We were collected from our hotel by Andy and his navigator Lucas for our Alpine Safari. This was a surprise for my partner who had no idea where we were going or what was ahead. Andy drove on to another hotel to collect another couple for the tour only to find that they had not turned up so we had the tour all to ourselves. Anything you wanted to know, Andy could tell you. We stopped at a roadside cafe for coffee before we went on to 4 wheel drive across Mt Torlesse Station. Luckily for us the clouds lifted and the view over the valley and river below was magnificent. Having survived the 4WD tour we went on to the famous Hamilton Jet Boat on the Waimakariri River. This is an absolute must if you are visiting Christchurch. The trip along the river and into the gorges is breathtaking as are the spins in the boat! We returned to the cafe for a lunch that was the best food I can remember eating and then continued on to Arthur's Pass to board the Tranz Alpine train back to Christchurch. As we were a little early arriving in Arthur's Pass, Andy suggested we have a look at the 'stained glass' window in the little church next to the information centre. The 'stained glass' window was the window at the back of the church that looked up towards the mountain behind it and the waterfall that was cascading down - a perfect picture. Andy then saw us onto the train and hightailed it back to Christchurch to arrive at the station before us so that he could return us to our hotel. The train has panoramic windows making it very easy to look out either side. What was of most interest to us was being able to see where we had traveled along the river on the jet boat as well as the pituresque countryside. The trip back was most relaxing and a couple of white wines didn't go astray. When we pulled into the station in Christchurch there was Andy waiting for us. It is a long day trip - around 10 hours but it is a trip that I would highly recommend. It takes you out of the city and you get to see a little more of what New Zealand has to offer.
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