KiwiRail Scenic Journeys, Christchurch
(4.4/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
Choose between three train routes at KiwiRail Scenic Journeys, a sightseeing railway that travels through some of New Zealand's most beautiful landscapes. Routes run from Auckland to Wellington, Christchurch to Picton, and Christchurch to Greymouth. Each route includes a train equipped with panoramic side and sky-view windows as well as GPS-triggered commentary with headphones, a cafe, and open-air viewing decks. For optimal coastal views, be sure to ask which side of the train is best when buying tickets. To visit KiwiRail Scenic Journeys on your holiday in Christchurch, and find out what else Christchurch has to offer, use our Christchurch vacation builder.
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  • The route to Greymouth or vice versa takes approximately 4. 5 h per way from Christchurch. It's nice on a mountain side it's raining on the other. It was also with me. The different landscapes are beautiful to admire. At the beginning or end of the turn, it has an open cart, where you can perfectly make photos each. The staff has been very friendly, the offer of the Cafe was ok (at least for Swiss) extensively and price total. During the whole journey is told over the line to get a headset. The train was now not totally sold out, so you could sit well even on the other side of the car. A comfortable conclusion of the holidays, before I joined the two flights by the 12 h.
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  • What a great way to travel from Christchurch to Greymouth! The scenery was beautiful, the seats were comfortable, restrooms were clean, they store your luggage for you, and the commentary was interest...  more »
  • The commentary on both trips was very informative. It was delivered via headphones with a screen lighting up to let you know it is going to start. The train was very clean and comfortable. The staff w...  more »
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  • First i thought it is a little bit expensive for just a ride with the train, but it was worth it! U reach areas, u can´t reach with the bike. We had amazing weather, starting in sunny Christchurch. A long the seas u can shot so many beautiful pictures! A top in Arthur´s Pass was a lot of snow what makes it so special that you ride from the ocean into a winter wonderland in just two hours. I loved it to stay most of the time on the platform outside of the car.
  • This is probably the most relaxing way to cross the southern Alps. If you are visiting the South island this is absolutely a must do. You can have coffee, a snack and enjoy the view.
  • Only rode to Arthur's Pass, but it was some of the most spectacular scenery I've ever seen, on the most comfortable train ever
  • This was simply one of the best places in New Zealand (south island), specially in winter to see all of the stunning views I've ever visited in my life so far 😀👍❄
  • Good train with beautiful scenic view and food