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TranzAlpine Train, Christchurch
(4.5/5 based on 1,900+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • Not a commuter train as such but well worth the ticket price. This is one of NZ Rails most popular routes for good reasons! Lovely cafe car, large windows and an open air caboose to take in all the be...  more »
  • I have done this trip several times over the years and the scenery never fails to impress, no matter what season it is. The viewing carriages are well used to take photos and people often spend hours ...  more »
  • We travelled from Christchurch to Greymouth - a great way to see the country -relaxed and comfortable. Unfortunately the coffee machine had broken but there was a second cafe to get our caffeine fix f...  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