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AVAILABILITY  FOR THE COASTAL PACIFIC and NORTHERN EXPLORER TRAIN ARE NOW POSTED  ON OUR WEBSITE.  AVAILABILITY AND PRICES ARE POSTED FOR TRAVEL ONLY FROM  25TH SEPTEMBER TO MARCH 2023. 

 

 COASTAL PACIFIC Operating days: 29 SEP 2022 – 30 APR 2023 Thursday to Sunday
NORTHERN EXPLORER Operating days: Northbound (Wednesday, Friday & Sunday) | Southbound (Monday, Thursday & Saturday)
Northern Explorer Scheduled Track Maintenance: 20-24 October 2022 | 25 December 2022-09 January 2023 | 27-30 January 2023 | 3-6 February 2023 | 7-10 April 2023 All full cancellations No bus replacements. 
TRANZ ALPINE Operating days: 14 JAN 22 – 24 DEC 22 Friday to Monday | 26 DEC 22 – 27 APR 23 7 days a week
 TranzAlpine Scheduled Track Maintenance - May 28-30 | July 23-24 | August 13-15 | October 16-17  All full cancellations No bus replacements. 

 

Face masks are now mandatory on all journeys, except when consuming food or drink.
We understand that Covid-19 continues to add uncertainty to planning. Should there be cancellation of services due to Covid 19 restrictions, we will offer affected customers a transfer to an alternative date, a credit for 12 months, or a refund, regardless of the fare purchased less a $30 processing fee for the entire reservation.
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The Tranz Alpine

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About the journey

The TranzAlpine train operates 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 non-smoking, reserved seating 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 Days

 

TRANZ ALPINE operating days. 14 JAN – 24 DEC Friday to Monday | 26 DEC– 27 APR 7 days a week

 

TranzAlpine Scheduled Track Maintenance - May 28-30 | July 23-25 | August 13-15 All full cancellations No bus replacements. 

 

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.