Christchurch Coach & Rail tour | Arthur's Pass National Park & TranzAlpine Train

Christchurch Coach & Rail tour | Arthur's Pass National Park & TranzAlpine Train

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.

Your guide will collect you from your hotel and take you to the train station where you will join the world famous TranzAlpine train. 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 the National Park where you disembark at Arthurs Pass station where you will be met by your guide for series of short walks to experience beech forests, rivers, waterfalls 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.

After lunch at a high country pub we journey back to Christchurch via 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 and a sacred site for the Maori’s.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) $559 per person
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Code: CTAP02


TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass village
Return 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 7:30am
  • Duration: 10.5 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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There are 7 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 5 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

Very enjoyable day. Peter was an excellent guide and even gave us a brief tour of Christchurch centre en-route back to our hotel.
Overall Tour Rating

On a December 2017 Christchurch visit, we intended to travel to Arthur's Pass and return by rail. However, on the Internet, we found this excellent trip provided by Relaxing Journeys. We were picked up from our hotel by Fiona, who dropped us at Christchurch railway station, where she made sure we were seated on board before leaving us to enjoy the very picturesque journey to Arthur's Pass. At Arthur's Pass, Fiona met the train and we transferred to the mini bus. Thereafter, we visited many picturesque and interesting places not visible from the train. We also had a very relaxing walk through the rainforest and an excellent provided lunch at a mountainside inn overlooking the National Park. Fiona provided a knowledgeable and relaxed trip and dropped us back at our hotel. A most enjoyable day!
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John was excellent and made the day very interesting with his knowledge. We saw some beautiful scenery and found the Arthur's Pass interesting and learnt about the history of this area.
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The tour of Arthur's Pass was wonderful! The tour guide was terrific, the scenery was spectacular, and the surprise at the end was an absolute treat.
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Really enjoyed the tour. It was informative, comfortable and the scenery was amazing
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Fantastic experience - the Trans Alpine train trip has been on my bucket list for some time. The tour guide was extremely helpful and informative.
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Outstanding experience. Couldn't wipe the smile of my face. I was picked up on time in a lovely tour bus and there were only three of us on the tour. Once at the train station, we were escorted on board to our seats and made to feel very comfortable. Had a great trip on the train and spent almost the entire time out on the viewing deck furiously taking photos and videos, the scenery is so amazing. Once at Arthur's Pass, we were collected by our wonderful guide and taken around to see more of the sights around the great national park, scenic walks, Otira gorge, saw some lovely Kea's, Devil's Punchbowl, Lake Pearson and some limestone formations and finally Castle Rocks. Absolutely sensational day with a great guide and group and would do the same tour again in a heartbeat.
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Christchurch Coach & Rail tour | Arthur's Pass National Park & TranzAlpine Train
Sightseeing Tours
Tour Code: CTAP02
From (NZD) $559 per person
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7 reviews (5/5)

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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