Tranz Alpine Train

Tranz Alpine Train

TranzAlpine

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Steve Sopota

Ranking: 4/10

No where as spectacular as the train journey from Auckland to Wellington. Plus breakdowns meant we were running 3 hours late and consequently were travelling at least 2 and a half hours in the dark missing the scenery we booked the trip to see.
Can’t recommend this on.
Steve Sopota

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Fanny Hacquart

France

Ranking: 5/10

Train is pretty comfortable, but even one way was too expensive for what the brochure said about the scenic experience. Good coffee though.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Jill Stebbing

England

Ranking: 7/10

We got the train from Springfield rather than paying to go through the suburbs and Christchurch which was a good idea. Enjoyed the trip, great views, especially from the observation carriages but then you could not listen to the commentary. There was no notification that the train was running over an hour late on return - a notice could have been posted at the station.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Petru

Romania

Ranking: 10/10

Best train trip I have experienced in my life so far. Stunning views!! Would definitely recommend this to any traveller in New Zealand as it is really a unique journey.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Amadeus van Schie

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

I travelled from Greymouth to Christchurch. A great and comfortable journey over the New Zealand Alps. Open air carriage is perfect for taking photos. Not a cheap adventure though.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Clare Lambley

England

Ranking: 8/10

Comfortable carriages with clean windows for taking photos. Return trip seating allowed viewing of both sides. Friendly staff, excellent quality food (best steak pie in New Zealand), shame that the audio system is not inside and outside.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Eric Lambley

England

Ranking: 5/10

Mixed feelings. Did the return trip, outward our carriage had no commentary, lots of photo opportunities. On return, less people and the driver did not want to stop at all.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Thomas Neron

France

Ranking: 7/10

Very good sight of mountains and rivers and the most comfortable train ever. Price high.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Esther Itier

France

Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful landscapes but expensive.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Ngaire Davies

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Scenic rail trip. Christchurch to Greymouth.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Petra Blumberg

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Christchurch to Greymouth

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Cindy Parson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

great trip from Christchrch to Greymouth. Greymouth doesnt sound like such a good place to visit but we had a great time. A wonderful cycle trail, an awesome glow-worm cave tour with a zipline and some great rinforest kayaking

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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David and Sally Wallis

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Arthur's Pass Tranz Alpine. Very scenic, spoilt by the fog.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Steve and Therese Dunne

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Scenic trip Greymouth to Christchurch. Well worth the money and well organised.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Michael & Janet

England

Ranking: 9/10

Very good trip.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Michael & Rosemary Smith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

A must for all train buffs - best on a fine and clear day!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Warwick Ravell

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

I have waited many years to travel on this train - a wonderful experience that every tourist should have on their 'bucket list'.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Alita Smith

Germany

Ranking: 2/10

Very poor service, dangerous to leave luggage with them - you will get it back soaked!!

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Bill Cutler

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Easily booked online. Due to earthquake were helpful in changing railway journey arrangements.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Graham Greentree

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

They mixed our tickets up but outside of that the trip was fantastic.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Steve Pearce

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely views, pleasant staff, bit pricey but had to do it!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Grada Anderson

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful scenery.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Jenny & Barry Sleeman

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful scenery and informative commentary.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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David Glover

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Superb Introduction to New Zealand for us - travelled from Christchurch to Greymouth and back on our first full day here - really enjoyed it.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Rosey834

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Rode all the way from Greymouth to Christchurch. Great views for most of the trip (last bit into Christchurch is boring). Excellent views up to Arthurs Pass and then beyond. Some excellent photo opportunities wrecked by barriers erected on some bridges. They are no barriers on any of the other great train rides in NZ so why here? Shortly after the start of the most spectacular part of the journey I gave up my prize position in the viewing car to a young couple for some shots. My politeness and consideration was rewarded by them, and others, hogging the good positions. I tried to take some photos and ended up with great shots of hands, backs of heads. Moral is that if you get a good position don't be considerate like me, be selfish like others. This had not been an issue on the other train journeys I had. People had shared the best positions. With this train being so popular why not another viewing car?

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Kerry Wood

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great train ride.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Gary Judd

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Recommend staying on the West Coast at least overnight before taking the return rail journey

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Sandra B

England

Ranking: 8/10

Unfortunately if rained all the way back from Greymouth to Christchurch so even though the weather was overcast going it was a disappointing trip.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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David Valentine

United Kingdom

Ranking: 4/10

train overcrowded, not particularly clean. Inadequate observation cars, very late both ways. Expensive for what you get. A bus would have been better.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Wolfgang Dittrich

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

A nice scenery.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Sarah Smith

Ranking: 7/10

Good day trip - only need to do one way as return is identical including info given.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Simon Bartholomew

Ireland

Ranking: 6/10

Scenery is absolutely amazing. If you have driven Arthur's Pass, I wouldn't spend the money on the train. (Quite expensive).

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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carmenk

Brazil

Ranking: 8/10

Good train trip through the mountains. Nice views.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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purplekat99

United States

Ranking: 10/10

I loved it! Wish the outdoor car was bigger as I went on a beautful day and the car was packed the whole time. Met and exceeded my expectations.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in December 2008

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regw

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great train-ride.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Amy_B

United States

Ranking: 8/10

The seats were comfortable, the views were spectacular, and the food from the onboard cafe was tasty. My only complaint is that the viewing car was too small. So it was hard to take pictures sometimes.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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nickm

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

A must do!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Roy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great mountain scenery.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Richard

England

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful scenery, but train broke down so 3hr delay on journy. Very late back.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Elise

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

It's great to see the landscape passing by, the TranzAlpine was a bit too crowded though.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Jordi

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Gorgeous scenic train route with knowledgable crew. Not cheap and don't expect it to be fast. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the amazing views around Arthurs Pass.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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David

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Good way to go across the coast and price is reasonable at wintertime.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Fothergill

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

The Fat Controller on the Tranzalpne Train needs to take a chill pill.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Peddy

Ranking: 7/10

It was good weather and was great trip!

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Ulrike

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The tranzalpine train journey is beautiful. Easy to make reservations on the internet.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Helen

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

A lot of money in bad weather - not up to the expectations.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Anke

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Bad weather, didn't go through the high mountains, just through the tunnel. Not up to expectations.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Olga

United States

Ranking: 4/10

Not worth it - scenery is pretty but unremarkable. The open air carriage was very crowded and uncomfortable.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Aiko Nishimura

Japan

Ranking: 8/10

It was cloudy, but on a sunny day it may have been a 10.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Kerstin Brantryd

Sweden

Ranking: 5/10

Crowded. Preferred the scenery in other parts of NZ.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Marian Mckinney

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice, but I booked the tickets through nzrail.com and had some trouble.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Greg & Lynette

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Was a bit late coming back, but that was ok.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Sally and David Wallis

England

Ranking: 8/10

Really good witty commentary.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Lisa Tame

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Scenery was amazing, quite good value for money. Cheap in comparison to trains in the UK.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Katharina

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Good, but expensive. Bus is half the price and pretty similar scenery.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Jim Curley

England

Ranking: 6/10

Didn't quite meet our expectations, but the weather was poor when we went.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Kilsby

England

Ranking: 10/10

Should be an 11/10. Brilliant.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Lyn Saxon

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Did not like the seating arrangement and crappy weather did not help the scenery.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Michael

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Great, but too long return.

Reviewed about 13 years ago and experienced in April 2007

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Simon

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Good trip. fabulous scenery.

Reviewed about 13 years ago and experienced in April 2007

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Sandra

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Bit of a rip off - train is a bit tired!

Reviewed about 13 years ago and experienced in March 2007