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TranzAlpine Rail Journey between Christchurch and Greymouth

One of the world's most epic train journeys, the TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth provides an amazing showcase of New Zealand scenery at its best.


One of the world’s most scenic train journeys
Between Christchurch and Greymouth
4.5 hours one way
The comfort of world class carriages

What you need to know

Book your ticket for one of the world's most epic train journeys - the TranzAlpine between Christchurch and Greymouth featuring jaw-dropping NZ scenery! Widely considered one of the most stunning routes on Earth, the journey crossing a mixture of amazing vistas spanning the likes of deep gorges, snow-dusted mountains, thick native forests and much more. Crossing over the verdant Canterbury Plains, through the river valleys of the Waimakariri River and to the majestic alpine village of Arthur's Pass, this journey is a veritable showcase of the diversity of New Zealand's natural beauty.

You'll be travelling within world-class train carriages built for the ultimate in smooth travel throughout the journey, with special air bag suspension and large side and roof windows designed to provide the best possible viewing of all the Southern Alps scenery. The TranzAlpine train journey can be done in either direction using both Christchurch and Greymouth as the departure points - so don't miss this incredible adventure that crosses from one magical coast of New Zealand to the other; book your TranzAlpine train tickets online today.

More info


  • Following an increasing number of potential safety incidents on KiwiRail’s Great Journeys of New Zealand scenic rail services, the outdoor viewing carriages will be closed from 9 March while a safety solution is found


  • One way scenic train journey between Christchurch and Greymouth


  • Hotel transfers
  • Food and beverages


  • One of the world’s great train journeys, travelling coast to coast through forests and farmland and over the spectacular Southern Alps
  • From the comfort of world class carriages, passengers will see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River
  • The train then climbs into the majestic Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass National Park, before descending through lush beech rainforest to the West Coast town of Greymouth, a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always-popular glaciers

Tour Times

  • Departs Christchurch at 8:15am daily and arrive at Greymouth at 12:45pm
  • Departs Greymouth at 1:45pm daily and arrive at Christchurch at 6:05pm
  • Not available on Christmas Day
  • Check-in is 20 minutes prior to the departure time shown above
  • Timetables are subject to change at short notice


  • 4.5 hours one way

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher

TranzAlpine Rail Journey between Christchurch and Greymouth

Troup Drive, Addington, NZ 8011