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High Country Explorer Tours

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Address: 6 Fraser Place, Rangiora 7400, New Zealand
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+64 3-377 1391

The TranzAlpine™& High Country Explorer

Christchurch Best One DaY Tour...

The TranzAlpine™& High Country Explorer

Christchurch Best One DaY Tour


This unique adventure allows you to experience the best of the world famous TranzAlpine™Train and explore a very remote part of New Zealand, which even very few New Zealander's have ever seen.

  Your day of fun and adventure starts with pick up from your Christchurch city hotel.

Then take a spectacular 2 1/2-hour train journey to Arthur's Pass in the heart of New Zealand's Southern Alps.

Next board a four-wheel drive "Tussock Buggy", travel across the Southern Alps and then to Flock Hill sheep station to enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch. Next set off on a 23km (15mile) 4WD safari across this vast 36,000-acre high country farm.

Arriving at the Waimakariri River.

The only way to continue your journey from here is by river; as you now board a large jet boat, travel down stream with stop offs along the way.

Arrive at a secluded Hamilton Lodge for afternoon tea.

Then finally complete your adventure by coach or 4x4 as you travel across the Canterbury Plains back to Christchurch city.

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Best value all inclusive day trip fromChristchurch

This trip shows you the real New Zealand high country in all its splendor. Rod and the guides are so knowledgeable about the history, environment, and farming life in this unique... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 December 2014
Rangiora, New Zealand
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Anaheim, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2015 via mobile

We took the tour from a cruise ship in Akaroa. Scheduled for 8.5 hours, it was a 2.5 hour drive each way, a 30 minute boat ride, a 2 hour 4 wheel drive (from hell) over their ranch and a 30 minute lunch. The jet boat and 4WD bus are all homemade and, as a result, not really up to... More 

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Rangiora, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

This trip shows you the real New Zealand high country in all its splendor. Rod and the guides are so knowledgeable about the history, environment, and farming life in this unique area and it is very easy to lose track of time travelling through the beautiful and varied landscapes in the diverse transport provided - coach/jet boat/4WD. What impressed us... More 

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Chula Vista, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014

My husband and I took this day long trip and were delighted with the results. It started with a limo pick-up from our hotel where we were taken to the train station to board the TranzAlpine train and take it for 2 1/2 hours as far as Arthur's Pass. During this time, you can grab a bite to eat or... More 

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Healdsburg, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

Had a wonderful trip today with Rod. We did train trip to Arthur's Pass, then the real fun started. 4WD vehicle over mostly private lands. So beautiful and educational. Really go a sense of place. Next was great jet boat ride. Really enjoyed our day. Would highly recommend.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

I was initially a bit hesitant to go on this tour as it seemed a bit pricey, but it is well worth it. And to boot, because we went during the shoulder season we were the only ones on this tour. The tour starts with a pick up from our hotel to the ChCh train station for the TranzAlpine train... More 

Thank Purplefrog40
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2013

What a great day out! Started with transfer form hotel to meet the Tranz Alpine train at Christchurch station. After a 2 1/2 hour ride into the Southern Alps you depat at Arthurs Pass and are collected by a minibus to take you to lunch at Flock Hill Lodge. After a 3 course buffet lunch it is off across the... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2013

We had a brilliant day. We were picked up on time from our accommodation in Christchurch, the train to Arthur's Pass was also on time, with modern, spacious carriages and an open sided (but very safe) carriage for viewing and photographs. The train journey provided a long series of breathtaking views. On arrival at Arthur's Passs, we made our way... More 

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Kettering uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2013

This is a complete package tour and is a 'DONT MISS'. A vehicle picks you up from your accommodation,takes you to the train station where you board the TransAlpine for Arthurs Pass railway station. Here you're picked up by 4wdrive Tussock Explorer and taken across beautiful country to Flock Hill Lodge for a 3 course lunch. After relaxing its off... More 

Thank Malcolm R
Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

This was a shore excursion offered by our cruise ship from Holland America. Normally they dock in Christchurch but until the earthquake damage is repaired our ship used the Akaroa harbor. This results in a longer bus ride to the attraction but it goes through the interesting flat Canterbury Plain and then uphill towards the southern Alps. At Flock Hill... More 

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2011

We chose this trip because of the combination of tranzalpine train, cross country exploring and jet boat and we definately made the right choice. The guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. The scenery was stunning and we can highly recommend this to anyone who is intrested in the tranzalpine, as you get to see much more than you would do... More 

Thank Carolyn C

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