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

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

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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.
You'll start at
Christchurch Railway Station
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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 ZealandYour guide will be holding a sign displaying name for tour booking at check in area.
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  • 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
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • 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.
About the operator
By: Canterbury Trails - Day Tours
Hartley, United Kingdom
Amazing Day!
Our travel agent had booked us a trip to Akaroa from the U.K. We were picked up from our hotel, on time, by Dave.
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Arthur’s Pass National Park with Transalpine Train
Canterbury Trails The day started off right on time, with David, our guide, picking us up at our hotel. After a
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John L
Review of Excursion
Our excursion with Hugh was fantastic.We enjoyed the TransAlpine railroad trip to Arthur's Pass. The experience
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Dallas, Texas
Fun filled day
Peter gave a great tour. Very knowledgeable and fun. He was full of local facts and history We would highly
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Great Personal Day Tour to see Hector's Dolphins
Stuart took us on a personal day tour of Akaroa Bay that included an excellent 2 hr boat ride to see the dolphins
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Columbia, South Carolina
Overall Terrific but with a caveat
Hugo was a terrific and very personable guide. He made the day. The dolphin excursion on Black Cat was interesting
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Beautiful days outing
This trip was made memorable by our host who handled everything with a good natured confident expertise.
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Angie Cannon
Outstanding day with Mandy
We recently had an outstanding day with Mandy of Canterbury Trails as she showed us around Christchurch and drove
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Carmel, Indiana
Day tour to Arthur Pass with Hugh
Hugh was the perfect guide on this day tour to Arthur Pass with Canterbury Trails personally guided tours. He was
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Wonderful tour, outstanding tour guide
Took The half-day train ride up to Arthur’s Pass. Major problem with the sound system on the train. Staff was able
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Key Details
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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