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Christchurch to Greymouth Day Excursion

Christchurch to Greymouth Day Excursion route mapThe Christchurch to Greymouth day excursion is a scenic rail journey on the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass and Greymouth through the Southern Alps, 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 - the commercial centre of the South Island's west coast.

There is a 1 hour stop at Greymouth where you can explore this town and experience west coast hospitality before your train returns to Christchurch.

The TranzAlpine train carriages have 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 of the South Island, GPS triggered journey commentary in five languages at your seat via passenger headphones, plus overhead information displays.

Christchurch to Greymouth train near the Waimakariri RiverEach carriage is centrally heated in winter and air conditioned in summer, washroom/toilet facilities, '2 Seat-Aisle-2 Seat' forward facing seats with head rests or 'Table Group' (4 people around a table) seating allowing to experience the amazing views of the magnificent North Island, through panoramic side and roof windows, while enjoying the company of other passengers.

The TranzAlpine 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 Christchurch to Greymouth train day excursion is a reserved seating 'One Class/ Non-smoking' service.

The Christchurch to Greymouth train day excursion operates daily, departing Christchurch 8.15am and returns to Christchurch 6.05pm.

This train day excursion does not operate on Christmas Day - 25 December.

Departs Christchurch 8.15am and returns Christchurch 6.05pm.

For online fares and reservations.

This train is a reserved seating 'One Class/Non-smoking' service.

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