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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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Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
$437.95 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Perfect day trip in Christchurch.
The tour was excellent with our small group of 4 guests. Our tour guide, Peter was the best. TransAlpine Train is very unique as it goes thru the plains and southern Alps with very different scenery. After disembarking the train our short walking tours of Arthur’s Pass was quite enjoyable. Finishing with a pint of beer and tasty lunch at a quaint local hotel. Overall had a great day. Thanks again to Peter our tour guide making it feel very personable.
normpatze, Jan 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Christchurch

star-5
The scenery view
Sara_d, Feb 2020
TranzAlpine Train Pass from Christchurch to Greymouth
It was fantastic. The comfortable seats and space were very generous. The view from the windows were really good but it was a perfect sunny day . The train was so quiet and smooth and the staff were very efficient. The audio was very informative
star-5
Best train trip ever!
NancyL, Feb 2020
TranzAlpine Southern Alps Train Journey between Greymouth to Christchurch
Wonderful comfortable journey large windows for fantastic views. Chose left sided seating for trip from Greymouth to Christchurch as suggested for others. Spot on!
star-5
Do It!
Kenneth_H, Feb 2020
TranzAlpine Train Pass from Christchurch to Greymouth
A gorgeous and comfortable ride with very friendly staff. We did a round trip in a day, which included a stroll around Greymouth between rides. Overall, the train ran late and we returned an hour after the scheduled arrival. But who cares when the views are magnificent? Could not have asked for more!
star-5
Great train ride and hikes in the Park
Jackson1739, Jan 2020
Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Just about everyone agrees the tranzalpine is a great train ride and this tour took in the best part leaving us at Arthur's Pass to explore the park with our guide. No long hikes but the short walks were very scenic and photogenic,
star-4
Transalpine a must do
bello42019, Dec 2019
TranzAlpine Southern Alps Train Journey between Greymouth to Christchurch
Had to take a bus to Arthur's pass due to land slip. Still a very good trip and the views were spectacular. The staff on the train were great and the amenities more than acceptable. I would highly recommend this trip to any visitor to the South Island.
star-5
Awe inspiring
Connector22761271455, Mar 2019
Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Peter our friendly guide picked us up and customized our day, accommodating our preferences and the weather. Awe inspiring scenery, despite the incessant drizzle, tempered by Peter’s informed observations plus a comfortable train and minibus drive, made for an interesting day.
star-5
Travel With Children
monchi_journey, Dec 2019
TranzAlpine Train Pass from Christchurch to Greymouth
The travel is wonderful, easy to change the voucher and get excellent seat, we got fantastic journey and best photo 👍
star-5
Great train ride
aliciace, Dec 2019
TranzAlpine Southern Alps Train Journey between Greymouth to Christchurch
It was rainy and cloudy the day we rode the train, but the views were still good. The only thing that could be improved is letting people know when the information was coming through the headphones. We loved the drink and snack options on board!
star-5
Should not be missed! Beautiful...
drsblecker, Mar 2018
Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Should not be missed! Beautiful views, comfortable train ride and great hiking after we were off the train with the group. Out tour guide, George, was terrific and knowledgable, taking us to a number of interesting places including the amazing Castle Hill.
star-4
Good views and interesting way to...
Sarah W, Apr 2018
TranzAlpine Southern Alps Train Journey between Greymouth to Christchurch
Good views and interesting way to get from Greymouth to Christchurch. Comfy seats and good commentary. Weather wasn't great so view out of the window wasn't great but had an open air carriage for photos and to see the view.
star-5
Great Experience - beautiful scenery...
Rohan J, Jan 2017
Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Great Experience - beautiful scenery from the train going there, while there and while headed back. John was a great guide and a great host and company for the small group! The walks were intensive but uncomplicated and the scenery quite breathtaking. Thank you! Rohan
star-4
My tour leader: Chris Platt is very...
Harry Saputra, Apr 2016
Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
My tour leader: Chris Platt is very nice person. he is friendly and helpful. I like the national park, amazing..

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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