UPDATE: Services to return for the summer!

We are pleased to announce that the Northern Explorer and Coastal Pacific trains will be returning to the tracks this spring and summer. Following the success of the TranzAlpine's return work is underway rescheduling the remaining services.

If you would like to be kept up to date with our services and developments, then please sign up to our News Group and we’ll be in touch soon. If you are booked to travel then please do not worry, we will be in touch very soon. We will be back with further information once we have confirmed dates and are ready to take bookings.

The TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth return will run on Saturdays and Sundays only in August, daily in the 26 Sep - 11 Oct school holidays. and on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays only from September to November 2020. Bookings are open for these dates. A winter special rate of $75 per seat each way applies in August. Fares start from $129 each way from September to November.

Cook Strait ferry bookings and some daytours and bus routes are also open for sale. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries on 0800 143 669 or info@newzealandtravelteam.com

 

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The Tranz Alpine is now open for bookings for travel from July - November 2020 

About the journey

The Tranz Alpine train operates daily between Christchurch, Arthurs Pass and Greymouth - from the east coast to the west coast of New Zealand's South Island. 

Travelling 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 Carriages

The train's carriages have an advanced air bag suspension system for quieter and smoother travel, un-tinted, non-reflective, panoramic side and roof windows to capture the beauty of the Southern Alps and alpine forest landscape views of the central South 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.

Each 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 you to experience the amazing views of the magnificent South Island, through panoramic side and roof windows, while enjoying the company of other passengers.

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.

The Tranz Alpine train is a reserved seating 'One Class/Non-smoking' service.

Disabilities?

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.

Operating Hours

The Tranz Alpine is running on selected dates from July to November 2020.

Stops along the route include Rolleston, Darfield, Springfield, Arthurs Pass, Otira, Moana (Lake Brunner) and Kokiri.

More Details

You can travel from Greymouth along the west coast down to Franz Josef, Fox Glacier, Wanaka, Queenstown, Milford Sound or up to Punakaiki, Westport, Nelson and back to Christchurch by scenic bus/coach.

There is also a range of suggested 'Hop On/Hop Off' bus pass travel options available.

You can take a day excursion from Christchurch to either Arthurs Pass or Greymouth travelling on the Tranz Alpine train.

So, sit back and enjoy a genuine kiwi rail experience through the rugged Southern Alps and alpine rainforests of the South Island.

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