Train Timetables from
Accommodation - Christchurch
Accommodation - Greymouth
Bus Services from
Arthurs Pass Excursion
Passenger Train Services
Bikes, Pets, Etc
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The Tranz Alpine train
operates between Christchurch, Arthurs Pass and Greymouth - from the
east coast to the west coast of New Zealand's South Island.
west crossing the Canterbury Plains, the train slowly ascends
through spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri
River towards the Southern Alps to the alpine village of Arthurs
Pass for a short break before descending through the Otira Tunnel to
the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, through lush alpine
beech rain forests to Greymouth – a great base for visits to
Punakaiki and the always popular glaciers at Franz Josef and Fox
The train's 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 South Island, through panoramic side and roof windows,
while enjoying the company of other passengers.
This 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.
The Tranz Alpine train is a reserved seating 'One Class/Non-smoking' service.
You can travel from Greymouth along the west coast down to
Milford Sound or up to
Nelson and back to
Christchurch by scenic bus/coach.
can travel on this scenic train service on RailBus New Zealand's
Christchurch to Franz Josef and Queenstown
Queenstown to Franz Josef and Christchurch
scenic travel journeys.
There is also a range
'Hop On/Hop Off' bus pass travel options
You can take a day excursion from Christchurch to either
Arthurs Pass or
Greymouth travelling on the Tranz
So, sit back and enjoy a genuine kiwi rail experience through the
rugged Southern Alps and alpine rainforests of the South Island.