The Great Journeys of New Zealand (formerly KiwiRail Scenic Journeys), Christchurch

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Choose between three train routes at The Great Journeys of New Zealand (formerly 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 The Great Journeys of New Zealand (formerly 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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  • August 9, 2017
    Great trip, very relaxing, awesome staff, comfy coaches, stress-free time, awesome scenery - have done transalpine and now northern explorer and are keen to do the coastal when it is up and running on...  more »
  • July 15, 2017
    We were blessed with a mainly sunny day on the trip from Greymouth to Christchurch. The cabins are comfortable, and the large windows give a good view of the spectacular scenery. There is a good comme...  more »
  • June 14, 2017
    We caught the train in Christchurch and got off in Greymouth. I gave this a 3 star for a couple of reasons. The train is very relaxing, clean and the views are beautiful. However, when reading about t...  more »

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