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

  • 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
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
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 (56)
1 - 5 of 24 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Unique and nice.

If you are in NZ South Island one I thing is for sure.... travel across the unique Arthur’s Pass. It’s a journey you will never forget.

Thank john p
Reviewed August 27, 2018
An experience never to forget

This train trip is just breath taking! I went in November and the landscape was astonishing. Looking forward to repeat the experience over winter months when hopefully all mountains will be covered with snow.

Thank Celia I
Reviewed July 30, 2018
Fantastic Day with Tia

From the moment Tia picked us up in Christchurch until she dropped us off it was a fantastic day. Tia is very knowledgeable about and has a great love for her homeland. She made us feel special all day and made the day very enjoyable....More

Thank Jack F
Reviewed June 22, 2018 via mobile

The train trip views were great, but nothing compared to the 45-60 minute hikes she took us on. Tia is a knowledgeable guide. Passionate about New Zealand, plants, history and the environment. Lunch was charming, and she had tea and brownies as a snack. We...More

Thank Marijo R
Irene H, Owner at Canterbury Trails - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2018

Thank you for your kind comments. Tia really enjoyed spending the day with you too.

Reviewed April 26, 2018
A must do for the scenery

We joined the train up to Arthurs Pass and then onwards by coach as part of a South Island Tour. A great experience and spent most of the trip in the open observation car despite having booked seats. Take a fleece, it is breezy! Plenty...More

1  Thank Brian O
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Tim M
August 17, 2018|
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Response from Brian O | Reviewed this property |
The Trans Alpine was great with a variety of fantastic scenery. Spent nearly all our time in the open observation car taking pictures. Went up to Arthur’s Pass and onwards by coach. Haven’t done the other one but I doubt it... More
Lori S
April 6, 2018|
Response from john p |
At Arthur's Pass there is only one motel and you can book in at any internet booking or Trivago, your train journey you can book at Christchurch Railway station.Giid luck.