Rail Journey - from £114

Cross the mountains and valleys of the Southern Alps and the wide open Canterbury Plains on this iconic scenic rail journey from Christchurch to Greymouth on the West Coast.

  • Panoramic windows on every carriage
  • Licensed café on board
  • Meander through the Southern Alps
  • Informative audio commentary
  • Scenic rail travel

Your Rail Journey

The TranzAlpine service offers comfortable reclining seating in air conditioned carriages designed to showcase New Zealand through its panoramic windows.

You’ll cross the fertile farmland of the Canterbury Plains, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. The train then climbs into the great peaks of the Southern Alps before descending through lush beech rainforest to the West Coast town of Greymouth.

The journey takes four and a half hours, with 19 tunnels and 4 viaducts on the way, the highest being the Staircase at over 70 metres.

On board facilities: A licensed café carriage onboard the TranzAlpine provides you with a variety of meals, snacks and drinks. There is also an audio commentary system on board relaying the histories, legends and myths of New Zealand as it passes your window.

Christchurch to Greymouth

Departs: 08:15 (Daily)
Arrives: 13:05

Greymouth to Christchurch

Departs: 14:05 (Daily)
Arrives: 18:31

Rail Journey - from £114

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Your Rail Journey

Let the train take the strain for part of your New Zealand holiday. These iconic rail journeys offer reserved seating, panoramic windows, informative commentary.

Coach Class Seats: Spacious reclining seats with generous leg room

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