Christchurch to Greymouth by Train

From East to West Coast by Rail

The TranzAlpine train traverses the rugged and breathtaking scenery of the South Island, and passes through some of New Zealand's most iconic towns as part the journey. Whether you're looking for a gorgeous scenic escape or a tranquil and relaxed way to get to some of New Zealand's favourite destinations, the TranzAlpine train is the perfect way to travel.

Take the train from vibrant Christchurch to Greymouth and back, or stop in at one of the destinations the train passes through. On the way, the TranzAlpine will travel through Rolleston, Darfield, Springfield, Cass, Arthur's Pass, Otira, Jacksons, Moana and Kokiri.

The TranzAlpine train journey will treat you to some of the most stunning scenery the South Island. From the rolling, lush farmland of the Canterbury Plains, the looming beauty of Arthur's Pass, and the majestic Southern Alps to the untouched and wild West Coast, the TranzAlpine sees the best of what the New Zealand landscape has to offer.

Discover Christchurch

Before boarding the TranzAlpine train, be sure to get a taste of all that Christchurch has to offer. Explore the area's rich culture and local hot-spots at one of the many museums and cafes such as C1, or take a ride on the famous Christchurch Gondola for 360 degree views of the cityscape, Canterbury plains, Southern Alps and other surrounds.

It's impossible to visit this charming 'Garden City' without admiring the resilience and creativity of the locals. Be sure to pay a visit to the Gap Filler project sites such as Pallet Pavilion and take a visit to the 'Cardboard Cathedral'. Plus, don't forget to take advantage of Christchurch's most well-known attractions, and visit the Willowbank Wildlife Park, Avon River, and the romantic Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Arrive in gorgeous Greymouth

Once you have arrived by train to Greymouth, take your pick of what to see and do - there's plenty happening in this historic location. Be sure to explore the town's rich history of gold mining, coal mining pounamu jade stone at History House Museum. You can even give gold mining a go yourself at Shantytown in Paroa, or fossick for your own piece of pounamu on the rugged West Coast beaches.

Other must-do's to add to your Greymouth itinerary are to check out the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki, taste the local beer at Monteith's brewery, and to try the wide range of adventure activities such as black water rafting and hiking the West Coast trails.

Stopovers on the way

Taking the Christchurch to Greymouth train gives you the flexibility to stop off at one of the great destinations along the way. It's just $10 per person, per stopover.

Choose from taking a scenic horse trek in quaint Springfield, meet cheeky keas at Arthur's Pass National Park, or cruise Lake Brunner when you stopover in Moana - there's plenty to choose from.

Travelling on the TranzAlpine train

Travelling from Christchurch to Greymouth by train means an unrivalled opportunity for stunning views of the landscape. The train's new, world-class carriages offer panoramic side and sky view windows for gorgeous scenery without moving from your seat, or you can take advantage of the open air viewing carriage for the perfect, unobstructed photo opportunity - there's nothing between you and the surrounds.

Our on-board licensed cafe has a wide selection of snacks, meals and beverages to keep you refreshed during the journey. And with generous luggage allowances, you won't have to leave anything behind. 

If you're looking for the perfect way to explore the South Island and all its wonders, scenery, and attractions, there's no better option than to board the TranzAlpine train. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, unrivalled scenery and fantastic service for the ultimate Christchurch to Greymouth train trip - it's the best way to discover the treasures of our beautiful country in style and comfort!