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Arthur's Pass Day Tour - TranzAlpine Experience

On this unforgettable day tour, you will experience a breathtaking journey aboard the TranzAlpine Train as it winds through Waimakariri Gorge before emerging into the spectacular surrounds of Arthur's Pass National Park.

Get ready for a day of discovery on this picturesque tour that uses roads and train track to showcase some of New Zealand's absolute finest scenery.

Leaving Christchurch you will travel by coach through the fields and farmlands of the Canterbury Plains into Springfield, in the foothills of the Southern Alps, where your train awaits.

The TranzAlpine is renowned as one of the top ten train journeys in the world and boasts panoramic windows giving you stupendous views as you follow the ice-fed Waimakariri River through deep gorges and up into the towering mountains.

Once you've got your breath back, switch back to the road for a tour around the picturesque Arthurs Pass including stops at Otira Gorge and the old village of Otira before stopping for lunch (own expense, payable locally) back at Arthurs Pass.

Enjoy lunch at the Wobbly Kea Restaurant Arthur's Pass. After lunch, explore the village and some of the many walks, head back to Christchurch through a series of high alpine passes and stop at a sheep farm for afternoon tea, sheep shearing and sheep mustering demonstration.

Experience Includes

  • Travel across the Canterbury Plains to the breathtaking Arthur's Pass National Park
  • Spectacular mountain vistas including the Otira Gorge
  • Free time to explore the picturesque village of Arthurs Pass
  • Travel by luxury mini-coach in the Southern Alps
  • Lunch
  • Visit a sheep farm
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off from Christchurch hotels


Daily, year round. Does not operate on Christmas Day.

Departure location

Pick-up from central Christchurch accommodation.

Start times

8.00am. Hotel pick-ups commence before this time.


Around 10 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Children 0-2 years inclusive are free of charge if not occupying a seat.
  • The precise route/itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions etc.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved.
  • There is a minimum passenger requirement of 4 in order for the tour to run.