TranzAlpine Train: Seating is a lottery - See 3,493 traveller reviews, 1,917 candid photos, and great deals for Christchurch, New Zealand, at Tripadvisor. - Hello, I am about to book seats on the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth. I would still recommend this journey, but be aware that you could be very unlucky with your seat allocation, in which case it is a waste if money. You have roughly an hour in Greymouth if you’re heading back to Christchurch on the same day, the train leaves at 1.45pm and arrives back in Christchurch at approximately 6pm. Australia & the Pacific - Tranzalpine train - which side? TranzAlpine Train: A "Must Do" in New Zealand - See 3,494 traveler reviews, 1,923 candid photos, and great deals for Christchurch, New Zealand, at Tripadvisor. TranzAlpine Train: Great experience - See 3,493 traveler reviews, 1,917 candid photos, and great deals for Christchurch, New Zealand, at Tripadvisor. Answer 1 of 18: This world famous train ride has often been commented upon on this forum with some travellers saying how great the trip was and others referring to the trip as average. Surely, it would not be difficult to have a seat allocation policy when people book so that those who plan in advance are given the opportunity to secure good seats. The train departs Christchurch at 8.15am every day and arrives in Greymouth at 12.45pm.
Ingrid Travels on KiwiRail Staff member: Ingrid // Trip date: Sep 2013 Back in 2007 I travelled on the TranzAlpine train, the most popular of the scenic trains in New Zealand. They then issue you with your seat allocation and you can hop on board!