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Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch provided by Canterbury Trails - Day Tours

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

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 20-07-26 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-07-26 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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 Waimak Gorge. This small-group tour includes lunch and two teas.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Christchurch Railway Station
    Or, you can also get picked up
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  • 1
    TranzAlpine Train
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
    Christchurch Railway Station
    Canterbury 8011, New Zealand
    Your guide will be holding a sign displaying name for tour booking at check in area.
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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
  • Includes lunch, two teas, and round-trip transport from Christchurch hotels
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 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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Christchurch Railway Station, Canterbury 8011, New Zealand
Duration
9h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Lunch at a country hotel
  • Guided walks of Arthur's Pass National Park
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located Christchurch hotels
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Travel by TranzAlpine train
  • Light refreshments
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - TranzAlpine Train
  • Entry/Admission - Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
Exclusions
  • Cruise port pickup is not available
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • A percentage of the tour price is used for the conservation of New Zealand's wildlife, environment and it's endangered species
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Cheezel wrote a review Feb. 2021
Whitford, Auckland463 contributions154 helpful votes
This was a fabulous way to travel from Greymouth to Christchurch after a road trip around the top area of New Zealand. The staff were great from check - in to leaving the train at Christchurch. Good food and refreshments were offered. The scenery is varied and the commentary
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Responded Feb. 8, 2021
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Excited-for-trip wrote a review Oct. 2020
New Zealand2 contributions
Our tour guide Mandy went above and beyond to make our tour amazing. We encountered a crazy snow storm, that was unseasonable, on the way up the mountain while on the train. Mandy was waiting for us at the pass ... and safely escorted us to the comfy van and took every
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Responded Oct. 8, 2020
Thank you for your wonderful review of your day out with Canterbury Trails and our guide Mandy. It truly was a day to remember with the weather that day and we are happy Mandy was able to not only able keep you safe and comfortable but to adjust the day to suit everyone.
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Travel34855117471 wrote a review Aug. 2020
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Absolutely stunning postcard views of the Southern Alps driving towards and from Sheffeild. What a view to wake up to, I could move there just for the view. Was not impressed with Arthur's pass, not much there and little was open. The kea should be much bigger feature and
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Kogie wrote a review Jul. 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions1 helpful vote
Dave our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and patient throughout the trip. We had a perfect start weather wise with a very comfortable drive & stunning views driving up to Castle Hill, delicious lunch @ the quaint Bealy Hotel , scenic walks at Arthur’s Pass. We returned
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Responded Jul. 13, 2020
Thank you for your great review and your recommendations. Im glad you were not disappointed that we reversed the order of the day and that you were still able to enjoy the TranzAlpine train at the end of the day. Thank you once again
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Traveller wrote a review Mar. 2020
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The Arthur's Pass National Park and Train Tour was exceptional as was our guide Dave. The train trip went through a variety of land scapes including farms and fields as well as spectacular mountain scenery. Following an excellent lunch, our guide should us a variety of sights
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Responded Mar. 26, 2020
Thank you for your review of your day to Arthur's Pass with our guide Dave. It is certainly a day of contrasts in scenery and showcases the diversity of New Zealand
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Fantastic Full Day Tour Of Akaroa
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Very nice tour
Our guide Dave had a lot of knowledge and humour and made sure the tour was one of the high points of our journey i
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Excellent Day Out
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Lovely final day in NZ
Stuart picked us up promptly from our hotel, was a charming and informative companion throughout. We saw Hector's d
Bodywave
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Amazing day!
Our wonderful guide Mandy absolutely made our day! She was so attentive, knowledgeable, caring and fun.
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Excellent trip to Akaroa and surrounds via private tour.
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  • Duration: 9h
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  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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