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

Highlights
  • Ride the scenic TranzAlpine, one of the great rail journeys of New Zealand
  • Explore Arthur’s Pass National Park, Cave Stream, and Castle Hill
  • See more of the South Island and let the pros handle logistics and driving
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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
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Overview
Enjoy a full day in the gorgeous landscapes outside of Christchurch. This tour features the scenic TranzAlpine train and a guided tour of Arthur’s Pass National Park. See the Canterbury Plains, Waimakariri Gorge, and the Southern Alps, then explore by minivan from Arthur’s Pass, stopping for rain forest walks and a closer look at Cave Stream, Castle Hill, and Waimakariri Gorge. This small-group tour includes lunch and two teas.
What to Expect

After pickup from your Christchurch hotel, transfer to the train station and board the scenic TranzAlpine train. Your guide provides your train tickets and meets you in Arthur’s Pass after you enjoy the morning train ride on your own.The TranzAlpine trip to Arthur’s Pass takes about 2.5 hours and offers stunning views of the Canterbury Plains, Waimakariri Gorge, and Southern Alps. Cross tussock fields, tunnels, and viaducts including the Staircase, which spans 240 feet (73 meters).

Upon arrival at Arthur's Pass, your guide takes you on a tour of the national park and Otira Gorge by minivan. Make stops for short nature walks and photo ops of Cave Stream and the limestone rock formations of Castle Hill.

Your full-day tour includes morning and afternoon tea, and lunch at a local hotel. Return to your Christchurch hotel by minivan, stopping in the sweeping Canterbury Plains to see Waimakariri Gorge.

Reviews (62)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Arthur's Pass hiking

Great full day with Peter hiking near Arthur's pass. Got to learn a lot about Kiwi's. Peter led us up and down the trails on a wonderful sunny day

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank michaelrC1277VZ
IreneH2162, Owner at Canterbury Trails - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for your review. So pleased to hear you had a great day out with Peter. We will pass your kind comments on to him.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Good for one way

We were staying in Christchurch and did not want to spend the extra money to stay overnight in Greymouth; so we rode the train there and back again on the same day. That is over 8 hours of riding a train, which even though the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank 618BarbaraR
IreneH2162, Owner at Canterbury Trails - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi there, thank you for the review on our page - which I think was meant for the TranzAlpine Train page. It is a shame you didn't find us beforehand as we offer a fabulous tour on the train from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass. We...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Well worth the money!

Peter was an amazing tour guide and ensured that everyone on the trip had a great experience. Due to the small size of the group Peter was able to customize the tour by including more hikes, which I really appreciated. I also enjoyed Peter's willingness...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Laura M
IreneH2162, Owner at Canterbury Trails - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words. So pleased to hear you enjoyed your tour, and that you were able to do some hikes. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world!

Reviewed 13 December 2018
A Wonderful Day Excursion

Our driver Hugo picked us up right on time at our hotel and transported us to the train station where he retrieved the tickets and on-boarded us giving detailed instructions on where to meet him when the train arrived at Arthur’s Pass. The TransAlpine Train...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Morgan S
IreneH2162, Owner at Canterbury Trails - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your fabulous review. Hugo really enjoyed taking care of you and I am glad you managed to see the Devils Punchbowl. It is well worth all those stairs when you get to the end!

Reviewed 15 November 2018
Best NZ tour ever!

We were collected early by George who drove us to the station, collected our tickets and escorted us onto the train. Train journy was comfortable with good commentary through the scenic mountains. Disembarked at Arthur’s Pass to be driven back to Christchurch by a very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank manofekent
IreneH2162, Owner at Canterbury Trails - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review. So pleased to hear you had a great time with George, and that you got to meet Baarry!.

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Travel695554
1 January 2019|
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Response from john p | Reviewed this property |
Hi, you will have to get a taxi as Air BNB has not got a contract with NZ Rail like hotels do. Good luck.
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Nonsa
26 November 2018|
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Response from john p | Reviewed this property |
No chance, no room,Google Earth for Christchurch and look for empty parking spots for tourist vans. Also ring Tourism Information in Christchurch. Good luck.
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