The TranzAlpine train has been cancelled until 30 January due to the closure of the line after recent severe weather. GOOD NEWS: The TranzAlpine train to Arthurs Pass is operating, see note below
UPDATE: The TranzAlpine train has been cancelled until 30 January due to the closure of the line after recent severe weather. As the roads are also closed, alternative transportation is not available.
 
GOOD NEWS: The TranzAlpine train to Arthurs Pass is operating, see note below
 
Unfortunately the recent adverse weather conditions in the South Island have caused a signifcant slip which has affected the TranzAlpine rail line beyond Otira and also caused road closures.
 
* TranzAlpine services for the Christchurch to Greymouth route and vice versa are cancelled.
* We are unable to accept any new bookings for the full TranzAlpine service until Monday 30th January.
* If the tracks are cleared sooner we will let you know.
 
It has been decided to continue running a Christchurch to Arthurs Pass rail service.
 
* This service is effective from Saturday 21 January to Wednesday 25th January inclusive.
* TranzAlpine will depart Christchurch at 0815 and Arthurs Pass at 1200 (returning into Christchurch at 1403)
* A decision on continuing this Arthurs Pass daytrip service beyond 25 Jan early next week.
 
We will continue to keep you updated as further information comes to hand.
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Train travel in New Zealand is a scenic experience

Each of the three scenic passenger rail journeys in New Zealand are unique, with views from the Northern Explorer train showing you the diverse countryside of the North Island - towering viaducts, spectacular gorges, hidden valleys, to the rugged coastline of the South Island, seen from the Coastal Pacific train to the mountain alpine scenery from the Tranz Alpine train. 

Travel in air conditioned, centrally heated, carpeted carriages that have an 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, GPS triggered journey commentary in five languages at your seat via headphones, plus information displays, overhead HD video and onboard washroom facilities.

Seating is comfortable '2 Seat-Aisle-2 Seat' reclining seats with head rests or 'Table Group' (4 people around a table) seating - great for families, small groups or meeting new friends.

For mobility-impaired passengers, there are spaces for wheel chairs and a disabled public toilet. Wheelchair hoists provide access to the cafe carriage from track level. For hearing-impaired passengers - a hearing loop covers all of the cafe carriage saloon and serving area. 

All long distance passenger trains have a cafe carriage serving a range of snacks, light meals and non-alcoholic/alcoholic drinks and open air viewing carriage.

Your friendly onboard train crew are there to provide assistance to make your travel a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

With connecting scenic coach services, you can travel south from either Greymouth or Christchurch to the West Coast Glaciers, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Invercargill, Mt Cook/Aoraki, Invercargill (for ferry services to Stewart Island), Dunedin or from Auckland to Paihia in the Bay of Islands and the thermal wonderland of Rotorua.

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Alternatively, you can use a Scenic Train/Bus Pass, which allows you to travel on New Zealand's long distance national passenger rail and bus travel networks at you own pace, at any time, in any direction, including ferry travel between the North and South Islands between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island and travel on modern buses and coaches to other tourist destinations, like Queenstown, Milford Sound, Mt Cook, the beautiful Bay of Islands and the thermal region of Rotorua to name a few destinations plus travel on New Zealand's long distance passenger train services and selected sightseeing tours.

Both Scenic Rail Passes and Scenic Train/Bus Passes are designed for the independent traveller whether its individuals, families or small groups who want to get the best out of their New Zealand holiday and experience the true beauty and benefits of train and bus travel and provides genuine savings off the standard adult fare - so the more you travel the better the value.

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