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Day Return Trip on Transalpine Train - ChCh - APass - ChCh

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Day Return Trip on Transalpine Train - ChCh - APass - ChCh

Is it possible to purchase a day return train ticket from christchurch that will allow you to stop at Arthurs Pass, spend some time there and pick up a returning train for christchurch later in the day?

Also - any idea of costs for such a trip?

Thanks in advance for any replies.

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1. Re: Day Return Trip on Transalpine Train - ChCh - APass - ChCh

As far as I'm aware you just purchase a same day return ticket $169 to Greymouth. Just don't get back on the train after the morning stop but collect it on it's return trip in the afternoon. It's all the same fare you just have a choice of not getting back on. Be aware that there is not much happening in Arthurs Pass- a few houses, some cabins a couple of cafes/restaurants and some nice walking tracks. If it's raining it would be the last place you would want to spend a few hours!

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2. Re: Day Return Trip on Transalpine Train - ChCh - APass - ChCh

Thanks Zappers - we're arriving CH 27/1/2007 - so not expecting rain - am I too optimistic?

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My motto on NZ weather is "never say never" You should be fine though.

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4. Re: Day Return Trip on Transalpine Train - ChCh - APass - ChCh

HI bandjotg.

The cost for November, is 130 dollars return to Arthurs Pass.

This is same day, or stay overnight and get the next days train.Same price.

You need to go to


Enter in the date of travel and it will give you a price.

But do book soon if you are certain you are going, also if you are staying overnight.


Here is what I have On the beautiful Arthurs Pass area.

Hope it is of use to you and fellow travellers.

I personally was not impressed with Greymouth that much. Different if you are staying there a night or two, then you can hire a car and visit the neat scenic spots out of the Town in a day.There is a Brewery Tour in Greymouth.

ARTHURS PASS NATIONAL PARK, is an outstanding wilderness straddling the GREAT DIVIDE and is the highest Pass over the SOUTHERN ALPS.

THE VILLAGE at Arthurs Pass, is New Zealands highest Town, and the start of many beautiful walks, both long and short.

This National Park is rugged and Mountainous, with weather that can change with very little warning.

Arthurs Pass Visitors Centre, is just down the road from the Rail Station, and has all the MAPS and information on walks etc.

For the serious Hiker, there are over 30 HUTS located within the Park.

There are 4 types of tracks,

Number 1. PATHWAYS which have an easy surface for prams and wheelchairs.

Number2. WALKING TRACKS. which are well formed and marked tracks for people of all ages.

Number 3. TRAMPING TRACKS. limited track formation, average fitness, some experience required.

Number 4. These tracks are lightly marked or not marked at all. Suitable for the fit, experienced and well equipt Tramper.


On most walks you will pass through rich Rainforests, past stunning Waterfalls, and through Alpine Gardens.

Walking Boots are a must for all walks.

The VISITORS CENTRE, also has Toilets, first aid and a Day Visitor Storage area for your Bags,.

SPRING, is October and November, and this is the wetest time of the year, with nor- weaster winds.

SUMMER is the most settled weather, the best months being February and March.

From April onwards the Temperature drops.

Most of the HEAVY SNOWFALLS are between June and September,

sometimes as late as October.

The average Winter has 3 or 4 good snowfalls. TEMPLE BASIN, is the closest SKIFIELD , and gets about 3 months of great skiing,


From March to May, all the exotic trees turn every shade of red, gold and yellow.Really Beautiful to see.

September till November, the snow melts, and Alpine flowers and Native Birds are everywhere.

THE TRANZSCENIC TRAIN, leaves Christchurch , on the 2006 timetable, at 8.15 am., and arrives at Arthurs Pass at approx. 10.30am.

The present cost is 130 n.z.dollars return.



The Carriages on the Train have one way seating, or table group seating., and the Open Air Carriage, is brilliant for photos.

Meals and Drinks are served on board.

If you would rather go by Bus, go to


If you wish to stay in the Village, you have the following to choose from.


MOUNTAIN HOUSE...www.trampers.co.nz



YOUTH HOSTEL...www.yha.co.nz

THE ALPS BED and BREAKFAST...www.thealps.co.nz

For eats, you have WOBBLY KEA CAFE and BAR....open 9am till late. All day breakfast, and dinner from 6pm.

HAPPY HOUR....tues and Fri..7pm till 9pm.

There are also Takeaway Bars , and a more formal Restaurant at the Middlsouth Hotel.

Remember, pack a light raincoat for summer walks , it can change quickly from sun to showers.

Happy Tramping.




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