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TranzAlpine Train Journey Experience, South Island, New Zealand

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TranzAlpine Train Journey Experience, South Island, New Zealand

The TranzAlpine Train by KiwiRail Scenic Journeys is branded as one of the world's great journeys. A journey of 223 kilometres, it takes passengers through contrasting landscapes, from beech forests to farmlands to gorges to alpine landscapes. The journey is quiet and comfortable, and the views can be enjoyed from the panoramic windows in the carriages. There is also an outdoor viewing carriage offering unobstructed views of the landscapes for photography. A café offering affordable snacks and light meals is available onboard.

The TranzAlpine is a great way to enjoy the diverse and stunning landscapes of South Island, New Zealand.

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Day 214: Today we’re taking the TranzAlpine Train in New Zealand from Christchurch to Greymouth (and back again). The New Zealand train passes through Arthur’s Pass National Park making it one of the world’s most scenic train journeys.

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Today we’re taking the TranzAlpine Train in New Zealand! It’s considered one of the world’s most scenic train trips. Watch this video to see what it’s like to take a return journey with the KiwiRail TranzAlpine Train between Christchurch and Greymouth. It’s one of the great ways to travel across the South Island.

Admittedly, there is not much in the way of train travel in New Zealand, but with what New Zealand trains they do have, they are pretty amazing. The New Zealand TranzAlpine goes from Christchurch to Greymouth where the train goes through Arthur’s Pass National Park in the Southern Alps. The Arthur’s Pass train station is one of the stops before travelling through the Otira Tunnel, which is 8.5km long.

So what do you think of this South Island train journey? Would you add the Christchurch Greymouth Train / Greymouth Christchurch train to your South Island travel itinerary? Would you use this way to travel the South Island? LUK in the comments.

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TranzAlpine train journey between Christchurch & Greymouth, New Zealand

Climb aboard the TranzAlpine! Experience a world famous train journey with KiwiRail Scenic Journeys through the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

TranzAlpine Train Ride. Greymouth to Christchurch.(New Zealand)

The TranzAlpine is a passenger train operated by The Great Journeys of New Zealand in the South Island of New Zealand over the Midland Line; often regarded to be one of the world's great train journeys for the scenery through which it passes.
The journey is 223 kilometres one-way, taking almost five hours. There are 16 tunnels and four viaducts, with the Staircase Viaduct being 75 metres (246 ft) high.
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Explore New Zealand's South Island with the TranzAlpine Train

New Zealand’s South Island is a pristine expanse of rugged landscapes, windy rivers and snow-capped mountain ranges. It's truly a spectacular sight – one that, before 30 years ago, was reserved for those who could traverse this wild terrain.

The TranzAlpine train has made traveling across the South Island accessible to travelers, and since 1987, has given riders a chance to see the small towns and beautiful vistas between Christchurch on the east coast and Greymouth on the west coast.

The ride is relatively short – just under 5 hours – but the journey feels like it passes by in an instant because there is so much to see. The route goes across the Canterbury Plains and passes through dramatic river valleys and gorges, 16 tunnels and across 4 viaducts.

Passengers can enjoy the picturesque scenery of beech forests, lakes and the Southern Alps from the open-air viewing carriage or while enjoying a meal in the self-service buffet car. It’s a journey that is both adventurous and luxurious.

There’s a reason why the TranzAlpine is considered one of the world’s most beautiful train rides. Here are 10 sights you’ll see that prove it.

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An extended 1m 30s short film of aerial footage showing the TranzAlpine weaving through the mountains and forests of New Zealand's South Island as it journeys from Christchurch to Greymouth.
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NZ: TranzAlpine

Von Greymouth nach Christchurch mit dem TranzAlpine. 4-stündige Zugfahrt über den Arthur's Pass.

New Zealand Trains: The Tranz Alpine departs Greymouth

Onboard The Trans Alpine, a KiwiRail passenger service between Greymouth on the West Coast, to Christchurch on the East Coast of New Zealand, a journey of approximately 4 hrs 30 minutes.

This video has the train departing Greymouth, heading north along the bank of the Grey River to Stillwater, where the line turns east towards the alps.

Locos are DXC 5241 & DXC 5172. Train consists of a luggage van, 4 passenger cars (including café) & a open viewing car.

Video taken on 19 May 18 by a GoPro camera from the open viewing car.

Taking the TranzAlpine Train

I needed to cut across the South Island in New Zealand. With my love of trains, there was no other way I'd consider other than the TranzAlpine Train when going from Greymouth to Christchurch.

I definitely loved the train. It was way more comfortable than any bus or plane I'd taken in New Zealand. Unfortunately, I had typical West Coast rainy weather departing from Greymouth so I couldn't get the best views. I had also taken a 4 hour bus before the train so I was tired and ended up sleeping half the time. Oops.

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Much love and happy travels
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Christchurch Lord of the Rings Tour – New Zealand's Biggest Gap Year – BackpackerGuide.NZ

Day 217: Today we’re seeing Mt Sunday, a.k.a. Edoras, a New Zealand Lord of the Rings filming location near Christchurch! We’re joining Hassle-Free Tours for their Lord of the Rings tour.

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We’re in Christchurch and today we’re joining Hassle-free Tours for their Lord of the Rings tour. It’s a Lord of the Rings tour in Christchurch which is going to take us to one of the most stunning Lord of the Rings filming locations in New Zealand. It’s the Edoras filming location from The Lord of the Rings!

Edoras, or Mt Sunday, is a 2.5h drive from Christchurch located on the foothills of the Southern Alps. Our journey has pit stops in interesting places before we arrive at the stunning Edoras Mt Sunday. We are given the opportunity to take photos with Lord of the Rings swords and flags before making our way to the top of Mount Sunday. The South Island Lord of the Rings tour also includes lunch at the Mt Potts Lodge, some behind the scenes videos about the filming of Edoras and Mt Sunday, before we make our way back to Christchurch.

So what do you think of this Lord of the Rings South Island tour? Would you add this Edoras tour to your Christchurch travel itinerary? LUK in the comments.

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Tranz Alpine Railway, New Zealand South Island

Tranz Alpine Railway between Christchurch and Arthur's Pass, New Zealand South Island

Why is the TranzAlpine a must do experience for every Kiwi?

The TranzAlpine train had been on the to do list of these Kiwis for a while. So what did they think when they finally had the chance to jump on board for a day trip on this great journey of NZ?

The TranzAlpine train takes you on a wonderful journey through the South Island of New Zealand, Christchurch to Greymouth. A day trip on the train will take you through the vast Canterbury Plains, the deep gorges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River and the mighty Southern Alps. After taking in the breath-taking alpine scenery, your train journey will finish on the rugged West Coast in Greymouth.

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Coastal Pacific Train Journey between Christchurch and Picton, New Zealand

A stunning journey from Christchurch to Picton, between the rugged Pacific coastline and the steeply rising Kaikoura mountains. Experience spectacular views of the Marlborough wine growing region and the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains.

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KiwiRail Scenic Journeys | New Zealand by Train

Enjoy a truly unique New Zealand experience on the TranzAlpine, Northern Explorer or Coastal Pacific scenic trains.

Discover more about these world class train journeys at kiwirailscenic.co.nz

Footage features the Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine trains as they travel through stunning coastal and alpine regions of the South Island (New Zealand). The Pearl Fishers duet is performed by New Zealand singers Pene Pati and Moses MacKay.

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New Zealand - Tranz Alpine Express - Christchurch to Greymouth Train

TranzAlpine Express

The TranzAlpine is a passenger train operated by Tranz Scenic in the South Island of New Zealand. This trip is often regarded to be one of the world's great train journeys for the scenery through which it passes (see famous trains). The journey is 223 kilometres (139 mi) one-way, taking about four and a half hours. There are 19 tunnels and four viaducts, with the Staircase Viaduct being 73 metres (240 ft) high and ascends to a height of 737 metres.

The train runs daily between Christchurch and Greymouth. After leaving Christchurch, the train travels through the fertile Canterbury Plains past the Waimakariri River along the Main South Line, to Rolleston. It then turns onto the Midland Line, which passes through the Southern Alps past the spectacular Waimakariri River gorge, via the Otira Tunnel and terminates in Greymouth, on the West Coast.

The Christchurch to Greymouth train is a scenic rail journey from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass and Greymouth through the Southern Alps - from the east coast to the west coast of New Zealand's South Island on the TranzAlpine train.

Christchurch to Greymouth train near the Waimakariri RiverTravelling 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 Glacier.

The TranzAlpine 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 dramatic coastal and mountain views of the magnificent North 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.

Interior of the Overlander train obsevation lounge carriageEach 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.

The TranzAlpine 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.

This train connects at Greymouth with bus and coach services to Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Wanaka, Westport, Te Anau, Hokitika, Punakaiki, Nelson and Queenstown.

If travelling from Greymouth along the west coast down to Franz Josef, Fox Glacier, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Mt Cook/Aoraki or up to Punakaiki, Westport, Nelson and back to Christchurch, there are a range of suggested 'Hop On/Hop Off' bus and coach pass travel options available.

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.

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Part 2 - New TranzAlpine 2014 – Now the Scenery gets really interesting - Waimakariri Gorge

In part 2 (Springfield to Arthurs Pass, New Zealand), see all the viaducts, bridges and tunnels from the driver’s cab. After Springfield the scenery becomes really dramatic as our train follows the Waimakariri River gorge, we cross spindly viaducts over deep ravines, around every corner another awesome vista is revealed. This section of the journey is why the TranzAlpine is one of world’s most scenic train rides. Sit back and enjoy this ride with me.

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Travel on the Tranzalpine train from Greymouth to Christchurch, New Zealand, June 2016

Voyage en train transalpin de Greymouth à Christchurch, Nouvelle-Zélande, juin 2016

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The TranzAlpine - one of the world's best train journeys

Ranked as one of the top train journeys in the world, find time to enjoy some of the most stunning scenery in the south island on board the TranzAlpine.

New Zealand - TranzAlpine - Christchurch to Greymouth Train

The Christchurch to Greymouth train is a scenic rail journey from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass and Greymouth through the Southern Alps - from the east coast to the west coast of New Zealand's South Island on the TranzAlpine train.

Christchurch to Greymouth train near the Waimakariri RiverTravelling 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 Glacier.

The TranzAlpine 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 dramatic coastal and mountain views of the magnificent North 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.

Interior of the Overlander train obsevation lounge carriageEach 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.

The TranzAlpine 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.

This train connects at Greymouth with bus and coach services to Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Wanaka, Westport, Te Anau, Hokitika, Punakaiki, Nelson and Queenstown.

If travelling from Greymouth along the west coast down to Franz Josef, Fox Glacier, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Mt Cook/Aoraki or up to Punakaiki, Westport, Nelson and back to Christchurch, there are a range of suggested 'Hop On/Hop Off' bus and coach pass travel options available.

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.

Greymouth and the TranzAlpine Train to Christchurch

A visit to Greymouth on South Island New Zealand and a trip on the TranzAlpine Train to Christchurch through Arthur's Pass. I also recommend this one from the cab

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