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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Nice train ride and great to have small group. Our driver/guide did a great job of taking care of us.

Jennifer F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

We were very fortunate to have an experienced , knowledgeable and professional guide for the day.
Please pass on our many thanks to Michael

Peter J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

Our guide Chris was wonderful, it was just my husband and myself. Train trip was fantastic, Chris met us at Arthurs Pass station and showed us around the National Park, due to the Coast to Coast race being on we had a picnic lunch instead, which was a wonderful idea beside a beautiful lake. I would highly recommend this tour to family and friends, out of ten I would rate this a 10. Thank you Chris for a wonderful day.

Eric M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

What a great day! We had guide Sally all to ourselves and boy did she know her stuff! We saw and learned all sorts of details we would never have found on our own. Thank you for a great day out!

Bettyann T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2011

The trip was superb. The tour in the van was better than the train.

Lynette K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2011

A great day out the train trip was great and the Guided tour through Arthurs Pass was fantastic. The tour guide was excellent.

Chris Hord Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2011

Fairly expensive tour compared to other tours we had joined at Viator However, the scenery that we have seen is very nice.

Janny P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2011

We saw some of the most breathtaking views of natural landforms we have ever experienced during this trip - well worth every cent. Advice - a DVD of the Trans Alpine trip is available on the train which is worth buying. The return from Arthur's Pass by small bus was also very good with more beautiful scenery.

Michael W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2011

Excelent trip higly recommend it! The train open view platform can be busy but you can see just as much from your seat. The guide was great with a fountain of knowledge on the area.

Daniel J USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2010

My tour guide was great, knowledgeable, accommodating and a fantastic tour guide. I would highly recommend this tour!!!!

Filomena P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2010

The highlight of our trip. The owners and our personal tour guides, were excellent. They took care of us and made sure that we enjoyed our trip. We definitely would recommend this tour.

Jennifer T Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2010

This would have to be the best tour that I had been on. The guide John very informative and most of all the tour went ahead even though I was the only in the tour for that day. Train journey was spectacular and the vehicle used was comfortable. Morning Tea and Lunch acceptable. Most enjoyable day!

Karen R Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2010

From the moment of booking this trip everything was handled in a swift and professional manner. Our guide on the trip, John, could not be faulted. He was extremely knowledgeable, his manners were impeccable, his vehicle spotless and the places he took us to were amazing. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who, not only wants to learn about New Zealand,but who wants to see places that are not necessarily on the usual tourist map.

Cynthia P Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2010

Rail tour was good but highlight was the guided tour in the afternoon. Informative, local guide provided us with one of the highlights of our stay in NZ. Worth every penny and would do again!

C J H New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2008

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole tour from the TranzAlpine ride through the southern alps with the magnificent views of snow covered mountains, to a van tour around so many breathtaking sights we have never seen before our tour guide & partner were fantastic hosts got on really well will have to come back one day.

Piebald pickles United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

Brilliant day - fantastic driver/guide.

Michael H United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

A super day out. Fantastic part of the world. Tour guide was excellent.

Harry Saputra

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2016

My tour leader: Chris Platt is very nice person. he is friendly and helpful.
I like the national park, amazing..

Bonnie G

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2014

It was a beautiful day which would make any activity pretty great. Our guide Gavin was very knowledgeable and a excellent source of information about the natural environment surrounding us. One of the best things about this trip is you get to experience the train ride an d vistas, yet get off before it becomes boring. Commentary on the train was good. Scenery was awesome and the lunch was very good at Beally's hotel. It turned out to only be my husband and I in the tour, so we reaped the benefits of a very personalized tour. A great experience.

Carol D

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2009

Fantastic scenery and guide.

Rochelle S

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2007

Extremely enjoyable, marvelous scenery, the guide was informative and friendly (plus from the same county in England as we are) and took us to all the best places for great views. We were lucky with fantastic weather also.

James L

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2011

Outstanding-highly recommend. Alan our guide was great- lots of knowledge

Philip S

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
February 2008

Due to poor weather, scenery very poor so trip could have been a lot better, more walking etc, instead of riding in a van with fogged up windows!


1 star rating: I do not recommend this
March 2016

Not worth our time.


1 star rating: I do not recommend this
February 2016

This did not live up to our expectations. We had expected four short walks up at Arthur's Pass and all we got was a drive through Otari which I would not show to anyone, two photo stops with no walks, and one walk on the way back at Castle Hill. Lunch was good and the guide/driver very pleasant. However there was no delicious morning or afternoon tea and no several short bush walks as youre guided along riverside paths in the forest.
We had expected to get out and enjoy the fresh air, but simply sat in a train and then in a van. The road trip back was in some ways more scenic than the rail trip but the weather had brightened up at that stage.
This trip was far too expensive for what it delivered and I would not recommend it.

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