Greymouth to Christchurch by Train
From West to East Coast by Rail
The TranzAlpine train takes you through some of New Zealand’s most dramatic scenery. It’s the perfect way to travel, whether you’re traveling from Greymouth to Christchurch by train, or returning from the West Coast. On the way, you’ll pass through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, over a series of viaducts to the dizzy heights of Arthur’s Pass, crossing the Southern Alps to reach the wildly beautiful West Coast and seeing the country in all its spectacular variety.
And if you want to do more than simply pass through, if you choose to explore more deeply the many wonders, sights and experiences you’ll find along the way from Christchurch to Greymouth by train, the TranzAlpine is the easy, relaxed way to do it.
Before boarding the Greymouth to Christchurch train, make sure you explore the region’s rich history, shaped by gold, coal, pounamu jade and rugged isolation. Be a gold miner for a day at Shantytown in Paroa, try the local beer at Monteiths brewery in Greymouth, or go further afield to the awe-inspiring Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki.
Christchurch, the gateway to the South
If your journey begins in Christchurch, The Garden City, you’ll be in the colourful midst of the more than 740 parks which give the city its name. While you’re in Christchurch, go punting on the Avon River, visit the Ferrymead Heritage Park, the International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch Casino, or the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. And don’t leave town without taking advantage of all that’s available to you just outside the city limits: the charming French settlement of Akaroa, the skifields of Mt Hutt, and the alpine hot pools of Hanmer Springs.
Stopovers on the way
On the way, stop over at Moana on Lake Brunner and take a walk in the native bush, or get off at the Arthur’s Pass train station to explore an alpine National Park and meet the keas – New Zealand’s cheeky native parrots.
Stopovers can be booked for $10 per person, per stopover, and are a great way to add flexibility to your train journey.
Travelling on the TranzAlpine Train
The world famous TranzAlpine train features new, world class carriages designed to provide passengers with the best scenic experience. Huge panoramic side and sky view windows give stunning at-seat views, while the open-air carriage means there is nothing between you and that perfect photo opportunity.
The train has an on-board licensed café with a selection of snacks, meals, and beverages which you can enjoy while listening to the GPS triggered at-seat audio commentary.
Whatever your itinerary, and whichever of the wonders of the South Island you’re eager to explore, the train from Greymouth to Christchurch or Christchurch to Greymouth, is the best way to enjoy your trip. Ignore the traffic, fold away your road-maps, sit back, relax and enjoy the view, so you arrive at your destination refreshed and ready for adventure, with KiwiRail’s TranzAlpine.