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

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Overview
In the heart of the Southern Alps, Arthur's Pass National Park has an incredible diversity of flora and landscape. Experience a breathtaking journey aboard the TranzAlpine Train winding it's way through the magnificent Waimakariri Gorge. Join short guided walks to rainforests, rivers and mountain vistas and visit the incredible Castle Hill rocks. Traveling in a small group, maximum eight participants, allows for an intimate and informative experience.
Itinerary
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You'll start at
Christchurch Railway Station
Or, you can also get picked up
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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 return to the starting point
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

Traveler pickup is offered
We will pick from any Hotel, B&B, Home-stay within central Christchurch

Airports

  • Christchurch Intl Airport, Christchurch 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
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Canterbury Trails The day started off right on time, with David, our guide, picking us up at our hotel. After a quick orientation, we were off to the train station, where he ensured that we were set on the train, and ready to connect with him at Arthur’s pass. We enjoyed our
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Responded 6 days ago
What a wonderful review of your day in Arthurs Pass with David. It is a stunning area with as you said a few surprises. We look forward to you coming back one day.
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Our excursion with Hugh was fantastic.We enjoyed the TransAlpine railroad trip to Arthur's Pass. The experience and meal at the Bealey Hotel were wonderful. And most important our guide Hugh was very energetic,knowledgable,and just plain fun to be with. We also had a good group
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your lovely review. Sounds like you had a wonderful day with Hugh and your fellow travelers. We hope to see you again sometime.
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Peter gave a great tour. Very knowledgeable and fun. He was full of local facts and history We would highly recommend him and the tour.
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your lovely review. So pleased to hear you had a lovely day in the mountains with Peter and that he was able to share his knowledge with you.
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This trip was made memorable by our host who handled everything with a good natured confident expertise. Knowledgeable and courteous, our driver ensured we did not feel rushed and answered all questions with the ease of a native Newzealander. We enjoyed an excellent lunch that
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Responded 3 weeks ago
Many thanks for your five star review of your day with Stuart in Arthurs Pass. Having great weather definitely helps highlight this very special place and we enjoy showing and helping our visitors get the most out of the day.
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Took The half-day train ride up to Arthur’s Pass. Major problem with the sound system on the train. Staff was able to help my wife but not me. Met by Peter at the Arthur’s pass station. Took three hikes had a great time, wonderful views and Peter was full of explanations of
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your lovely review. Sorry to hear that you couldn't listen to the commentary on the train. Glad you had a fun day out in the mountains with Peter. We will pass your kind comments on to him.
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By: Canterbury Trails - Day Tours
Colliedog58
Hartley, United Kingdom
352148
Amazing Day!
Our travel agent had booked us a trip to Akaroa from the U.K. We were picked up from our hotel, on time, by Dave.
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Phogotaboutit
124
Arthur’s Pass National Park with Transalpine Train
Canterbury Trails The day started off right on time, with David, our guide, picking us up at our hotel. After a
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John L
31
Review of Excursion
Our excursion with Hugh was fantastic.We enjoyed the TransAlpine railroad trip to Arthur's Pass. The experience
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Donn
Dallas, Texas
20
Fun filled day
Peter gave a great tour. Very knowledgeable and fun. He was full of local facts and history We would highly
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macotak
6829
Great Personal Day Tour to see Hector's Dolphins
Stuart took us on a personal day tour of Akaroa Bay that included an excellent 2 hr boat ride to see the dolphins
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chood4
Columbia, South Carolina
1730
Overall Terrific but with a caveat
Hugo was a terrific and very personable guide. He made the day. The dolphin excursion on Black Cat was interesting
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Hodgsond
10
Beautiful days outing
This trip was made memorable by our host who handled everything with a good natured confident expertise.
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Angie Cannon
53
Outstanding day with Mandy
We recently had an outstanding day with Mandy of Canterbury Trails as she showed us around Christchurch and drove
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Roam6795508
Carmel, Indiana
234
Day tour to Arthur Pass with Hugh
Hugh was the perfect guide on this day tour to Arthur Pass with Canterbury Trails personally guided tours. He was
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alwaysmoving_8
Christchurch, New Zealand
6811
Wonderful tour, outstanding tour guide
Took The half-day train ride up to Arthur’s Pass. Major problem with the sound system on the train. Staff was able
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Key Details
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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