Published on : Tuesday, October 31, 2017
“The TranzAlpine, one of the Great Journeys of New Zealand, has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the country’s most popular attractions with local and overseas tourists,” says KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy.
“The idea for the TranzAlpine was born more than 30 years ago, after it became clear how much passengers on our Christchurch-to-Greymouth service enjoyed the scenery on their journey.
“In November 1987, the first TranzAlpine Express began running. Carriages were refurbished, a buffet service and alcove-style seating was introduced, and the viewing experience was enhanced with panoramic windows.
“We’ve come a long way since then, and today our passengers also enjoy an open-air viewing platform and commentary which regularly garners rave reviews. The service has become a New Zealand icon that has been named among the world’s top train journeys by publications including National Geographic and The Travel Luxury Expert.
“What hasn’t changed is the stunning scenery they pass on their journey, including the Canterbury Plains and their famous ‘braided’ rivers, dramatic gorges and river valleys, High Country sheep stations, beech forests and the Southern Alps themselves.
“Over the years, the TranzAlpine has gained a firm following both nationally and internationally, and it’s become a must-do for many Kiwis as well as overseas visitors.
“The TranzAlpine is also proud to be an integral part of communities such as Greymouth, whose support and warm welcome of our passengers has helped ensure the service’s success. In return, our train brings valuable tourism dollars to local businesses. We carry around 55,000 passengers a year into Greymouth, and West Coast Tourism estimates that the TranzAlpine brings in excess of $15 million per annum to the region.
“We invite both returning and new passengers to come and experience the journey for themselves, as we celebrate 30 years of a New Zealand icon.”
Passengers who travel from Christchurch to Greymouth or vice versa on the TranzAlpine on 1 and 22 November will receive a special limited edition gift. On-board the TranzAlpine is also serving a special Monteith’s TranzAlpine beer which has been brewed just for this occasion.
Source:- Kiwi Rail
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