Christchurch Sightseeing Coach Tour | Arthur's Pass National Park & Otira Gorge Tour

Christchurch Sightseeing Coach Tour | Arthur's Pass National Park & Otira Gorge Tour

In the heart of the Southern Alps, Arthur’s Pass National Park has an incredible diversity of flora and landscape. They range from Eastern Beech clad hills and tussock valleys to the luxuriant rain forest in the west. The highest mountains have glaciers and surrounding them are tussock basins, flowering herbs and alpine grasses.

Journey across the wide expanses of the Canterbury Plains into high country surrounded by rugged mountain ranges. After leaving the Canterbury Plains, the landscape dramatically changes into sub-alpine we head towards the spectacular Southern Alps.

View the Waimakariri River and its unique braided riverbed system. Enter Arthur’s Pass National Park where short walks can be made to experience forests, rivers and mountains vistas.

Follow the old stage coach route and travel down the spectacular Otira Gorge, testament to the road builders of the 1860's and the route taken by the Maori in their quest for greenstone. View Cave Stream where it burrows underground in an area of limestone cliffs and gorges, craggy outcrops and a setting of mountains to the east and west. This area was also used as for the filming of C J Lewis’ story – “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”.

The incredible Castle Hill rocks, unique weatherworn rain smoothed outcrops of limestone are seen from the highway. The return journey to Christchurch goes over the sub-alpine Porter's Pass and then crosses the Canterbury Plains.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Scenic Coach Day Tours
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Price:
From (NZD) $375 per person
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Code: CTAP01

Inclusions

Travel by deluxe mini coach
Fully escorted with informative commentary
Delicious picnic morning and afternoon teas
Lunch in a country hotel with spectacular mountain views
Guided walks to explore the alpine and high country landscapes
City accommodation pickup / drop off

Tour Departures

  • Frequency: Departs daily
  • Departure Point: Free pick up & drop off from inner city accommodation
  • Departure Time: at 8:15am
  • Duration: 9.5 hours approximately
  • Return Details: Tour returns at 5:45pm
  • Closed: Christmas Day

Important Information

  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel.
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability.
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher.

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4.7/5.0

There are 3 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.


Tour Reviews

5
28/09/2017
Our guide Peter gave us a wonderful day. He was not only knowledgeable but thoughtful and considerate, made suggestions while being responsive to our wishes. The tour couldn't have been bettered, with even the weather and the Keas cooperating!
Overall Tour Rating

5
08/01/2016
There were 3 of us on this tour which we enjoyed immensely. Our guide, John, was very friendly, professional and informative. He willingly shared much history as well as ecological knowledge of the area. He also tailored the tour to our interests and abilities, particularly when he gave us the option of hiking through the rainforest which was a highlight of the tour. We highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in the natural beauty of New Zealand.
Overall Tour Rating

4
28/03/2013
An enjoyable and entertaining full day tour. Our tour guide was Sally and she was very knowledgeable, friendly, engaging and made the trip a very memorable one. There were two other travellers besides myself. The small group allowed for very good interaction with one another. The tour inclusions which I booked had me travel on the KiwiRail TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass station. This journey took about 2 hours and allowed for one to see the vast and beautiful landscapes of New Zealand's Caterbury Plains. We visited some locations within Arthur's Pass National Park and had a nice lunch at the Wobbly Kea Cafe and Bar. There were plenty of opportunities for photos and on the return journey back to Christchurch, we stopped at Castle Hill rocks which made for even more beautiful photos.
Overall Tour Rating

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Christchurch Sightseeing Coach Tour | Arthur's Pass National Park & Otira Gorge Tour
Sightseeing Tours
Tour Code: CTAP01
From (NZD) $375 per person
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Rating:
3 reviews (4.7/5)

In the heart of the Southern Alps, Arthur’s Pass National Park has an incredible diversity of flora and landscape. They range from Eastern Beech cla... Read More

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