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

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

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.

From Christchurch: Arthur's Pass and Tranzalpine Day Tour

2. From Christchurch: Arthur's Pass and Tranzalpine Day Tour

Christchurch – We start by leaving the Garden City/Christchurch and heading north while our knowledgeable driver points out some of the Garden City’s highlights. Springfield/Alpine Jet –As we make our way through the Selwyn District you will be greeted by the Gorgeous little western town of Springfield where we make our turn off towards Alpine Jets. Here you will spend time experiencing the wonders of the Waimakariri, it’s no wonder Jet Boating was developed here in Christchurch! For those that have decided to not add this onto their tour, there are walks, views and sheep cuddles to enjoy. Castle Hill (1hour) – Once back in the van we head towards Castle Hill. These weathered limestone rocks sit proudly on the tussocky hills and were once in the ocean! Over time they eroded away and started forming these amazing unique shapes you’ll see today. You might recognize this landscape from movies such as Lord of the Rings and Narnia! That’s right. Not only that, but while you walk amongst the rocks you will also see climbers and boulderers! This place is a magnet for those types of hobbies. This is not a guided walk so you will be left to explore this piece of beauty on your own. Otira Gorge Lookout (15 min) – Also known as Deaths Corner! The Otira Viaduct Lookout is an amazing spot to see the national park in all its glory. This bridge is the only reason driving Arthurs Pass is possible! It’s huge at 440 Meters long and is a great spot for a photo of the bridge and the surrounding landscape. A little bonus too, you might see a wee Cheeky Kea! The sneaky Alpine Parrot of NZ. Arthurs Pass Village (1hour) – We depart the lookout and head towards Arthur's Pass village. On the way you will be able to see the beautiful backdrop of the majestic Southern Alps up close. Once we arrive you will have the opportunity to either walk the Devils Punch Bowl or spend this time walking around the local shop. Devils Punch Bowl – This walking track is approx. 1 hour with a gradual incline including steps towards a ferocious 131-meter-tall waterfall. Fitness is low to moderate as you walk through the bush and forest. Arthurs pass village – Grab a bite to eat, a coffee and shop some local goodies! This village is a great way to really get to know the area. Please note our driver will keep you updated on the time to catch your train back to the city. TranzAlpine – Our guide will drop you at the Train Station to continue your journey back towards the Canterbury Plains, via the TranzAlpine. Christchurch Train station –The train is scheduled to arrive at the station at 7pm, you will see our van there waiting for you! You can tell us all about it as we take you back to the accommodation where you started your journey from this Morning. As this tour operates in an alpine region the weather can be unpredictable. In the event of bad weather this tour will continue onto Greymouth and Lake Brunner

From Christchurch: Arthur's Pass Guided Day Trip with Lunch

3. From Christchurch: Arthur's Pass Guided Day Trip with Lunch

Experience the beauty of New Zealand's Castle Hill, the turquoise waters of Waimakariri Gorge, and the alpine village at Arthurs Pass on this guided day trip that includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Christchurch. Travel in a comfortable van and savor a mouthwatering lunch along the way. Be picked up at your accommodation in Christchurch and whisked away on a group tour. Ride on the Great Alpine Highway to see spectacular engineering, mesmerizing waterfalls, and famous filming locations like Castle Hill (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe). Admire views of Arthur’s pass, a National Park located deep in the Southern Alps of New Zealand and stop to explore the rural charm of Arthur's Pass Village. Take a variety of landscapes, from green fields to rugged mountain ranges, lush forest and ice-fed lakes and rivers. Avoid missing sights with a guide that is happy to point out the highlights. View the blue river that winds through the Waimakariri Gorge and the sparkling waters of Lake Pearson, a bird paradise. Enjoy the Otira Gorge Rock Shelter Lookout, an engineering marvel. Make plenty of stops along the way and have the chance to do optional activities (for an additional fee) like taking a jet boat ride or going for a forest walk to a waterfall. Capture pictures at Instagram-worthy spots. Return to your accommodation in Christchurch at the end of your tour. As this tour operates in an alpine region the weather can be unpredictable. In the event of bas weather this tour will continue on to Greymouth and Lake Brunner.

21 Day Grand Kiwi Experience Small Group Tour

4. 21 Day Grand Kiwi Experience Small Group Tour

Experience the majestic beauty of New Zealand's diverse landscapes on a 21-day adventure. Take part in unique local activities along the way and end your journey in the city of Christchurch. Day 1: Welcome to Auckland- Arrival at Hostel Welcome evening - Meet your Small Group Tour driver guide and fellow travelers Day 2: Auckland to Coromandel •Explore the stunning Cathedral Cove •Relax at Hot Water Beach by digging your own spa pool Day 3: Coromandel to Waitomo •Hike through the Karangahake Gorge •Admire the magical glowworm caves in Waitomo Day 4: Waitomo to Rotorua •Explore the lush Ruakuri Reserve •Spend the night in a Māori village, where you'll learn about local history and culture •Visit Hobbiton (extra) •Discover the town and lake in Rotorua Day 5: Rotorua Free Day •Immerse yourself in the history and culture at Te Pā Tū Māori Village Day 6: Rotorua to Taupo •Walk the scenic Huka Falls walkway •Soak under a waterfall or in the naturally heated rock pools at Spa Park Day 7: Taupo Free day •Today is at your leisure; feel free to explore; you can book one of the many optional activities online via the Trip Planner. Day 8: Taupo to River Valley •Walk the trail to Taranaki Falls •Spend the day at River Valley Lodge, nestled along the Rangitikei River •Taste an organic roast dinner Day 9: River Valley to Wellington •Take in the vibrant city vibes of Wellington, New Zealand's capital Day 10: Wellington Free Day •Today is yours to do as you wish! Day 11: Wellington to Kaikoura •Board a spacious ferry for a ride across the Cook Strait •Sip on some local wine in the Marlborough region •Visit the impressive Kaikoura seal colony Day 12: Kaikoura to Christchurch •Hike the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway •Admire incredible panoramic views of Kaikoura •Discover hidden gems of Christchurch on a city-street art trail Day 13: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo •Marvel at the stars in the Dark Sky Project •Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd Day 14: Lake Tekapo to Mount Cook •Spend the day inside the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park •Walk through the Hooker Valley track to Hooker Lake Day 15: Lake Tekapo to Queenstown •Feast on a buffet dinner with panoramic views of Queenstown at the Skyline Stratosphere Restaurant Day 16: Queenstown free day •Have the whole day to yourself and explore the wonders of Queenstown Day 17: Queenstown to Milford Sound •2 hour Milford Sound boat cruise Day 18: Queenstown to Lake Hawea via Wanaka •Take in views over Lake Wānaka from Roys Peak (weather dependent) •Visit the famous Wanaka tree Day 19: Lake Hawea to Franz Josef •Discover the Thunder Creek falls in Mt Aspiring National Park •Admire the famous mirror views of Aoraki/Mount Cook from Lake Matheson Day 20: Franz Josef •Design and carve your own Greenstone jewelry in a West Coast workshop •Take on a glacier walk Day 21: Franz Josef to Christchurch •Explore a variety of trails across Arthur's Pass •Walk the Castle Hill track •Stop at the Devils Punchbowl waterfalls

Milford, Mt Cook & Arthur's Pass: 3-Day Tour ex-Christchurch

5. Milford, Mt Cook & Arthur's Pass: 3-Day Tour ex-Christchurch

Embark on one of the best possible itineraries to explore few of the major attractions of New Zealand's South Island in just 3 days, allowing you time to immerse yourself in the serenity of each place. Conclude your trip in Queenstown. Day 1: Christchurch - TranzAlpine Train Experience - Otira Viaduct Lookout - Arthur's Pass Village - Arthur's Pass National Park - Castle Hill - Lake Lyndon - Lake Tekapo Be picked up from your accommodation in Christchurch. Board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train at Christchurch Station and admire the scenic views before disembarking at Arthur’s Pass Railway Station, where you will be picked up. Admire the views from the Otira Viaduct Lookout. Explore Arthur's Pass National Park with a walk along the Devil's Punchbowl Walking Track or the Arthur's Pass Walking Track. Visit Castle Hill and enjoy the photogenic landscape of stunning limestone rock formations featured in famous Hollywood movies. Take a break at Lake Lyndon on the way to Lake Tekapo. Check-in to your accommodation in Lake Tekapo. At night, grab the opportunity to engage in a stargazing activity in the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, the biggest Dark Sky Reserve in the world. Day 2: Lake Tekapo - Lake Pukaki - Alpine Lavender farm - Aoraki Mount Cook (Hooker Valley Track & Tasman Glacier View Track) - Lindis Pass - Queenstown Start another beautiful day with pickup from your hotel in Lake Tekapo. Visit the renowned 'Church of the Good Shepherd' in Lake Tekapo. Take a brief leisurely walk along the picturesque Lake Tekapo. Visit Lake Pukaki, a stunning glacier-fed alpine lake. Admire the highest mountain in the country, Aoraki Mount Cook. Either hike through rugged mountain terrain to soak up the area's wild beauty on the Hooker Valley Track and/or Tasman Glacier View Track or engage in other activities like a helicopter ride, depending on weather conditions. Pass through Lindis Pass on your way to Queenstown. Check-in to your accommodation in Queenstown. Day 3: Queenstown - Te Anau Glowworm Caves - Milford Sound - Te Anau/Queenstown Start with pickup from your hotel in the morning. Relax on the scenic transfer to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Purchase a ticket to the cave to admire a cave that is lit by thousands of blue bioluminescent glowworms. Venture to the sparkling waters of Milford Sound, which is surrounded by lush rainforests, rushing waterfalls, and towering peaks. Have the chance to purchase a cruise to explore this breathtaking area. Return to your accommodation in Te Aanu/Queenstown (depending on the activities you undertake). This is a private experience, so there will be stops as needed for food and rest breaks. Our enchanting journey concludes as we bid you farewell at your preferred location in Queenstown. May the memories of these spectacular landscapes and the essence of New Zealand's natural beauty stay with you always.

Milford, Mt Cook & Arthur's Pass: 3-Day Tour ex-Queenstown

6. Milford, Mt Cook & Arthur's Pass: 3-Day Tour ex-Queenstown

Embark on one of the best possible itineraries to explore few of the major attractions of New Zealand's South Island in just 3 days, allowing you time to immerse yourself in the serenity of each place. Finish your trip in Christchurch. Day 1: Queenstown - Te Anau Glowworm Caves - Milford Sound - Te Anau/Queenstown Be picked up from your accommodation in Queenstown in a comfortable car and relax on the scenic transfer to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Purchase a ticket to the cave to admire a cave that is lit by thousands of blue bioluminescent glowworms. Venture to the sparkling waters of Milford Sound which is surrounded by lush rainforests, rushing waterfalls, and towering peaks. Have the chance to purchase a cruise to explore this breathtaking area. Return to your accommodation in Te Anau/Queenstown (depending on the activities you undertake) for the night. Day 2: Te Anau/Queenstown - Lindis Pass - Lake Pukaki - Aoraki Mount Cook (Hooker Valley Track & Tasman Glacier View Track) - Lake Tekapo Start with pickup from your hotel in the morning and pass through Lindis Pass on your way to Lake Pukaki, a stunning glacier-fed alpine lake. Admire the highest mountain in the country, Aoraki Mount Cook. Either hike through rugged mountain terrain to soak up the area's wild beauty on the Hooker Valley Track and Tasman Glacier View Track or engage in other activities like a helicopter ride, depending on weather conditions. Visit the renowned 'Church of the Good Shepherd' in Lake Tekapo. Take a brief leisurely walk along the picturesque Lake Tekapo. Check-in to your accommodation in Lake Tekapo. At night, grab the opportunity to engage in stargazing activity in the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, the biggest Dark Sky Reserve in the world. Day 3: Lake Tekapo - Lake Lyndon - Castle Hill - Arthur's Pass Village - Arthur's Pass National Park - Otira Viaduct Lookout - TranzAlpine Train Experience - Christchurch Start another beautiful day with pickup from your hotel in Lake Tekapo. Take a break at Lake Lyndon on the way to Castle Hill. Visit Castle Hill and enjoy the photogenic landscape of stunning limestone rock formations featured in famous Hollywood movies before arriving at Arthur's Pass Village. Explore Arthur's Pass National Park with a walk along the Devil's Punchbowl Walking Track or the Arthur's Pass Walking Track. Admire the views from the Otira Viaduct Lookout. Board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train at Arthur's Pass and admire the scenic views, before disembarking at Christchurch Railway Station, where you will be picked up and transferred to your Christchurch hotel. This is a private experience, so there will be stops as needed for food and rest breaks. Our enchanting journey concludes as we bid you farewell at your preferred location in Christchurch. May the memories of these spectacular landscapes and the essence of New Zealand's natural beauty stay with you always.

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

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

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.

From Christchurch: Arthur's Pass and Tranzalpine Day Tour

From Christchurch: Arthur's Pass and Tranzalpine Day Tour

Christchurch – We start by leaving the Garden City/Christchurch and heading north while our knowledgeable driver points out some of the Garden City’s highlights. Springfield/Alpine Jet –As we make our way through the Selwyn District you will be greeted by the Gorgeous little western town of Springfield where we make our turn off towards Alpine Jets. Here you will spend time experiencing the wonders of the Waimakariri, it’s no wonder Jet Boating was developed here in Christchurch! For those that have decided to not add this onto their tour, there are walks, views and sheep cuddles to enjoy. Castle Hill (1hour) – Once back in the van we head towards Castle Hill. These weathered limestone rocks sit proudly on the tussocky hills and were once in the ocean! Over time they eroded away and started forming these amazing unique shapes you’ll see today. You might recognize this landscape from movies such as Lord of the Rings and Narnia! That’s right. Not only that, but while you walk amongst the rocks you will also see climbers and boulderers! This place is a magnet for those types of hobbies. This is not a guided walk so you will be left to explore this piece of beauty on your own. Otira Gorge Lookout (15 min) – Also known as Deaths Corner! The Otira Viaduct Lookout is an amazing spot to see the national park in all its glory. This bridge is the only reason driving Arthurs Pass is possible! It’s huge at 440 Meters long and is a great spot for a photo of the bridge and the surrounding landscape. A little bonus too, you might see a wee Cheeky Kea! The sneaky Alpine Parrot of NZ. Arthurs Pass Village (1hour) – We depart the lookout and head towards Arthur's Pass village. On the way you will be able to see the beautiful backdrop of the majestic Southern Alps up close. Once we arrive you will have the opportunity to either walk the Devils Punch Bowl or spend this time walking around the local shop. Devils Punch Bowl – This walking track is approx. 1 hour with a gradual incline including steps towards a ferocious 131-meter-tall waterfall. Fitness is low to moderate as you walk through the bush and forest. Arthurs pass village – Grab a bite to eat, a coffee and shop some local goodies! This village is a great way to really get to know the area. Please note our driver will keep you updated on the time to catch your train back to the city. TranzAlpine – Our guide will drop you at the Train Station to continue your journey back towards the Canterbury Plains, via the TranzAlpine. Christchurch Train station –The train is scheduled to arrive at the station at 7pm, you will see our van there waiting for you! You can tell us all about it as we take you back to the accommodation where you started your journey from this Morning. As this tour operates in an alpine region the weather can be unpredictable. In the event of bad weather this tour will continue onto Greymouth and Lake Brunner

From Christchurch: Arthur's Pass Guided Day Trip with Lunch

From Christchurch: Arthur's Pass Guided Day Trip with Lunch

Experience the beauty of New Zealand's Castle Hill, the turquoise waters of Waimakariri Gorge, and the alpine village at Arthurs Pass on this guided day trip that includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Christchurch. Travel in a comfortable van and savor a mouthwatering lunch along the way. Be picked up at your accommodation in Christchurch and whisked away on a group tour. Ride on the Great Alpine Highway to see spectacular engineering, mesmerizing waterfalls, and famous filming locations like Castle Hill (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe). Admire views of Arthur’s pass, a National Park located deep in the Southern Alps of New Zealand and stop to explore the rural charm of Arthur's Pass Village. Take a variety of landscapes, from green fields to rugged mountain ranges, lush forest and ice-fed lakes and rivers. Avoid missing sights with a guide that is happy to point out the highlights. View the blue river that winds through the Waimakariri Gorge and the sparkling waters of Lake Pearson, a bird paradise. Enjoy the Otira Gorge Rock Shelter Lookout, an engineering marvel. Make plenty of stops along the way and have the chance to do optional activities (for an additional fee) like taking a jet boat ride or going for a forest walk to a waterfall. Capture pictures at Instagram-worthy spots. Return to your accommodation in Christchurch at the end of your tour. As this tour operates in an alpine region the weather can be unpredictable. In the event of bas weather this tour will continue on to Greymouth and Lake Brunner.

21 Day Grand Kiwi Experience Small Group Tour

21 Day Grand Kiwi Experience Small Group Tour

Experience the majestic beauty of New Zealand's diverse landscapes on a 21-day adventure. Take part in unique local activities along the way and end your journey in the city of Christchurch. Day 1: Welcome to Auckland- Arrival at Hostel Welcome evening - Meet your Small Group Tour driver guide and fellow travelers Day 2: Auckland to Coromandel •Explore the stunning Cathedral Cove •Relax at Hot Water Beach by digging your own spa pool Day 3: Coromandel to Waitomo •Hike through the Karangahake Gorge •Admire the magical glowworm caves in Waitomo Day 4: Waitomo to Rotorua •Explore the lush Ruakuri Reserve •Spend the night in a Māori village, where you'll learn about local history and culture •Visit Hobbiton (extra) •Discover the town and lake in Rotorua Day 5: Rotorua Free Day •Immerse yourself in the history and culture at Te Pā Tū Māori Village Day 6: Rotorua to Taupo •Walk the scenic Huka Falls walkway •Soak under a waterfall or in the naturally heated rock pools at Spa Park Day 7: Taupo Free day •Today is at your leisure; feel free to explore; you can book one of the many optional activities online via the Trip Planner. Day 8: Taupo to River Valley •Walk the trail to Taranaki Falls •Spend the day at River Valley Lodge, nestled along the Rangitikei River •Taste an organic roast dinner Day 9: River Valley to Wellington •Take in the vibrant city vibes of Wellington, New Zealand's capital Day 10: Wellington Free Day •Today is yours to do as you wish! Day 11: Wellington to Kaikoura •Board a spacious ferry for a ride across the Cook Strait •Sip on some local wine in the Marlborough region •Visit the impressive Kaikoura seal colony Day 12: Kaikoura to Christchurch •Hike the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway •Admire incredible panoramic views of Kaikoura •Discover hidden gems of Christchurch on a city-street art trail Day 13: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo •Marvel at the stars in the Dark Sky Project •Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd Day 14: Lake Tekapo to Mount Cook •Spend the day inside the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park •Walk through the Hooker Valley track to Hooker Lake Day 15: Lake Tekapo to Queenstown •Feast on a buffet dinner with panoramic views of Queenstown at the Skyline Stratosphere Restaurant Day 16: Queenstown free day •Have the whole day to yourself and explore the wonders of Queenstown Day 17: Queenstown to Milford Sound •2 hour Milford Sound boat cruise Day 18: Queenstown to Lake Hawea via Wanaka •Take in views over Lake Wānaka from Roys Peak (weather dependent) •Visit the famous Wanaka tree Day 19: Lake Hawea to Franz Josef •Discover the Thunder Creek falls in Mt Aspiring National Park •Admire the famous mirror views of Aoraki/Mount Cook from Lake Matheson Day 20: Franz Josef •Design and carve your own Greenstone jewelry in a West Coast workshop •Take on a glacier walk Day 21: Franz Josef to Christchurch •Explore a variety of trails across Arthur's Pass •Walk the Castle Hill track •Stop at the Devils Punchbowl waterfalls

Milford, Mt Cook & Arthur's Pass: 3-Day Tour ex-Christchurch

Milford, Mt Cook & Arthur's Pass: 3-Day Tour ex-Christchurch

Embark on one of the best possible itineraries to explore few of the major attractions of New Zealand's South Island in just 3 days, allowing you time to immerse yourself in the serenity of each place. Conclude your trip in Queenstown. Day 1: Christchurch - TranzAlpine Train Experience - Otira Viaduct Lookout - Arthur's Pass Village - Arthur's Pass National Park - Castle Hill - Lake Lyndon - Lake Tekapo Be picked up from your accommodation in Christchurch. Board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train at Christchurch Station and admire the scenic views before disembarking at Arthur’s Pass Railway Station, where you will be picked up. Admire the views from the Otira Viaduct Lookout. Explore Arthur's Pass National Park with a walk along the Devil's Punchbowl Walking Track or the Arthur's Pass Walking Track. Visit Castle Hill and enjoy the photogenic landscape of stunning limestone rock formations featured in famous Hollywood movies. Take a break at Lake Lyndon on the way to Lake Tekapo. Check-in to your accommodation in Lake Tekapo. At night, grab the opportunity to engage in a stargazing activity in the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, the biggest Dark Sky Reserve in the world. Day 2: Lake Tekapo - Lake Pukaki - Alpine Lavender farm - Aoraki Mount Cook (Hooker Valley Track & Tasman Glacier View Track) - Lindis Pass - Queenstown Start another beautiful day with pickup from your hotel in Lake Tekapo. Visit the renowned 'Church of the Good Shepherd' in Lake Tekapo. Take a brief leisurely walk along the picturesque Lake Tekapo. Visit Lake Pukaki, a stunning glacier-fed alpine lake. Admire the highest mountain in the country, Aoraki Mount Cook. Either hike through rugged mountain terrain to soak up the area's wild beauty on the Hooker Valley Track and/or Tasman Glacier View Track or engage in other activities like a helicopter ride, depending on weather conditions. Pass through Lindis Pass on your way to Queenstown. Check-in to your accommodation in Queenstown. Day 3: Queenstown - Te Anau Glowworm Caves - Milford Sound - Te Anau/Queenstown Start with pickup from your hotel in the morning. Relax on the scenic transfer to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Purchase a ticket to the cave to admire a cave that is lit by thousands of blue bioluminescent glowworms. Venture to the sparkling waters of Milford Sound, which is surrounded by lush rainforests, rushing waterfalls, and towering peaks. Have the chance to purchase a cruise to explore this breathtaking area. Return to your accommodation in Te Aanu/Queenstown (depending on the activities you undertake). This is a private experience, so there will be stops as needed for food and rest breaks. Our enchanting journey concludes as we bid you farewell at your preferred location in Queenstown. May the memories of these spectacular landscapes and the essence of New Zealand's natural beauty stay with you always.

Milford, Mt Cook & Arthur's Pass: 3-Day Tour ex-Queenstown

Milford, Mt Cook & Arthur's Pass: 3-Day Tour ex-Queenstown

Embark on one of the best possible itineraries to explore few of the major attractions of New Zealand's South Island in just 3 days, allowing you time to immerse yourself in the serenity of each place. Finish your trip in Christchurch. Day 1: Queenstown - Te Anau Glowworm Caves - Milford Sound - Te Anau/Queenstown Be picked up from your accommodation in Queenstown in a comfortable car and relax on the scenic transfer to the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. Purchase a ticket to the cave to admire a cave that is lit by thousands of blue bioluminescent glowworms. Venture to the sparkling waters of Milford Sound which is surrounded by lush rainforests, rushing waterfalls, and towering peaks. Have the chance to purchase a cruise to explore this breathtaking area. Return to your accommodation in Te Anau/Queenstown (depending on the activities you undertake) for the night. Day 2: Te Anau/Queenstown - Lindis Pass - Lake Pukaki - Aoraki Mount Cook (Hooker Valley Track & Tasman Glacier View Track) - Lake Tekapo Start with pickup from your hotel in the morning and pass through Lindis Pass on your way to Lake Pukaki, a stunning glacier-fed alpine lake. Admire the highest mountain in the country, Aoraki Mount Cook. Either hike through rugged mountain terrain to soak up the area's wild beauty on the Hooker Valley Track and Tasman Glacier View Track or engage in other activities like a helicopter ride, depending on weather conditions. Visit the renowned 'Church of the Good Shepherd' in Lake Tekapo. Take a brief leisurely walk along the picturesque Lake Tekapo. Check-in to your accommodation in Lake Tekapo. At night, grab the opportunity to engage in stargazing activity in the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, the biggest Dark Sky Reserve in the world. Day 3: Lake Tekapo - Lake Lyndon - Castle Hill - Arthur's Pass Village - Arthur's Pass National Park - Otira Viaduct Lookout - TranzAlpine Train Experience - Christchurch Start another beautiful day with pickup from your hotel in Lake Tekapo. Take a break at Lake Lyndon on the way to Castle Hill. Visit Castle Hill and enjoy the photogenic landscape of stunning limestone rock formations featured in famous Hollywood movies before arriving at Arthur's Pass Village. Explore Arthur's Pass National Park with a walk along the Devil's Punchbowl Walking Track or the Arthur's Pass Walking Track. Admire the views from the Otira Viaduct Lookout. Board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train at Arthur's Pass and admire the scenic views, before disembarking at Christchurch Railway Station, where you will be picked up and transferred to your Christchurch hotel. This is a private experience, so there will be stops as needed for food and rest breaks. Our enchanting journey concludes as we bid you farewell at your preferred location in Christchurch. May the memories of these spectacular landscapes and the essence of New Zealand's natural beauty stay with you always.

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4.8
(41 reviews)

The Arthur Pass with its fall was good. The skipper and guide, Clive, was too good and made us very comfortable. His commentary was good. He also stopped for us to view the Arthur Pass Rail

great experience, very friendly guides, the landscapes are magnificent and the lunch was extremely good! I recommend 100%

The jet boats were a let down, no show there. if there are no rides then should find another attraction.

AJ was an excellent guide with good knowledge and a reassuring manner.

It was refreshing and well planned . Had good company