TranzAlpine Train, Christchurch

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TranzAlpine Train takes you on the reportedly best scenic train tour in New Zealand. Ride through tunnels and viaducts, along fertile plains and an icy river, and over deep ravines. The train route goes through misty alpine mountains and thick forests of native beech. Observe the snowcapped peaks from the comfort of a top-class carriage with panoramic windows and a cafe. The train's final stop makes a good base for further exploration of the scenic highland landscape featuring wild streams, glaciers, and well-known pancake rocks. Make TranzAlpine Train a centerpiece of your Christchurch vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Christchurch travel route planning tool .
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  • If you have only two days in Christchurch, you must spend one of them on the Tranz Alpine through to Greymouth and return. The scenery is marvellous and your fellow travellers are interesting. The com...  more »
  • My husband and I caught the tranzAlpine train at Darfield railway station. It was a wet drizzly morning. From the moment we boarded the train, we were welcomed by the train attendant who was both frie...  more »
  • Incredible scenery and very good service. Only downer was the rude tourists that dont understand personal space and their photos justify shoving their camera in my face. There is an open car for outsi...  more »

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