Train and bus Franz Josef to Christchurch
Travel Franz Josef to Christchurch via bus and train, starting with a scenic drive up the West Coast on an InterCity bus, then taking the TranzAlpine railway across the Southern Alps from Greymouth to Christchurch. Enjoy stunning scenery from your carriage, including vistas made famous by movies like the Lord of the Rings and Narnia sagas.
TranzAlpine trains depart daily from Greymouth Railway Station. The journey takes approximately nine hours including transfer time, arriving in Christchurch in the early evening.
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Christchurch sits on the Banks Peninsula, about halfway down the east coast of the South Island. Its proximity to the Southern Alps and the coast mean visitors can enjoy a wide range of attractions, from snow sports to surfing.
Christchurch's inner city suffered extensive damage in the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, but the resulting rebuild projects have injected a new vigour into its previously old-fashioned image. Enjoy the mix of old and new in this exciting city.