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Explore the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps on this Arthur’s Pass day tour from Christchurch. Travel through the pastureland of the Canterbury Plains to Springfield with your guide. Hop aboard your TranzAlpine train and journey through the Waimakariri Gorge. Explore the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass in the Otira Gorge and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Visit a sheep farm, and admire native birdlife in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Upgrade to include a hair-raising jet-boat ride on the mighty Waimakariri River!

Highlights

  • Arthur's Pass day trip from Christchurch
  • Journey on the TranzAlpine express train
  • Enjoy lunch and afternoon tea
  • Experience the thrill of a jet-boat ride (if upgrade selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by coach included

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What You Can Expect

Arthur's Pass Day Tour including TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch

TranzAlpine Train with snowy Southern Alps

Customer Reviews

Leonard D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had limited time in Christchurch and one of the highlights we wanted to experience was the TranzAlpine train ride. It was proving to be a logistical problem because if we rode it all the way to Greymouth we would be on the train all day. Then we found the Day Tour and this allowed us to experience the train, enjoy the Coach ride which allowed us to get off for photo opportunities. In addition, we had the jet boat ride and the visit to the Farm. It was a small group which made it even more enjoyable and seemingly less commercial. We highly recommend this to anyone and especially if you are trying to get the most out of your day.

Shivi S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We were fortunate to have our own private tour van Canterbury Leisure Tours and tour guide Sue. We were picked up from our hotel and transported to the Springfield train station where we boarded the TranzAlpine train to Arthur's Pass. The train has a viewing deck from which one can not only see the amazing landscape gorges, braided stream beds, snow-capped mountains, etc. but also take some fantastic photos.Our very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide Sue met us at Arthur's Park and spent the rest of the day showing us around the park and surrounding areas. The visit to a sheep farm was one of the highlights of the day. Despite the cold temperatures, it was a memorable trip!

Emma R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was great! Would definitely recommend to others. If you're going during New Zealand's fall or winter, be sure to pack some warm clothes as the mountain will probably be chilly. The sheep farm owners, Trevor and Heather, were very nice and welcoming. The jet boat tour was tons of fun, and they provide jackets, clothes, and hats for you if you need them. Sue, our guide, was also great and very knowledgeable!

Stanley H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Catherine P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent day out. Expensive but worth it. Even though the weather was overcast and it rained the scenery was amazing.Take the jet boat ride - best part of a good day.

Dan O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The scenery was beautiful on the train trip. It gave you a sense of what the country was about. Sue our driver did a great job of telling us about NZ and answered all our questions. I would recommend this trip to everyone and would do it again. Dan O'Neal

Anne B

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

The train was crowded and the viewing car packed, so that part of the journey failed to live up to expectations. The return trip by minibus was far better though as we were able to stop and enjoy the scenery.

Marie-Therese B

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2016

I wasn't able to make this tour.

Marie-Therese B

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better March 2016

I didn't do this tpur.

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