Take in the South Island’s stunning mountains and the vast Canterbury Plains aboard the TranzAlpine. New Zealand’s finest inland rail journey.
Your Window to New Zealand
At the heart of our carriages' design are our spacious reclined seats, panoramic windows, glass shelves and skylights. These details bathe our carriages in light and deliver an incredible view of New Zealand's epic landscapes. We even sacrificed seat numbers to create spaciousness and extra-wide viewing angles.
By spreading the seats out, we also created generous amounts of leg room and comfort. And to heighten this comfort, we used state-of-the-art air bag suspension to guarantee a smooth ride across our rugged New Zealand terrain.
Quite simply, we have done everything we can to ensure you feel at peace as you sink back in your reclined seat and soak up the scenery.
Our journeys are all about relaxing and what could be more relaxing than sitting back with a freshly brewed speciality tea or barista coffee married with a sumptuous cake? Well, maybe you'd like to toast your special journey with a bottle of bubbles or an award-winning local wine? Or perhaps you'd prefer to keep it simple with a cold beer? Whatever it is that makes you smile inside, you are likely to find it in our licensed Café Carriage.
When it comes to food, our Café Carriage serves a broad menu of delights. From sweet or savoury snacks to tasty and substantial meals. Hot or cold, for young or old, we're sure to have something that tingles your taste buds and satisfies your appetite.
Open Air View Carriage
Nothing gets you closer to the great New Zealand scenery than our outdoor Viewing Carriages. These carriages have open sides and allow you to be genuinely outdoors while travelling across our great plains, through our dense forests, along our gorgeous coastlines and over our spectacular mountain passes.
The outdoor viewing carriage also provides uninterrupted views making the ideal spot for some amazing photos.
If you're travelling during the winter months be sure to pack a coat and hat as it can get a little chilly, especially in the alpine regions.
Follow the Stories of Our Land
Connect with the histories, legends and myths of New Zealand by tuning into our audio commentary system. We've packed a seamless stream of stories, narratives and facts about the places outside your window, which playback as we pass by them. Our passion is New Zealand and we want you to step off the train with an intimate knowledge of our land, our history, and our culture.
The audio commentary system is mounted in the arm of your chair. We provide you with a free headset to use for the journey, however you are welcome to use your own headphones if you prefer (the system used a standard mini headphone jack). The commentary is in both English and Mandarin.
Things to Know
Timetable (Christchurch to Greymouth)
Departs Christchurch 8:15 am
Arrives Rolleston 8:33 am
Departs Rolleston 8:34 am
Arrives Darfield 8:55 am
Departs Darfield 8:56 am
Arrives Springfield 9:19 am
Departs Springfield 9:20 am
Arrives Arthur's Pass 10:51 am
Departs Arthur's Pass 10:52 am
Arrives Otira 11:26 am
Departs Otira 11:26 am
Arrives Moana 12:05 am
Departs Moana 12:06 am
Arrives Greymouth 1:05 am
Departs Greymouth 2:05 am
One item of checked luggage per person with a maximum weight of 32kgs
Bags weighing over 23kg may require your assistance during loading/unloading
Bags over 32kg will not be accepted and must be repacked
Repack bags can be purchased for $10 (in addition to the $20 extra bag charge)
A maximum of two additional items of baggage per person may be purchased for $20 per piece
Maximum volume per bag is 200 linear cm (this is calculated by adding the height, length and width of the bag together together)
For more baggage information go to https://www.greatjourneysofnz.co.nz/tranzalpine/plan/baggage/
Other Amenities Include:
Baby changing facilities
Wheel Chair Accessibility.
Greymouth Railway Station is easily accessible from the town centre and is serviced by inter-city and local buses. There is no accessible parking available at the railway station.