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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

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Overview
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.
Itinerary
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You'll start at
Christchurch Railway Station
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  • 1
    TranzAlpine Train
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
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You'll end at
Christchurch Railway Station
Canterbury 8011, New ZealandYour guide will be holding a sign displaying name for tour booking at check in area.
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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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Christchurch Railway Station, Canterbury 8011, New Zealand
Duration
9h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
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
  • Entry/Admission - TranzAlpine Train
  • Entry/Admission - Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
Exclusions
  • Cruise port pickup is not available
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Kogie wrote a review 11 Jul
Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions1 helpful vote
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
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
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Thank you for your great review and your recommendations. Im glad you were not disappointed that we reversed the order of the day and that you were still able to enjoy the TranzAlpine train at the end of the day. Thank you once again
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Traveller wrote a review Mar 2020
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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
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Responded 26 Mar 2020
Thank you for your review of your day to Arthur's Pass with our guide Dave. It is certainly a day of contrasts in scenery and showcases the diversity of New Zealand
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John from Chicago wrote a review Mar 2020
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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,
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Responded 15 Mar 2020
Thank you for your lovely review. Great to hear you saw the cheeky Kea and enjoyed your day exploring the mountains with Dave.
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Malise O wrote a review Mar 2020
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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
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Responded 15 Mar 2020
Thank you for your lovely review. Sounds like you had a wonderful day with Tia. We will pass your kind comments on to her.
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Steve wrote a review Mar 2020
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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
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Responded 15 Mar 2020
Glad to hear you had a lovely day exploring the mountains with Dave. Thank you for your kind review.
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Key Details
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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