022
TranzAlpine Train Journey from Greymouth to Christchurch
Comfortable seating, large windows and roof glass gave us great views of the beautiful countryside and mountain ranges. The trip is rather long at 5 hours and for us a little boring as we had been in NZ for 3 weeks and the countryside whilst beautiful , was much of the same .
star-5
Late but great
Gill_F, Nov 2022
TranzAlpine Train Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
Train ran about 20mins late which might have been an issue had three been a bus connection in Greymouth, but as there wasn’t didn’t matter so much. Scenery was terrific & really enjoyable journey.
star-5
Gorgeous experience!
Arun_M, Nov 2022
TranzAlpine Train Journey from Greymouth to Christchurch
Simply gorgeous trip. A must do in NZ! You have all sorts of views you expect in this beautiful country abundance in nature👍🏼👍🏼
star-5
Would recommend!
Stephanie_G, Oct 2022
Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Cat was our tour guide and very knowledgeable. The Blue Mountains are spectacular, Scenic World is interesting and the zoo had several Aussie animals had not yet seen. Coach was comfortable. It was a great day!
star-5
Great trip even better...
Bruce_W, Oct 2022
TranzAlpine Train Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
Great trip even better with friends staff were brillant food was amazing and so were the views especially when the sun came out
star-4
Worth doing
Howard_H, Oct 2022
TranzAlpine Train Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
The scenery was quite amazing. Learned a lot of the history from the great commentary. We didn’t see as much snow as we thought we might, but going possibly in September instead of October may have been different.
star-5
Going back in time
Mary_S, Oct 2022
TranzAlpine Train Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
Beautiful scenery all through the trip. Great Cafe and lovely staff. The scene changes from the Canterbury Plains to the braided River through to the alps then o to the coast
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Large bags and suitcases must be checked into the baggage carriage, so pack a small day bag to take on board with you.

  • Onboard facilities include restrooms, a café carriage, and an open-air viewing deck, as well as charging stations for laptops and phones.

  • There’s time to get off and take in the views at some stations, so dress accordingly and bring warm clothing as it can get chilly in the mountains.

  • Wheelchair access is available at all stations.

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How to Get There

You can ride the TranzAlpine Train in either direction, starting your journey at Christchurch or at Greymouth. Christchurch Railway Station is located in Addington, just west of downtown Christchurch or about 6 miles (9 kilometers) southeast of Christchurch Airport.

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When to Get There

The TranzAlpine runs daily with morning departures from Christchurch and afternoon departures from Greymouth. Trains run year-round, but it’s best to book ahead for the summer season as tickets can sell out.

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Coast to Coast on the TranzAlpine Railway

Setting out from Christchurch, the TranzAlpine Train rolls through the Canterbury Plains and crosses the Waimakariri River Gorge toward Rolleston. After climbing into the Southern Alps, the railway crosses the famous “Staircase” viaduct, soars over Arthur’s Pass, and traverses the 5.3-mile (8.6-kilometer) Otira Tunnel. Finally, it chugs along the shores of Lake Brunner and through Moana to the final station in Greymouth.

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