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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 Guided Day Trip with Lunch

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

Expereince 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.

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What people are saying about Arthur's Pass National Park

Anu the tour guide and driver thought of everything, umbrellas, snacks,water. He found alternatives to treks that could not be accessed due to rain. Anu was very informative and we both thought the trip was excellent. The train journey was brilliant too.

We had an amazing journey through the mountains by train but the journey back by bus was equally as interesting with a running commentary about the scenery and history. Water and snacks available at all times . Thank you for a fantastic day

I preferred the different stops to take photos and I regretted that on the train there was not an audio guide in French. The guide was lovely, thank you.

The combination of train and bus return with stops at several stops

Great tour guide, incredible scenery and the train ride was fun!