Enjoy a scenic Tranz Alpine day tour through Arthurs Pass National Park – a highlight of your South Island itinerary. I will be your personal guide and will pick you up for your day excursion from your accommodation in Christchurch and drive you across the Canterbury Plains to meet the Tranz Alpine train in the foothills of the Southern Alps.
From here you will get on the Tranz Alpine train which will take you alongside the Waimakariri River as it takes you up through the scenic Arthurs Pass National Park and see the amazing and unique New Zealand alpine scenery as you climb into the South Island high country.
From Arthurs Pass station, one of New Zealands highest railway stations, I will drive you to the lookout over the stunning Otira Gorge, where the native parrot, the Kea, often resides and is eager to entertain. We can view New Zealand native Mountain Beech forest, waterfalls and classic South Island Alpine scenery as well as call into the Arthurs Pass National Park Visitors centre.From here, we will find a scenic location overlooking the national park and enjoy a 2 course homemade picnic lunch from my organic garden.
After lunch we will drive back towards Christchurch passing through scenery that gives a different perspective compared to your Tranz Alpine train journey – from alpine scenery,high country sheep stations, lakes, limestone formations and river valleys.
An additional and an exhilarating jet boat adventure $45 or farm visit $30. If you prefer you can get the Tranz Alpine train from Christchurch (at no additional cost) and I will meet you at the Arthur’s Pass station to begin our tour. Truly the most scenic part of the journey is from Springfield so it is my recommendation to enjoy the drive across the Canterbury Plains and it gives me more time to explain the day and we can stop for photos along the way if you wish.
07.45 Pick up for your Tranz Alpine Day Tour
09.15 Departure from Springfield Station of Tranz Alpine Train
10.45 Train arrives Arthurs Pass Railway Station
10.45-13.00 Sightseeing in Arthurs Pass National Park area, Otira Gorge, Visitors Centre,
13.00 Homemade 2 course Picnic Lunch amongst South Island Alpine Scenery.
14.00 Drive back towards Christchurch via State Highway 73 viewing classic New Zealand landscapes, South Island High Country Sheep Stations, Alpine Lakes and Limestone formations with lots of opportunities for photo stops.
14.45 Option to join farm tour and / or Thrilling Jet Boat ride on the Waimakariri River.
17.00 Return to Christchurch