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Day Trip to Arthur's Pass including TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch provided by NZSI Tours & Travel

Day Trip to Arthur's Pass including TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch

Day Trip to Arthur's Pass including TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch
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from $299.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 71335P30
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass. • Hotel Pick up & Drop off. • Transport in luxurious minivan (2017 or late model Mercedes Benz) • Light Refreshments. • Hotspot WIFI. • Bottled water
Exclusions
Lunch
Duration
10h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Pickup and drop off is offered from your preferred location in Christchurch.
Christchurch, New Zealand Pickup and drop off is offered from your preferred location in Christchurch.
Airports:
Christchurch Intl Airport, Christchurch New Zealand
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass. • Hotel Pick up & Drop off. • Transport in luxurious minivan (2017 or late model Mercedes Benz) • Light Refreshments. • Hotspot WIFI. • Bottled water
Exclusions
Lunch
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Pickup and drop off is offered from your preferred location in Christchurch.
Christchurch, New Zealand Pickup and drop off is offered from your preferred location in Christchurch.
Airports:
Christchurch Intl Airport, Christchurch New Zealand
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
10h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Not wheelchair accessible
A small amount of walking is involved.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Christchurch
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Christchurch Cathedral
  • 1
    Otira Viaduct Lookout
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Devils Punchbowl Walking Track
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 3
    Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area
    Stop: 4 hours
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Christchurch
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Pickup and drop off is offered from your preferred location in Christchurch.
    See address & details
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anjukris
1 contribution
A superb day trip
Dec 2020
This day trip along with one to Lake Tekapo and Mt.Cook organized by NZSI were the highlights of our trip to the South Island. Mr. Anuj.K was an excellent tour guide and driver. He was very thoughtful, kind and considerate. He also clicked some great photographs of us. The hikes were refreshing and the look-out points were breathtaking. In general, the itinerary was concise and was followed to the T! We will definitely consider NZSI for future trips to the South Island.
Written 21 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sheryl M
Auckland, New Zealand83 contributions
Great train journey
Oct 2020 • Friends
Great way to see parts of Sth Island that you can't see by road. Stunning alpine passes with ever changing vista. Pleased we did a short photo stop at Arthur's Pass which gave people time to stretch legs before boarding for next leg up to Greymouth.
While you can't pick the weather we had a bit of sun and grey cloud but it didn't spoil the trip at all as so much to see.
One hour stop at Greymouth so enough time to walk along sea wall and look at the sculpture honouring those that have lost their lives in the mines. Time to have a bite to eat at one of the cafes near the railway station.
Back to Christchurch seeing other sights we had missed. On board earphone commentary was very informative and interesting.
Good food selection in Cafe car with friendly staff.
Can't wait to do another rail trip as very relaxing way to travel.
Written 28 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

hokimai
Tauranga382 contributions
Great Day Out
From the moment Anju picked us up until the time he dropped us to our accommodation, he provided a fantastic experience for us.
We could not fault anything on this trip. He was very knowledgeable, helpful & professional.
The train to Arthur's Pass was very enjoyable, on arrival Anju met us & the took us in his immaculate van to other very interesting sites around the area.
Plenty of photo ops & opportunities to get out into nature, with a walk into the Devils Punch bowl & Castle Hill.
Snacks & drinks were much appreciated.
Highly recommend this trip

Written 17 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Agnes36
Belfast, UK2 contributions
Brilliant day out
Jan 2020
We were picked up by our guide Anujk and taken to the train station, he sorted our tickets and took us to our allocated seats. He gave us bags each with juice, nuts, chocolate bars and crisps to nibble on the trip, and throughout the day he had water and soft drinks for us on the minibus. We went on the train and he drove and met us at Arthur’s pass and took us to several different look out points on the way back. He was a very knowledgeable guide, very polite and the minibus was extremely clean and comfortable. The train trip was amazing, the views spectacular and we spent a lot of time in the outside viewing car. On the way back we stopped and walked into the Devils Punchbowl, and then walked into Castle hill to see the huge rock formations. This is an excellent trip which allows you to see this area from the two different perspectives of the train and then back by road. We can highly recommend this trip and our lovely guide.
Written 31 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nessieonthemove
Barnet, UK8 contributions
Loved it
The train is an experience which has great views of the scenery and I would imagine changes so much through the seasons. I’m happy I made the decision to take the train to Arthur’s pass and drive back. Our driver Anujk was lovely and very knowledgable.. he made the trip for us, time wasn’t an issue and he was interesting. The drive back was very enjoyable with lots of nice stops along the way. Delighted we did this trip.
Written 23 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Gnathonemus
3 contributions
Beautiful views, comfortable train, personalized tour
Nov 2019
It was a tour that almost wasn’t. I’d had a mishap the night before that made me unsteady on my feet. Also, my wife and I were the only two people on the tour. It would have been easy for Anu, our tour guide, to either cancel our tour entirely, or to take us to the starting points for the standard hikes and say “Gee, what a shame you aren’t feeling up to it.”

Nope. First, he got us from our hotel to the TranzAlpine Train. This was supposed to be the high point of the excursion. But while it was comfortable and very nice, with pre-beautiful views of the scenery accompanied by recorded narration, it wasn’t the high point.

That started when we left the train at Arthur’s Pass. Anu met us there and got us aboard his tour van, where he treated us to a customized tour that accommodated my less-than perfect sense of balance and still let us experience the beauty and grandeur of this part of New Zealand’s south island … not to mention up-close-and-personal views of the legendary Kea (the world’s largest parakeet, which is much more impressive and memorable than it sounds).

All in all, it was a fine way to begin our New Zealand adventure.
Written 28 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Dear NoSearch1234, We are glad to hear that you had an up-close-and-personal experience on your tour with us to Arthur's Pass. The TranzAlpine Train is definitely a highlight of this tour, however you get to see a totally different experience on your return journey with one of our friendly guides. We would love to welcome you back should you plan to visit New Zealand in near future. Kind Regards, Manager NZSI Tours
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Janssen A
Port Lincoln, Australia11 contributions
Amazing Winter Wonderland Tour at the Southern Alps
Booked this tour online after looking through many reviews and itineraries of various companies. We did not regret our decision to go with NZSI tours. They understood our needs as a family with 3 young children under 6. Parul the booking agent maintained a good level of communication with us prior to the tour updating us on weather conditions and logistical matters. The Tranzalpine ride lived up to our expectations as one of the greatest train journeys of the world. Arthur's Pass village and it's surrounding attractions were covered in snow making it a real winter wonderland. The kids had so much fun playing with the ice and snow. The walking trails were quite challenging to navigate especially when we had young kids as it was very slippery with melting ice on the pathway. We were unable to complete the Devils Punchbowl track due to very dangerous slippery conditions but we had fun nonetheless. Anuj our tour guide deserves the highest commendations. He was courteous, knowledgeable, and goes out of his way to help us. From giving us generous amounts of snacks and drinks throughout the whole journey to helping carry my 3 year old daughter down a slippery icy slope for a considerable distance he is everything we ask for in a guide. They also included an infant seat for my 11 month old son. A truly memorable experience from the spectacular scenery to faultless service!
Written 14 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Dear Janssena2017, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor. Client's safety is our utmost priority especially in winter driving conditions. Therefore, we make sure beforehand if the conditions are suitable for our customers & try giving them different options to make sure they enjoy their day. We're glad to hear that you had a wonderful tour at Arthur's Pass & the kids enjoyed as well. We would love to welcome you again should you visit New Zealand anytime in near future. Kind Regards, Manager NZSI Tours
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Mary Z
3 contributions
Best of everything in one day
Jun 2019
We experienced this day tour when booking with NZSI travel tours. Parul, the booking agent, was fantastic with answering any questions and was prompt at her response time. Our tour guide, Anuj, was not only incredibly friendly and informative, but he went out of his way to ensure that we traveled in comfort on the train by providing snacks, took safety precautions with the weather conditions, and gave us all the time we needed to experience and absorb all the beautiful sights of the day. He went above and beyond by making a special trip back to our accommodations when my daughter left something behind in his car. I highly recommend booking with NZSI, since they made our experience in New Zealand that much more memorable.
Written 24 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Dear Mary Z, We are happy to know that your experience from the booking, to any queries, to weather conditions and your tour experience as a whole was wonderful. We always make sure that our clients have had the best of their time in New Zealand travelling with us. Kind Regards, Manager NZSI Tours
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Helena
1 contribution
Very nice trip!
Apr 2019 • Friends
The staff are very friendly and helpful! Very nice trip and wonderful memory. The scenery along the train line was amazing. I also enjoyed the small hike toward the waterfall. On the way back, visiting some famous spots in Arthur's Pass also very nice :) Thank you so much!
Written 3 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Helena_chen1123, Thank you for your review. We're glad to know that you have wonderful memories from your day trip to Arthur's Pass with us. We would love to welcome you again. Kind Regards, Manager NZSI Tours & Travel
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

BexD139
Ontario. Canada36 contributions
Dave gets 10 stars!! Best day ever!
May 2019 • Friends
On May 1 we had this excursion booked. We were the only 2 ppl on the tour. Dave met us at our hotel took us to the train station got us settled in our seats and net is at the doors in Arthurs Pass. The train ride was beautiful and informative.
Upon arriving Dave took us to different areas to explore, we had the most beautiful weather which made the scenery more beautiful. Dave was kind, funny and professional and made this an amazing experience for us.
We visited the Devils Punchbowl, Castle hill and a few other trails. Lunch was excellent to the Beagley Hotel.
This was an amazing excursion and Dave did an amazing job taking us around and stopping for photos and really making it personal for us. 100% recommend!!!
Written 1 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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AbigailCC
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Highlight of our trip! A+!
The Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, and Mt. Cook views were just simply spectacular. So lucky to have a nice, warm weathe
BillyV813
BillyV813
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World Class !
We took the Lake Tekapo & Mt Cook Day tour with our excellent guide Mr Anuj and we had a great time! The company is
donnadanish
donnadanish
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WOW!!!
Excellent tour with views that are absolutely spectacular. Long day with a delicious lunch included! If you are
Delicia L
Delicia L
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Absolutely great!
Our driver was very nice and informative. It didn't feel like a very long drive to me. Refreshments were given. We
379janew
379janew
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Great day around the mountains and lakes
Anuijk was our guide and was very accommodating to our requests to maximise walking time at Aoroka/Mount Cook and n
Kristy M
Kristy M
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Excellent experience. A+++++
What an amazing experience. Anuj our driver was so informative and so friendly providing snacks and drinks for us a
aaishasalvatore
aaishasalvatore
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HAPPY CUSTOMER
our tour guide mr anuj was beyond kind, and patient to explain us through the whole tour. It was detailed stress fr
CathDCFC
CathDCFC
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Wonderful tour with wonderful guide
This was a brilliant day and would thoroughly recommend this tour. Prior to the the day of the tour, the communicat
Mary Z
Mary Z
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Incredible customer experience with a well planned itinerary.
We had the pleasure of doing two full day tours with NZSI Tours & Travel. We can't express enough the incredible c
Mary Z
Mary Z
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Incredible day that featured beautiful views, a delicious lunch and an incredible tour guide
My daughter and I had the pleasure of doing this full day tour, with our tour guide Anuj. First, the booking proce
jftowers
jftowers
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Educational and Breathtaking
At 7am Anujk, our guide, picked us up. Unlimited snacks and refreshments on the way, including hot drinks. Anujk ha
AHoot
AHoot
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Comfortable and informative scenic transfer!
An excellent way to cross the country in comfort, to see beautiful scenery, and to learn more about New Zealand. P
ChesterWilson
ChesterWilson
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Excellent!
My parents had a fantastic time, thanks to Anuj & Parul. I didn't want my parents to be travelling in NZ by rental
katyhining3
katyhining3
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Had a great time with Parul!
Highly recommend doing this trip! Parul is very knowledgeable and caters the trip to his passengers. The sights wer
TracyKo2015
TracyKo2015
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Fantastic Private Tour on Christmas Day 2018
Our family is pleased to join the private tour to Mt Cook on Christmas Day 2018. No regret to join this tour! Parul
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