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Arthur's Pass National Park
Arthur's Pass National Park

Arthur's Pass National Park

West Coast Road, Arthur's Pass, 7654

The Basics

The main attraction in Arthur’s Pass National Park is its many hiking trails, ranging from the family-friendly Arthur’s Pass Walking Track to the formidable multi-day Mingha-Deception and Three Passes tracks. Most offer grand views of forests, valleys, rivers, waterfalls, and more. You can also take a mountain-bike ride, go skiing or snowboarding, or climb Mount Rolleston. For history buffs, a Cobb & Co. stagecoach and the newly restored Jacks Hut offer a glimpse back to a time of gold rushes and dangerous road building.

Many full-day or multi-day tours explore Arthur’s Pass from Christchurch, and include a ride on the TranzAlpine railway as well as hotel pickup and drop-off.

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Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
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Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
US$396,02 per adult
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Best tour of our holiday
A fantastic day out. Dave was our guide and really looked after us. From organising our train seats and taking us to out of the way places to telling us the local stories and history Dave was an interesting and knowledgeable guide.
meganjbrown, Jan 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Christchurch

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Great time in Aurthers Pass
Timothy_M, Jan 2023
Arthur's Pass Full-Day Tour Includes TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch
Graham was a great guide, showed us all the best scenery stops and stopped at the sheep farm for a steering demonstration, sheep dog was amazing.
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Our driver was very...
Susanne_S, Jan 2023
TranzAlpine Train, Arthur's Pass & Castle Hill Day Trip from Christchurch
Our driver was very knowledgeable and able to tell interesting things. Also he was really caring, making sure everyone was on board.
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Great trip
Kelly_W, Jan 2023
TranzAlpine Train, Arthur's Pass & Castle Hill Day Trip from Christchurch
This trip was a good mixture of train, bus travel and hiking. Enjoyed it immensely. Our guide was very informative and friendly.
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Not to be missed
cynthia_u, Jan 2023
Arthur's Pass Full-Day Tour Includes TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch
the train ride is superb. the seats are quite comfortable and commentary is very informative. the tour leader Jud was also very good. the sheep station was also informative and the sheep dog Ned did a quite impressive job with the sheep. Toby Hill who is a world class shearer also was quite good. the tea and cookies hit the spot. the only issue was the van itself which had a tendency to stall at inappropriate locations but we made it
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Do it, even in the rain
Guilford_P, Dec 2022
Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Our guide, Sue, was perfect - positive, down to earth, thoughtful, knowledgeable, responsive. She thought of everything to make it a great experience on a cold rainy day - umbrellas, rain jackets, hot tea, brownies - even pellets to feed the sheep on a break on the way home.
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The train trip is very...
Roy_R, Dec 2022
Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
The train trip is very interesting. The mini bus took us further and also to interesting places we would not have found/ stopped at if we had driven ourselves.
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Who could ask for more.
graeme_s, Jan 2023
TranzAlpine Train, Arthur's Pass & Castle Hill Day Trip from Christchurch
An excellent, well-organised trip with a friendly and helpful guide called AJ. Both the train journey to Arthur’s Pass and the journey back were informative and very enjoyable. Lots of stops to go and explore the beautiful scenery. A full day, in sunshine, who could ask for more?
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A fabulous tour
Lyn_D, Jan 2023
TranzAlpine Train, Arthur's Pass & Castle Hill Day Trip from Christchurch
This tour was spectacular. The train journey was beautiful but the value add was the journey back with lots of very interesting and scenic stops. Our guide Anuj was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic he really made our day. Highly recommend
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Kea Sighting.
Elaine_P, Dec 2022
Arthur's Pass Full-Day Tour Includes TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch
We had a great rapport with small group and our great tour guide Scotty. Beautiful mountain scenery!
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Beautiful scenic tour
eunicebriffa, Jan 2023
TranzAlpine Train, Arthur's Pass & Castle Hill Day Trip from Christchurch
Another beautiful day spend with this country and driver AJ. Spectacular views, driver explains and gives alot of information - where the film Narnia wss shot and Castle Hill info very interesting. Thank you for your kind service . I highly recommend this tour!
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A Great tour
Wenruo_M, Dec 2022
Arthur's Pass Full-Day Tour Includes TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch
The tour is great Everything is well arranged No regrets Worth the money Better than we thought the guide is very knowledgeable
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Would recommend!
Stephanie_G, Oct 2022
Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Cat was our tour guide and very knowledgeable. The Blue Mountains are spectacular, Scenic World is interesting and the zoo had several Aussie animals had not yet seen. Coach was comfortable. It was a great day!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Arthur’s Pass National Park is ideal for outdoors lovers and adventure seekers.

  • The visitor center in Arthur’s Pass village offers track conditions and more details about the region.

  • There are plenty of motels, homestays, and cabins in the village, plus huts and campsites in the park. Book in advance, especially in summer.

  • Many of the park’s walks aren’t well developed, so be prepared for changing weather conditions, unsafe river crossings, etc.

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How to Get There

Arthur’s Pass National Park is 95 miles (150 kilometers) from Christchurch along State Highway 73; set out early in the morning to make it to the visitor center by lunchtime. If you’re coming from the West Coast, you can catch a bus from Greymouth or Hokitika. The daily TranzAlpine Express train from Christchurch to Greymouth and back also stops at Arthur’s Pass.

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When to Get There

The park is open year-round. If you plan to do some tramping, the park is safest, warmest, and most picturesque around summer; for skiing and snowboarding, visit during winter. Bear in mind, though, that the weather at Arthur’s Pass is notorious for changing without warning—even if you’re hiking in the height of summer, be prepared for wet and windy weather.

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A Bird-Watcher’s Paradise

Bird-watchers and more casual fans of New Zealand’s wildlife will have a field day at Arthur’s Pass, which is home to New Zealand’s alpine parrot, the kea, and the endangered great spotted kiwi—a nocturnal bird with a preference for higher altitudes. Fantails, morepork, kaka, and rock wrens (piwauwau) are among the park’s more common residents.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Arthur's Pass National Park?
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