Lyttelton Tours
Lyttelton Shore Excursion: TranzAlpine and Arthurs Pass Tour

Lyttelton Shore Excursion: TranzAlpine and Arthurs Pass Tour

By Leisure Tours

Ages 0-99, max of 50 per group
Duration: 9h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English

  • TranzAlpine train journey
  • (if option is selected)
  • Afternoon tea
  • Local guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Christchurch
  • Entry/Admission - Toby Hill Farm
What's not included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified (e.g. lunch)

    Pickup details
    • Meeting instructions will be sent upon booking. Please note that the default time for this tour is 8.30am but this can be amended depending on your cruise ships arrival and departure times.
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • Fisherman's Wharf, Norwich Quay, Lyttelton 8082, New Zealand
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Wheelchair accessible
      • Pushchair accessible
      • Service animals allowed
      • Near public transportation
      • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2950P77

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Most travellers can participate
      • Children must be accompanied by an adult
      • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
      • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
      • Due to train seat availability the tour may operate in reserve with the TranzAlpine Train Travel being from Arthurs Pass to Christchurch
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2950P77

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      • Leisure Tours
        Christchurch, New Zealand
        Joined in July 2010
      • N9482HPjuditha
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fabulous wine tour!
        Fabulous wine tour! The driver/guide provided information on the drive to the first winery, Waipara Springs, where we tasted several wines, then had a great lunch. The wine pourer explained the wine processes and answered questions. We also visited George's Road and Torlesse. I was able to discuss the wines we tasted with the owner at George's Road who then offered to let us taste his syrah. Two of us found this one to be the best and we each bought a bottle. Torlesse produces wine in a more French style. All in all, a great day out meeting other wine lovers, and tasting a variety of wines and styles. I would definitely recommend!
        Written 16 June 2024
      • Scenic729478
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent tour worth every penny
        Excellent, informative tour with lots to see and fabulous views. Our guid was very knowledgeable and I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone.
        Written 12 June 2024
      • pkh213
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Lovely day in Akaroa
        We were picked up at our hotel at 8:30 a.m. for this full day tour. There were 12 of us in the van. It took us about 90 minutes to make our way to Akaroa. We stopped outside area to enjoy the views from above before descending into the town. We had lunch at Bully Hayes which is in the English area of the town. At 1:30 p.m. we took a two hour cruise on Black Cat Cruises. We stopped at Barry's Bay to sample some cheese before heading back.
        Written 9 June 2024
      • 532taylaf
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fun & intimate
        Intimate group of people, great hosts out at the vineyards and driver Pete was great to chat with and educated us along the way! We tasted around 15 wines all very unique and lunch was more than I expected. Definitely recommend :)
        Written 8 June 2024
      • Pathfinder561044
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        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        A really enjoyable wine tasting experience.
        What a truly enjoyable day. We were collected from our hotel by our driver and tour guide Joseph. He is a Christchurch local he had a wonderful knowledge of Christchurch and surrounds and he made our tour so interesting and informative. We had a small group which was really great and in no time everyone was chatting like old friends. Our first winery ( where we had a very tasty lunch) was excellent. The second winery a little off the beaten track was interesting to see snd our third and last so welcoming and friendly and offered us so many different tastings. The whole tour took a little over 5 hours and we never felt rushed or pressured to move on. I would highly recommend this experience. Such an enjoyable day.
        Written 20 May 2024
      • bubbsie2015
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        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Akaroa Day Trip
        We thoroughly enjoyed the day trip to Akaroa and harbour cruise. Our driver/guide Scotty is a legend, very knowledgeable on the history and background, giving us an insight to how this part of NZ was settled. Akaroa itself is a charming place, the lunch was a chance to catch up wth fellow travellers and hear of their experiences. On the harbour cruise we saw dolphins, babyseals and a humpback made a brief appearance... this was the first sighting of the season, so a big point score for the skipper and crew. Picked up some chutneys, cheese and chocs at the factory before heading back to town Thanks to all for a very enjoyable day out.. Barbara M
        Written 17 May 2024
      • Anonymous855
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        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        Very nice tour operator, Akaroa town blah, Hector dolphins on bay good
        We live along a vibrant coast so I'm a bit jaded on beach towns so this place did not meet my expectations and we did not enjoy our lunch choices at Bully Hayes. The restaurant was not busy and yet they crammed 5 of us into a table for 4 making it difficult to place beverages, elbows, etc. The boat out to the marine reserve was good, you cannot see the penguins, don't plan on it. I'm seen enough fur seals to last my life, but we were fortunate to have an abundance of playful Hector dolphins hang around the boat. Before arriving in town, we stopped at a beautiful viewpoint. Afterward, we stopped at a cheese place. Seriously, you should drop that from the tour, it is ridiculous and not worthy of being called a tasting. Waste of time. I wouldn't do this trip again...too much time and money for the result.
        Written 29 April 2024
      • garycO4045WM
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great time.
        Had a great tour guide.Reasonable time to enjoy the sights.Weather played its part with heaps of sunshine.Saw heaps of wildlife on boat part of tour.
        Written 28 April 2024
      • hrs314
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Loved our tour with Scotty. What a great way to see Christchurch, Mona Vale and the International Antarctic Centre
        Loved our tour with Scotty. What a great tour guide and driver. After leaving Lyttelton, travelled via the inner bays of Lyttelton Harbour to Governors Bay via Dyers Pass to the Sign of the Takahe. Hike for a few minutes to enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the City of Christchurch and the Southern Alps which are snowcapped for up to 9 months. The Scottish "castle" is so charming. Next stop was the Mona Vale Gardens which was renamed by Annie Quayle Townend after her mother's house in Tasmania. Annie inherited one million pounds as the sole surviving child in her family. This made her the richest independent woman in 1905. Mona Vale was originally called Karewa when it was built in 1899-1900. Townend added the gatehouse, more land and gardens and a Fernery to the property. Ferneries are quite popular in New Zealand. After her death, the property went through several owners including the Church of Latter Day Saints. When the church tried to sell the property to a private developer, there was a major public outcry. Community fundraising helped to turn the homestead into a beautiful public park and gardens open for all to enjoy. Our guide, Scotty dropped us off at the Fendalton Road gatehouse. So nice to able to walk along the Avon River enjoying the weeping willows and the agapanthus until we reached the rose garden. The rose garden is gorgeous. Love all the different varieties. Also interesting to visit the Fernery which seem to be quite popular in New Zealand. So many different varieties of huge ferns. Loved seeing the purple cardoon, artichoke thistle, and large yellow garden dahlias. Spent a couple of hours exploring Christchurch which is still recovering from a devastating earthquake in 2011. Amazing to see how the city is rebuilding historic landmarks and adding green spaces. Want to explore Antarctica without actually stepping foot on the continent? Visit the International Antarctic Centre to get an overview of what happens on the frozen land. So easy to get to the International Antarctic Centre with our guide Scotty. Booked a great tour of Christchurch and the International Antarctic Centre from the Shore Excursions Group. Adorable Little Blue Fairy Penguins. Hagglund Field Trip. A blizzard in the Storm Dome....and the cutest huskies! Started with a very bumpy ride on the Hagglund Field Trip. Sit back, buckle up and hold on. Get an idea of what scientists experience on the all-terrain amphibious vehicles designed to explore the icy crevasses on Antarctica. Up, down, over and through. The little blue fairy penguins are so cute! Since they usually are out hunting fish during the day, they are hard to find in the wild until they come back in a parade at night. So nice to be able to see the family of tiny penguins that are native to New Zealand who have been rescued due to physical ailments or injuries. Adorable! Brrrrrrrrr..... Feel the chill of an Antarctic Storm up close and personal. Bundle up in a long coat, put on shoe covers and enter the Storm Dome. Every hour, an Antarctic Storm drops the temperature from minus 8 degrees Celsius to minus 18. Amazed at how well the coats provided keep you comfortable. But still, so cold! Explore Antarctica in the galleries. Watch the 4D movie. The 360 gallery had such beautiful images of the continent, penguins and whales. Loved learning about the research that happens with international cooperation and how the scientists prepare to live in Antarctica. Huskies!! Who can resist playing with huskies? So cute and so friendly. My parents especially loved this part. A great way to end the day at the International Antarctic Centre. Support the center with a purchase in the gift shop. They had a sale on two tea towels for $2 NZD. We also grabbed some magnets and beanies for friends and family back home. On the return to Lyttleton, Scotty drove by the estuary and the beach suburb via Evans Pass which was closed for more than 7 years following the Christchurch earthquake of 2011 due to cliff collapse. Imagine the devastation, but nice to see how the community has banded together to help each other.
        Written 24 April 2024
      • 328traceyp
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great afternoon out
        Great afternoon out. Lovely wineries, including our fun host at Waipara Springs and great company with our fellow tourists and driver Jude.
        Written 21 April 2024
      • DarDiner
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Could have been better.
        Overall good but it was obvious that the tour guide had little knowledge of the wine region and had not even tried any of the 3 vineyards wine. One of the cellar doors (Georges Road) was great with wine that showed the skills of the winemaker. My wife and I thought the other 2 were really average. The other participants made for good company. My advice to the operator of the tours is, employ people who know the product and region to make the day more enjoyable and informative.
        Written 17 April 2024
      • SGero67
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Good tour for cruise ship visitors if your time is limited.🚢
        Picked up directly from where the cruise ship transfer point in Lyttelton. Good overview of Christchurch if your time is limited. The Antarctic Centre was the highlight thanks to our guide Karen with the bonus of seeing the new Husky Puppy, Thanks also to Andrew for making the tour very enjoyable and informative. 🙂
        Written 12 April 2024
      • U4770LIcharlesj
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great coverage of Christchurch
        Great tour. Guide Scotty gave lots of pertinent information about city and sites as well as information of quake, reconstruction, and red zone. Highly recommend.
        Written 12 April 2024
      • susangJ5984QS
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        bus breakdown and no communication
        Stay away from this vendor. It was the worst experience ever. We went out about 30 minutes and the bus broke down and all the anti-freeze poured out. The driver put water bottles in the bus and flagged down a bicyclist for a screw driver. He claimed it was fixed and we continued on. The first viewing stop, he added water into the empty water bottles into the bus. We continued on, instead of going back. We went into town for a lunch break, which was not long enough to eat. Then we finally got to the Antarctic Center. He was filling the bus up again with water. We expected another mode of transportation back, since we were there for over two hours. The bus started loosing water again as we headed back to the ship. He stopped again at a gas station and filled up the bus again. He communicated we would only make it back to the Princess shuttle busses. He did not refund us any money or apologize. We were lucky to get back to the Princess shuttles, otherwise we would have missed the ship. Never again. I sent a letter to the company and he sent back a very condescending email and never refused any of our money for this more than stressful excursion
        Written 11 April 2024
      • Gaza74
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Lyttelton/Christchurch tour
        My Wife & I along with 2 of our good friends took this tour Monday 8th of April 2024, our tour guide was awesome, he was a very friendly, colorful character with a big bushy white beard, in bright Green Shoes & hat with red & Black Checkered pants, he explained liquefaction & why the earthquake was so devastating to the City of Christchurch, his knowledge of the city redesign/rebuild, buildings, earthquakes & geology was amazing, he explained the red zone and what that entailed, he gave us so many suggestions of where to eat lunch and what to look at. The only very minor negative was as we were from a cruise ship, docked in Lyttelton we needed more time to have lunch free explore the city centre of Christchurch & look at some of his suggestions.
        Written 9 April 2024
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles1 review
      Very good

      Phoenix, AZ79 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      This was a great tour with our great guide! He really went out of his way to share his lifestyle with us along with explaining how the area looked Pre- earthquake. It’s a shame the devastation to the area has taken so long to rebuild and they are still not there yet after the 2011 earthquake.
      Beautiful shoreline and views. I highly recommend this tour. Jospeh our tour guide was absolutely wonderful.
      Btw leave the port and take the free shuttle to the pickup point on shore for your small bus excursion.
      Written 4 January 2023
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      Thanks for taking the time to leave a review it's very much appreciated! Joseph was thrilled to hear your kind word and wishes you all the best.
      Written 10 January 2023
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