TranzAlpine Train Journey – a trip of life time
Climb aboard one of the world’s most famous train journeys, between Christchurch and Greymouth. Cross the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, and enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River. Traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape will take your breath away at every turn.
In 2011 a fleet of new purpose-built scenic carriages were rolled out across our three long distance services. These world-class carriages were built right here in New Zealand, and were designed to enhance both the comfort and scenic experience of our passengers while on board. Carriages are carpeted, centrally heated and air-conditioned, and provide exceptional views from non-reflective panoramic side & roof windows – perfect for capturing dramatic coastal & mountain views.
Comfortable saloon seating is available either configured paired seating around tables. The ride is quieter and smoother than train journeys of past, thanks to an advanced air- bag suspension system.
Take a 360 tour of our new carriages by clicking through the three tabs above the image.
Open air viewing
There is nothing quite like the feeling of fresh alpine air rushing through your hair, and a trip out to the open air viewing carriage will give you just that. The open air carriages also ensure nothing gets between you, your camera, and the stunning New Zealand landscapes. If you’re travelling during the winter months be sure to pack a coat and hat as it can get a little chilly, especially in the alpine regions.
On board licensed cafe
Each train has a fully licensed cafe offering a range of snacks, beverages, hot and cold meals. Choose from a fresh muffin and hot coffee, or a cheese board accompanied by a glass of your favourite New Zealand beer or wine. Meals include sandwiches, soups, salads and a variety of hot mains – something to satisfy every taste bud.
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.
View our full on board menus here.
Each saloon carriage includes a GPS triggered journey commentary at your seat via passenger headphones, plus information displays and overhead HD video. Tune in for journey highlights, interesting stories, and detailed history of the areas travelled through.
Impaired passenger assistance
If you have special requirements, require accessibility assistance please call us on 0800 250 000 to discuss your needs so we can help make your journey as comfortable as possible.
For mobility-impaired passengers, wheelchair hoists provide access to the café car from platform level. Up to 2 spaces for wheel chairs are available in the cafe car, and each cafe car has a disabled public toilet as well as a hearing loop for hearing-impaired passengers.
100% Smokefree Services
By law, all trains are designated non-smoking services (Smokefree Places Act 1990). Smoking is not permitted anywhere on board, including the open air viewing carriages. Most services include one or two stops where passengers may alight to the platform for a short break, however these stops are provided at the discretion of the On Board Supervisor and are not guaranteed. Our terminals and stations are also smokefree.
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