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TranzAlpine Train, Christchurch

(4.5/5 based on 2,000+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan your TranzAlpine Train visit and explore what else you can see and do in Christchurch using our Christchurch travel itinerary maker.
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  • We scheduled this in to leave our rental car at Greymouth and stop over before flying out at Christchurch. What a mistake - this week it's a fire, two weeks ago a landslide but each time it's closed f...  more »
  • We travelled from Greymouth to Christchurch.The journey of just over 4.5hours takes you through stunning scenery with an informative commentary. A great change from driving. 
  • One of the best train rides I've ever experienced. Be sure to book far in advance, and to get to the train on time. The cars, built in NZ, are modern and comfortable, with huge windows for easy viewin...  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