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

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    What to Expect
    Following a morning pickup by air-conditioned coach from your Christchurch hotel, travel by road through the rural pastoral scenes of the Canterbury Plains to Springfield where you will board the TranzAlpine train. This has been rated as one of the top 10 train journeys in the world.

    View the Alpine Scenery through panoramic windows as the train winds its way through the stunning Waimakariri Gorge into the mighty Southern Alps and on arrival into the small alpine village of Arthur’s Pass your driver will once again meet you off the train and explore the alpine Village. 

    Time for lunch at a local cafe before viewing and driving down the 440 meter long Otira Viaduct a major NZ engineering project - the viaduct is one the most earthquake prone regions in New Zealand and it has been designed to withstand seismic forces 40 percent higher than the usual maximum for such structures. In the late summer months the bright flowers of red rata (metrosideros umbellata) add to the beauty of the Otira Gorge. This tree is not found on the eastern side of the Southern Alps but blooms only in the moist western valleys, you will also encounter the NZ Kea rated as one of the most intelligent birds in the world they have very inquisitive natures and found in most South Island alpine environments.

    On leaving Arthur’s Pass you will travel by road through the foothill ranges of the Southern Alps, in the basins with winter snow there are several small ski fields and with unique limestone rocks surrounding the area this is also popular for rock climbers.

    We then join an exhilarating jet boat ride through the spectacular gorges of the Waimakariri River then visit a local Sheep farm with sheep shearing, a sheep mustering demonstration and a late afternoon tea.

    In the late-afternoon, hop back aboard your coach for the drive back to your Christchurch hotel, where your tour will come to an end.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pickup from most Hotels, Motels & Backpackers in Christchurch
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Duration
    9h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point at 5.30pm
    Inclusions
    • Tranz Alpine train journey
    • Jet boat ride (if option chosen)
    • Lunch (if option chosen)
    • Afternoon tea
    • Local guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Graham the tour guide was really good, the train ride was good and the sightseeing on the bus even better. Don't miss the jet boat ride, which is lots of fun. However, the bus seating is cramped, with no leg room at all and I was pretty uncomfortable with sore knees before the
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    Response from Canterburyleisure, Manager at Arthur's Pass Day Tour including TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch
    Responded 1 Apr 2019
    Thank you for taking the time to submit your review and I am pleased you had a great tour, with both the train and sightseeing with Graham. I agree the jet boating is not to be missed. I am sorry that you found the vehicle, you travelled on ( a 17 seater ) a bit cramped. On the day of travel we had three vehicles seperate vehicles operating this tour and I am sure that had you mentioned your discomfort to the driver on the day he would have been able to move you to one of the other vehicles. In addition we are continually updating our fleet to ensure that all of our great tours are also comfortable.
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    Rodney was so professional and informative and made sure we were on time for everything. I had such a great experience at the sheep farm and loved that we got to feed some sheep and take pictures with alpacas and the dogs. Had lunch there and it was delicious. Jet boating was
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    Response from Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Arthur's Pass Day Tour including TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch
    Responded 16 Mar 2019
    Thank you for such a positive review. I am really pleased you had a nice time with Rodney and I'll be sure to share your kind words with him. And it's also great to hear that you enjoyed all your activities too. Arthurs Pass is a really beautiful area and this tour has became one of our most popular over the years, so it's great to see so much positive feedback from it. Thanks again for the review and I hope you visit New Zealand again sometime soon!
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    We really enjoyed the variety of activities on our day out. Graham our guide was friendly, informative and highly professional keeping us on time for every aspect of the day . Comfortable couch and great photo opportunities throughout day. Lunch was an interesting venue...highly
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    Response from Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Arthur's Pass Day Tour including TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch
    Responded 27 Jan 2019
    Thank you for the kind words and it's great to hear that you had a nice day in Arthurs Pass. The Arthurs Pass Day Tour is one of our most popular tours so it's always nice to get some positive feedback on it. I'll be sure to let Graham know that he was professional and hospitable during your recent tour. We hope you have had a nice time in New Zealand and get to return to this beautiful country again soon.
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    Best day!! Despite early cloud the sun shore at opportune moments. Fully enjoyed. Very comfortable and lunch of glorious whitebait patties ridiculously good. Great value day. Everything delivered as promised.
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    Response from Canterburyleisure, Manager at Arthur's Pass Day Tour including TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch
    Responded 23 Oct 2018
    It is great to hear that you had a most enjoyable day, that Scotty looked after you and that the whitebait patties were ridiculously good, I am envious. Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. The reviews we receive are inportant to us to ensure we meet and where possible exceed our customers expectations. I do hope you have the opportunity to visit this very beautiful region of New Zealand again at some future date.
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    Sue was our guide for the Arthur's Pass Day Tour, which included the TranzAlpine Express Train. We had a change of plans because of incoming bad weather. Instead of taking the train to Arthur's Pass, Sue took us via a comfortable mini-bus. And, I am glad the tour was reversed.
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    Response from Canterburyleisure, Manager at Arthur's Pass Day Tour including TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch
    Responded 11 Aug 2018
    Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. It is great to hear that you had such an enjoyable day and that Sue looked after you and was a good representative of our company. I am pleased that you got to see some Kea and saw some great scenery. I do hope you have the opportunity to visit this very special part of New Zealand again at some future date.
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