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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
From US$372.40
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Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
From US$372.40
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.

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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
Reviewed April 6, 2018
Spectacular train ride, then sightseeing tour with tons of learning, a moderate hike, lunch, Castle Hill, and Sheep!

We had a day tour with Tia from Canterbury Trails. What a wonderful experience this was! She was prompt picking us up at the hotel and getting us to the train. We had a spectacular train ride to Arthur’s Pass on the Trans Alpine. Great...More

Thank webnmarjunk
Reviewed March 12, 2018
An amazing day out

We booked the Arthur's Pass train ride little knoing how good it would be. The train journey itself is spectacular with unique views only accessible from the railway. We were collected from our hotel by our guide, Peter, who took us to meet our train....More

Thank Martin W
Reviewed March 3, 2018
A great trip

The trane was very modern, good running commentary, the scenery under some of the bridges were almost stomach tightening. Behind every bend was a surprise scenery from bold to tropical, from flat to steep peaks. The new road over the pass is like a super...More

Thank John P
Reviewed February 25, 2018
Arthur's Pass

we had a day tour with peter fletcher of Canterbury trails to Arthur's Pass. the train ride was fun, and beautiful; but our hikes and time with peter were great. He is very knowledgeable, funny and organized. he kept everyone engaged and involved. Don't hesitate...More

Thank dmessinger
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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.