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Arthur's Pass: TranzAlpine Train and Castle Hill Day Tour

Arthur's Pass: TranzAlpine Train and Castle Hill Day Tour

From US$ 253.74 per person

Experience one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass. Meet your guide for a full day of exploration through the South Island's remarkable natural landscapes.

About this activity

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pickup and drop-off are offered from your preferred location in Central Christchurch.
Small group
Limited to 11 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Embark on the incredible train journey from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass
  • Enjoy a walk with crisp alpine air, unforgettable mountain vistas, and waterfalls
  • Encounter chatty alpine parrots at Otira Viaduct lookout
  • Capture mirror images at Lake Pearson
  • Admire the majestic limestone boulders at Castle Hill
Full description

Experience the South Island's remarkable natural landscapes by taking a journey on a train from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass, which is considered one of the world's greatest train journeys for the scenery it passes.

Enjoy breathtaking views of Canterbury Plains, Southern Alps, ice-fed Waimakariri River, lush beech forests, and stunning landscapes. Explore walking tracks in Arthur's Pass National Park with spectacular mountain views & pristine waterfalls.

Capture mirror images at Lake Pearson & wander through the majestic limestone boulders at Castle Hill. A perfect day trip for nature lovers, hikers, and adventure seekers.

Includes
  • TranzAlpine Train tickets from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass
  • Professional guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from Central Christchurch Hotel
  • Transport by air-conditioned late model Minivan
  • Bottled water
  • National Park Fees
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • This is a small group day tour
  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Some walking is involved so wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Hotspot WiFi is available during this activity
  • Lunch is not included
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 32 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Service
    4.9/5

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Really fun day trip by Ajay to Arthur’s pass. The drive was scenic, as was the train ride. Some roads were windy, which made me glad I wasnt driving! Best to take a small coach. Our guide was relaxed and pleasant but also very informative about the history of the area and interesting facts. We stopped at a spot for a fairly easy hike to a waterfall, enjoyed a village lunch, and a few other scenic spots including Castle Hill, all whilst being back in Christchurch in time for dinner. Really great day - and a nice relaxing activity to do while in Christchurch.

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January 19, 2023

Fantastic train journey in glorious sunshine with great scenery to look at all the way. Afterwards it was a short walk up to a great waterfall before we went to Castle Hill and strolled around a bit. Very knowledgeable guide who explained everything we saw. The trip is highly recommended.

December 11, 2022

It has been a great one day trip, our guide was knowledgeable and helpful, overall it has been an awesome experience. The downside was a long wait before our train left in the morning, also it took us a while to work out how to connect the audio commentary which was very useful and informative, by the way. At the end of the day when driving back, we felt our driver and guide Anuj was driving too fast, we would have driven a bit slower to make sure that the passengers feel safe. Other than that it was great.

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July 19, 2022

Product ID: 304693