• Patrick McBride

Train Tickets in Demand

The TranzAlpine train service will hit the tracks these school holidays with numbers beyond belief.

Lara Thomas tending to bookings at the Greymouth i-Site Visitor Centre this afternoon

PHOTO: Patrick McBride

The Christchuch to Greymouth train trip which resumes this week has proved to be a popular choice for domestic travelers wanting to take the scenic ride. Extra carriages have been added to help with demand as bookings exceeded expectations.

The Greymouth Visitor Centre at the railway station has been fielding loads of calls.

"We have been inundated with people phoning up which is great, many are staying in Greymouth overnight so the benefits will be awesome for town," General Manager Gina Ashworth said.

Greymouth Seaside Top 10 Holiday Park has noticed an uptake in bookings.

"We have defiantly noticed an increase in accommodation, it's good news and will be great to see kiwis out and about," Steph Levien said.

The TranzAlpine will return on July 4 at the special rate of $75, one way and will be operating a daily service throughout the school holidays, ending on July 19. After that, they will be running weekends for the remainder of the month.

With so much interest in the service, TranzAlpine will look to run a four day a week service Friday - Monday in September, October and November. Some dates will be unavailable due to scheduled closures.