Day trip

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

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

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From US$ 223.48 per person

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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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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pickup from your preferred location in 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
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Minivan transport (late model Mercedes Benz)
  • Bottled water
  • National Park Fees
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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 (up to 11 people)
  • 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

4.6 /5

based on 5 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    5/5

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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

Amazing experience! The scenic train has audio commentary on the scenes along the journey. The weather was great in the morning, unfortunately it was raining and became cloudy in the afternoon. Our guide, Anuj, was really friendly and helpful. We stopped by several scenic spots after hiking at the National Park. Recommended day trip!

June 6, 2022

Great trip and great guide. The guide was very knowledgable and surprised us with special features such as snacks for the trip.

December 5, 2020

Product ID: 304693