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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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TranzAlpine Train: The Most Scenic New Zealand Train Journey – New Zealand's Biggest Gap Year

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.
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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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The TranzAlpine Train; The Most Scenic New Zealand Train Journey; between Christchurch & Greymouth.

It's the most scenic train ride in New Zealand, and one of the most scenic train trips anywhere in the world.

The Train runs once daily between Christchurch, Arthur's Pass and Greymouth on the South Island's west coast, through the amazing misty mountain scenery of the Southern Alps.

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NEW ZEALAND VACATION 2019 - TRANZALPINE RAILWAY - CHRISTCHURCH to ARTHUR'S PASS - Day 11 (Part 1)

Welcome to my channel - Day 11 of our trip to New Zealand after a 1 night stopover at the Distinction hotel in Christchurch we we were taken by the coach captain on the coach to Christchurch Kiwi Rail train station to travel on the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Arthur's pass where the coach collected us & took us on to our next 2 night stopover at Franz Joseph

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Tranzalpine Express Day Trip

In which we take a day trip across the South Island if New Zealand from Christchurch to Greymouth on the scenic Tranzalpine Express.

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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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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New Zealand - TranzAlpine Train Trip - One of Top 10 Train trips in the World - 27 Feb 2012 #1

This was a tour of discovery, featuring spectacular scenery. From Christchurch, New Zealand we traveled by road to Springfield, New Zealand at the foothills of the Southern Alps. At Springfield, we boarded the world famous TranzAlpine train to travel through the Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass viewing the alpine scenery. The TranzAlpine is renowned as one of the top ten train journeys in the world.

TranzAlpine Train in 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 high.

It's perhaps the most scenic train ride in New Zealand, and one of the most scenic train trips anywhere in the world. The TranzAlpine, run by New Zealand train operator KiwiRail as part of their Great Journeys of New Zealand division, runs once daily between Christchurch, Arthur's Pass and Greymouth on the South Island's west coast, through the amazing misty mountain scenery of the Southern Alps. The journey takes 4½ hours, and if you like you can go there and back in a day with an hour in Greymouth. Or take the TranzAlpine one-way, and connect with buses down the west coast to Franz Josef Glacier. Although I rate the North Island's Northern Explorer from Auckland to Wellington as a far more historic and epic route, and in many ways almost equally scenic, you certainly won't regret buying a ticket for the TranzAlpine! This page explains the TranzAlpine's timetable, fares, how to buy the cheapest tickets, and what there is to see on the journey.

The train has become increasingly popular, and carried 204,000 passengers in the financial year ending 2007. By 2016, passenger numbers were approximately 130,000 a year, but rising again after the setback of the Christchurch earthquake, and were exceeding pre-earthquake levels.

A journey on the Tranz-Alpine...
You should check in at least 20 minutes before departure at Christchurch's passenger railway station. This small modern rail terminal opened in 1993 in the suburb of Addington, about 3 km southwest of Christchurch city centre. You check-in at the desks in the main entrance hall, where you are allocated your seat numbers. Heavy baggage must be checked in to the baggage car. The station stands in the middle of an unremarkable industrial estate, but this whole area was once the massive Addington railway works where many of New Zealand Railways' locomotives and rolling stock were made. There's little left to show for it now! Christchurch's original railway station was located on Moorhouse Avenue immediately to the south of the city centre. Until the recent earthquake, the old station building, completed in 1960 to a design first published in 1938, still existed and was being used as the 'Science Alive' entertainment centre. It's now been demolished.

The TranzAlpine leaves Christchurch at 08:15, and within ten minutes the Addington cement works and freight yards give way to small wooden suburban bungalows. Minutes later the train is crossing flat open farmland, doing 60mph across the Canterbury plain heading relentlessly towards the snow-capped Southern Alps on the horizon.

The train passes fields of sheep, cattle, and red deer, passes the small commuter town of Darfield, and the first tentative foothills appear. At around 9am the train calls at Springfield, where fresh muffins are loaded aboard for the cafe-bar...

At around 09:20 the TranzAlpine starts its climb into the Southern Alps, with views of the stunning Waimakiriri River gorge to the right.

As it climbs, the train crosses a series of steel girder bridges over deep gorges and through a series of short tunnels. The highest viaduct is the famous 'Staircase', 73 metres above the river. The scenery here is spectacular.

By about 09:40, the train reaches a grassy plateau dotted with hills. Hills give way to more mountains, liberally hung with mist.

At 10:15 the TranzAlpine stops at Arthurs Pass station, surrounded by yet more mist-laden mountains, and there's time to get out , stretch your legs and take photographs.

Almost immediately after leaving Arthurs Pass the train enters the Otira Tunnel. At 8.6 kilometres long, it's one of the longest tunnels in New Zealand. It was only completed in 1923, allowing direct train travel from east to west across the South Island. This section of line was once electrified, but now a door closes behind each train, allowing the train to act as a huge piston, forcing the diesel fumes out.

Just the other side of the tunnel is Otira itself, where the TranzAlpine makes a very brief call. Otira was a railway town, running the railway that kept the coal flowing from the west coast coalfields to Christchurch and the rest of New Zealand.

The train now follows a deep valley containing a broad shallow river. It crosses that river on a low bridge several times. Ever more mist-laden mountains flank the valley, a wonderful part of the journey. Watch out for waterfalls...

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My New Zealand trip - TranzAlpine

2nd day in NZ where I took the scenic train from Christchurch to Greymouth.
Train started at 8.30am from Christchurch. Arrived at Greymouth around 1pm.

This 4 hours journey introduced me to the spectacular landscape in NZ, and officially kicked off my amazing solo trip for the next 14 days.

Scenic Highlights of the TranzAlpine in Winter

Experience the South Island’s striking natural landscape by taking a train between Christchurch and Greymouth. Along this journey you’ll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest.

The TranzAlpine is one of the world's great train journeys covering 223 kilometres (139 miles) one-way, taking just under 5 hours. You’ll traverse the majestic Canterbury Plains, to the backdrop of the mighty Southern Alps - the journey of a lifetime.

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Why did this kiwi couple love the TranzAlpine so much?

Wonderful views, happy people, just enjoying the journey together.
It exceeded my expectations and I would do it again. Murray and Marie have been thinking about taking the TranzAlpine train journey for a while. Now retired and more time on their hands, they finally jumped on board. They absolutely loved the train journey from Christchurch to Greymouth, especially the huge variety of scenery and friendly crew.

The TranzAlpine train runs daily from Christchurch to Greymouth and back. The return journey can be done as a day trip. With large panoramic windows and an open air viewing carriage, you can take in the stunning scenery of the Southern Alps and ice-feed gorges of the South Island.

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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.

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

TranzAlpine Train NZ

A journey on the TranzAlpine train from Greymouth to Christchurch where a tipsy, bare-footed lady stuck her head out of the window but fortunately missed decapitating herself on a post or tunnel entrance!

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