• Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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Travel by TranzAlpine railway to Arthur's Pass National Park, riding across the Canterbury Plains, then winding through Waimakariri Gorge and into the heart of the Southern Alps on this day trip from Christchurch.  An informative guide takes you on a minivan tour of Arthur's Pass, including short rainforest walks past rivers to mountain vistas at Castle Hill. Enjoy a hotel lunch and light refreshments before the return trip via Waimak Gorge. Small-group tour is limited to eight participants, ensuring a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Travel across the Canterbury Plains to the breathtaking Arthur's Pass National Park on this full-day tour from Christchurch
  • Scenic TranzAlpine train journey
  • Enjoy guided walks of Arthur's Pass National Park with many spectacular mountain vistas
  • Delicious morning and afternoon tea
  • Visit a country hotel for lunch
  • Fully escorted and informative commentary
  • Small-group tour with maximum eight passengers provides a more personalized experience with your guide

What You Can Expect

Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Small Group Tour from Christchurch

Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Small Group Tour from Christchurch

You’re picked up at your hotel in Christchurch and transferred to the railway station to board the TranzAlpine for one of New Zealand’s most scenic train rides. Relax during the approximate 2.5-hour train journey to Arthur's Pass.

Your independent rail trip crosses the flat farmlands of the Canterbury Plains before winding through Waimakariri Gorge and the high country’s tussock fields until you reach the magnificent Southern Alps. En route, you’ll pass multiple tunnels and viaducts including the 240-foot-long (73-meter) Staircase. 

On arrival at Arthur's Pass, you’re greeted by your guide for a small-group tour of the national park by minivan, following a former stage coach route down Otira Gorge, a common place for the Maori to search for greenstone. Hop off the minivan for several short bush walks as you’re guided along riverside paths in the forest. 

Back in your vehicle, you’re driven through the South Island high country, stopping to view the craggy cliffs at the Cave Stream, which meanders underground. From the highway, get a glimpse of Castle Hill where weatherworn limestone outcrops form a unique mountain landscape. If you’ve got the energy, you can hike to the top for an encompassing view of the surrounding countryside.

Your full-day tour includes morning and afternoon tea along with lunch at a local hotel before you make the return trip to Christchurch by minivan, stopping in the sweeping Canterbury Plains to see Waimakariri Gorge.

Customer Reviews

nadiya

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Awesome trip!! I was traveling alone so it ended up being worth the money for me in terms of having a group to travel with. If you're already with a group already however it would way cheaper to just do the itinerary on your own if you are able. If you like comfort and convenience then this is definitely the way to go. You get to just sit back relax and enjoy while someone else handles all the logistics, which in and of itself it super valuable. The trip itself is just amazing, the natural beauty in NZ is astounding. Again, you could see all of it on your own with booking this tour, but it does have it's perks. I think it just depends on your circumstances. If you have the money and like convenience, it could be a good fit for you.

Peel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Started at 7.15 am with the prompt arrival of Peter our guide for the day.
He drove us to the Tranzalpine train station and organized our tickets and off we went on a 3 hour train ride in quiet comfort across the Canterbury Plains then ascending the mountains, pictures do not do justice to how spectacular and beautiful this area is. Upon arriving at Arthur's Pass. Peter met us and proceeded to take us around the area making a number of stops to take in stunning vistas, short walks and waterfalls. All the time imparting his knowledge and obvious passion and pride for the area. This was interspersed with picnic hamper morning tea/ coffee and delicious Choc brownie. Then on to a late lunch caught up in roadworks at the Bealey Hotel great food and large portions. Not to mention and another great view of the area. From here we went on to Pearson Lake, tranquility plus..... and last and by no means least a stop and walk at Kura Tawhiti, to see huge limestone boulders...
Thanks Peter you made an awesome day so much more interesting, informative and fun....

Rohan J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great Experience - beautiful scenery from the train going there, while there and while headed back. John was a great guide and a great host and company for the small group!
The walks were intensive but uncomplicated and the scenery quite breathtaking.
Thank you!
Rohan

Kara S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great tour! Fiona is an excellent guide!!!

kongclara

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great trip and the driver marina was so nice and experience light up the trip

Larry

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.

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