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Accommodation - Greymouth
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The Greymouth to Christchurch train is a scenic rail journey
from Greymouth to Arthurs Pass and
Christchurch through the Southern Alps, from the west coast to the
east coast of New Zealand's South Island on the Tranz Alpine
Greymouth, the train travels east through lush alpine beech rain
forests of the South Island's west coast towards the Southern Alps,
ascending through the Otira tunnel to the alpine village of Arthurs
Pass - a base to explore Arthurs Pass National Park. From
Arthurs Pass the train slowly descends through spectacular gorges
and river valleys of the Waimakariri River, crossing the
Canterbury Plains to Christchurch - known as the garden city and the
South Island's largest city.
The Tranz Alpine train carriages have advanced air bag suspension
system for quieter and smoother travel, un-tinted, non-reflective,
panoramic side and roof windows to capture the beauty of the
Southern Alps and alpine forest landscape
views of the central South Island, GPS triggered journey
commentary in five languages at your seat via headphones, plus
information displays and overhead HD video and are centrally
heated/air conditioned for passenger comfort.
carriage has onboard washroom/toilet facilities, with '2
Seat-Aisle-2 Seat' seating either as reclining forward facing seats with head and foot rests or 'Table Group' (4 people around a
table) seating allowing to experience the amazing views of the
magnificent North Island, through panoramic side and roof windows, while
enjoying the company of other passengers.
train has a café carriage offering a range of alcoholic and
non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and light meals and an open viewing
carriage for views of the Southern Alps and alpine rain forest
landscape of the South Island's west coast.
For mobility-impaired passengers, there are spaces for wheel chairs
and a disabled public toilet. Wheelchair hoists provide access to
the café carriage from track level.
For hearing-impaired passengers - a hearing loop covers all of the
café carriage saloon and serving area.
This train is a reserved seating 'One Class/Non-smoking' service.
can travel on this scenic train service on RailBus New
Queenstown to Franz Josef, Greymouth and Christchurch scenic
This train connects at Greymouth with bus and coach services from
Fox Glacier and from
Christchurch travelling via Nelson.
From Christchurch, there are scenic bus and coach services from
There is also a range of suggested
'Hop On/Hop Off' bus pass travel options
available from Christchurch north to Rotorua, Waitomo Caves, Auckland
and the beautiful Bay of Islands.
So, sit back and enjoy a genuine kiwi rail experience through the
rugged Southern Alps and alpine rainforests of the South Island on
this award winning train service.