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Service Information:   As form 01 Oct 17 - The Christchurch/Arthurs Pass/Greymouth train services are operating * The Christchurch/Kaikoura/Blenheim/Picton train service has been suspended until October 2018 due to track damage between Christchurch and Picton resulting from the 14 Nov 16 North Canterbury earthquake * There are daily bus/coach services from Christchurch to Kaikoura and from Christchurch to Blenheim and Picton. For online travel times, fares and seat avaiability, please click on the above Bus Services link
Christchurch Passenger Train Services
Suburban Regional Commuter and Long Distance Rail Services
Christchurch Suburban and Regional Train Services  

There are no suburban and commuter passenger train/rail services within Christchurch or in the greater Christchurch region.

Long Distance Passenger Train Services

There are no Christchurch to Dunedin, Christchurch to Invercargill, Christchurch to Nelson, Christchurch to Mt Cook or Christchurch to Queenstown passenger train/ rail services, except for the combined train and bus travel services from Christchurch to Nelson, Westport, Hokitika, Franz Josef, Fox Glacier, Wanaka and Queenstown.

The TranzAlpine Train  

The TranzAlpine train travels between Christchurch, Arthurs Pass and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other.

From your carriage you’ll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River before ascending through the Southern Alps and descending through lush beech rain forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth – a great base for  visits to Punakaiki and the always popular glaciers - Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier.

The TranzAlpine carriages are centrally heated in winter and air conditioned in summer, with
forward facing seats with head rest or 'Table Group' (4 people around a table) seating. Both styles allow you to experience the amazing views through large panoramic windows,  while enjoying the company of other passengers on-board. 

The TranzAlpine train has an open air viewing carriage allows you to get even closer to the stunning scenery and provides many opportunities to photograph your favourite spots plus a Buffet Carriage offering a range of hot/cold drinks, snacks and light meals on route.

There are connecting bus and coach services at Greymouth to Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Punakaiki, Westport and Nelson.

The TranzAlpine train is reserved seating 'One Class/Non Smoking' service.

The TranzAlpine train does not operate of Christmas Day - 25 December.

For timetable information and online reservations

TranzAlpine train route map

The Coastal Pacific Train  

This service has been cancelled until further notice due to 14 Nov 16 earthquake track damage between Christchurch and Picton

The
Coastal Pacific train travels between Christchurch, Kaikoura, Blenheim to Picton - the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds. 

Your journey is a scenic feast, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. Travel through some of New Zealand’s finest horticultural and farmland areas, plus seals and penguins from the comfort of your carriage.

Along the way you pass though the village of Kaikoura, where you can break your journey to take in the whale watching or dare to get closer and swim with the dolphins.

All carriages are centrally heated/air conditioned, with forward facing seats with head rest or 'Table Group' (4 people around a table) seating that allow you to experience the amazing views through large panoramic windows.

The Coastal Pacific includes an open air viewing carriage where all your senses are awakened with the clean, fresh, sea air and a Buffet Carriage, offering a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and light meals.

There are connecting bus and coach services at Blenheim to Nelson.

The Coastal Pacific train is reserved seating 'One Class/Non Smoking' service.

The Coastal Pacific train does not operate of Christmas Day - 25 December.

The Coastal Pacific train connects with Cook Strait ferry sailings between Picton and Wellington.

For timetable information and online reservations

Coastal Pacific train route map

Coastal Pacific Train