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

  • 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
Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
From $372.63
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Arthur's Pass National Park with TranzAlpine Train Tour from Christchurch
From $372.63
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 Waimakariri Gorge. This small-group tour includes lunch and two teas.
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 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.

Reviews (59)
1 - 5 of 27 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago
A Wonderful Day Excursion

Our driver Hugo picked us up right on time at our hotel and transported us to the train station where he retrieved the tickets and on-boarded us giving detailed instructions on where to meet him when the train arrived at Arthur’s Pass. The TransAlpine Train...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Morgan S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Best NZ tour ever!

We were collected early by George who drove us to the station, collected our tickets and escorted us onto the train. Train journy was comfortable with good commentary through the scenic mountains. Disembarked at Arthur’s Pass to be driven back to Christchurch by a very...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank manofekent
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Thanks, George!

We spent a fabulous day visiting Arthur's Pass and especially want to thank our guide George Moran for his special knowledge of the area and his insights about New Zealand geographic and cultural history. Martha and Neal C.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Martha C
IreneH2162, Owner at Canterbury Trails - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are very lucky to have George on the team. He is particularly passionate about the Arthurs Pass area. Pleased to hear you had a wonderful time.

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Unique and nice.

If you are in NZ South Island one I thing is for sure.... travel across the unique Arthur’s Pass. It’s a journey you will never forget.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank john p
Reviewed August 27, 2018
An experience never to forget

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.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Celia I
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Tim M
August 17, 2018|
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Response from Brian O | Reviewed this property |
The Trans Alpine was great with a variety of fantastic scenery. Spent nearly all our time in the open observation car taking pictures. Went up to Arthur’s Pass and onwards by coach. Haven’t done the other one but I doubt it... More
Lori S
April 6, 2018|
Response from john p |
At Arthur's Pass there is only one motel and you can book in at any internet booking or Trivago, your train journey you can book at Christchurch Railway station.Giid luck.