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TranzAlpine Train Tours and Activities

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The TranzAlpine Train is New Zealand’s most spectacular train journey, one which winds its way through the dramatic gorges and alpine forests of the Southern Alps, over staggering viaducts and dizzying mountain passes. From Christchurch on the East Coast to Greymouth on the West Coast, this almost 5-hour trip serves up endless photo opportunities as it runs through the heart of the South Island.

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Operates daily, 8:15am - 6:05pm
Christchurch Railway Station, Troup Drive, Addington, Christchurch, 8024
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TranzAlpine Train Pass from Christchurch to Greymouth

TranzAlpine Train Pass from Christchurch to Greymouth

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Ride a train through the Southern Alps on a remarkable scenic journey aboard the TranzAlpine Train. Choose between three different segments of the TranzAlpine Train route, then enjoy views of native beech forest, the powerful Waimakariri River, and Arthur's Pass National Park from a comfortable carriage or open viewing deck. For getting the history and context of the landmarks along the railway, GPS-triggered audio commentary is available on headphones at every seat.
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  • 4 hours 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.12
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$135.12

Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch

Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch

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Travel by TranzAlpine railway to Arthur's Pass National Park, riding across the Canterbury Plains, then winding through Waimakariri Gorge and into the heart of the Southern Alps on this day trip from Christchurch.  An informative guide takes you on a minivan tour of Arthur's Pass, including short rain forest walks past rivers to mountain vistas at Castle Hill. Enjoy a hotel lunch and light refreshments before the return trip via Waimak Gorge. This small-group tour is limited to eight participants, ensuring a more personalized experience.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$415.82
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TranzAlpine Southern Alps Train Journey between Greymouth to Christchurch

TranzAlpine Southern Alps Train Journey between Greymouth to Christchurch

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Board a train through New Zealand's Southern Alps on a gorgeous rail journey from Greymouth to Arthur's Pass and Christchurch. You have the option to ride one segment of the mountainous route, or take the entire 4.5-hour journey, passing wide-open views, rugged peaks, and vast forests of native beech. Personal headsets with GPS-triggered audio commentary tell the story of the communities and places you'll pass, with a combination of seats and open-air viewing decks for a comfortable ride.
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  • 4 hours 26 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.12
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$135.12

Coastal Pacific Journey - Christchurch to Picton by Train

Coastal Pacific Journey - Christchurch to Picton by Train

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Perhaps New Zealand’s most scenic railway, the Coastal Pacific follows the South Island’s rugged Kaikoura coastline, with dramatic windblown seascapes to the right and enormous, native bush-clad mountains to the left. The journey by train from Christchurch to Picton offers an unrivaled opportunity to enjoy this landscape’s rugged beauty in comfort and class.
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  • 5 hours 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.81
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7-Day South Island Coastal Splendor Tour from Christchurch

7-Day South Island Coastal Splendor Tour from Christchurch

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Experience the coastal splendor of New Zealand’s South Island on this 7-day tour by coach and Taieri Gorge Railway from Christchurch. Hear live onboard commentary as you travel through the Canterbury Plains to the historic city of Dunedin, then head to Queenstown and Franz Josef Glacier via the rugged west coast before returning to Christchurch on the TranzAlpine. Your itinerary includes six nights’ accommodation, a Milford Sound cruise and a guided sightseeing tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula with admission to the royal albatross colony.
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  • 7 days
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$1,655.11
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International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket

International Antarctic Center General Admission Ticket

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Learn about Antarctic landscapes, wildlife and explorers with tickets to the International Antarctic Center in Christchurch, an award-winning experience that combines fun and education. Try to weather a harsh Antarctic storm, then hear about life on the remote Scott Base and spend some quality time with the Center’s adorable Little Blue penguins. Enjoy Hagglund rides and 4D shows, and enter the 'cuddle zone,' where you can meet, snuggle and pet the fluffy Huskies that explorers historically used to pull their Antarctic dogsleds.
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  • 1 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.17
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$34.17

Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch

Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch

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Experience the natural treasures of New Zealand on a Kaikoura whale-watching cruise. Look for impressive sperm whales along with migrating humpbacks and southern right whales, and search the waters for orcas and other dolphins as an experienced guide shares informative commentary. Visit a New Zealand fur seal colony on land, glimpse the snowy peaks of the Kaikoura Ranges and top off your full-day tour with a wine-tasting in North Canterbury. Includes optional lunch, with round-trip hotel transport from Christchurch to the picturesque town of Kaikoura.
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  • 11 hours
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$230.13
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Tramway Restaurant 4 Course Dinner Service through Christchurch

Tramway Restaurant 4 Course Dinner Service through Christchurch

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Enjoy a 4-course dinner aboard the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant and travel in heritage style through the city center, round-trip from Cathedral Junction. Relax and enjoy views of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Avon River from your window-side table. The journey in this elegant restaurant on wheels includes a welcome drink upon arrival, with tea and coffee to accompany your gourmet meal, served by professional waitstaff.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$86.15
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$86.15

Christchurch Hop-On Hop-Off Tram

Christchurch Hop-On Hop-Off Tram

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Travel the full circuit aboard the Christchurch Tramway, which departs regularly. Use your ticket to hop on and hop off at 17 stops and create your own sightseeing itinerary. Drivers provide live commentary on the landmarks of this South Island city. Bonus: children up to age 15 travel free.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$17.43
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Akaroa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Christchurch

Akaroa Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Christchurch

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Discover volcanic landscapes and breathtaking scenery on New Zealand’s South Island on this 9.5-hour Akaroa day trip from Christchurch. Take in top attractions including Governor’s Bay, Gebbies Pass, Lake Ellesmere and Lake Forsyth with your guide. Ascend the Banks Peninsula for beautiful views over Akaroa Harbour and the volcanic crater. Then, sample locally made cheeses and admire colonial architecture around Akaroa. Cruise by catamaran into the harbor where diverse marine and bird life thrives, including rare Hector’s dolphins. Upgrade your tour to enjoy a delicious lunch in Akaroa Village.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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$156.91
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Christchurch Gondola Ride Ticket

Christchurch Gondola Ride Ticket

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Take an aerial journey on the Christchurch Gondola to the Port Hills crater rim and Mt Cavendish summit. At the summit complex — revamped since the 2011 earthquake — you’re rewarded with views of the cityscape, the Canterbury Plains and Lyttelton Harbour. Upgrade for admission to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens including a caterpillar bus tour, or go punting by flat-bottomed boat on the Avon River.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.41
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Arthur's Pass Full-Day Tour Includes TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch

Arthur's Pass Full-Day Tour Includes TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch

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Explore the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps on this Arthur’s Pass day tour from Christchurch. Travel through the pastureland of the Canterbury Plains to Springfield with your guide. Hop aboard your TranzAlpine train and journey through the Waimakariri Gorge. Explore the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass in the Otira Gorge and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Visit a sheep farm, and admire native birdlife in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Upgrade to include a hair-raising jet-boat ride on the mighty Waimakariri River!
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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$261.52
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What are TranzAlpine Train hours of operation?
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TranzAlpine Train hours of operation: Operates daily, 8:15am - 6:05pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book TranzAlpine Train tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since TranzAlpine Train can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit TranzAlpine Train 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to TranzAlpine Train costs USD 17.43. Guided TranzAlpine Train tours start around USD 17.43 per person.
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