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Day trip to Arthur's Pass for train

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/01/2017

KiwiRail is offering day trips from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass while a slip prevents it from getting trains through to Greymouth.

The TranzAlpine service normally runs from Christchurch to Greymouth, but a large slip that happened during Wednesday's "weather bomb" has cut both the road and the railway on the western side of Otira. The slip is expected to take up to a week to be cleared.

"It's disappointing we have had to curtail the internationally acclaimed service because of the impact of extraordinary weather events," Scenic Journeys head Gavin Rutherford says.

"Because the road is also closed we cannot use buses to allow passengers to complete the journey to the West Coast," he said.

The service to Arthur's Pass will begin running on Saturday and will be reviewed early next week.

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