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