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Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch provided by Canterbury Trails - Day Tours

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

Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
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from RM 1,813.24 per adult
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from RM 1,813.24 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3290AP
Call +60 392125427
Important information
Inclusions
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
Exclusions
Cruise port pickup is not available • Gratuities
Duration
9h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
We will pick from any Hotel, B&B, Home-stay within central Christchurch
Christchurch Railway Station, Canterbury 8011, New Zealand Your guide will be holding a sign displaying name for tour booking at check in area.
Airports:
Christchurch Intl Airport, Christchurch New Zealand
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
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
Exclusions
Cruise port pickup is not available • Gratuities
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
We will pick from any Hotel, B&B, Home-stay within central Christchurch
Christchurch Railway Station, Canterbury 8011, New Zealand Your guide will be holding a sign displaying name for tour booking at check in area.
Airports:
Christchurch Intl Airport, Christchurch New Zealand
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
9h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Christchurch Railway Station
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    TranzAlpine Train
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Christchurch Railway Station
    Canterbury 8011, New Zealand
    Your guide will be holding a sign displaying name for tour booking at check in area.
    See address & details
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Cheezel
Whitford, Auckland463 contributions
Fabulous way to travel
Feb 2021
This was a fabulous way to travel from Greymouth to Christchurch after a road trip around the top area of New Zealand.

The staff were great from check - in to leaving the train at Christchurch. Good food and refreshments were offered. The scenery is varied and the commentary informative during the journey. I would love to do this again in winter as it would be spectacular. A great way to see some of the South Island, comfortable and good information.

Will do this again and highly recommend.
Written 7 February 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Excited-for-trip
New Zealand2 contributions
Gorgeous Day
Oct 2020
Our tour guide Mandy went above and beyond to make our tour amazing. We encountered a crazy snow storm, that was unseasonable, on the way up the mountain while on the train. Mandy was waiting for us at the pass ... and safely escorted us to the comfy van and took every precaution to not only get us down the mountain safely but to make my entire family happy. Roads were closing as we were making our way down the mountain and she drove like a champ. While we didn’t get to do the tour the way we had planned (due to the crazy weather) she planned out a gorgeous day in Christchurch. We had an amazing time exploring the city. She made sure each member of the family experienced something special. The van was tidy and comfortable. The service was beyond amazing and it was the highlight of our trip to the South Island.
Written 7 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Travel34855117471
3 contributions
We drove through Tranz Alpine wasn't running.
Aug 2020
Absolutely stunning postcard views of the Southern Alps driving towards and from Sheffeild. What a view to wake up to, I could move there just for the view. Was not impressed with Arthur's pass, not much there and little was open. The kea should be much bigger feature and selling point for the area. Understandingly we have just gone back into COVID 19 level 2 but some life needs to go into Arthur's Pass. By the way did I say the views were absolutely stunning
Written 14 August 2020
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Kogie
Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions
Arthur’s Pass Guided Day Trip
Jul 2020 • Family
Dave our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and patient throughout the trip. We had a perfect start weather wise with a very comfortable drive & stunning views driving up to Castle Hill, delicious lunch @ the quaint Bealy Hotel , scenic walks at Arthur’s Pass. We returned to Christchurch by TranzAlpine Rail , where Dave picked us up and returned to our hotel Hassle free. Highly recommended- fantastic service all round. Thanks Dave!
Written 11 July 2020
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Traveller
1 contribution
Interesting and Informative tour of Arthur's Pass
Mar 2020
The Arthur's Pass National Park and Train Tour was exceptional as was our guide Dave. The train trip went through a variety of land scapes including farms and fields as well as spectacular mountain scenery. Following an excellent lunch, our guide should us a variety of sights both off and on road on our way back to Christchurch. Dave was certainly experienced and shared his knowledge of the history and geology of the South Island. Thank you.
Written 25 March 2020
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John from Chicago
Oak Park, IL4 contributions
Fabulous train to and walking tour of Arthur's Pass
Mar 2020
This all-day combined train and land experience through and around Arthur's Pass was exceptional. Our small group (5) guide Dave from Canterbury Trails was superb. He was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. After the dramatic train ride from Christchurch into the mountains, Dave led us to see Kea birds, hiking through forests, and climbing around Castle Hill rock formations, with lunch along the way. This day was one of the highlights of our New Zealand holiday.
Written 13 March 2020
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Malise O
11 contributions
The best day!
Mar 2020 • Couples
Had a spectacular day with a spectacular guide! Tia picked us up at our hotel, settled us on the train, and promised to meet us at Arthur’s Pass. We saw amazing scenery in a comfortable train coach. Lovely 2.5 hour ride. The rest of the day was just as enjoyable as we stopped to see some iconic NZ sights, had too much lunch (included), and made our way back to Christchurch. Having Tia as a guide is like having your own naturalist/historian to educate you. We learned so much about New Zealand and its people on this beautiful, sunny day. Highlight of our vacation, for sure!
Written 12 March 2020
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Steve
4 contributions
The Great Way to Visit Arthur’s Pass
Mar 2020
The train trip was wonderful, transitioning to amazing mountain scenery. Dave, our guide, was even better. He was humorous, selected a couple of excellent hikes and drove well and safely. Dave knew a lot about local flora and fauna and we saw some unforgettable rock formations. Plus, lunch was included and as simple, but good. The trip takes up most of the day, but was worth it.
Written 9 March 2020
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kjbgsb
Mountain Lakes, NJ116 contributions
A Full Day
Mar 2020
Started out with prompt 7:20 am pick up and back around 5:30 pm but a very interesting and varied day. Enjoyed the train ride but turned out walks around Arthur’s Pass and hiking Castle Hill were even better. Had a nice lunch. Fiona was very knowledgeable and competent.All in all, a great day.
Written 9 March 2020
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Lynn R
5 contributions
Outstanding! Arthurs Pass Tranzalpine Day Trip
Feb 2020
Fantastic day with Dave! He promptly picked us up at the hotel and provided a great narrative of Christchurch on the way to the train station. The train ride to Arthur's Pass was comfortable, informative and educational. Dave picked us up in Arthur's Pass and took us to lunch. We later went on several remarkable hikes. A great day with Dave!!
Written 8 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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